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What we do

Productions such as this video we’re working on with Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane from Allsun Farm. There’s more details at the Growing the Growers website.

Who we are

We’re the bit of Regional Food Australia that does the videos. And here we’re collecting some of them and some of what we like, or can learn from, from the web.

Barcelona Truffle Tour

Marcos Morciilo and Xavier Vilanova of Micologia Forestal & Applicada run a tour for truffle growers and wanna-be growers each year. Continue Reading →

Sandor Katz is Sandorkraut – pickle maker

This short documentary profiles the queer farmer and food writer Sandor Katz, whose work in culinary fermentation transformed his relationship with life and death.
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Finding Gaston – Trailer – Cucina Peruana

Here’s a trailer for FINDING GASTON, a new documentary about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio that’s had some good Festival screenings. Continue Reading →

Antonio Carluccio cooks for The Truffle Festival

Here’s a 14 minute video that we’ve just finished of the cooking demonstration that Antonio gave as part of the Truffle Festival event at the Emirate Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the Blue Mountains. He was going to cook just two truffle dishes but there was a request for a gnocchi dish so he whipped up (mashed up?) a gnocchi genovese.

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Pig worship

The restaurant in this video is in Hove, near Brighton UK, and is called L’Eglise (The Church) and the sacrificial pig is a rare breed Middle White from Huntsham Court Farm in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire.

Learning Farming

This is clearly fits into our Growing the Growers agenda, of trying to keep small scale agriculture alive and exciting. The California Farm Academy consists of a nine-month training program that meets part-time in the early evenings and on weekends, followed by a farm business incubator component.

Holy Gotham Greens Batman!

I’ve got a negative ‘thing’ about hydroponic vegetable growing. Why bother? is the first question. What’s wrong with good, organic dirt?

Previewing Pollan

Alice Waters, Mario Batali and writer /cook Samin Nosrat pretty much nail how important Michael Pollan’s argument in his book COOKED is, that we have been civilised by cooking and then somehow forgot how to do it. And why you might like his book (and it’s not about TV cooking shows).

Ma’ Hidden Kitchen Supper Club Milan

Pop-up dining and secret location diners are driven by the fun of the experience but also the love of good food and fresh company. Milanese couple, Melissa and Lele may have their faces obscured on their nicely designed website but they reveal their very likeable personalities in this Crane.tv clip. Their blog has some examples of their menus, there’s clearly a designer in the mix.

Mind of a chef (PBS series)

I doubt if we’ll see this series on broadcast in Australia (lamentably, like many of the terrific PBS shows) but you can now rent the full episodes of the first season online, on the Mind of a Chef on PBS video if you can spoof your location as USA. (Did I say that?) Continue Reading →

The new age butchers

Butchers who care about their sources of meat and how they relate to customers demanding sustainability and quality, have been revitalising the butchers shops. While supermarkets pride themselves with buying top quality, talking to a butcher can’t be beaten. And it’s becoming a profession for younger people, as this great short video from Thrash Labs in San Francisco clearly shows.

Food waste? Call the gleaners

gleanersThis is the first four minutes of Agnes Varda’s full-length documentary, “The Gleaners and I” (2000). Inspired by Realist painter Jean-François Millet’s famous painting “The Gleaners [Les Glaneuses] (1857),” Varda (and her cat) explore contemporary practices of scavenging and recycling. The official trailer is here on YouTube.

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Seeds of Freedom

This is a full 30 min doco made by the African Biodivesrsity network and the Gaia Foundation. It’s narrated by Jeremy Irons and stars may of our food heroes like Dr Vandana Shiva, and makes a compelling case for not ‘helping’ underdeveloped nations by introducing GM seeds and large scale industrial agriculture. Continue Reading →

Cheese trends

As you’ll see over on our Regional Food “Talk and Cheese‘ section, we’ve always been obsessed with cheese. While this video series gets a bit repetitive (very flat presentation), and uses the non-words ‘artisan’ and ‘fast-casual’, we’re sharing the idea around.
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Haiku for dinner? Whole Foods ‘Dark Rye’ magazine videos

Ok, maybe I’m slow but I’ve just discovered Whole Foods video / web magazine Dark Rye. It looks like it was started in July 2012, and the stated editorial intent is to “Meet the dreamers, doers, and makers. Dark Rye tells the stories of people changing the world they live in, and hopefully inspiring you to change the world you live in.”
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When the sun rises, I go to work.
When the sun goes down,
I take my rest.
I dig the well from which I drink.
I farm the soil which yields my food.
I share creation.
Kings can do no more.

Chinese Proverb -from Hong Kong Honey video

Hong Kong Honey – from Nokia

This video was done by Sydney production group the silentlights. Their description says “Hong Kong is home to more than 7 million people. Amongst the high rise apartments, product designer Michael Leung founder of HK Honey, has created his own space bringing nature back into the metropolis one box at a time. Continue Reading →

The scent of black -Truffles and Malbec

This lovingly shot video post came from a great site called Grape Radio. Their Vimeo site is here. The idea of truffles having the same response to ‘terroir’ is something that’s becoming more obvious as our local Truffle Festival rolls on. Continue Reading →

How broadband aids a seaweed farmer

Shot as plug for broadband access. The story behind a seaweed farming family in Sabah, Malaysia, and how they used the internet to drive sales of their produce to make a better life for themselves.

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Lesson 1. How to do a food tourism video

This video was produced with Slow Food who chose the participants and has won a number of Tourism Awards. It’s changed my impression of Serbia, and like a good travel promotion, made me want to visit.

Lesson 2. How not to do a tourism video

Even if you think it will appeal to a younger audience! Nice place, Gstaad, shame about the talent and the telegraphed story ‘hooks’.