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“BEEFSTEAK AND BURGUNDY”

If you are interested in food and wine, why not make contact with the Beefsteak and Burgundy club, where guests are invited to join in the fun, food, friendship and educational aspects of their regular dining events. Gail Woodward of the Townsville womens’ chapter, fills us in on their adventures each season. For more information about the group, go online to beefsteakandburgundyclub.org.au 

We absolutely live in an era of choice, where some would even say there is so much choice, that we are ‘spoilt’ for it.

Others however, find the endless choices required in the course of a day too draining and yearn for a time when things required fewer decisions and an acceptance of ‘the way things are’.

You just have to take a browse through the grocery conglomerates and specialty stores to see the many and varied cuts of meats, cheeses, seafoods, exotic fruits and array of spices, condiments and sauces, paleo, gluten free and dairy free products available.

It’s no secret that I love to eat out; sampling the breakfast selections, lunch menus, and tapas or dinner options at our local restaurants and cafés. I also look forward to cooking and creating my own dishes and meals at home, with the occasional casual ‘takeout’ at the end of a busy week (especially if our footballers are taking to the field and the game is being televised).

Over the past six to 12 months however, I have noticed a couple of new players to the food game.

One is a fresh gourmet meal-to-go, and the other, an option to receive new recipes and all the fresh ingredients required to build them, delivered straight to your door.

It’s a bit like when you buy a new car and for the next month or two, you notice all the cars on the road which are the same as yours.

Townsville restaurants, cafés, specialty stores and even some caterers seem to have embraced the idea of creating fresh gourmet meals, packaged up for collection or in some cases, delivered fresh to your door. They are prepared in portion controlled sizes and in some instances (those marketed to boot camp participants or gym goers) are high in lean proteins and low in complex carbohydrates.

I have noticed a couple of new players to the food game.
It’s a bit like when you buy a new car and for the next month or two, you notice all the cars on the road which are the same as yours.

In addition, people everywhere seem to be taking advantage of ‘food boxes’ in place of their usual weekly grocery run. For many, fresh, pre-proportioned ingredients and recipes delivered to one’s doorstep, claiming to take all the hassle out of choosing and preparing your nightly dinners (healthy and with no waste) is an offer to good to refuse.

Now that I am enlightened and aware (thanks to flyers, word-of-mouth, Facebook, specialty sections in shops and food publications), I am embarking on my own journey of discovery to check out the options, value and palatability of what Townsville’s food scene has on offer in this fast growing fresh gourmet meal niche.

Aren’t you just a bit curious?

With our shorter winter days and the continued demands on our time, what have you got to lose?

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