On October 10th 2020, Abbot John donned a kitchen apron to share his former life as a chef, working in some of Melbourne’s finest award-winning restaurants of the 1980s.
In 2021 a series of seasonal dinners in the French tradition was offered and were booked out well in advance.
By popular demand we are pleased to announce the dates for the 2022 series at the grand old New Norcia Hostel:
‘La Table de l’Abbé’
The Abbot’s Table
SUMMER: Saturday 12th February
AUTUMN: Saturday 14th May
WINTER: Saturday 30th July
(late) SPRING: Saturday 22nd October
While monastic life may seem to be in stark contrast to the restaurant scene, it is the spirit of hospitality which is at the heart of them both. Monastic life – and indeed, cooking – are about being in tune with, and having respect for, the rhythm, balance and produce of the seasons.
This series celebrates a set four-course menu of fresh seasonal produce and showcase New Norcia wood-fired bakery products, olive oil, Abbey Ale and Abbey wines, to be shared with family and friends – or strangers – in this special place, a town like no other.
In the spirit of community, guests will sit together at long tables throughout the venue.
- All-inclusive dinner: $150 per person
- When booking, please notify us of any special dietary requirements.
** Accommodation is available for this event. Please contact Bernadette on 9654 8002 or email@example.com for the Guesthouse; or for the Hostel or Old Convent please contact Joyce on 9654 8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** For group bookings: due to COVID-19 and ticketing could you please list the name of each group member attending in the notes section of your order. Thank you.
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