Wendy Hargreaves with FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho and The Lincoln publican Iain Ling.
Fairshare “Rescued” Dinner, The Lincoln, 91 Cardigan Street, Carlton.
FairShare is a very worthy organisation that “rescues” food that would otherwise go to waste and feeds it to hungry people to the tune of about 25,000 meals a week that are distributed to charities.
Its “Rescued” dinner was one of those special events in which I like to indulge every now and then.
It ticked all the boxes.
Very good cause, (hopefully) great food and the chance to meet some fine and interesting people.
I confess to having some doubts about the food.
How good can a meal be when it is produced solely from food that is about to be chucked out?
A conversation with FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho soon set me right.
There are, it turns out, very many ways in which food falls through the gaps, particularly when it comes to logistics and bureaucracy.
So the food we eat, particularly with the likes of Frank Camora helping out in the kitchen, is excellent and enjoyed by a sell-out crowd that appeared to have taken over all the dining spaces at the Lincoln.
People-wise, the highlight for me is sitting down and chewing the fat – so to speak – with Wendy Hargreaves.
Wendy, a FairShare ambassador, is a fellow foodie about town – check out her website here.
In many ways, she and I are poles apart in our approaches and tastes – but the story of our overlapping interests is a bit more delightfully messy than that.
You see, Wendy and I actually shared office time in my final days at the Sunday Herald Sun.
So awful was that time, for me anyway, that I have no recollection of meeting or talking with Wendy back than – at all.
For several years, however, we have been chatting, sparring, gossiping and laughing courtesy of Facebook.
So this was a lovely chance for the pair of us to compare notes face to face- and lo, unsurprisingly, we found we have a rather complex array of connections and stories in common.
Ears could – or should – have been burning!
Sharing our table were another Fairshare ambassador and foodie/media personage of note, Dani Valent, along with Karen, Carl and David – they were fine company.
Oh, it was grand!
(See small menu below.)
The slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder with asadillo, cauliflower/grain salad and an (unadvertised) stew of chickpeas and spinach.