Food and music are two of the joys of travel and are intrinsically connected with all of our adventures. And readers can enjoy the tangible links between music, cuisine and some of Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield’s favourite parts of the world at a dinner next month featuring a menu prepared by chef Costa Simatos at The University Club of Western Australia.
Twice voted Australia’s best travel writer, Scourfield will bring together stories and photographs from his world adventures, tales with connections that not only span the planet but are also strands of meaning that run through his life.
Some stories will be humorous, others intensely personal, but all follow themes that form the basis of belief. And each will come with a dish with cultural significance to each tale.
From Oman to the Alaska-Yukon border, Lesotho to Rome, both story and serving will be complemented by music written by Thea Rossen to reflect each region and performed by the UWA School of Music.
An Evening with Stephen Scourfield is at the University Club on the UWA campus on July 10 at 7pm. Tickets are $99 and include a four-course dinner with wine. universityclub.uwa.edu.au and 6488 8770.
Rhe event is part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season on until August 31. For more information, see showmeperth.com.au/arts.
Chef Simatos’ four courses comprise:
Sultanate of Oman
Sumac-roasted eggplant, hummus salad, pomegranates and heirloom tomatoes
State of Alaska
King crab and salmon compression, citrus cream cheese, frozen berry snow
Kingdom of Lesotho
Curry marinated pork rack, twice baked maize souffle, morogo and butternut, sweet and sour tomato jus
Mascarpone Chantilly, orange olive oil cake and pistachio gelato
Stephen Scourfield is an author of both fiction and non-fiction books and this journey of adventure, food and music harks back to his compilation of essays and short stories, Connected, which weaves themes that have shaped Scourfield as a writer and as a person.
His current novel, As the River Runs, published by UWA Publishing, travels from deceit to love, journeying through visceral human emotions as much as it does through the ancient landscape of WA’s Kimberley region.
To complement it, his award-winning novel Other Country has been republished for a third time. Set in the Kimberley 20 years earlier, it follows the fortunes and misfortunes of cattle station brothers Ace and Billy. It was the fiction winner of the WA Premier’s Book Award in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Unaccountable Hours: Three Novellas, published by UWA Publishing in 2012, delves into the world of the individual in Australian society — from an intensely dedicated maker of musical instruments, to a biologist and birdwatcher challenged by an ethical dilemma, and the romantic friendship between a young man and an aged woman. All are firmly set in and moulded by the Australian landscape.
The multi-layered Travel Etcetera: The World on Another Plane, is an interpretive global journey.