What do restaurants and Aboriginal Australia have to do with each other? A conversation between Arabella Douglas, Minyunbal woman, food activist and educator, and Ides chef Peter Gunn, enjoyed over four courses and snacks.
“In this dinner we’ll honour Waa, the crow, who plays a central part in the star lores, and Kuurrokeheaar, the Seven Sisters, a constellation known in the west as the Pleiades that features prominently in many Aboriginal cultures, and is known to us as Jiran,” says Arabella Douglas. “We’ll speak to the Jiran Kuurrokeheaar trade route that runs from the north of the eastern seaboard Bundjalung Country (the Tweed Coast) right down the coast to Naarm (Melbourne), and from Naarm down to Lutruwita (Tasmania).
With these ideas in mind, Peter and Arabella are sourcing produce from along these traditional trade routes, working together to produce a menu that will serve as a moment to pause and observe the role of a meal as a place for ritual and discussion.
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