Spice Trails & Trade Routes

You are invited to this special event that is part dinner, part performance & part installation.

Hosted by artist & nutritionist Rasha Tayeh, in collaboration with creative chef Shu Liu.

Imagine an ancient map as your dinner table, tracing Silk Road and other important trade routes. Explore through taste and smell a journey that shaped the development and destruction of great civilisations and in turn, the way we eat today.

Each stop along the road will deliver a special course featuring a particular herb or spice. As you take this culinary journey across the dinner table, you will be invited to tell stories of spice merchants and traders. Stories will unfold at each stop and with each course.

This intimate dinner party is at 7pm Friday 28th April 2017 at MESMA Studio (limited to 20 guests only).

$120 per person includes 5-course dinner, or $150 per person for dinner including wine.

To book your ticket please visit this link.

The participatory story telling during this curated dinner may be in various languages, with interpretations in Arabic, English & Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Please note, the menu is vegetarian/vegan, but if you are strictly vegan or have any allergies, get in touch when you book your ticket to ensure you are catered for accordingly.

For more information contact: rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

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Rasha Tayeh is a Palestinian artist based in Melbourne; her work crosses a range of photography, film, sound and installation practices. She is also a nutritionist and researcher interested in food history, food anthropology, and the space where art and health intersect. Rasha’s work draws on themes around phenomenology, identity, feminist issues, spirituality and humans’ place in society and their natural environment. Her work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), International Arts & Health Conference at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Alderman Gallery (Melbourne), Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne), Transitions Film Festival (Melbourne & Adelaide), Environmental Film Festival (Melbourne), Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Milan), Hidden Features Cinema (Edinburgh), Life Sciences Film Festival (Prague), Palestine Museum of Natural History (Bethlehem), Little Woods Gallery (Melbourne) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne).

Shu Liu is a self-taught creative chef and owner of Shu Restaurant in Collingwood.  He’s passionate about experimenting with flavours and textures from his hometown cuisine in Sichuan.  Shu’s recipes and menu design reflect seasonal and local produce, with a focus on fusion cooking.

Palestinian Cooking Workshop: Autumn Equinox

This installment of my Palestinian Cooking Workshop series is inspired by the Autumnal Equinox* and this lovely time of year when leaves change colour, days start get slightly shorter and a bit cooler. As usual I will draw inspiration from mama & teita (my mother & grandmother), who taught me everything I know about cooking, and passed down a wealth of nurturing recipes!

This two-hour workshop will take you on a sensory journey into Palestinian cuisine and look specifically at foods and herbs that support us during the transitions of autumn, as we move away from the warmer months of summer into the cooler months of winter.

During the workshop we will focus on:

– Traditional herbal infusions & remedies, from selected herbs and spices used in Palestine and the Levant

– Cook a delicious vegan meal & discuss nutritional benefits of seasonal produce**

Participants will go home with:

  • Recipes of the meal shared on the day
  • A deeper understanding & curiosity for delicious foods from Palestine & traditional herbal medicine
  • A jar of their personally crafted herbal infusion (optional for $8 each during the workshop, cash only)

This workshop is limited to 12 spaces. So, book early.

Cost: $65, to book click here. 

When: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Sunday 26th March 2017

Where: CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Roberts & Stewart St Brunswick East VIC 3057

If you have any questions, please contact me on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

*An Equinox is an astronomical event that happens twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. It’s when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. During Equinoxes the tilt of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is 0° and because of it, the duration of the day and the night are almost equal on Equinox day i.e. 12 hours.

Equinoxes occur on 20th or 21st March and 22nd or 23rd September each year and both days have equal length of day and night. While it is autumn time in the Southern hemisphere, March Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox, and in Melbourne this year, it falls on the 20th March. So to celebrate this time of year and connect with the natural cycles, this workshop’s content will reference the Equinox, its energy, transitions and the seasonal foods & medicinal herbs we can use to best support our bodies, minds and spirits.

**Vegan light snack/tasting included – please contact me when you book if you have any allergies.

Mezze Making with kids

Learn to make delicious Palestinian mezze & pack healthy lunches with your kids.

This interactive workshop invites kids & parents to learn simple Levantine recipes and prepare healthy lunch boxes together.

The workshop will run from 12pm – 1:30pm and include recipes, cooking demonstrations & tastings.

Workshop is limited to 20 spaces and all children bookings include at least one adult. Please note that this workshop is suitable for all ages, and preferably children aged 3yrs & over.  Teenagers are also encouraged to attend.

Tasting/light snack included – please contact me when you book if there are any allergies I need to be aware of.

Cost:
1 adult (only) $100
1 adult & 1 child $120
Family ticket 1 (1 adult & 2 children) $150
Family ticket 2 (2 adults & 2 children) $180

When: 12pm – 1:30pm, Sunday 12th March 2017
Where: Panelpop 117 Brunswick St. Fitzroy

For tickets visit this link.

For more info contact:
Rasha Tayeh
nutritionist & artist
rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

 

 

Palestinian Cooking Workshop 2

In this two-hour Palestinian Cooking Workshop we will explore wild herbs, the liver & digestive health.

During the workshop we will:
– Cook a delicious vegan dish* & discuss nutritional benefits of selected wild herbs, or “edible weeds”
– Learn about traditional herbal infusions for detoxification, cleansing & good digestion

Participants will go home with:
– Recipes of the meal shared on the day & notes on how to look after the liver & digestive system
– A deeper understanding & curiosity for delicious foods from Palestine & the use of wild edible herbs

Workshop limited to 12 spaces. So, book early to avoid disappointment!

*Tasting/light snack included – please contact me asap if you have any allergies.

Cost: $65
When: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturday 4th February 2017
Where: CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Roberts & Stewart St Brunswick East VIC 3057

For tickets visit this link.

If you have any questions, please contact me on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

Spice Trails & Trade Routes

I’m feeling grateful for all that has happened the past 12 months since moving back to Melbourne… the projects, exhibitions, workshops and opportunities this year brought my way have been wonderful.  It’s good to be back, and I’m feeling excited about what 2017 has in store.

Before I take a little hiatus from online blogging and news sharing, I wanted to share something I’ll be working on this summer… a special event to welcome the new year that is part dinner, part performance and part installation.

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The working title is Spice Trails & Trade Routes…

Imagine an ancient map as your dinner table, with plates being served, or rather, travelling across this map to tell a story from the perspective of spices… maybe there will be cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, star anise, cloves, pepper, chilli, cardamon or other aromatic herbs… Following Silk Road, the Way of the Sea, the Ridge Route and other important trade routes between Asia, Europe and Africa that have shaped the way we eat today.

Each stop on the map will deliver a special course featuring a herb or spice, and so as guests take this journey across the dinner table, stories of spice merchants and traders unfold at each stop and with each course.

Stay tuned for more news on this project…

For now, enjoy your end of year break.  And may 2017 bring you all your hearts’ desires.

Rasha Tayeh © All Rights Reserved

Growing Food Project

It’s been 3 years since I released my short film the Growing Food Project (2013), and as this year is coming to a close, I’m feeling quite reflective thinking about how things have changed in the last few years… and how many more local food projects have sprung up around Melbourne since this little film was made.

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Video still, Growing Food Project (2013)

This 15-minute film documents Melbourne’s local food movement and community food initiatives, where people come together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems.  I feel honoured that most of the people featured in the film & others who have worked behind the scenes are good friends of mine.  To learn more about the film check out this blog post from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

The film had a great run screening nationally & internationally.  And I’m really humbled by the feedback I received and the number of emails telling me that since watching this little film, some people felt inspired to start a garden in their homes or their neighbourhoods.

It makes my heart smile knowing that the art I create resonates.

The film has been offline for a bit, while screening at international film festivals.  But the time has come to share it with you again…  So click here to watch it.

In loving memory of my dear friend & teacher, Glenda M Lindsay Jan 23 1954 – Jan 15 2017.

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Video still, Growing Food Project (2013)

 

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Moreland Food Gardens Network

Earlier this month, myself & friends from around Moreland got together to celebrate six years of food activism, community gardening, local food projects and other amazing achievements by our group the Moreland Food Gardens Network (MFGN).

As a co-founder of MFGN, it makes me so proud to see how this group has become an important asset for our community.  The network provides an opportunity for people in Moreland to come together on a regular basis, to share information and collaborate in a variety of ways to improve access to seasonal produce and growing food in & around the area.

Recently MFGN was involved in the Urban Agriculture Forum hosted by Sustain & Melbourne University’s Burnley Campus to discuss Urban Agriculture in Melbourne, its achievements, lessons, enablers and opportunities.

To check out what Moreland Food Gardens Network is all about, visit our website or follow us on Facebook & twitter.

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