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Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Coffee-Go-Round

Melbourne’s obsession with coffee generates tons of coffee grounds annually from each cafe. At Green Park, North Carlton grounds are finding their way into cute brown bags as compost for a gold coin and on a larger scale coffee waste removal company, Reground, collects from local cafes for CERES, Rushall and Northcote Community Gardens. Clever…

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Serendipitous Dining

When I travel I spend a good part of my time and observational effort on what my next meal will be. That may involve cross-crossing a street to read the restaurant menu on each establishment as I work my way towards my destination, or it may involve a diversionary stop-off at a local market, epicerie,…

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Slippery Jack Pithivier It Is

Some of us will have fond memories of Melbourne’s restaurant scene of decades past, where small BYO places produced stunning dishes out of tiny galley kitchens without a sous vide in sight. Others, like Stephanie’s and Mietta’s, were more opulent, cast in the French mould of formal dining and highly worked dishes. It was really…

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Milking It For All It’s Worth

Pity the cow (and the man in gum boots); everyone up the dairy food chain, including most consumers, have been really been milking it for all it’s worth. Pressures are not only from the push to export but also from consumer expectation of low prices without realising the consequences to producers. Reading the public discourse…

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Major Hotel Chain To Grow Vegetables

One of the world’s biggest hotel chains has announced it will plant vegetable gardens at many of its hotels as part of a plan to cut food waste by a third. AccorHotels, which includes the Pullman, Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis chains, intends to “reduce food waste by 30%, in particular by sourcing food locally”,…

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