Updated: Aug 23, 2019
As chefs, creators, we hold a responsibility. A responsibility to help make a change. A chance to appreciate the need to grow and eat.
Make it a part of our culture. Link nature and nutrition for a better food future.
"The destiny of nations depends on how they feed themselves.", said Brillat-Savarin. A line quoted often by most real food crusaders like Michael Pollan. I believe Singapore as a society that is fast becoming a conscious nation. A nation at the cusp of a change. I see smaller movements to #Zerowaste, create a #sustainablefuture, that is #betterfortheplanet. The RedDot is showing an #appetitetochange.
Therefore, I scouted around looking for a restaurant that resonates this philosophy. A restaurant that echoes the story, of farm to the plate, is about honest food made from scratch with ingredients that are selected, sourced from farmers and artisans directly.
My search landed me at @Plentyfullsg (Plentyfull) founded by Claudia Sondakh and helmed by @victorloyhe (Chef Victor Loy). Plentyfull, located at Millenia Walk, Raffles Boulevard, is a socially conscious restaurant raised in Singapore, rooted in real food with an appetite to change.
When I approached them, they not only agreed to collaborate to commemorate Singapore produce but also wanted to work with me on the idea as a series of pop-ups! This goes to show Plentyfull's commitment and belief!
A country that eats well should also grow well. "Singapore grown" needs to be owned and celebrated. There are not many who question the origin of the produce when they are buying produce.
This collaboration with Plentyfull is important to me in my growth as a chef and a storyteller. MasterChef Singapore changed the trajectory of my career. A career, now driven by my passion. A passion not just for feeding people but for plating a story.
A Chef story of origins, flavours, ingredients, processes that has a narration beyond just the meal. A food journey where I can transport people culinarily and take them through a food story that has meaning beyond just the plated dish.
My partnership with Plentyfull will be a series of pop-ups aiming to create a movement called #IamPlentyLocal. A farm to fork movement towards a sustainable food future in Singapore.
The first of series is a pop-up on August 27th and 28th, a 5-course dinner with a promise to narrate a Singapore food story.
The menu will be a Chefs' manifesto in honour of the Singapore Bicentennial and to kick start a farm to fork movement geared towards supporting farms in Singapore and around.
While the intent is all serious, don't forget that my middle name is "fun". So, expect a twist to the tale an experience that you will remember long after the meal.
Date: August 27th, 28th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Plentyfull, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Come let’s celebrate some of the produce grown or made in Singapore on August 27th and 28th. Let us know if you are celebrating any occasion or have someone special accompanying you. To make a reservation contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +65 64932996.
Follow us on our social media handles to know more on the menu!
Food Producers in Singapore for the 5 Course Dinner on 27th and 28th.
Angie’s Vegan Pantry is a plant- based protien in Singapore, handcrafted with 100% natural & quality ingredients.
To know more click: www.angiesveganpantry.com
Follow: @angiesveganpantry @sgplantprotein
Edible Garden City champions the grow-your-own-food movement in cities around the world, starting with Singapore. Citizen farm is an Edible Garden City urban farm initiative growing fresh produce that is harvested in the heart of Singapore.
Follow: @ediblegardencity @EdibleGardenCityProject
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is a non-profit community, a low-carbon footprint Kampung Kampus sited on a 2.6 hectares land plot in Yishun showcasing best practices in sustainable living for Singapore.
To know more click: https://groundupinitiative.org
Karana is a socially conscious company providing natural, sustainable and plant based ingredients such as young jackfruit in Singapore.
To know more click: https://eatkarana.com
Kin Yan Farm is Singapore’s largest organic wheatgrass and mushroom farm situated in Lim Chu Kang Agrotechnology Park, near Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.
To know more click: www.kinyan.sg
Savoure is an excellent example of a Singapore urban farm growing 15 varieties or organically grown produce that delivers on the promise of quality and taste.
Follow: @savoure.sg @savouresg
Sustenir is beautiful story of Singapore grown Kale and Strawberry that is farmed with modern hydroponics methods and the latest technology. Available in Cold Storage, they are an great case in point of a producer committed to provide across Singapore.
Follow: @susteniragriculture @susteniragri
Urban Farm & Barn exemplifies a city kampong farm driven by passion. The produce is grown in natural soil and conditions hidden behind a HDB in Singapore.
Follow: @engtingting @urbanfarmbarn
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