On Thursday 21 June, Brisbane’s acclaimed riverside restaurant Stokehouse Q will close for one evening to host a five-course celebration of local produce for the growers who dedicate their lives to cultivating these unique and rich ingredients.

Executive Chef Richard Ousby will host the dinner and has personally visited over 10 local producers from the Granite Belt, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and the Scenic Rim to curate this menu, with all of them featuring in the five-course culinary adventure. “As a chef, I have always been inspired by Australian produce. I honestly believe our local produce is some of the very best in the world, and now to be able to take it to this level, it’s inspirational to me. Being able to visit the farms and connect candidly with the families that make and cultivate the food on our plates is a really moving experience,” said Richard.

“Flavour is driven by careful thought, care, passion and love for the craft; there is something so special about being invited into someone’s home and life, to live and breathe their craft for a day. One of the most exciting parts of my job is tasting the new season pears from Jeff McMahon’s farm just out of Stanthorpe, or a beetroot fresh from the ground at Falls Farm in Mapleton. The flavour of a beetroot straight out of the ground is like a lightbulb moment. Growers like these are absolute champions for brilliant food.”

Each producer has their own story and during this special flavour-based event, these stories will be celebrated both in Chef Ousby’s menu and as told by the producers themselves. It will be a true tribute to local produce and local producers. This is the deep-seated passion that Chef Ousby strives to capture in the Stokehouse menu at the ‘From Around Here’ dinner in June.

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