Representation matters. This is where the ‘Thick accents’ project takes roots.
Migrant women of the hospitality industry are under-represented; therefore they are so many cooking, washing, hosting, serving, pouring, brewing, fermenting, foraging, growing, prepping all around Australia.
The Thick Accents Project decided to take up space and re-create leisurely intimate weekend lunches/dinners/high tea afternoons that you have with your family and friends all over the World.
They were craving for connection on their new land down under. They want to share the importance to eat together, celebrating and representing migrant women.
They are honouring their heritage and terroir through their love language: food&wine
N#5 PER LE MIE NONNA
Sunday Lunch at an Italo-Australiana's table
By Carina La Delfa (Head Pastry Chef at The Hamptons Bakery & Tommy Collins)
The Thick Accents Project cherish those stories of migrant women that bring people together around the dining table.
This event is particular because we will celebrate those strong migrant matriarchs who left us with solid roots, a sense of identity, family's values, culture and recipes.
Carina will recreate the Italo-Australiana vibe of her Sunday lunches with families.
In memory of Nonne Anna Maria and Filomena.
We are working on a "photo-retrospective" to travel through Carina's roots (Sicilian-Calabrian-Australian)
Sunday, November 21st
at GOLDA (142 Commercial Road, Prahran)
12 pm for an aperitivo
12:30 pm start the degustation
N#6 BEYOND KFC
Korean Vegetarian dinner
Sophie Gavell will take us on a journey to her home.
A voyage through identity, where food is the main character.
We will expand our knowledge and taste buds perception of Korean cuisine.
This menu is entirely vegetarian.
Sophie will exhibit her art, available to purchase on the day.
"I want to move away from the westernised perception of Korean cuisine and bring emphasis to the homestyle, largely vegetarian-based dishes. My professional cooking normally consists solely of European influenced techniques and ingredients, but because I'm recently missing my family along with the food that we cherish and know, this menu seems the most appropriate" (Dixit Sophie).
Tuesday, November 23rd
at GOLDA (162 Commercial Road, Prahran)
From 6 pm for a hug/kiss and a glass of wine
N#7 CYPRIOT BAKERY HIGH TEA
Sunday afternoon at the bakery
Melbourne coffee culture is a thing. But have you heard of Cypriot bakery culture?
The Thick Accents Project explores this beautiful island of the Mediterranean called Cyprus through doughs, savoury stuffing and sugar.
Alexandra Cleanthous, the brain and hands behind The Choux, would delight us with her Cypriot arrays of platters with biscuits, mini pies, baklavas and so on. I hope you are ready for an afternoon high tea Cypriot style!
Spend the afternoon with us and enjoy a degustation of bakery goods with love from Cyprus.
Sunday, November 28th
at Pope Joan (16/45 Collins Street)
Start at 3 pm
N#8 KASI'S KITCHEN
Tamil cuisine dinner
The Thick Accents will explore Tamil Cuisine
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Akanksha Kasi enters Yagiz's brigade.
She has a powerful bond with her homeland cooking style. More than recipes is a style of living, a way to keep grounded to her identity.
Growing up with 2 strong matriarch figures, Akanksha best memories are made in her grandparent’s kitchen where she learnt her family recipes alongside her grandmother and mother.
Tamil cuisine is remarkable resourcefulness in its use of locally available ingredients.
We are very excited to get there with you and honour those women who keep nuclear families tight and nurtured.
Monday, December 6th
at Yagiz (22 Toorak Rd, South Yarra)
From 6 pm for a hug/kiss and a glass of wine.