Posts Categorized: Cooking

Enter the Lara salami competition

I hope that grabbed your attention. The Lara Food and Wine Festival is holding an amateur competition for home made Jamon, prosciutto and other smallgoods on 23 March. If you are not familiar with the history of smallgoods in Melbourne, Lara looms large over all those making small goods today. The town’s Angel Cardoso was famous for his smallgoods but sadly was shut down by the food police – the same ones that prevent having more unpasteurized cheese. Angel died in March 2013 at the age of 78 having arrived in Australia in 1962. George Biron says Angel gained a reputation as the maker of Australia’s finest Spanish-style smallgoods, including jamon serrano hams, salamis and chorizo sausages. The Lara Food and Wine Festival’s aim is to hold an annual competition to judge the best home made and naturally cured smallgoods to honour, remember Angelo. Judges include food writer Richard Cornish, MoVida’s Frank Camorra, Rosa Mitchell, cheese mastro Richard Thomas and others including myself. Prizes are $500 $300 $200 and a perpetual trophy for overall winner. You can read more about it here.

Just a few places left for Thursday truffle dinner. Book now.

What: When: Thursday 5th July, 7pm Where: 12-18 Yarra Place South Melbourne VIC 3205 How much: $80.00 including booking fee. How many: 60 places (54 for sale) How to book: Booking only through Trybooking here. There’s just a handful of places left at our St Ali truffle dinner this coming Thursday as we just releases some extra tickets. St Ali was the venue of our first truffle diners last year with the pop-up truffle shop Madame Truffles supplying the produce. We can pretty much your handbag (or wallet) will come away smelling of fine Australian truffles. This year we’ll have the kitchen headed by Jesse Gerner (The Aylesbury and Anada) who has gone into partnership with Sal at St Ali to lunch St Ali North in spring 2012. We’ll be showcasing truffles from at least three states on the night with about 10-12 grams per person. We’ll have the light and earthy Bobar Shiraz as the only wine available at $30 a bottle and $8 a glass. So hurry up, there’s only 54 tickets on sale (and an additional ten reserved for St Ali’s hipster baristas). 1st Course Confit Egg Yolk, Truffle, Savoury Granola, Celeriac Milk 2nd Course “Roasted Chicken & Chips”, Truffled Bread Sauce 3rd Course Truffle in its Natural Surroundings (Risotto of Wild Mushroom) 4th Course Brie, Truffle, Quince, “Toasty” 5th Course Salted Peanut Caramel Truffle