On Thursday June 21, Brisbane’s acclaimed riverside restaurant Stokehouse Q will close for an evening, to host a five-course celebration of local produce, paired, and the growers who dedicate their lives to cultivating these unique and rich ingredients. Of course the menu is perfectly paired with beverages (amazing photos and video available of the producers, dishes and Chef on location).
Executive Chef Richard Ousby will host the dinner, and has personally visited over 10 local producers from the Granite Belt, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and the Scenic Rim to curate this menu, and all these growers will feature in the five-course culinary adventure.
“As a chef I have always been inspired by Australian produce. I honestly believe our local produce is some of the very best in the world, and now to be able to take it to this level, it’s inspirational to me. Being able to visit the farms and connect candidly with the families that make and cultivate the food on our plates is a really moving experience,” said Ousby.
“Flavour is driven by careful thought, care, passion, and love for the craft – there is something so special about being invited into someone’s home and life, to live and breathe their craft for a day. One of the most exciting parts of my job is tasting the new season pears from Jeff McMahon’s farm just out of Stanthorpe, or a beetroot fresh from the ground at Falls Farm in Mapleton. The flavour of a beetroot straight out of the ground is like a lightbulb moment. Growers like these are absolute champions for brilliant food.”
Local produce set to star at the event includes (images available on request):
- Finger Limes from the Lime Caviar Company on the Scenic Rim owned by Ian and Margie Douglas;
- Mal Smith’s famous potatoes from Killarney;
- Free range eggs from Ali and Andrew Ruhle’s property, Jalbirri Googums near Toowoomba;
- The famed Awassi lamb from Grantham, owned by Di Piggott;
- Organic fruit, vegetables and herbs from Ben Johnston and Jess Huddart’s Falls Farm in Mapleton on the Sunshine Coast;
- Spanner Crab from Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs;
- Famous Stanthorpe-grown fruit and vegetables from Jeff McMahon;
- Local honey and kiwi fruit from David Weier in Killarney;
- Tuna and seafood from Walker Seafoodsat Mooloolaba, Australia’s only MSC certified tuna farm;
- Wines from Golden GroveEstate Vineyard and Winery based in the highlands of the Ballandean as well as from Bent Road; both at home on the Granite Belt of Queensland and represented by Ray Costanza and Glen Robert respectively.
Each producer has their own story and during this special flavour-based event, these stories will be celebrated, both in Chef Ousby’s menu, and as told by the producers themselves. It will be a true tribute to local produce and local producers.
Ian and Margie Douglas of the Scenic Rim for example have led the way in the boutique finger lime market, having devoted the past 10 years of their lives to creating the perfect product for market. So much so in fact, that they have recently released pre-packaged, ready to serve Lime Caviar pearls, which are set to revolutionize the Finger Lime industry.
This is the deep-seated passion that Chef Ousby strives to capture in the Stokehouse menu and will shine at the ‘From Around Here’ dinner in June.
‘From Around Here’ – a celebration of the producer
A five-course dining experience with matched beverages
Thursday June 21, 2018 at Stokehouse Q, Brisbane
Tickets are $160pp (including wines)
Bookings (07) 3020 0600 or [email protected].