When my foodie comrade Chef Sam Gowing invited me to be her guest at a ‘Food Meets Plate’ Workshop at The Clay Barn in Newrybar recently there was no way I was going to refuse. Such a perfect Sunday plan! Getting dirty with some creative clay play followed by delicious and nutritious cooking and lunch in a surprise setting. Sign me up!
The Clay Barn at Newrybar in the Byron Bay hinterland is owned by the gregarious and talented Zani McEnnally. Zani graduated from Visual Arts majoring in Ceramics at Southern Cross University in 2010 and has been teaching and creating her own ceramics ever since. The Clay Barn – a beautiful light filled space – is her current studio where Zani provides the community and visitors an opportunity to explore their creativity through casual ceramic classes, including wheel throwing, hand building, private tuition and special events.
The ‘Food Meets Plate’ Workshop is all about enjoying the experience of preparing a nutritious meal served on sustainable handmade tableware in the company of like minded people. In the workshop, participants create their own tableware, including plates and bowls, which Zani later fires for you. It’s a great way to dip your toe in the water if you are new to the ceramics craze.
The clay play is followed by a food as medicine cooking demonstration with Sam. Sam has worked for nearly 20 years with people all over the world on improving their health and wellbeing as Australia’s leading spa chef and an award-winning clinical nutritionist. She is renowned for her nutritional wisdom – and for being a powerful influencer among healthy lifestyle audiences. She’s also hilarious! Her cooking demonstrations are full of inspiration and good times with plenty of opportunity for audience participation and a few laughs.
Together we prepared many different plant based recipes including a salad of Almond feta with finger lime and tomatoes, Roast cinnamon pumpkin with turmeric dressing and Byron Bay bliss bombs for dessert. Then we packed up our food picnic-style and took a short drive to a mystery location for lunch. We had to walk the last part into the macadamia orchard where a beautiful table was set for lunch dressed with fresh blooms, napery and of course Zani’s handmade ceramic tableware. Zani has recently established a business called ‘Hand Made Hire’ where you can hire out her tableware for weddings, parties, events and pop up dinners. Take a look on The Clay Barn’s website.
We gathered around the table where the food really did meet the plate to feast on the day’s spoils and celebrate with a glass of wine. The perfect ending to a great few hours.
The next ‘Food Meets Plate’ Workshop at The Clay Barn is scheduled for Sunday 28 October 2018. The workshop runs from 10am – 2pm and includes:
- Hand building table ware
- Materials and tuition, work fired to glaze by Zani
- Food as medicine, show and tell cooking demonstration with Sam
- Recipes and detailed nutrition notes from Sam
- Sit down shared platter plant-based lunch
- BYO wine and smile
You can book via the website HERE