TOMATILLO | "MEET THE CHEF" WITH SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH PRODUCE

TOMATILLO | "MEET THE CHEF" WITH SYDNEY DIRECT FRESH PRODUCE

As part of our "Meet The Grower" series, we will be having a look at what some of our customers are doing with seasonal produce. 

First up is the Executive chef of Jonah's Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Whale Beach. Matteo Zamboni using Tomatillos from our good friends at Austchilli.

Tomatillos are like a gift. Tart green fruit that's sometimes confused with an unripe tomato, wrapped in a crinkly husk. Peel the wrapping away and you're left with a world of possibility.

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"SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM TRIP WITH THE WEEDY ONE"

"SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM TRIP WITH THE WEEDY ONE"

Our annual SDFP pine mushroom trip was a huge success this year except for there being no Pine Mushrooms, the weather this year has been dry and not the best for the season. 

On the other hand, It enabled us to get to know our customers that little bit more, allow chefs to interact with one another, hear Diego’s aka (The Weedy One) stories, team up and make a memorable experience. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Luke and the SDFP team.

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"MEET THE FORAGER" - ANNUAL BONDI TO CLOVELLY FORAGE

"MEET THE FORAGER" - ANNUAL BONDI TO CLOVELLY FORAGE

We took some of our SDFP customers on our annual educational forage of the iconic walk from Bondi to Clovelly. We Kicked off with a breakfast at Drake Eatery Bondi Beach and then began our walk in search of edible herbs, leaves and flowers with the passionate Diego Bonetto aka "The Weedy One". He gave us so many interesting facts and wisdom.

It was a real pleasure to take our chef customers out for the day to relax, enjoy the ocean, eat good food and be educated about the hidden food gems that surround us.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - SHIMA WASABI TASMANIA EDITION

"MEET THE GROWER" - SHIMA WASABI TASMANIA EDITION

As part of our "Meet The Grower" campaign, we recently took a trip to Tasmania to source some of the best produce it had to offer and educate our customers. 

Our good friend and top chef Massimo Mele joined us for the adventure and to cook up some dishes with our findings. Sydney Direct Fresh Produce owner Luke Kohler is always on the hunt to find unique and top quality fruit and vegetables for his customers.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - CAROLINE HATEM'S LEBANESE CUCUMBER FARM

"MEET THE GROWER" - CAROLINE HATEM'S LEBANESE CUCUMBER FARM

With the heat of summer creeping up on us, the crisp, cooling texture of the Lebanese Cucumber is essential in every salad or sandwich.

The "Meet The Grower" series took Luke to a local Lebanese cucumber farm just a stone's throw away from Sydney Markets. We caught up with the owner Caroline Hatem to find out how the best cucumber is harvested and nurtured.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - SDFP SUPPORTING THE JRM SOCIAL SERIES

"MEET THE GROWER" - SDFP SUPPORTING THE JRM SOCIAL SERIES

At the start of 2017, we supported the talented chef James Metcalfe as he put together a fantastic dinner to raise money for OZ Harvest. After this successful event, James decided to kick off his very own pop up dinners through his business JRM Hospitality called "The JRM Social Series".

Sydney Direct Fresh produce is proud to be supporting James and his team on this fantastic new journey of exploring local produce, exceptional wines and creative spaces throughout 2017 and into 2018.

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"MEET THE GROWER & CHEF" - JAYSON MESMAN & JAMES METCALFE

"MEET THE GROWER & CHEF" - JAYSON MESMAN & JAMES METCALFE

As part of our "Meet The Grower" series, we caught up with one of our favourite growers, Jayson Mesman of The Truffle Farm and the humble James Metcalfe at his recent " JRM Social Series Dinner" at the Urban Winery Sydney. 

We supplied our freshest ingredients and brought some of our customers along to enjoy a night of local wine by Alex Retief, laughter and tasty food.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - VITO MANCINI FROM REDBELLY CITRUS

"MEET THE GROWER" - VITO MANCINI FROM REDBELLY CITRUS

As we kick off the Blood Orange season in Australia, we caught up with Vito and Leonard Mancini of Red Belly Citrus. 

One of the founding directors of Redbelly Citrus, Vito Mancini, remembers his first encounter with a blood orange, “As a boy, I was always fond of my grandfathers back yard, walking in and around always excited me by seeing what vegetables were planted and what fruits were in season".

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"MEET THE GROWER" - TRENT DE PAOLI FROM AUSTCHILLI

"MEET THE GROWER" - TRENT DE PAOLI FROM AUSTCHILLI

This month's "Meet The Grower" Trent De Paoli is the director of the largest chilli company in Australia based in Queensland. Austchilli was founded by his father David and the business encompasses three generations of sustainable farming practices along with state of the art business management systems.

All of Austchilli product is produced in the Bundaberg region. We spent the day with Trent and his team who educated us and our customers on the process of growing the largest variety of chilli Australia has to offer.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - A TRUFFLE DINNER WITH NO.1 BENT STREET

"MEET THE GROWER" - A TRUFFLE DINNER WITH NO.1 BENT STREET

Mike McEnearney and his head chef Jeffrey De Rome headed up a five-course menu featuring truffles from Jayson Mesman's Truffle Farm in Mount Majura near Canberra, and matching wines by Bryan Martin of Ravensworth Vineyard in Murrumbateman, NSW. The menu consisted of cobia sashimi with braised truffle mushrooms and radish, spit roast chicken 'demi-deuil' vinaigrette and truffle infused creme caramel.

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"MEET THE EDUCATOR" - DIEGO BONETTO & THE SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM FORAGING TRIP

"MEET THE EDUCATOR" - DIEGO BONETTO & THE SDFP ANNUAL PINE MUSHROOM FORAGING TRIP

Every year we take a selection of our customers on a seasonal pine mushroom foraging trip with the environmental enabler and cultural producer Diego Bonetto "The Weedy One". This year we had an absolute ball and were able to expand our "Meet The Grower" series to "Meet The Educator". 

Diego gave us so many golden nuggets, facts and ways to find pine mushrooms and slippery jacks without damaging the environment. We are so excited about next year's chef adventure. A massive thank you to everyone involved.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - JAYSON MESMAN FROM THE TRUFFLE FARM

"MEET THE GROWER" - JAYSON MESMAN FROM THE TRUFFLE FARM

As the truffle season kicks off we will be sourcing some of the best black gold in Australia. Please contact your accounts manager to pre order.

Sydney Direct Fresh Produce director Luke Kohler, Mike McEnearney and Jeffrey De Rome from No.1 Bent St took a trip to Canberra to learn more about the process and what makes truffles so special. Check out part one of this adventure before our Truffle Dinner at No.1 Bent Street on the 15th June.

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"MEET THE GROWER" - TONY MANN FROM EXPORT FRESH & PETITE BOUCHE

"MEET THE GROWER" - TONY MANN FROM EXPORT FRESH & PETITE BOUCHE

Sydney Direct Fresh Produce Director Luke Kohler took a trip to the new farm in Queensland to find out what it takes to get the perfect leaf on the plate.

Petite Bouche has been delivered to our customers for the past four years. We have always had consistent and innovative produce from the boys at Export Fresh. So when Directors Tony & Paul gave us the green light to film a "Meet The Grower" we jumped to the opportunity.

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MEET THE SDFP TEAM - GAULT & MILLAU EVENT 2017

MEET THE SDFP TEAM - GAULT & MILLAU EVENT 2017

MEET THE SDFP TEAM as they showcase all the beautiful Australian produce they deliver daily to many of Sydney's leading kitchens at this years Gault & Millau Australi Misen En Place Event 2017.


Sydney Direct Fresh Produce is committed to providing its customers with the best service, reliability, quality produce and educating chefs with the new "Meet The Grower" campaign. 

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"MEET THE GROWER" HOT CHILLI VERSION XXX COMING SOON XXX

"MEET THE GROWER" HOT CHILLI VERSION XXX COMING SOON XXX

We jumped to the task as we do with all of our customers. We made a few phone calls and got some interesting little fellah's sent all the way from North Queensland.

From Black Prince, Pink Tigers, Brain Killers, Trinidad Scorpion and Scotch Bonnets, we knew we could blow the roof off Applejack Hospitality for their Annual Chilli Eating Competition. Check out chef Billy's adventures here.

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