Food theatre for Hukanui’s gala

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY -

A show­case of the bounty of its award­win­ning Liv­ing Room and gar­den will be on dis­play at Hukanui School’s gala next week.

Lo­cal eatery Smith & Mcken­zie will be host­ing two food demon­stra­tions fea­tur­ing the goods har­vested from the hard work of the stu­dents, with tast­ings af­ter­wards.

The Food Theatre is a new fea­ture for the gala, which this year is fundrais­ing for a fully func­tional kitchen space in the Liv­ing Room, where stu­dents learn sus­tain­able prin­ci­ples.

The aim is to have a place where a whole class of 30 stu­dents can cook healthy food straight from their gar­dens in a safe and hy­gienic kitchen.

Lo­cal chefs Ben En­sor and Toby El­liot­tyson of Smith & Mcken­zie will be mak­ing dishes us­ing items from the Sus­tain­able Gar­den, in­clud­ing honey from the bee hives, eggs from the school chickens, cit­rus, herbs, fruit and veg­eta­bles.

A big screen pro­vided by Car­pet Mill and AV sys­tem from Waikato Sound and Light­ing will en­sure a true food theatre ex­pe­ri­ence.

Since the Liv­ing Room was built there have been many stu­dent-led projects, in­clud­ing cre­ation of the Sus­tain­able Gar­den.

The suc­cess of the gar­den has pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther build the stu­dent skill base through turn­ing gar­den pro­duce into healthy meals and prod­ucts.

Plans for the fu­ture kitchen be­gan in 2017. Stu­dents have re­searched cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able ex­ten­sion, es­tab­lished cri­te­ria for the build­ing, made mod­els, got in­put from the rest of the school, pre­sented to the architect and worked with him to cre­ate con­cept plans. They have pre­sented plans and com­pre­hen­sive re­search to the Board of Trustees to get per­mis­sion to con­tinue.

Lead teacher for the Liv­ing Room, Michelle White, says the ben­e­fits are ap­par­ent in the en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing she sees in the stu­dents.

“Get­ting to see where food comes from, how to grow, man­age and re­use ma­te­ri­als are all life skills em­bed­ded in the chil­dren. They come away with prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and a pro­found un­der­stand­ing of sustainability and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

“Adding a fully func­tional kitchen will fur­ther en­hance this ex­pe­ri­ence by al­low­ing the chil­dren to cre­ate healthy meals from the pro­duce grown in their gar­den.”

■ The Hukanui School Gala is at the school, Pick­er­ing Cres­cent, Chartwell on Satur­day 3 Novem­ber, from 10am to 2pm. The Smith & Mcken­zie Food Theatre will take place at 11am and 1pm.

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Hukanui School’s Liv­ing Room and Sus­tain­able Gar­den.

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