Stu­dents en­cour­aged to look beyond the plate

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SAMANTHA GEE

A wall cov­ered in donuts, a sushi bar and a bread in­stal­la­tion are on the menu at an up­com­ing food art event.

Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (NMIT) culi­nary arts diploma stu­dents are host­ing the Beyond the Plate event next month and want to in­spire oth­ers to get cre­ative with food.

NMIT tu­tor Chris For­tune said the stu­dents came up with the idea for the two-day event and were re­spon­si­ble for its project de­vel­op­ment, en­gag­ing with schools and mar­ket­ing the event.

‘‘Beyond the plate mean­ing – it’s more than just what you have in front of you, it’s about your whole re­la­tion­ship with food.’’

The event will fea­ture food art in­stal­la­tions from lo­cal school stu­dents. A canape party would be held on the evening of April 11 and would in­clude a donut wall and sushi bar. There would also be in­ter­ac­tive food demos, char­ity auc­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate.

All prof­its from the event would go to the Code Pur­ple Schol­ar­ship Fund, in mem­ory of past tu­tor Cather­ine Dunk­ley, to sup­port fu­ture cook­ing stu­dents in the re­gion.

Beyond the Plate Food Art - April 11 and 12 at the Rata Room, NMIT, Nel­son. Any Marl­bor­ough schools want­ing to get in­volved can con­tact Chante White­house on 021 216 1184 or email chante.white­

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