CARE cooking goes gourmet

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Cooked with CARE: Fiona Verdon looks forward to showcasing products at Gourmet in Gundy.

Something delicious is brewing in the CARE kitchen and the secret ingredient is confidence, as CARE cooking prepares for Gourmet in Gundy.

Prepared with love, the CARE cooking program helps people living with disabilities to gain skills and build confidence in the kitchen says Fiona Verdon from Disability Support Services Care Goondiwindi.

“They’re working towards independent living… at the end of the day they’re gaining independence plus learning social skills, interaction and hopefully they can then move forward and live independently,” she says.

But it’s not all work and no play, and the CARE clients have a lot of fun interacting with food… and each other.

“They love it. You come out here and everyone is laughing and we’re quite noisy!”

Although CARE cooking has been running regular street stalls, this will be the first time that they ‘go gourmet’ for the local annual food festival.

“Hopefully we’ll get out there and venture and expand in the future. Hopefully we’ll find that little niche market that we can actually develop,” says Ms Verdon.

On the menu are delicious savoury and sweet platters with delectable cheeses and yoghurts donated by Barambah Organics to accompany the delectable chutneys and preserves made by the CARE kitchen chefs.

And it’s a win-win for consumers, who get to taste something scrumptious as well as knowing their dollars are going to a good place.

“All the funds that we raise will go back into CARE… it’s inspiring and the guys that we work with are inspiring.”

So no matter what you get, you can be sure it is cooked with CARE.