A pioneer from the start, the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) recently unveiled its latest innovation in the form of a fresh new menu, Honest Goodness. Developed in collaboration with leading nutritional experts from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide, and CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity, the new menu is transforming the convention centre culinary experience with its emphasis on minimal intervention foods and conscious reduction of processed elements.
“We’re proud to unveil Honest Goodness as our latest innovation and to help bring the public nutrition message to the forefront; innovation has been core to the Adelaide Convention Centre experience from the very beginning,” says Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre.
“Honest Goodness is best described as ‘feel good, whole food, made fresh’, and all about enriching the client experience here in Adelaide,” adds Burgess. “Food and beverage is such an integral part of conferencing; we ultimately want clients to come to Adelaide and enjoy the food we produce.”
Designed with good nutrition in mind, Honest Goodness was created by the ACC’s Executive Chef Gavin Robertson in consultation with Professor Gary Wittert of SAHMRI / University of Adelaide, and Pennie Taylor of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity unit. Brimming with nutrient-dense, whole foods sourced from local environments, ingredients are prepared, in-house, by the ACC’s chefs to make restaurant-quality dishes that are vibrant in colour and bursting with flavour. And for conference organisers, the best part is that the pricing remains competitive and inline with the market, ensuring they can treat their delegates to fresh, wholesome and creative food without incurring additional expense.
“Our team enthusiastically embraced the challenge of creating Honest Goodness as public nutrition is important to all of us,” comments Chef Gavin, who heads up the ACC’s team of 75 kitchen staff. “We listened to our clients, handpicked the best of regional produce, and engaged with local artisan producers to develop a menu that is not only distinctly South Australian, but full of flavour. The emphasis is very much on ‘house-made’ and replacing processed elements with whole, fresh ingredients.”
To deliver on this commitment, Chef Gavin and his team reduced salts by replacing them with rubs and spices and swapped out sugar-laden drinks for house-made ice teas and fruit-infused waters. The menu also has a strong focus on ‘preservative free’. Instead of using ingredients featuring nitrates, synthetic food preservatives or other additives, Honest Goodness uses natural rubs and house-made marinades to enhance flavour. In addition, cured and processed meats, which are traditionally high in nitrates, have been exchanged for in-house smoked and roasted meats.
Beyond its focus on minimal intervention foods, other standout features of the Adelaide Convention Centre’s new menu include:
• Sensible Fats: Processed and manufactured fats and related substitutes have been replaced with natural animal and plant-based fats to create more balanced dishes, free from preservatives.
• Low sugar and sodium: Honest Goodness focuses on the conscious reduction of refined white sugars, salts and processed sauces and dressings. As an example, ingredients with traditionally high sugar volume have been replaced with house-made chutneys, sauces and dressings with lower sugar levels.
• A Taste of South Australia: Honest Goodness reflects the ACC’s ongoing commitment to sourcing food from local, sustainable environments. 97 percent of produce used by the venue is sourced from South Australia.
• House-made: The ACC’s in-house chefs are actively involved in preparing all dishes served at the Centre. Chef Gavin has worked closely with artisan producers – from cheesemakers to bakers, butchers and fishermen – to ensure any outsourced ingredients have been prepared in keeping with the Centre’s Honest Goodness
View the ACCAdelaide’s complete Honest Goodness philosophy and menu here
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