Hard Things to Talk About

Author: Emma Hutton

Forget the daily play-by-play. It's time to bounce back from your conversational dining rut with a new dinner series aimed at addressing the topics we often leave off the table.

Over the last weekend of August, former Berta chef O Tama Carey is going rogue behind the burners at Café Paci to create a five-course menu exploring bias through food and discussion.

"It's a dinner but each course or section has an idea behind it," says Carey. "The aim is to use the food and booze as a nudge to get people talking and exploring ideas in a fun, gentle and delicious way."

The food, adds curator, Lekki Maze, is designed to tell a story.

"It will challenge our assumptions, and also open us up to the unknown. Expect some unexpected flavours, or familiar flavours in new forms."

Accompanying the menu will be matching wines and provocative statements, and there's even talk of performers in the mix.

"It's going to be lots of fun," says Carey, who will be exploring her own inherent bias through the menu. "I will get to play with some unusual stuff that is not my norm."

Bias - Against the Grain will be the first instalment in a series, which will return in the New Year with discussions on fear, mistakes, taboos, sex, death and consciousness.

Your host for the dinners, The Ethics Centre, is also a co-curator of this year's Festival of Dangerous Ideas so expect some serious food for thought.

Tickets are $135, Aug 30 & 31, Bias - Against the Grain, Café Paci, 95 Riley St, Darlinghurst, NSW, (02) 9368 7000







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