Kitchen master Jaci Hicken hosts a lunch to remember, featuring locally sourced wild game, organic produce and native herbs and spices.
When: 12 August, 11am to 3pm
Where: Mirboo North, South Gippsland
Wild game? Macarons? Lollies for grown-ups? These are some of the foods Jaci Hicken loves to cook up. With a passion for local produce and years spent honing her skills studying commercial cookery and working in catering, hotels and restaurants, Jaci has some notches on her belt when it comes to kitchen mastery – and she’s keen to share her skills with anyone who is interested.
And it all takes place in Mirboo North’s old dairy, now repurposed into a kitchen and food studio – which is perfectly appropriate, given that Jaci spent much of her childhood on a dairy farm in South Gippsland. And it also means that when it comes to sourcing the region’s best produce, wild game and native spices, Jaci is right at home (she even grows a lot of the produce herself).
Once a year Jaci sources seasonal local and native ingredients and game sourced from local growers, butchers and hunters, and turns it into an irresistible six-course feast. There’s a surprise element to the menu, as it’s only finalised closer to the day of the lunch, depending on what’s fresh and available locally, leading up to the lunch date.
But Jaci has a few ideas of what might be on the table: think wild mushroom and chestnut linguine, blackberry-stuffed rabbit roulade, blackberry wine and chestnut liqueur. There will also be muttonbird, an Indigenous Australian speciality with a fish-like flavour, that’s barbecued and then smoked in herbs before gracing your plate with a serve of kimchi. Jacican is fully licenced, stocking a range of local beverages to enjoy with your meal. Extra drinks are served at bar prices.
The fruits of your labour
You’ll probably be satiated by the end of six courses, but the meal doesn’t end there – Jaci will send you off with hand-made fruit pastilles as a little petit four to take home.