MasterChef’s Steph De Sousa is set to show off her culinary skills next month at the third annual Feast For the Senses event.
The exclusive over-18s evening on Saturday 28 November will be hosted in the newly revamped Rathmines Theatre and will feature a three-course meal, live entertainment, and organic wines by Tamburlaine Wines.
The menu, designed and cooked by De Sousa, will be meat-free and showcase delicious, seasonal ingredients which have been sustainably farmed and locally sourced, to keep with the event’s core themes.
“I’m really excited to show guests that you don’t need meat to create an amazing menu,” De Sousa said.
Feast For the Senses is a part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s annual Living Smart Festival.
While this year’s Living Smart Festival switched to an online program due to COVID-19, Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said health guidelines meant it was still possible to host this event.
“We’ve moved from Speers Point Park to Rathmines Theatre to ensure a COVID-safe evening,” Ms Hemsley said.
“Current health guidelines stipulate a maximum of 30 people for outdoor events like this, whereas shifting it indoors with a comprehensive COVID-19 plan means we can accommodate more people.”
De Sousa is also the face of the Meat Free Challenge – a month-long initiative challenging families to eat less meat to improve health and help the environment.
“The aim isn’t necessarily to make vegetarians out of meat-eaters – it’s to tip the scales just a little bit away from having meat on your plate every night of the week,” she said.
Tickets for this year’s event are $65 per person, and include the three-course meal, a drink on arrival and live entertainment.
To maintain COVID-safe measures, seats and tables will be allocated based on ticket transactions, so groups are encouraged to buy tickets all at once to ensure they’re seated together.
Ms Hemsley said the event was expected to return to Speers Point Park in 2021.
“This has been a challenging year for everyone, but we’re looking forward to hosting a fun and memorable evening in Rathmines,” she said.