The special outdoor event will be held following the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market and will feature produce sourced fresh from local farmers and producers.
Chef Francisco Smoje and partner Emma – known for their regular pop-up restaurant events at Coorabell, Federal, Bangalow and Corndale halls – will create one of their signature four-course lunches that are enjoyed by guests at shared tables.
Francisco says the inspiration to take Francisco’s Table outdoors grew out of his regular Friday morning visits to the Mullumbimby Farmers Market:
“I always had this idea for us (Francisco’s Table) to be more guerilla-style and pop up here, there and everywhere. There are a lot of places I’d like to do lunch and dinners that we haven’t explored, and the market has always been one of them. Every time I sit to have my Nomadic Kitchen breakfast, I look at the fig trees and just think: ‘this would be an awesome place for a lazy lunch on a Friday afternoon.’”
The menu is yet to be revealed, but will feature the honest, simple, and slightly decadent food that is the trademark of Francisco’s Table. Previous feasts have included dishes like marinated local olives, locally made cheese by Cheeses Loves You and Francisco’s own sourdough; cuttlefish and clams with organic heirloom tomatoes from Fox Farm at Newrybar; braised brisket, barbecued corn, mayo and parmesan with mustard greens, pickles and cabbage; and desserts like poached quinces with creme fraiche, meringue and roasted cinnamon almonds, or moscato jelly with poached peaches and vanilla custard.
A strong exponent of cooking locally and seasonally, Argentinean-born Francisco goes to great lengths to source his produce from farmers markets or local producers directly, and says the quality and diversity of produce in our region is hard to beat.
“It’s an amazing place to be a cook,” he said.
• Francisco’s Table is at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds next Friday, March 18. To book, call 0416 057 705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org