For all the gripes we have by mid-August – when it’s bitterly cold and our toes are numb in our shoes – winter’s approach can often be a nostalgic affair. Indeed, what’s not to love about woolly jumpers, hot soupy broths, big jackets and the season’s simpler pleasures?
Winter makes us hungry – so much so that we eat our words this issue. Our deputy editor Tacey Rychter explores the culinary lexicon, its current trends and the buzzwords that we so often fall victim to. Think ‘bespoke’, ‘artisan’, ‘natural’ and ‘house-made’.
Winter is a little too cold for some of our favourite plant species, so we visit horticulturalist Dylan Hewlett from Fitzroy Nursery to chat about keeping our indoor plants in good health. We also find out how to make a master stock for soup broths and head out to Heide for a winter jacket fashion shoot with photographer Nick Blair and stylist Sarah Banger.
Regardless of the season, one thing that keeps us going out is our daily grind. Melbourne coffee culture is something we talk about a lot at Broadsheet, and while plenty of people have made telling contributions over the years, there is one man who has been there from the start and had an immeasurable impact on the way we sip our morning brew. We’re talking about Mark Dundon, a coffee man and cafe operator like no other. He’s the guy behind preeminent coffee roasters Seven Seeds and a host of the original specialty coffee cafes in town. After selling the renowned St ALi in 2008, Dundon moved to Carlton where he and his business partner Bridget Amor converted an old warehouse into Melbourne’s high temple of coffee and one of the first state-of-the art roasting facilities we have seen. Since then he’s opened various cafes – including Brother Baba Budan and De Clieu – and is on the verge of opening his next venture in the city. Tim Williams, a Dundon alumnus and now owner of London cafe Workshop Coffee, discusses the man behind coffee in Melbourne, his history and coffee’s current buzz.
We also spend a day on set with dynamic Melbourne film production company The Apiary, while contributing editor Dan Rule catches up with one of contemporary art’s most powerful tastemakers, the ambitious and always energetic Juliana Engberg, artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and now the Biennale of Sydney. But we’re not done there. The Beaufort’s Dave Kerr hits the road to Tullamarine to scope out sign painter TJ Guzzardi’s studio, but not before he commissions him to paint his bar.
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