2 minutes with Kate Christensen
Business: Food + Wine pop up
Lives: On the road at the moment
Tell us about Food + Wine pop up?
Along with my partner & chef, we’ve created a travelling restaurant focused on the seasonality & locality of wherever we are, always working closely with small farmers & winemakers & showcasing abundance at its peak.
And you have just done a 7-month tour of Europe…where did you pop up?
Mostly based in the south of France, there we did pop-ups in Arles, Antibes & Montpellier. Outside of there, we were in London, Brussels & Tokyo.
What has been the biggest challenges of running a temporary restaurant across Europe?
Definitely the changing language barriers. Particularly being that a huge part of my job is being a communicator. Not only with the people we were working with but also the farmers, suppliers & customers we were dealing with daily, rarely spoke English. I had to learn the art of adaptability quick smart.
Favourite vineyard you visited this year?
Domaine Matassa in the southern Roussillon. Amazing wines & winemaker Tom Lubbe is a real character with a wealth of knowledge.
What will you be drinking this summer?
From Australia, Latta 17’ Gris Pet Nat & from abroad, anything from Alain Castex if I can get my hands on it.
Where can we find you in Victoria?
The Melbourne Food for Thought charity dinner Monday 13 November at IDES (there is also a Sydney event on 20 Nov and a Brisbane event on 27 Nov, details on our website) & then during January we will be doing pop up projects on home turf, details to be released soon.
You can check out Kate and her events on Instagram @foodwinepopup