Annabel Crabb - Special Guest

Thursday 01 November 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Old Museum
ticket - $20.00, ticket + book (save $10) - $50.00
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This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. If you have purchased a ticket and book both will be at the door under your surname.

The Courier-Mail's Kathleen Noonan is in-conversation with Annabel Crabb discussing Special Guest: Recipes for the happily imperfect host.

If you are someone who prepares for guests by sweeping bills, laundry and newspapers behind sofa cushions, take heart! It’s possible to be an imperfect host, but happily so.

The essential ingredient is not, paradoxically, the food, nor the perfect house to host in, but the sentiment you convey when you open the door. Do your eyes say: ‘I like you and I enjoy your company,’ or does a weepy cloud of visceral horror descend as pine nuts burn gently in the kitchen?

Special Guest is a gentle guide to turning easy basic fare into something of a celebration. For when you want to say to your friends with their spouses and ten small children, ‘Why don’t you stay for lunch?’ without hating yourself afterwards. Learn the lesson of ‘one splendid thing done well’ without regard to the hundred other things, and call the day a success. Pick up some pointers for the modern conundrum that is cooking for people with seemingly incompatible dietary requirements.

Hosting your friends is not about showing off; it is about delighting others. Your dining table might be decorated with a pile of unmatched socks and kids’ homework, but that’s no reason not to invite friends in for a chat, a sitdown and something delicious to eat. 

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most loved TV and media personalities. She is a Walkley-award-winning political journalist and host of her own ABC TV shows The House and Kitchen Cabinet. Annabel is in constant demand to host, lecture, give keynotes, and other appearances for everything from writers’ festivals to restaurant awards. Her tweets reach an audience of over 470,000 and she has a top-ranking podcast with fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales, for which she is hounded by Chat 10 Looks 3 groupies. Usually they’re offering cake.

A food truck is available in the Old Museum courtyard from 5.30pm for dinner but probably not cake.

$2.50 from the sale of every ticket will be donated to Second Chance; a fundraising organisation that provides direct financial support to organisations that help homeless women and their children.

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