FAQs

Here’s where we answer all your Whe-Eat questions. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, send an email to Matt here.

How do we book for an event?

To book one of our Cooking Classes, click on the link right under to the event on our Cooking Classes page.

To book one of our Organised Food Tours, click on the link right under the event on our Food Tours page.

To book one of our Custom Food Tours, call Matt on 0404 567 910 to plan your day and then Matt will take a credit card payment for your tour before the day. Simple.

How much do your food events cost?

Our cooking classes are usually $130 per person and $200 when we have a guest chef. Check the individual event details for more information.

 

Our food tours are usually:

  • $200 per person for one day tours including return transport to Melbourne and most food and beverages.
  • $500 per person for two day tours including return transport to Melbourne, double accommodation and most food and beverages.
  • As each tour is different, please check the Food Tours page regularly to find something that suits you.

 

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What is restaurant appreciation?

Some people refer to this as ‘a chef’s table’. I call it restaurant appreciation.

 

Restaurant appreciation sessions involve heading out as a group to a great Melbourne restaurant. One that is interested in the same things we are; good food, slow food, and local, sustainably grown produce. We learn what goes into each meal andhow to put a menu together. We also meet the chef.

 

There is food and wine matching, a guest food producer and a very hands on look at restaurant life. We learn about the educational aspects and cultural history of the food and the recipes we eat. The food has a mainly European focus and we’ll be introducing new styles, and working on the menu, concepts and themes.

 

There are no more than eight guests at each event. This ensures conversation flows across the table easily. It is a great way to meet new people.

 

Watch this space for updates. We’ve got some great upcoming events scheduled at Slow Down in St Kilda. If you haven’t been there, maybe it’s time to drop in and slow down!

Why don’t you have any restaurant appreciation sessions listed as events?

We’re still fine tuning the details and organising partnerships with the right Melbourne venues. We’re working on it and hope to have something going before Autumn 2012.

Where are the cooking classed held?

The cooking classes are held at My Other Kitchen in Bentleigh, Melbourne. It’s a really unique space with a fully equipped commercial kitchen and a beautiful dining room for you to enjoy the meals you’ve prepared.

What is sustainable food production?

Sustainable food is about:

 

  • Being seasonal (eating what’s growing)
  • Being accountable on a personal level
  • Buying organic where possible
  • Avoiding genetically modified foods
  • Taking note of Mother Nature. She knows best.

 

A cow for instance is not designed to eat corn. Cows are herbivores, meaning they eat herbs and grass.

We modify this pattern with a lot of modern farming practices, which means that humans and animals both suffer long term health effects. We shouldn’t be messing with Mother Nature.

 

Sustainable food production a practice of farming based on ecological principles, which respect the relationships between organisms and their environment.

How does sustainable food production affect me?

Some believe that if we keep destroying food grade land for housing and commercial interests, there will not be enough food to feed the world in the future. The more equipped we are to grow our own food, and support good, sustainable farming practices, the better placed we will be as individuals and communities.

 

The lack of integrity in our food has, in some ways, already affected us. The prevalence of food allergies is increasing dramatically. The key is getting back to basics; cutting out high sugar food and modified ingredients, for a start.

What can individuals do about food sustainability?

There are a lot of simple things you can do that make a big difference.

 

  • Look at the products you buy and read the labels
  • Support local producers and farmers
  • Buy from farmers markets, butchers and fishmongers

 

You might even become good friends with these people! Be socially aware and buy from sources you trust; don’t be spoon fed. There’s that punk mentality again!

 

Don’t stop for fast food. Make your own food at home, fast.

 

Graze instead of eating big meals.

 

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