The Care To Share project is a fine community initiative that aims to “connect residents with local refugee communities through simple acts of sharing”.
There are three strands to this project started by westerners Bree Anastasi, Danielle Entwistle, Kerry Sanders and Nikii McCoppin – two of them involve food, so naturally CTS pricked its ears up.
The Welcome Table sees “families from the inner west of Melbourne to open their homes and dining tables for one evening to a local refugee individual or family” for the purposes of eating, sharing and conversation.
CTS, on account of the restricted space of our tiny pad, had to beg off from this one – as excellent an idea as it is!
Cooking Conections will see “cooking classes delivered by members of the refugee community to individuals from the inner West” at the Yarraville Community Centre.
Our interest in this aspect of the project was rewarded by a request that we host those events we are able to – a request we were very excited to agree to!
The three Cooking Connection sessions thus far planned are:
Tuesday, June 17, 6-9pm – Vietnamese
Vy Cardona, Vietnamese foodie extraordinaire will take you on a culinary journey – and you’ll learn to make beef pho, rice paper rolls, spring rolls and lotus root salad.
Saturday, June 21, noon- 2.30pm – Afghani and Iranian
Jamshid and friends will share some their stories and some of the staple dishes of their Afghani homeland. Qabli pulao, Afghan biryani and the sweetness of sheer pira may be some of the lunchtime delights.
Sunday, June 22, noon-2.30pm – Ethiopian
Abdi from Konjo restaurant in Footscray will take your tastebuds on a sub-African journey – their famous kitfo, tibs, injera amongst others – and hopefully their specially roasted Ethiopian coffee makes an appearance, too!
Consider The Sauce truly will be hosting the last two of those.
There is a maximum capacity of 12 guests for each session.
Tickets cost $48 per person and all ticket monies go towards costs associated with holding the classes. Yours truly and the chefs are volunteering their time.
And you can read the story written by my Star Weekly colleague Benjamin Millar here.
The third aspect of the Care To Share Project is I Hear You, “an art installation comprised of letters, pictures and various story telling mediums contributed by individuals of the local refugee community that are participating in ESL classes”.
It will run at the Footscray Community Arts Centre from Thursday, June 12, to Sunday, June 29.