I grew up in an Australian-Italian household and for us, food brought family and friends together. We would often eat ‘spuntini’, the Italian concept of family-style eating, designed to be eaten slowly and enjoyed as a group. We would fill bowls, boards and plates with the most delicious foods that the season had to offer (and whatever we had in the fridge and pantry). People would drop in for lunch or afternoon tea and still be there at dinner time. We would always make sure the table was full so everyone felt welcomed and would leave with a full stomach and an even fuller heart from the stories shared and memories created with loved ones.
I still love this style of eating and it is this warmth and energy that it generates that I bring to all my events.