There’s a 30-day zero waste challenge going around that entails things like saying no to straws, reusing water bottles, composting, and switching from a plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one. If you’re not ready to give up all your creature comforts but you still want to cut down on your household waste, book tickets to a dinner party that start-up Love Waste Collective and boutique caterers Dan the Man are hosting on October 18. The partnership is setting an example of what a zero waste event could look like, with leftover food being turned into canapés, napkins replaced by hankies, and compostable cutlery that will be sent along with green waste to Rose Bay Community Gardens.
The function will be held at the Easts Rugby Club in Rose Bay. Dinner will be served from 6pm, featuring nine dishes each centred on different cuts of a whole lamb with seasonal sides. It costs $50pp and the ticket will also get you a drink on arrival and entry to the launch party that will take place from 7.30pm onwards.
The launch party is where you’ll be able to bring any leftovers from dinner (or from home) and watch chef Madita Kosch turn them into tasty canapes that you can bring along with you to interactive workshops on food waste (including some food art), guest speeches, and a tour of the local community garden. Entry to the launch party without dinner costs $20 and you can purchase tickets here. There’ll even be bones provided for any canine plus-ones.
Food waste is an issue that people in the hospo and catering industries tackle daily. There’s enough food being produced in Australia to feed 60 million people, yet 20 million still rely on food relief each year. The brains behind Love Waste Collective and Dan the Man are trying to spread the word that change is possible, and they’re doing it in the most delicious way.
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