Menu offers fresh food straight from the garden

If you’ve been hunting for a new lunch spot that can offer healthy and fresh meals, Bellbird Dining + Bar at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre could be everything you’ve been searching for.

With 65 per cent of the produce grown in their very own garden, Bellbird Dining + Bar promote sustainability and a genuine farm to table culinary experience at an affordable price.

To get heads turning the venue had their official re-launch with a cocktail party on November 4, along with the launch of Wendy Harmer Curates exhibition.

Visitors had the opportunity to sample seasonal herbs and vegetables harvested on-site alongside fresh Hawkesbury River oysters, calamari, eco-farmed pork, quail, and goats cheese sourced locally around NSW.

Head Chef Federico Rekowski said people responded well to the menu at the launch. He explained it as fusing French haute cuisine flair with contemporary Asian and South American influences.

“About 350 people came for a lunch which was incredible – it was great to see the community coming in,” Mr Rekowski said. 

“Most of what we sell comes from the Casula garden so it’s healthy. We’ve got cucumbers, zucchinis, artichokes, cherry tomatoes, kale, corn, fennel, strawberries, blueberries and peanut trees. One day we’re hoping to get a beehive and chickens in there.”

He said there were bad food habits today and it was important to promote a healthy lifestyle to younger generations.

“We’re hoping our meals and garden promote healthy eating. Society needs to learn how to eat healthy again. It is possible to prepare a quick and healthy meal at home with a stir fry or salad. 

“Later on I’d like to work with local schools to bring kids here. I feel it’s my duty to give back to the community so hopefully we’ll promote healthy eating habits. And the garden is always here. We have a full time gardener.”

CPAC director Craig Donarski agreed the re-launch was a success.

“Casula Powerhouse was busy and buzzing like never before on Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of foodies and art fans came together. It was a launch day like no other – and everyone that came had a whale of a time,” he said.

“From midday we were treated to over a dozen different tastes of Bellbird’s food, presented as tasty and beautifully presented canapes. Most contained elements freshly harvested from our Organic Kitchen Garden, and they showed off the skills of these two great Chefs.

“After two hours of that incredible gourmet experience, we segued neatly into the most entertaining launch of an art exhibition we have ever seen, as Wendy Harmer regaled the large audience with funny stories and amusing anecdotes in her launch speech. Never before has so much laughter echoed through the space at an exhibition opening!”