With special thanks to a grant from The Yulgilbar Foundation, for the first time ever, Maggie Beer is heading to Northern NSW this year with her program, ‘Creating An Appetite For Life’!
Sharing specialised information and workshops that regional communities have not previously been able to access, Maggie explains, "My aim is to inspire and challenge chefs and cooks from regional aged care homes to create wholesome, memorable, low cost meals, every day in their kitchens."
Running a total of three separate one-day workshops for chefs and cooks working in Northern NSW, these are strictly limited to 30 cooks and chefs per location, at a cost of just $100.
A concentration of hands-on experience with cooking activities across the day, the workshop focuses on fresh thinking around aged care specific recipes, making the most of the local produce on offer in each region. Chefs and cooks who attend will also have the opportunity to apply for a Wellbeing Gardens Grant; which will support the development of a new garden in their aged care home.
Whilst Maggie is road tripping through Northern NSW she will also be offering two ground breaking workshops tailored to those in decision making roles in aged care. ‘Food For Thought’ Workshops are dedicated to opening a dialogue with CEOs and managers in aged care in Northern NSW, troubleshooting the issues that may be hampering full flavoured, wholesome food being enjoyed in homes.
Applicants must be from Northern NSW aged care homes. Be quick - spots are limited and applicants can only apply for one workshop.
Tickets can be purchased via the links below.
‘Creating An Appetite For Life’ Aged Care Chefs & Cooks Workshops
- BALLINA - WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH - SOLD OUT
- GRAFTON - THURSDAY 9 MARCH - SOLD OUT
- ARMIDALE - MONDAY 13 MARCH - SOLD OUT
‘Food For Thought’ CEO Workshops
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The Casserole Club is a meal-sharing project that connects people who like to cook and are happy to share an extra portion of a home cooked meal, with older neighbours living close by.
Designed and piloted in partnership with four local councils, Casserole Club is a proven, low-cost way to reduce social isolation and improve food provision among older people.
Like a local, community-led meals on wheels project, members serve up meals to their neighbours, getting more people cooking fresh food while strengthening local neighbourhood relationships with every bite.
More than 6,000 people across Britain and Australia have signed up to share meals through Casserole Club. Of the older people receiving meals through the service, 70% of them consider their volunteer cooks to be friends and 80% say they wouldn’t have as much social contact as they’d like without services like Casserole Club.
Visit the website to find out how you can get involved!
Whilst in Brisbane last month, Maggie made the most of her time, taking the opportunity to team up with Adriano Zumbo for a cooking demonstration at the 'Champions of Change' Event. ‘Champions of Change’ is a program launched to continue the good work by the chefs and cooks who have attended Maggie’s ‘Creating An Appetite For Life’ workshops; uniting everyone in a series of events and activities put together especially for the purpose of keeping the impetus of this worthwhile change ignited.
Chefs and cooks attended the education program, along with their management teams and were treated to Maggie's Lentil Tapenade and Roasted Carrot, Turmeric & Coconut Soup, as well as a delicious Banoffe Pie, Apple Tart Tartin and Chocolate Fondant made by Adriano. The Miele Centre provided the ideal location, and Maggie and her team would like to extend a huge thank you to the Miele Brisbane team for hosting such a fantastic event.
A tried and true success in Maggie’s hometown of the Barossa Valley, and then again in Sydney, ‘Creating An Appetite For Life’ is a program Maggie would love every chef and cook working in aged care to have access to, which is why we are excited to let you know that the next stop for this pioneering event is Melbourne.
If you are a chef or cook in aged care and are looking for the kind of inspiration needed to create positive and tangible change in your workplace kitchen, join Maggie and a team of experts to be amongst like-minded innovators for 2 days of jam-packed information, discussion and hands on experience.
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.”
Experience cooking demonstrations with celebrity guest chefs, engage in lively conversation with aged care dietitians and food safety experts, as well as share in the wisdom of guest speakers, including HammondCare's Executive Chef Peter Morgan-Jones and more...
Only 30 participants will have the chance to attend, making this a completely unique opportunity not to be missed for anyone committed to making a difference in aged care kitchens and homes.
Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September 2016, with a welcome evening on Sunday 25th September.
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne.
$1,950 + GST Price includes 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and two day program. Price is exclusive of flights for interstate participants.
Maggie Beer Foundation will also be offering a limited number of fully funded scholarship positions to the program. Information on scholarships are available within the application form.
Applications are now open until 5pm EST Monday 8th August, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 25th August, 2016.
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As a supporter of the Maggie Beer Foundation, we would like to invite you to join Maggie at her upcoming event with Tasting Australia at the Adelaide Town Square on Wednesday 4th May 2016, for the 'Food in Aged Care' Think Session.
Driven by Maggie's passion to change the food experience for older Australians, this event will bring those working in the aged care industry, residents and families together to answer everyone's questions on how to improve nutritional standards, reignite the enjoyment of eating with independence and choice and return fresh, local and seasonal produce to aged care tables.
When & Where?
Wednesday 4th May. 2016, 11am - 3:30pm @ Tasting Australia Town Square (located at the northern half of Victoria Square, Adelaide)
What's on for the day?
11:15 - 12:15 - Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Gabrielle Kelly, panel members Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant, Professor Liz Isenring, Ngaire Hobbins, Ellis Wilkinson, Peter Morgan-Jones & Professor Ralph Martins will discuss current food challenges, trends and successes in aged care.
12:30 - 1pm - Intergenerational Choir
1:15 - 2:15pm - 'Playing Favourites' Cooking Demo
Maggie & the Nonnas from PISA Italian Meals & Services go head to head in a cooking challenge!
2:30 - 3:15pm - 'It's All About The Food, Not The Fork' Cooking Demo
HammondCare Executive Chef and Food Ambassador Peter Morgan-Jones & 2014 Tasting Australia 'Every Dollar Counts' winner Katie Otto demonstrate suitable dishes for those with dementia.
With so much on offer, and everyone welcome, the very best news is that the event is free for all to attend - so please mark Wednesday 4th May in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there!
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