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Chiaroscuro Retreat at Bundara Farm, Berry – Day 1

By May 5, 2017 cbr foodie, retreats & workshops

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No words can describe how belated I feel about how my first workshop turned out. I was so blessed that dear Valentina and Zaira took a chance on me and flew all the way from Italy having never met me. It never ceases to amaze me that people from opposite sides of the world can connect and create, all for the love of a common interest.

It was so lovely to host Valentina, Zaira and her boyfriend Francesco for just over a week exploring Australia. We did the Bondi – Bronte walk, we scoured organic cafes for smashed avo, I introduced them to vegemite toast & Tim Tams and we drank lots of tea. We put the workshop on together, we ate a lot (obv), but the most special part for me, was to have them come stay with me in Canberra. Although I was (still am) in a bit of a crazy period with Hidden Feast this weekend, it was pretty cool that I got to show them my little corner of the world. After spending a week straight with these three special souls, I felt sad to say goodbye to them, but know I have made life long friends.

Being my first retreat, I know guests took the same chance with me, and I was so pleased to hear everyone enjoyed the weekend. What I wanted to create for the Chiaroscuro Retreat was a buzzing space for like minded creatives to come together, learn, share knowledge and be inspired. The girls taught their signature dark and moody style and I hope every guest walked away with a little confidence, inspiration and knowledge to re-create this at home. Every nook and cranny for the entire weekend was styled by the talented Lean Timms and as the pictures show, she did a kick-ass job of it. Her resourcefulness and community pruning skills are second to none! Ha ha! The weekend was filled with delicious food, gorgeous weather and even better company. I couldn’t have asked for more!

I was so lucky to have a wonderful team of people (including the incredibly generous Francesco and Megan who helped EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY) around me, but I have to say a special thanks for my husband Ryan, for being my rock and always supporting my (insane!) goals despite having the most stressful job himself. Also, I could achieve none of the things I do without my incredibly selfless mum. She always puts her hand up to do last minute errands, do my shopping or cook dinner or looking Remy, for as long as I need, and always with a smile (the best part!). It’s such a blessing to have grandparents close, but mum really takes it to another level and I am so grateful. Remy is at home with her as she is with me, which gives me such comfort when I leave her to work.

The first day kicked off with a seated lunch in the sun. No better way to meet new friends than to break bread, so to speak. After lunch our first workshop commenced which covered camera and photography basics. While the class was in session, we set up the cocktail station and guests were treated to a Martini and Cosmopolitan 101 class taught by my husband (the best bartender I know).

Our caterers, Alfie’s Kitchen put on the best F#CK off cheese plate you’ve ever seen and canapés to boot. Guests enjoyed sunset milling on the deck, sipping cocktails and practicing camera settings. As the sun went down we nestled into dinner by candlelight and got to know our new friends.

As I am not the most eloquent wordsmith, I will let the photos do the rest of the talking. I’ve had to split the wrap up into two posts as there were just too many photos for me to share at once. It’s still G I A N T, so grab a cuppa or a wine (I have a glass of Shiraz in my hand as I type) and enjoy.

Note: I have included the links to our partners and the menus from the weekend (some recipes are from our blogs so I have included these links for you too). Needless to say, no one went home hungry.

~ Partners ~ 

Teachers: Valentina of Hortus Cuisine and Zaira of The Freaky Table

Venue: Bundara Farm | Facebook | Instagram

Stylist: Lean Timms | Instagram

Food: Alfie’s Kitchen | Facebook | Instagram

Gifts: Facture Goods | Facebook | Instagram

Raku gifts: The Freaky Raku | Instagram

Most wonderful helpers: Ryan, Megan & Francesco (THE BEST)

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~ Welcome Lunch ~ 

Starters

Spezzati soup with green curry paste and crispy sage

Mains

Forrest mushroom Ragu, smoked with blue gum

Sides

Roasted root vegetables, spiced yogurt dressing, toasted nuts

Mixed Greens, radish and foraged herb salad

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~ Cocktail & Canapes ~ 

Cocktails

Cointreau Wash Gin Martini

Cosmopolitan

Canapes

Heirloom carrots shaved, pickled and puréed sprinkled with roasted hazel nut in a sesame tart

Caramelised figs topped with crispy sage and macadamia cream

Jamon, prosciutto, melon platter

F*CK off cheese platter with hand rolled lavosh crackers

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~ Dinner ~ 

Starters

Salt baked beetroot stuffed with hazelnut paté, salted plums and toasted wattle seeds

Mains

Confit duck leg roasted chestnut and orange caramel

Roasted eggplant, black garlic, toasted seeds and grains

Sides

Winter vegetables cheesy breakfast casserole

Hand cut triple cooked potato chips

Sautéed seasonal green vegetables

Dessert

Stone fruit upside down cake, Il Gelato chocolate gelato

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Don’t forget to hashtag #workshopwiththemacadames when attending my retreats, I love to see your experience.

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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12 Comments

  • Reply Jane May 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This is fantastic. Such beatiful photos. Very inspiring!

    • Reply Anisa May 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. x

  • Reply Helen May 6, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for hosting the most spectacular weekend Anisa. Your photos are so dreamy and beautiful. I had the most amazing weeekend you are a star!

    • Reply Anisa May 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Thanks so much Helen! SO glad you had a good time. xxx

  • Reply Sophie Hansen May 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Well done Anisa! It looks like such a wonderful workshop! I know how much time and effort goes into putting these togethers so applaud you BIG TIME. Can’t wait to see day 2.

    • Reply Anisa May 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Thanks so much for commenting Sophie, glad you liked the photos. Yep!!! A lot of work, definitely take my hat off to you too! Cant wait for another Local Is Lovely workshop!

  • Reply Claire Marchant May 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Oh Anisa! What a spectacular weekend! I have not stopped talking about it since! Your shots are amazing and captured every special moment. I went in with limited knowledge, and whilst I’m not a pro yet, I certainly came home with a swag of new things to try out. I was just so thrilled to be part of it! Claire xx

    • Reply Anisa May 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Hi Claire, I am so glad you got something out of it. I can’t wait to see your photos 🙂

  • Reply Megann May 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Loved loved LOVED being a part of your amazing workshop Anisa! Such incredible photos too. Til next year 😉

    • Reply Anisa May 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

      UNTIL next year lol! Thanks so much Megan, you were the BEST!

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