THE creative folk at Underground Epicureans have a knack for thinking outside the box.
The Newcastle group, headed by Neroli Foster, bring a new dimension to wining and dining and the locations for their pop-up restaurants are kept a secret until the day.
“I like to think of these events as being opportunities to gather as a community. The value of community has been lost with new technologies keeping us inside, our conversations happening online and our shopping arriving in the mailbox,” Foster explained.
“The sharing of food and wine brings conversation and my events create opportunities to gather people around a table and remind them of the enjoyment of meeting someone new.”
And now Underground Epicureans is branching out into breakfast and lunch adventures. The Breakfast Trail is all about discovering new cafes. There are two alternatives when it comes to The Long Lunch: the East Feast and the Seafood Feast.
“The East Feast locations range from a cool bar to a hatted restaurant and the Seafood Feast has three courses of seafood with prawns, mussels and salmon featuring on the menu,” Foster said.
“We work with the chefs to choose the best from their menus and make sure each course fits with the next. A short stroll in between helps us enjoy the city and the company of others.
“There’s always a common thread of conversation that comes easily around the table and people go home with a sense of connection with a stranger that could be a friend.”
Food Rituals is a collaboration between Newcastle Art Gallery and Ritual Cuisine and is more of a food experience than a dinner.
“Carl and Keilie from Ritual are passionate about the science behind food and how all our senses play a part in the experience of eating and drinking,” Foster said.
“The event is part of the Black, White and Restive exhibition featuring cross-cultural collaborations. We will add cuisine and offer a new level to experiencing the exhibition, designed to explore how tastes can be influenced by your surroundings.”
The group’s Insiders Lounge events are a collaboration with Newcastle West furniture store insideout and have proven popular to date.
“Their showroom furniture is converted into a lounge and we discover some of Newcastle’s hidden talents in the creative, humanitarian and food scenes,” she said.
“The courtyard becomes our dining room and Gundog Estate wine is enjoyed. Our next event is on June 8 where Naomi Wild is speaking.”
Go online to epicureans.com.au for details.