A couple of months ago, my housemate Marie invited me to attend a workshop called ‘Restaurant Day Lab’ organised by FORM. She said it was held on a Sunday afternoon for 5 hours (!!) and that there be food involved.
She got me with the food bit:)
Along with 23 other attendees that Sunday, we met with Timo Santala, from Helsinki. Timo was in Perth to speak at the Public Symposium and stayed on to facilitate the Lab workshops. He started by telling us the story of how he founded Restaurant Day in Helsinki – he was in the park, on his push bike, and sold gin and tonics to passer-bys .
Everyone in the lab was smiling at that point.
He told us he “ran out of drinks” that day and that it was the beginning of the idea for a food carnival: Restaurant Day, a day where “ANYONE could open up a pop-up restaurant, cafe or a bar for a day, it can happen ANYWHERE in the world, at the office, on a street corner … only your imagination is the limit”.
I thought it was a brilliant concept (who doesn’t love a pop-up-something?).
Timo got us to split into smaller groups of 5 and each group were given the task of creating a ‘pretend’ pop up restaurant concept, a name, menu and ingredients shopping list. It was intensive, but at the same time, it was really exciting to chat with like minded people who like me, were not chefs but loved good food and an excuse to bring good people together.
– a pop-up event seemed pop-perfect!
We named our group “Roaming Kitchen” and we decided our food carnival was going to happen at a home kitchen in Scott Street, South Fremantle. Naturally, I volunteered to make us Tees …and this is what they looked like:
Roaming Kitchen gets Tees
I explained to the group that the previous owners of Scott Street built the house in the 90’s and they were pastry chefs (!) so they had installed a commercial sized kitchen which had a commercial sized OVEN!
Guests would ‘roam’ with ‘tapas’ style food from room to room and explore and celebrate the unique Fremantle home – starting with the Ping Pong Sun room, adjacent to the kitchen.
Roaming in the Ping Pong room
On Saturday 16th of May 2015 (the official Restaurant day) Roaming Kitchen (Shh-its’a-Test) opened its oven (and glassy ping pong room) doors to 25 guests. Regardless of the rain and wind, we dished up a 5 course mini tapas menu which included; Gazpacho shots, hand pulled Vietnamese pork rolls with slaw, hand rolled pizzas with chilli sausage, brocollini and trece, followed by a dessert of watermelon rose pistachio parfait with scott-oven-deyhydrated coconut (plus surprise pinapple and smoked sorbet palate cleansers in between!).
Scott smoked capsicum sorbet ready to go
Timo, thank you for being our catalyst in making Roaming Kitchen Fremantle pop-alive onto the international Restaurant Day world map. Also thanks to my Roaming Kitchen co-host Marie who dragged me out to the workshop on that sunday afternoon!
I’ve had such a BLAST – cooking, decorating, printing, mingling … and eating!!
The next Roaming Kitchen #scottflavour event will be held worldwide on Restaurant Day Sunday 16th August 2015. If you’re interested in finding out more or to see if there is a pop-up event near you, visit www.restaurantday.com.
Scott-to go now and until the next post,