Lo­cally sourced lunch gives kids a taste for healthy eat­ing

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

IN ITS sec­ond year, the Big Sun­day Out in Heath­cote has again raised funds to aid the Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Foun­da­tion pro­gram at Heath­cote Pri­mary School.

A lunch was held on Septem­ber 10 at Wild Duck Creek Estate Win­ery with a menu pre­pared by Tim Austin, chef and owner at La Bonta Kyne­ton.

Lo­cal winer­ies Bull Lane, Jasper Hill, Paul Osicka, Fos­ter e Rocco, Lo Stesso, Tel­lurian and Vinea Mar­son con­trib­uted wines that were matched with the Ital­ian-themed food.

Most of the pro­duce used in the menu came from lo­cal grow­ers and farm­ers, which not only show­cased the re­gion but also max­imised the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Heath­cote Pri­mary School pro­gram.

As part of the event, So­nia An­thony, a pas­try chef at Ma­son’s in Bendigo, ran a cook­ing class with stu­dents in the pro­gram at Heath­cote Pri­mary pre­par­ing a baked le­mon tart that was served as part of the dessert.

Items grown in the school gar­den were also used by the chefs.

Pres­i­dent of the Heath­cote Pri­mary School Coun­cil and one of the or­gan­is­ers, Ali­son Phillips, said the pro­gram is about en­gag­ing kids in healthy eat­ing.

“The Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Foun­da­tion Pro­gram has lo­cal kids at the pri­mary school ac­tively in­volved in grow­ing veg­eta­bles and learn­ing about cook­ing, healthy food and nu­tri­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a great pro­gram and the funds raised will go into ex­pand­ing and im­prov­ing the pro­gram for lo­cal kids.

‘‘We have re­ally been hum­bled by how many lo­cals were keen to sup­port and at­tend the event, as well as the chefs, pro­duc­ers, winer­ies and other lo­cal busi­ness that have been proac­tive in work­ing in this col­lab­o­ra­tive event that is a real show­case for the re­gion.

‘‘We are so lucky to be in a com­mu­nity where so many peo­ple are pre­pared to come to­gether for an event that sup­ports this great pro­gram.’’

As part of the event an auc­tion was held with the high­est priced item, a spe­cial one-off three litre bot­tle of 2016 Heath­cote Shi­raz, be­ing pur­chased col­lec­tively for $1,000 by the pa­trons at­tend­ing the lunch.

The bot­tle was opened then and there to toast the day.

Zoe Osicka, Char­lotte An­der­son and Ella McNally in the gar­den at Heath­cote Pri­mary School.

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