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On the Table: A Matter of Taste


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Enjoy a delicious day out at Big Esso, as a panel of expert foodies – including Nornie Bero, Alice Zaslavsky, and host Jaclyn Crupi – discuss cultural and personal influences in the culinary world over a seasonal lunch prepared with Indigenous Australian ingredients.


If we are what we eat, then who are we in the twenty-first century?

Whether in our home kitchens, at the hottest new restaurant, in a bestselling cookbook, or on a fast-paced reality TV show, the ways we consume food and the narratives surrounding cuisine are inextricably linked to our cultural histories and personal identities.

Meet us at Big Esso for some food-for-thought inspired by Griffith Review 78: A Matter of Taste. Over a seasonal shared lunch prepared with Indigenous Australian ingredients, a panel of culinary superstars will discuss their approaches to cooking and sharing food, and the intersections and impact of multiculturalism, immigration and First Nations cuisine on Australian food culture.

Featuring Mabu Mabu owner and head chef Nornie Bero and award-winning author and broadcaster Alice Zaslavsky with host Jaclyn Crupi, this is sure to be a delicious conversation you can sink your teeth into.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre.

Presented in partnership with Griffith Review and Blak & Bright




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About Spring Fling

Celebrating our return to the stage and the rejuvenation of the arts and culture communities, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of events with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.

Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

Spring Fling 2022


Nornie Bero

Nornie Bero is from the Meriam People of Mer Island in the Torres Strait and is the Executive Chef, CEO and Owner of Mabu Mabu. Bero has been a professional chef for more than twenty-five years. Her style of cooking is all about generosity and flavour and she has been creating dishes using Australia... Read more

Alice Zaslavsky

Alice Zaslavsky is an award-winning author and one of Australia’s favourite broadcasters. She is the cookery columnist for The Weekend Australian Magazine, host of Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio Melbourne, culinary correspondent for ABC News Breakfast, as well as creator of digital food educ... Read more

Jaclyn Crupi

Jaclyn Crupi is a book editor, project manager, event host and bookseller. Jaclyn has worked in publishing and bookselling since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English and Cinema Studies) from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from RMIT. Jaclyn has written nume... Read more


Big Esso, Fed Square

Big Esso, Fed Square, Cnr Swanston Street and Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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