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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival River Graze

MFWFAs part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is participating in the Festival River Graze at the Southbank promenade on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March. We want all strolling foodlovers that weekend to stop and chat with some of our staff, to watch our young volunteers make tomato passata workshops, and to help us raise money to further support our many kitchen garden schools and early learning centres.

My friend Maggie Beer has agreed to come by and both Maggie and I will be on hand for a few hours on each day to enthuse the children and spread the word to the general public of the importance of doing what we can to promote the spread of pleasurable food education in schools and early learning centres to as many Australian children as possible.

The Cook’s Apprentice – Book Tour Dates

The Cook's Apprentice

October and November are set to be busy, touring various cities in celebration of my new book, The Cook’s Apprentice.
I hope you can join me at an event near you!


Western Australia

Event: Literary Lunch at Cape Lodge
12.30pm, Sunday 7 October
In conversation with Ian Parmenter
3341 Caves Road, Yallingup
$95 per ticket, includes a three-course lunch as cooked from The Cook’s Apprentice
Book here. 

Event: Books at Bars
6pm, Monday 8 October
Currambine Bar and Bistro, 14 Hobsons Gate, Currambine
$7 per ticket + booking fee, includes nibbles and food platters.
Book here.

Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation at Subiaco Library
7pm, Tuesday 9 October SOLD OUT
Subiaco City Library, 237 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Contact Subiaco City Library for bookings and enquiries here.


New South Wales

Event: Kiama Supper Club
5:30pm, Sun day 14 October SOLD OUT
Sebel Kiama, 31 Shoalhaven Street Kiama
$50 per ticket, includes main course and glass of wine on arrival.
Book here.

Event: Long Table Lunch: Stephanie Alexander at Bannisters
12pm, Monday 15 October
Bannisters Resort, 191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
$80 per ticket, includes two courses and a glass of bubbly on arrival
Call Bannisters on 02 4455 3044 for tickets and enquiries.

Event: Morning tea at Centennial Vineyard
10:30am, Tuesday 16 October
Centennial Vineyard, 252 Centennial Road, Bowral
$30 per ticket
Available through The Bookshop Bowral 02 4862 1634.

Event: The Masters Series: Stephanie Alexander
6.30pm, Wednesday 17 October
As organised by Good Food for Good Food month
Hyde Park Palms, Elizabeth St, Sydney (near St James’ Station)
$150 per ticket, or $280 with a copy of The Cook’s Companion
Includes a three course meal with paired wine and beer, as cooked from The Cook’s Companion
Book here.



Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation with Chris Gordon at Readings
6pm, Thursday 25 October
Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
Book here.



Event: An evening with Stephanie Alexander in Burnie
5:30pm, Tuesday 30 October
The Point at West Park, 8 Bass Hwy, Parklands
Tickets $10, which includes a drink on arrival.
Book here.

Event: Morning Tea with Stephanie Alexander
10:30am, Wednesday 31 October
Pepper’s Silo Hotel, 89-91 Lindsay St, Launceston
Tickets $35 per person
Book here.

Event: An evening with Stephanie Alexander in Hobart
5:30pm, Wednesday 31 October
Fullers Hobart, 131 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
Book here.



Event: Stephanie Alexander and Bruno Loubet in conversation with Nicole Dyer
7pm, Wednesday 7 November
Robina Library & Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Bookings open 8 October.

Event: A morning with Stephanie Alexander in Tweed Heads
10am, Thursday 8 November
Tweed Heads Library, Wharf St, Tweed Heads
This is a free event, but bookings are recommended.
Contact Tweed Heads Library for bookings and enquiries, 07 5569 3150

Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation at the Brisbane Powerhouse
7pm, Thursday 8 November
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Tickets are:
/$35 plus booking fee
/$30 + booking fee for concession
/$66 + booking fee for ticket and a copy of The Cook’s Apprentice
Book here

Event: A Literary Lunch at the Grand View Hotel
12pm, Friday 9 November
Grand View Hotel, 49 North Street, Cleveland
Tickets are $50, which includes a two-course lunch
For booking contact the Grand View Hotel on 07 3884 3000 or

Event: Literary Lunch with Stephanie Alexander in Noosa
12:00pm, Saturday 10 November
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas 
33A Viewland Dr 
Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
Tickets are $65, and include three courses.
Tickets available from Mary Ryan Noosa.
Contact or 07 5455 4848 for bookings and enquiries.


South Australia

Event: An Evening with Stephanie Alexander in the Barossa Valley
6:00pm, Wednesday 28th of November
Nuriootpa Sports and Function Centre
Penrice Rd Nuriootpa
SA 5355
Tickets $5, which includes supper and coffee/tea.
Book now through Barossa Library on 08 8563 8440.


Event: Stephanie Alexander in Adelaide in conversation with with Poh Ling Yeow
6.30pm, Thursday 29 November
Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixstow
Tickets $5.
Book here.

Please check this page for upcoming events regular updates.

My New Book – The Cook’s Apprentice

The Cook's Apprentice

I’m excited to announce that my new book, The Cook’s Apprentice, is at the printers and will be released in October 2018!

This book was inspired by The Cook’s Companion, but this time I found myself thinking of young people just starting to cook.

The new cooks I know often have many questions about ‘how?’ and ‘what is it?’. This new work concentrates on achievable (but of course delicious) recipes, highlighting and explaining each technique as well as identifying unusual ingredients and where to get them.

I had  a curious teenager in mind as I wrote … but I know that new cooks come in all shapes and sizes, all genders, and all ages. Circumstances change in families, and sometimes even older ‘non-cooks’ find themselves becoming ‘new cooks’!

There are 54 chapters and 300 recipes. The language is straightforward and where a recipe has been transferred from some other work, I have scrutinised it to ensure that it is crystal-clear and never confuses. Each ingredient has its quirky and delightful hand-drawn image by artist and designer Evi O.

Last week I had the excitement of seeing a mockup of the final book whilst doing some short video clips for eventual social media promotion.

The Cook’s Apprentice will be available in bookstores and online from 1st of October 2018.

Available from Booktopia and Angus & Robertson.



What’s Cooking? Melbourne University survey

Alumni survey

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking for people aged 18–23 to take part in a new study about what young people are cooking and eating.

The What’s Cooking? study is a follow-up to the evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program that  found children who were part of the Kitchen Garden Program had better cooking and gardening knowledge, skills, and confidence, and an increased willingness to try new foods.

The new evaluation aims to find out if these changes are retained when participants become independent young adults.

All adults aged between 18 and 23 years who attended primary school in Victoria are eligible to participate in the study.


Take the Survey