Knowing that a meal cooked with care is one of the very best ways of nurturing wellbeing, the Maggie Beer Foundation was established to Create An Appetite For Life, regardless of age or health restrictions. And the best way Maggie knows to effect the change she champions is to go to the source of the decision-making process; the CEOs of aged care homes.
In order to effect change in a way that is greater than the sum of its parts, the Maggie Beer Foundation is once again offering the proven success of a specialised workshop for CEOs and managers, Food For Thought, Wednesday 23 August in Adelaide.
Following on from the Creating An Appetite for Life Education Program, dedicated to cooks and chefs, Maggie’s focus will shift from those creating the food for change, to those in decision making roles to best stream line ideas into action. Food For Thought is a workshop dedicated to opening a dialogue with CEO’s, troubleshooting the issues that may be hampering full flavoured, highly nutritious food being enjoyed in aged care homes across Australia.
Food For Thought will offer CEOs the chance to network with others in management roles, hear from food-focused aged care providers and guest speakers, take part in lively discussions and find out more about the work Maggie Beer Foundation is doing and how best it may aid the decision-making in aged care homes Australia-wide. CEOs and managers who attend will also try their hand in the kitchen with Maggie for the infamous Maggie Beer Foundation Mystery Box Challenge!
As Maggie explains, “For those in aged care not fortunate enough to have leadership that understands the importance, and the difference, that good food and the way it is delivered can make, I believe by working closely with those who wish to embrace the principals of the joy that food can bring, we can create this change with a movement that I hope will encourage all to follow.”
To take part in Food For Thought and keep this important conversation going, please book your spot sooner, rather than later, as numbers are limited to only 40.
Sprout Cooking School, 89 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton, South Australia 5033
Wednesday 23 August, 2017
8:15am – 4:30pm
$1,150.59 (includes GST and all fees)
The Maggie Beer Foundation’s pioneering program, Creating An Appetite for Life, returns to where it all began, on Maggie’s home ground in the beautiful Barossa Valley, Sunday 20 - Tuesday 22 August, 2017.
Once again, the Maggie Beer Foundation is sending out an invitation to passionate aged care cooks and chefs to engage in an Education Program that has proven the strength of its impact with participants around the country, as Maggie explains, “It would come as no surprise that I loved food all my life; it’s my joy, and sometimes my heartache, but we can fix that, and together, we can improve the health, happiness and quality of life of every older Australian.”
Because Maggie has limited the program to only 30 cooks and chefs, this is very much a hands on experience for everyone taking part; a chance to ask as many questions as you have pop into your head, trouble-shoot the stumbling blocks of cooking in aged care homes, put some fresh thinking around nutritious ingredients, food budgeting, supplier relationships, aged care specific recipes, menus and dining room management.
As always, Maggie has pulled together her A-Team to ensure important ground is covered in a most delicious manner. Amongst the leading experts joining Maggie for the presentations, will be Peter Morgan-Jones, well known to many in his role as HammondCare’s Executive Chef. Peter will be discussing texture modified foods and cooking for those with dementia, along with information from specialised aged care dieticians and food safety experts.
All work and no play is far from Maggie’s ideal learning environment, so in true Barossa style, she has organised a beautiful home cooked dinner for the night participants arrive in the Valley. That might just be reason alone to make sure you’re on the list!
Please note that tickets are based on a ‘first in best fed’ policy, and are only for those who fulfil the criteria of a chef or cook in aged care, Australia-wide.
Maggie Beer Foundation is particularly excited to announce a generous offer of 10 fully paid scholarships supported by the IOOF Foundation – if you would like to apply for one of these beneficent placements please fill out the Scholarship Application Form here.
CEO and managers in aged care will also be invited to attend a special workshop on Wednesday 23 August in Adelaide. Details will be published on the website in the coming weeks.
When: Sunday 20 (welcome evening), Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August, 2017.
Guests will be required to meet at the meeting point in Adelaide at 4:30pm sharp on Sunday 20 August. The coach will transfer all guests to the Barossa.
Where: Barossa Valley, South Australia. The Program will take place at Nuriootpa High School but guests will visit several different locations in the Barossa.
Price: $2,530.00 (includes all fees and GST)
Includes accommodation in the Barossa on Sunday and Monday night, Barossa on-ground transfers, all meals and the Education Program.
Ticket sales open: June 2nd, 2017
Ticket sales close: July 20th, 2017
Successful applicants of the scholarship positions will be notified by 10 July, 2017.
For those wondering whether Maggie’s new cookbook would involve the subject closest to her heart, the answer is a resounding yes! And Maggie couldn't be happier about it, as she explains, “This is such an important book for me and something I’m so very excited about, which is why I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for 'Maggie’s Recipe for Life', my new book co-written with Professor Ralph Martins.”
Published in October 2017 by Simon & Schuster Australia, 'Maggie’s Recipe for Life' includes 200 delicious recipes to reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases. The book’s proceeds will be shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer's Foundation.
Maggie was thrilled to be able to take part in Tasting Australia, wearing her Foundation hat, again this year. As one of Maggie’s all-time favourite food experiences, Tasting Australia offered the perfect platform to share “Improving With Age”, a fundraising lunch at Sprout Cooking School in Adelaide, on Thursday 4 May, 2017.
A healthy mix of 70 MBF supporters, aged care providers and Tasting Australia devotees enjoyed 3 courses especially created for the event by HammondCare’s Peter Morgan-Jones, and assisted by chefs Maria and Peter from Lifecare Aged Care.
The lunch kicked off with canapés by Peter Morgan Jones from his cookbook, ‘It’s all about the food, not the fork’, followed by Maggie’s Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Preserved Lemons, and Parsnip Puree with Fresh Pear and Bitter Greens, as the main course.
Wine was generously provided by Langmeil Winery in the Barossa, and Maggie’s Roasted Quince with Baked Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise wrapped up the edible part of the day before a cooking demonstration with Peter Morgan Jones began the information sharing component of the event.
Peter’s demonstration was followed by a Sensory dining experience presentation by Annet Hoek, a Virtual Dementia Experience by Christine Bolt from Alzheimers Australia, and a wonderful Vegepod garden set up by Tara Grahame Cochrane.
Maggie’s intention with this event was to show not only what can be cooked for those in aged care, but what is possible in aged care overall. With a heartfelt thanks to all involved, Maggie was so happy to achieve her goal of sharing further information on creating an appetite for life.
As one of Maggie’s all-time favourite food experiences, Tasting Australia is a natural event choice to shine the light on her Foundation’s next undertaking - “Improving With Age”, a fundraising lunch at Sprout Cooking School in Adelaide, on Thursday 4 May, 2017.
Along with HammondCare’s Peter Morgan-Jones, a handpicked group of talented local aged care chefs will join Maggie to highlight the potential available within aged care kitchens when fresh thinking is brought to the table.
As Maggie explains, “I hope that by bringing together the cooking of laterally thinking aged care chefs, and allowing our lunch guests the chance to really experience how easily delicious food can find its place amongst the realms of dietary modifications and budgets, it may be possible for us to change the status quo in aged care and to spread the knowledge of what good food can do for the elderly.”
Maintaining Maggie’s long held philosophies around food, the chefs joining her will work with fresh, seasonal and local produce to ensure that guests are treated to a full-flavoured two course lunch menu. This may be the last lunch guests would expect to find in an aged care home, but with good food as her champion always, it’s the very first priority Maggie would like to see given to residents everywhere.
All proceeds will benefit the Maggie Beer Foundation’s continued good work. Spots are very limited and MBF are offering 10% off tickets for Foundation supporters by using the code MBFLTA via the ticket link below.
Improving With Age Fundraising Lunch
Thursday 4 May 2017
12pm - 3pm
Sprout Cooking School, 89 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton, South Australia
$95 - includes 2 courses + wine (use code MBFLTA for 10% off)
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