The word degustation, according to Wikipedia, is a French culinary term meaning “a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company.” It’s basically a shared gastronomic experience involving lots of small, innovative tastes that engages as many senses as possible.
Local foodies, Lee Bryant (Executive chef, Bendigo Corner Store Cafe) and Justin McPhail (Bendigo Beer) have joined forces to bring “dejustation” to Bendigo.
Their first degustation dinner, to be held at the Goldmines Hotel on November 17, will feature local lamb from the Jarrarra Stud at Harcourt, craft beer and Bendigo wines.
The duo plan to showcase a different style of eating with dishes such as Lambington – pressed lamb tongue with savoury coconut crumble and raspberry ale sauce.
“Using our combined knowledge (and Lee’s valuable experience) our aim is to challenge people’s perception of food and to encourage the food conversation. Most of all, we want our experience to be affordable and accessible. As a result, our first full degustation has six courses with matched beverages for only $99,“ Justin said.
“Next year will be a big year for us, we aim to promote Bendigo’s best young chefs, and bring some of the more well-known Australian chefs to Bendigo to showcase what our fantastic region has to offer.”
For dinner tickets go to www.dejustation.com
- Vicki Harrington