Pope Joan will host goat farmers Taylan and Megan Atar of Seven Hills Tallarook (and two of its prized animals) at its next ‘Meet the Producers’ event on Tuesday 8 October between 5pm and 7pm at its produce store, Hams and Bacon.
At each free ‘Meet the Producers’ event, Pope Joan chef and co-owner Matt Wilkinson hosts one of his favourite producers and give guests the chance to get to know the farmers and have a complimentary after-work tipple.
“It is so important to know where your food is coming from. What better way than to meet the actual person who grows the food that ends up on your plate?” says Matt Wilkinson.
Seven Hills Tallarook is a family-owned Boer goat farm, supplying some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, butchers and smallgoods stores including Pope Joan and Hams & Bacon. It was a finalist in Delicious magazine’s Produce Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The 700-acre farm is set on seven picturesque hills which provide the family, goats and farmstay visitors with superb views to Seymour, Puckapunyal, Broadford and the Tallarook State Forest.
Around 2,500 Boer goats roam freely in 20 to 40 acre paddocks on the farm, each equipped with shelter to protect them from the elements. They are treated like kings which is indicative in the delicate, light flavour and tenderness of the meat.
The first Pope Joan Meet the Producers event hosted Barham Avocados in August followed by pig farmers Bundarra Berkshires in September.
As well as its regular 7 days-a-week daytime service, Pope Joan recently expanded and is now open for weeknight dinners and private function bookings on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Hams and Bacon, Pope Joan’s produce store, opened earlier this year offering takeaway coffee sandwiches, soups, pies and sausage rolls as well as products from the Pope’s favourite local producers and suppliers.
MEET THE PRODUCERS 2013 CALENDAR
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Hams and Bacon: 75 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East
Tuesday 6 August with Barham Avocados
Tuesday 10 September with Bundarra Berkshires
Tuesday 8 October with Seven Hills Tallarook Goat
Tuesday 5 November is a ‘bye’ due to Spring Racing Carnival madness
Tuesday 3 December with Warialda Belted Galloways
To book dinner at Pope Joan after the event call 03 9388 8858