What we do
Real Food Projects wants to change the way we eat. Founded by Kate Walsh, a self-taught cook and sustainable food advocate and entrepreneur, we are putting the spotlight on simple ways we can change the way we cook, shop and think about food.
Kate also the founder of GROW MARKETING which provides specialist communication advice to farmers and artisan makers.
A little bit of history....
Working on organic farms and with food activist organisations including Slow Food USA instilled in Kate a dedication that ultimately sparked the creation of Real Food Projects, a community of chefs, growers, foragers, butchers, and eaters.
Founded in 2012, Real Food is a unique vehicle for exploring different ways to connect people to the story behind their food. Kate started with two pop-up shops in Sydney showcasing locally and ethically made beautiful food. Check out some pics for the Darlinghurst shop and the Enmore Road shops.
In 2013, Real Food took over the Hyde Park Barracks in collaboration with Sydney Living Museums and hosted the first ever Christmas Artisan Food Market. We connected 5000 people with Sydney's finest artisans and injected a whopping $100,000 back into our local food community. With over 70 stalls and a focus on sustainable gift giving, it was the first of its kind in Sydney.
Also in collaboration with Sydney Living Museums, in 2013 we delivered a very special series of classes at Vaucluse House teaching Real Food/Old Ways and a wonderful colonial inspired dinner in the forecourt of the Barracks on Macquarie St with Jared Ingersoll (see the photo below!).
Early 2013 saw the launch of our Pop-Up Cooking School with 20 classes over 20 days in July. Linking our community with some of the best artisans, we learned butchering with Feather and Bone, pastry with Chris The from Black Star Pastry, fermenting and pickling with Holly Davis, knife skills with Jared Ingersoll and much more. The classes continued for the next two years.
In 2016 we escaped the rat race and moved the Byron Bay Hinterland and ran a seasonal cooking school hosted at Harvest Cafe and Restaurant in Newrybar and the Wandering Cooks in Brisbane. The classes covered all manner of cooking including butchering, pickles, sourdough, olive oil & natural wine tastings, butter, fermenting, smoking meats at home, sausages, cheese and more.
Kate’s first cookbook ‘Real Food Projects - 30 skills and 49 recipes’, was released in April 2016 through Murdoch Press. Real Food Projects is your handbook to 30 essential cooking skills that will connect you with your food again. Order your copy here!
Photo credit: Cath Muscat Styling: Vivien Walsh
Kate Walsh BIO
Kate Walsh wants to change the way you eat. A self-taught cook and sustainable food advocate and entrepreneur, she is putting the spotlight on simple ways we can change the way we cook, shop and think about food. Whilst living the slow life on the North Coast of NSW, Kate runs Real Food Projects - a company whose aim is to connect people tot he story behind their food. She runs cooking classes in Sydney, Byron, and Brisbane and leads the marketing for a number of artisan producers. She has regular magazine columns and consults with a number of food festivals. Kate’s first cookbook ‘Real Food Projects - 30 skills and 49 recipes’, was released in April 2016 through Murdoch Press.