Kaitaki dished up discussion
"That was extraordinary! A cacophony of flavours. Unforgettable. Thank you for sharing your stories, techniques and bringing your taste of home to us in Aotearoa.”
It was a wonderful thing to have our Eat NZ Kaitaki come together for the 'Talking Plates' event in Te Whanganui-a-tara last week. Our Eat NZ Founder chef Giulio Sturla led the team of five young chefs, who put together a feast that spoke to key ideas around what the future of kai could look like in Aotearoa. It was even matched with a full Kaitaki wine list.
The meal was served by more Kaitaki out front, to be able to connect in person again was a really special moment for all of us.
As part of the evening, our guests were given their own 'talking plate' which they contributed to throughout the evening. We collected them at the end of the night and we've loved reading through the responses. We'll be sharing them over the coming weeks but here's a few to get us started...
"Feeding and sowing mycelium networks to enable a creative future to arise." / "Speaks to the power of community, how lots of little actions can have tremendous power when aligned with a common goal."
"We need to come together to create a new model to support small local producers who become the heart of our communities." / "...and love them like your life depends on it."
"Local produce grown by local people in a way that works for the ecosystem" / "Where everyone has equity and resilience."
"This is the only way to eat fish. I get this now." / "Trust them to nurture the treasure for our children."
"Accessible, no waste, culturally appropriate. Take what you need. Local can be sustainable." / "Connecting with the hunter-gatherer within. Being of and from the earth."
"Let's revalue our relationship with kai and expand our understanding of ways to utilise what is available."
We were grateful to have the support of Freedom Farms for this event. We were lucky to be able to use the LTD/Everybody Eats venue and a huge thanks to Jack Rainey for his help on the night. Thank you to the team at Wellington on a Plate for including us as part of the festival.