Many people are curious about a plant-based diet but just don’t know where to start when it comes to the cooking part. This is where Vegie Head’s workshops come in.
Run by Adele McConnell, founder of Vegie Head, the workshop is held at the Neff Market Kitchen in South Melbourne Market. As a devotee of many Vegie Head recipes, I was very excited to meet Adele and refine my culinary techniques.
On walking into the class, I admired the beautifully-laid table, fruit and nut platter, and take-home gift for each participant. This was a great start to the evening ahead.
Each workshop is themed and my night was Italian night. We were treated to gazpacho, cream cashew cheese, warm olives, gnocchi with arribiata sauce, bruschetta with zucchini and greens and an amazing dessert tasting plate.
Some of the dishes are pre-prepared but most are freshly cooked on the night (all organic ingredients) with student participation. I now know exactly how gnocchi dough should feel!
Adele has a clear passion for wholesome living and embraces everyone with no judgments cast on individuals’ dietary choices. She shared a wealth of information on vegan cooking and nutrition and her warm and friendly nature created a comforting space for questions and open conversation.
It’s a small group experience with a maximum of 12. As well as expanding my recipe repertoire, I met some lovely people.
This workshop is suitable for everyone: from parents looking to find new family-friendly and healthy meals, to those who seldom cook and want to build their skills.
Following the class, all participants receive the recipes by email and I know I will be putting these into practice immediately. We all left the class feeling informed, confident and inspired. You can also be assured that you will not leave hungry.
Adele will be running a four-part series of workshops focusing on the fundamentals of plant-based cooking. Contact Vegie Head for more information or see their Facebook page.
Celebrating four years living in Melbourne, Rachel is a fan of theatre, food, the outdoors and all things new and exciting.
Veggie Head workshops are held monthly at the Neff Market Kitchen at the South Melbourne Market.
This event is accessible.