Somedays are diamonds

Charles Moore
On Sunday 23 September 2011 Tracey (MizTee) Habron attended a private lunch in honour of Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Tracey is one of our TEDxMelbourne organisers who can usually be seen at the front of house for events – first on the registration desk with her team and then organising whatever else will keep attendees happy… like food! Here is her review of the event.

“Some days are diamonds, some days are stones,” go the lyrics of an old John Denver song. Today was definitely a diamond day. Don’t get me wrong – my stone days are far and few between. My days are more like garnets and amethysts with the odd emerald and ruby day. But today was definitely a diamond day. Diamond days are days when you have a great experience that is a level up from your good or really good experience.

On Sunday 23 of September 2012 I was privileged to represent TEDxMelbourne at a private lunch in honour Captain Charles Moore.

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing,choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Charles Moore is founder of the Algalita Marine ResearchFoundation. He captains the foundation’s research vessel, the Alguita, documenting the great expanses of plastic waste that now litter our oceans.

What I learned is that we now have more plastic in the ocean than we have plankton – not exactly they way the ocean should be.

Just being able to listen to Cap’n Charles was a good experience, but meeting other interesting people makes it a really good experience. I am really lucky to meet people at events like this who are passionate about something, even if I don’t share the same passion.

TED is always about spreading ideas and this happens when you meet people who think and have ideas to share so they can spread. I enjoy meeting people. I am generally curious and I like to learn things. Being surrounded by interesting people made lunch even more enjoyable.

What took the lunch from good to really good to great was the venue. The lunch was held at Silo by Joost (pronounced Yoast). Joost Bakker is a Dutch-born, Melbourne-based sustainability architect and eco-artist who has collaborated with café maestro Danny Colls (Liaison, ex Café Racer) to design Melbourne’s first waste-free café. Pretty darn awesome!

Freshly prepared food was served to share – there is something wonderful about sharing food. The energy in the sharing is almost collaborative. And when I say fresh, I mean fresh. All food is prepared as required. It does make a difference to the taste.

But what really got to me was the bread. I am a girl who doesn’t eat too many carbs – I have one of those bodies that just blows out when looking at carbs. I love carbs but if I ate all the carbs I wanted, I would be a large lady. I have been a large lady and I don’t want to go back there.

The bread at Silo could have me going back to large though. I remember eating aslice and thinking it was so good and that I had had something similar before but couldn’t quite place it. When Joost explained, it all made sense.

The wheat is milled on the spot and then used to make the dough. From milling to eating is a mere 12 hours. It is the freshly milled wheat that makes the difference! And what a difference!

It was right after the explanation that I remembered where I had eaten similar – at a friend’s farm in Numurkah. He gets wheat from the local farmer and mills it himself to make bread. They are onto something – I can see a habit forming and me trekking across the city for a bread fix.

Silo by Joost is an experience. A great experience. They make their own butter and soy milk. Organic milk is delivered in stainless-steel vats, mineral water arrives in kegs and fresh produce comes direct from farms and markets in reusable crates. The whisky is in a wooden barrel and from local distillery Bakery Hill. They also have a fabulous Barista!!

This is the type of initiative I would like everyone to support. I would love everyone to visit but not all at once. It is a small place. The communal table only seats 15 people. I suggest getting there early or late for lunch. They open at 6.30am for those in need of an early caffeine fix or porridge from hand rolled oats.

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Tracey (MizTee) Habron
Tracey is one of the TEDxMelbourne organisers who can usually be seen at the front of house for events – first on the registration desk with her team and then organising whatever else will keep attendees happy… like food!


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