Table Talks presented by Smith Journal

An unexpected series of thought provoking discussions

Together, Taste of Melbourne and Smith Journal are hosting Table Talks, an unexpected series of thought provoking discussions providing rare insight into the food industry, its people and their success stories.

Table Talks presented by Smith Journal invites unique contributors from the food and beverage industry to share their stories and engage in an intimate conversation with a small audience. Each talk consists of a 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A, presented by Zowie Minchin.


Thursday 30th November


Andre Bishop – The elevation of sake Downunder

The Art Of Sake discussions with Australia’s Official Sake Ambassador Andre Bishop


Lûmé – Inside the Lûmé looking glass

Creating Temperence (non-alcoholic) cocktails with cocktail craft master, Orlando Marzo from restaurant Lume


StrangeLove premium drinks – The world’s leading afterthought

In this G&T master class you will learn the mixer is as important as the spirit

Friday 1st December


PERKii Probiotic – Wellness and water: Exploring the mind-gut connection

Author Andi Lew explores the connection between our minds and guts through a lesson on mindful eating


Muurikka Smokers – How to smoke food the easy way

These smoke experts to show you how to smoke, with this smoked chorizo and haloumi demonstration


Julia Busuttil Nishimura – Learn how to make pasta by hand

To celebrate the launch of her first cookbook, Ostro, Julia joins us to host a pasta-making master class


Meat Me Here food truck butchers – How to fill that skin

Award winning sausage makers from Meet Me Here host this sausage making master class


Absinthe Salon Melbourne – Chasing the green fairy

Learn about the stranger-than-fiction history of absinthe, the traditional serving methods, and flavours of the drink of the Belle Epoque. A not-to-be-missed experience for the adventurous, the curious, or those who love a good story


Cacao Hunters  – Colombia’s best legal import to Australia

Meet the makers, learn about the trade and its impact on Colombia, and – most importantly – taste some of the good stuff

Saturday 2nd December


The Fermentary – How to make your own kimchi

In this talk, you’ll learn how to fight for your gut democracy through complex, full flavour, gut loving, nutrient dense ferments, including a demonstration on how to make kimchi


Edible Balcony Gardens.. and Worms!

Botanist and ecologist Brendan Morse hosts a workshop on edible gardens and the worlds best gardeners – worms


Elwood Sourdough – Greg Dee, the Accidental Baker

Meet the crazy bakers who surf the crumb, love their leaven and make lots of dough!


Friend and Burrell – Discussion session with the truffle master and the master chef

Come and chat to truffle master Simon Friend, and his mate Steve Nairn, head chef of ESP for this truffle master class


More Tea – What’s in your cup? Join us for this exciting new approach to tea tasting

In this blindfolded ‘speed dating’ session you’ll get to experience a variety of teas from More Tea


Pop-Bite – Popcorn master class

Pop masters Jack and Annie will show us the secrets to A-Maize-ing popcorn!


Four Pillars Gin – Distilling world-class spirits

Cameron MacKenzie shares with us his vision to elevate the craft of distilling in Australia and celebrate the art of cocktail making


Yummy Rhum – A 200-year-old rum-infused pop-up party

The Isautier family is the oldest business and distillery on Reunion island.  Join the 7th generation, Audrey Isautier in this rum infused pop up party!

Sunday 3rd December


Little Zebra Chocolates TM – I can’t believe it’s sugar-free!

Come chat to the team about their delicious and rich sugar free chocolates made in a completely nut free factory


The Fertile Crescent – Putting the fun in fungus

In this workshop, botanist and ecologist Brendan Morse will show you how to grow your own delectable fungus at home


Organic Ease – How clever are your taste buds?

Organic Ease director, Luke Tracey will blindfold you, and test your palette against organic and store-bought produce.  The top taster will win a giant box of organic veggies to take home


Wine-down with Women in the Industry

Table Talks curator and host Zowie Minchin will bring together a group chat with power babes from the hospitality industry in an informal group gathering with the ladies in the know

Smith Journal is a magazine that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub. It’s a publication for thinkers, adventurers, makers and inventors, from small-batch distillers and cheese-makers to old-school craftspeople of all walks.

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