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  • Writer's pictureAmy Minichiello

A Floral Workshop & Lunch

I thought I would pop in here to let you know that I have an upcoming event at the beautiful Villa Floretti which is located in Boneo on the Mornington Peninsula. A protea and native flower plantation set amongst five acres with panoramic views spanning from Port Phillip Bay around to Bass Strait. The farm is known for producing some of the largest King Proteas in Australia and their mantra is Flowers, Food, Family, Friends, and Fun.

Richelle (the wonderful owner and founder) and I would love for you to join us on Friday the 1st of September at 10:30 am for floral posy fun in the flowering fields, followed by a delicious lunch prepared by me.

Lunch will include some favourites from my book, Recipes in the Mail - Potato and Leek soup, mini cheese and gherkin scones, big green salads with freshly baked sourdough, Nanna's comforting Beef Noodle, and for dessert, Aunty Linda's milk tart and Joyce's Swiss apple pie. There will also be a little parting gift for you as we wave goodbye.

Lunch will be enjoyed from 12:30-2 pm including a glass of bubbles as you gaze out over the beautiful distant water views after soaking in the birdsong and floral display. Nature at its finest abounds here.

The cost inclusive of these experiences is $210 pp. There are 10 places available with only a few left at the time of writing this. You can pop on over to the Villa Floretti booking page here if you would like to join us for this special day.

Images from Villa Floretti


Speaking of events, I can't quite believe that in a little over a week, I will be heading to Sydney for a very special afternoon tea hosted by the ever-so-lovely and talented Kath Vincent. There are still a few places left, so if you are in or around the northern suburbs of Sydney we would love to see you for an afternoon full of cake and endless cups of tea, as well as conversation and laughter. I am SO excited! You can find the booking link here.


Oh, and one more thing. I had the absolute pleasure of being a guest on Lindsay Cameron Wilson's podcast The Food Podcast which aired last week. I admire this woman so much, so this was a real treat. Her poetic, soothing voice and the way she weaves stories from everyday moments into each episode is pure joy for my ears. This conversation launches off the last episode with the talented Jill Barber - Singer/songwriter/mother (her song "Homemaker" makes me teary every time) Where we learn that the sharing of recipes, songs, and stories has the power to connect and save us, wherever we find ourselves in this world. When conversations are openly and honestly shared, connections are made and we feel less alone.

We recorded this a few weeks ago now, Lindsay with her mug of coffee, the sun only having just risen above the horizon in Canada. And me, with the darkness spreading out like a black cloak behind the windows as the moon rose on the opposite side of the world, in Australia. Two women, both mothers, both blessed with a love of food and cooking, brought together through the tiny squares of Instagram. United and connected. If you would like to listen you can click here.

Image above taken by Sally Frawley who also has a wonderful weekly substack full of food, finds and forays.


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