Rites of Spring
$90 per person for canapés, three course dinner and matching wines
6pm, Wednesday 21st September 2016
The Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum Canberra
Surrounded by the forests of the National Arboretum
Merici College’s sustainability teacher Fiona Buining joins us to inspire our Spring planting
Most of us don’t grow our own food; we opt for convenience, buying summer fruit in the middle of winter, winter squash in May, and milk that comes from cartons rather than cows or goats. We rarely think about the significance of the seasons — whether plants are lying dormant or growing, whether animals are resting or bearing their young. In short, we have lost our intimate connection with the earth. Fiona Buining, Merici College’s sustainability teacher, joins us for a celebration ofSpring.
Fiona teaches Sustainability at Merici College in Canberra. After graduating with a BSc Honours in Plant Ecology, Fiona worked in conservation and did research and teaching at The University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury before moving to Victoria. There, Fiona and her husband built a passive solar house on 1 acre and legally installed the first composting toilet and reed bed in a sewered area and taught Permaculture. Twelve years ago Fiona and her family moved to Canberra where she now teaches sustainability at Merici College which includes managing the Kitchen Garden and growing microgreens for local restaurants. Fiona also has a Diploma in Permaculture Education and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Secondary.
Janet Jeffs + The Kitchen Cabinet
Janet Jeffs is Director and Executive Chef of Ginger Catering, based at the National Arboretum, Canberra. Her interest in cooking, farming and sharing a passionate enthusiasm for regional, seasonal and ethical produce was manifested during her career as a young chef with culinary legend Maggie Beer, and an apprenticeship with Cheong Liew, one of the 10 most influential chefs in the world. Janet lives in bucolic bliss on a heritage property at Ballalaba, near Braidwood, where she raises rare breed beasties including her beloved Dexter cattle, gardens and plans self sufficiency.
Janet hosts monthly Kitchen Cabinet dinners to highlight sustainable local produce and premium wine from the Canberra Region. Dinner is canapés plus three courses and will include talks by local producers and winemakers.
National Arboretum Canberra
Weston Creek, ACT 2616
Ginger Catering, 02 6273 4366, email@example.com