As culinary big guns Marco Pierre White, Maggie Beer and Jock Zonfrillo dominate the Tasting Australia program, Jessie Spiby is out to spotlight Adelaide’s “hidden talent”.
The 2015 MasterChef Australia contestant and part-time cook at Botanic Gardens Restaurant is putting the finishing touches on Food, Booze and Dancing Shoes, a tasting party that will celebrate our best young food and booze producers.
“Think the attitude of Alpha Box & Dice meets the eclectic set up of The Porch Sessions,” Spiby says. “I’ve attempted to curate a diverse array of foodies to highlight our multicultural community as well as our Indigenous roots.
“The main objective for me was to engage people and businesses that do what they do with passion and love for their product.”
One of those is Rebecca Sullivan, the self-taught chef turned food entrepreneur and co-founder of native food label Warndu. More producers will be announced next month.
Both Sullivan and Spiby pair native Australian ingredients with Asian culinary techniques. Spiby aims to present a different take on modern-Australian cuisine, which is “a lot more multicultural than what is often shown.”
Full details of the menu are still under wraps, but you can expect dishes such as Australian kimchi and roo-broth pho.
Each course will be “matched” with live music curated by Phil Rogers (Cuckoo Music) and Sharni Honor (The Porch Sessions). The line-up includes Aidan Jazzy Jones, Cosmo Thundercat and Bjear. There will be drinks from Alpha Box & Dice, Prohibition Gin, Mismatch Brewing Co and Hills Cider Company.
The event will wrap up the weeklong gastronomic festival on Sunday May 7. Spiby has hinted at an after party with music late into the night.
Food, Booze & Dancing Shoes will be held at Plant 4, Bowden, from 3pm-8pm on Sunday May 7. Tickets are $75 per person (not including drinks).