Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Bait to Plate Long Lunch. August 2nd

Reef festival is the perfect vehicle to hold our inaugural Bait to Plate “Long lunch”. The long lunch concept is something we started on Mother’s Day 2003 at our previous restaurant “Pescartori’s at Water Edge" and the chance to do a similar style “table banquet” meal with lots of tips, discussions and some of the preparation and cooking being done with the guests should make this a fun, interactive and I hope eye opening event. I will be showcasing both the high profile well known fish as well as some which are less well known, far cheaper and absolutely delicious if handled and cooked the right way.

We will be working with some Cobia and local Black Mulloway, Indonesian Snapper (caught locally) and Nannygai. Some Coral Trout and Red emperor  and local Spanish Mackerel, and we will even be showing you a way to make a Stunning dish for 50 guests from just 2 or 3 mud crabs,

I will also be making beautiful Fish & Leek chowder, just the thing for a winter’s night.

One of our main commercial fisherman is at the reef till Tuesday and we will be unloading and prepping from Wednesday onwards.

Join us for not only a celebration of the best and most well known fish but also some of the unsung heroes of our local fishery.

Guests will be welcome to actually get involved and help me prepare some meals if they like. Learn some chef’s tips, some fishing tips, watch how easy it is to fillet and skin, all while enjoying 2 courses of selected wine and one of our famous Mojitos on arrival and a 7 course table banquet lunch, all for $59 pp.

The day starts at 12 for a 12.30 sit down. Hope to see you there. Come as a table of 6 or more or we will “partner you up” to meet some new foodie friends and enjoy the experience.