A Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011 Event

Eating the Archives - the dessert

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness” – Auguste Escoffier

The aim of Eating the Archives was to have an event that highlighted the unexpected stories in the State archives collection; stories that are revealed in an extensive online exhibition about past State occasions and Royal visits.

Thirty guests, 22 selected by an online lottery and radio promotion joined six well known Western Australians - Peter Bell, Andrea Gibbs, Narelda Jacobs, Sam Longley, Professor Fiona Stanley and Kav Temperley at the event. Along with the Master of Ceremonies Verity James and Host the State Archivist Cathrin Cassarchis, they enjoyed a remarkable meal created, cooked and served by Hadleigh Troy and his team from Restaurant Amusé.

Placed in the ‘People’s Space’ in the transformed Perth Cultural Centre as part of the Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011, Eating the Archives was a reinterpretation of history with a solid foundation in the State archives collection. Unlike the State dinners, banquets, luncheons and garden parties of times past which were held behind closed doors for a select few, Eating the Archives was on show for all to experience, and included delicious tasters for audience members so that history could be savoured, shared and enjoyed by all.


Image Courtesy of State Library of Western Australia (599B)

The State Records Office invites you to pick up your fork and join us in Eating the Archives - an online exhibition and event that forms part of the Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011.

Witness history come alive on Friday 28 October at 12.00pm in the Perth Cultural Centre as celebrated WA chef Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amusé interprets and reinvents menus from the State archives collection using fresh, local produce with a modern twist. 

Twenty lucky West Australians will join State Archivist Cathrin Cassarchis and some well-known guests to experience Hadleigh Troy’s take on these historic menus.

Eating the Archives is a partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food; and the dishes presented will reflect a Buy West Eat Best ethos, showcasing premium West Australian produce.

The online exhibition will take you on a culinary journey to experience food fashions of the past and gain an insight into how these events have shaped today’s food culture and informed WA’s identity. This exhibition will be served up in three courses; Appetiser, Banquet and Dessert. Come back and sample more food related offerings from the State archives collection and follow us on our journey.

Eating the Archives is an event for all to celebrate as chef Hadleigh Troy pays tribute to a bygone culinary era, bringing a small part of WA’s history alive through food.

See and hear Hadleigh begin his journey...

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