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Cultivating Tastes – Groves Grown Tropical Fruit Orchard

About Cultivating Tastes

A mild winter’s afternoon of alfresco wining & dining on locally crafted cuisine. The Menu by Joseph Prout of Lickity Fingers Catering, served at the long table at Groves Grown Tropical Fruit Orchard & accompanied by Australian wines. With regional produce insights provided by the growers, chef and wine supplier, join us for this delicious feast of knowledge.

THE WINES

PARKER COONAWARRA ESTATE

Our selections of wines for lunch have been sourced from the vineyard of Parker Coonawarra Estate.

For over a quarter of a century, Parker Estate has achieved numerous wine show medals, trophies and accolades, including a Five Star rating by James Halliday, Langton’s Classification V for Excellence, and many high rating reviews by major wine media both within Australia and internationally.

The Parker Coonawarra Estate vineyards are located on the highly regarded southern area of Coonawarra’s famed ‘cigar strip’ of Terra Rossa over limestone soil.

Parkers Estate

THE ORCHARD – GROVES GROWN TROPICAL FRUITS

Ian and Sandy Groves Orchard is situated in Bungundarra, the family enterprise, originally started when Ian’s father bought 26H in 1958 and over time the holding has grown to over 160H. Presently crops grown are Lychees, Avocado, Mango, Carambola, Longans and Loquats. The fruit is packed on farm and sent to the southern markets.

Groves Grown

 

Groves

THE CHEF

JOSEPH PROUT – LICKITY FINGERS CATERING

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Joe’s experiences as a Chef have seen him work in some interesting and remote places including the other side of Australia, The Wild West Kimberly Region of Western Australia, at El Questro Wilderness Park.

This included opportunities to cook for the likes of Megan Gale and Hugh Jackman.  He’s also worked in Canada at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where he gained one of the biggest feathers in his hat… cooking for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

He  joined the gourmet event catering group Epicure at Zinc@FedSquare in Melbourne and catered for large world-class events such as The Melbourne Cup (working in The Emirates Marquee), The Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, Anzac Day at the MCG, where dreams come true.  Joe has moved back to Rocky to share his culinary experience and love for food with his Hometown and his business Lickity Fingers Catering.

THE MENU

PADDOCK TO PLATE

REGIONAL PRODUCE MENU

 Walk in the Orchard

Grilled Eggplant Rolls, Roasted Beans, Lemon Labna

At The Table

Champagne Braised Dawson Valley Free Range Pig’s Trotter, Radish & Capers

Ceviche of Locally Caught Reef Fish, Avocado, Cucumber Ribbons, Star Fruit, Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Autumn Salad of Freshly Picked Beans, Watermelon Radish, Pickled Beetroot, Barambah Feta

Smoked Local Kokotungo Organic Beef Brisket, Textures of Sweet Potato, Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Salsa Verde

 Sweet Note to Finish

Lickity Loquat Verrine