CLASSES


Common Ground Project

A Cultural Food Education Program

With culture and community being at the centre of Plate Events’ core values, we have developed our Cultural Food Education Program with the aim of educating and training individuals on day to day tasks in the kitchen, allowing them to connect on Common Ground. These tasks are not only a necessity to eat, survive and become independent, but also serve dual functions in an indirect way with an equal impact on participants learning outcomes. We aim at teaching individuals these fundamental life skills in a safe and sacred place.
Sharing a food experience together is a communal activity that has been done so for thousands of years by our ancestors, sharing in the production and harvest of food together, communally preparing and cooking meals as a unit and of course enjoying the end product sitting as one, all the while breaking down barriers and opening up communication.
Our Cultural Food Education Program is both fun and interactive for participants with a focus on cultural food practices of Aboriginal people through time, drawing on the social, economical and nutritional impacts that food and a healthy lifestyle has on an individual’s wellbeing.
Our Programs, aimed at community, Workshops, aimed at corporates, and Classes, aimed at the general public, vary in length and desired outcomes to suit a range of skills, needs and timeframes. We’re also able to tailor make programs to a particular organisations approach, customising the project as need be. Join the experience with Chef Matt Atkins!

Common Ground: 1 on 1 Mentor Program // Community
1hr duration $150.00pp+gst

This program explores elements common to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures both pre-colonisation and post. Through native flavours used for thousands of years in the preparation of a food item familiar to all Indigenous peoples that was formulated from rations post-settlement, participants take away valuable knowledge whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
This program allows participants to take-home their baked goods for family, friends or their community to communicate with and share in the experience’s key learnings.

Minimum of 6 attendees throughout the course of a day, with 1hour assigned for each participant.

Common Ground: Half Day Program // Community
3hr duration $1,000.00+gst

Through the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by First Nations peoples, this program allows participants to prepare a substantial meal with significant health benefits, taking away valuable knowledge whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
Participants also take-home foods produced for family, friends or their community to communicate with and share in the experience’s key learnings.
Foods produced showcase to attendees the benefits of a healthy meal, as well as the versatility of foods with multiple uses.

Maximum of 8 attendees per intake.

Common Ground: Full Day Program // Community
6hr duration $1,500.00+gst

This program explores elements common to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures both pre-colonisation and post, through the explorations of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in the prep-aration of food items familiar to all Indigenous peoples that were formulat-ed from rations post-settlement, whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
The Full Day program allows participants to prepare a snack, a lunch and a dinner with significant health benefits whilst comprehending the im-portance of nutrition on wellbeing. Foods produced showcase to attendees how to prepare a meal on a budget, as well as the versatility of foods in cre-ating a meal from leftovers, reducing food waste.

Maximum of 8 attendees per intake.

Common Ground: Native Foods Workshop // Corporate
1hr duration from $40.00pp+gst

This workshop allows for the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in an open and educational way with our presentation. Attendees are introduced to Native flavours through taste testing salty, sour, bitter & sweet ingredients, whilst also being able to view a vast range of herbs & spices, laid out and styled in an Indigenous display with a range of traditional cooking artefacts & instruments.
The Native Foods Workshops allows participants to interact with us through questioning as we walk them through the growth, wild harvest, preparation and cooking of a multitude of ingredients. A cooking demonstration allows for the tasting of 2 hot meats as well, closing with 2 sweet treats for guests to indulge in then and there, or packaged for them to then take away.

Less than 15 attendees $750.00+gst
15-30 attendees $45.00pp+gst
35+ attendees $40.00pp+gst (broken into time slot groups)

Common Ground: Teams Challenge // Corporate
4hr duration $175.00pp+gst

This workshop allows for the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in an open and educational way. Teams are afforded the opportunity to be adventurous in the preparation of food items utilising Indigenous ingredients, whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
The Teams Challenge workshop allows participants to prepare a main dish, a hot side, a cold side and a dessert using a mystery box of ingredients and a standard pantry of basics to creatively compete against one another for the ultimate dishes. Foods produced should showcase a variety of well-paired flavours with attention to styles of cookery used, presentation, creativity, versatility and minimal waste produced.

Maximum of 10 attendees per intake, 5 to a team (minimum charge of 10). We are open to larger groups, so please contact us for further information.

Common Ground: Virtual Workshop // Corporate
30min duration $500.00+gst

This online workshop allows for the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in an open and educational way, virtually. Participants are able to join in and cook at home while we walk them through an everyday meal made with our Indigenous Fusion culinary flair, whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
The Virtual workshop allows participants to listen, learn, watch and ask questions about the Native Ingredients introduced to them and general cooking methods demonstrated.

Maximum of 20 attendees per intake to allow for interaction.

Common Ground: Virtual Interaction // Corporate
90min duration $1,250.00+gst

This online workshop allows for the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in an open and educational way, virtually. Participants are able to be adventurous in the preparation of food items utilising Indigenous ingredients that we send to them to partake in the workshop’s activities, whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
The Virtual Interaction workshop allows participants to prepare a main dish and a dessert utilising the Native Ingredients sent to them whilst gathering the remaining ingredients from their own pantry or purchasing from the supermarket prior to the virtual workshop. Corporates may also opt to send their recipients a Supermarket voucher along with their Native Ingredients to purchase the extras to partake. If this is the case, please let us know and we can organise this for you.

Maximum of 20 attendees per intake to allow for interaction.

Common Ground: Cooking Classes // Public
2hr duration $150.00pp+gst

These classes allow for the exploration of native flavours used for thousands of years by our Ancestors in an open and educational way. Participants prepare everyday meals made with our Indigenous Fusion culinary flair, whilst not losing sight of the diversity amongst our cultures.
Our cooking classes allow participants to listen, learn, watch and ask questions about the Native Ingredients introduced to them while cooking their dishes and engaging with new cooking techniques.

Last Sunday of every month (exc. Jan & Dec)
Visit our Online Shop for bookings, under the Programs tab, Cooking Classes.


Email chef@mattatkins.com.au for further information or to make your booking today.