We love a chat, especially when it’s about food... and we can often be found in conversation with chefs and writers. See below for upcoming events.

This event was held in February, 2019.

Tuscan-based cookery writer Emiko Davies is in town to promote her third cookbook Tortellini at Midnight, an exploration of her husband Marco’s family food stories.

The title comes from a family tradition, started in the 1950s by Marco’s nonno, of ringing in the new year with tortellini al sugo. You could, up until the 1970s, find tortellini at midnight on New Year’s Eve in the bars around the Tuscan town of Fucecchio.

Emiko’s previous books have garnered much praise: Florentine is a book that appeals both to my sense of nostalgia and my appetite.” — Nigella Lawson. 

Emiko Davies: Tortellini at Midnight

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Twilight supper with Aaron Bertelsen
Glenmore House, Camden

February 16, 2018

We’ve talked to authors in bookshops, spoken to food writers while they’re demonstrating their latest recipe from the stage at events, hosted one-off talk events with visiting authors and food writer dinners.

We also give talks – about writing and a life in food. We talk live and have also been recorded on pod-casts and radio.

What they’re saying:

Barbara Sweeney is epic! Great speaker, beautiful mind, her ideas need to shared. —Donna Cleary, @rural_foodie 

Ballymaloe Food & Wine LitFest, Ireland 2016

Date May 6, 2018

Time 10am to 3pm

Tickets Free

Venue Roue Hill House & Farm

Explore Elizabeth Farm as you browse, sample, sip and shop from a handpicked selection of products from Sydney’s finest artisan producers. 

Enjoy food demonstrations and talks with Barbara Sweeney and guests – curator Scott Hill, The Colonial Gastronomer Jacqui Newling, Emma Bowen from Pocket City Farms and Angie Sceats from Slow Food Sydney – and meet the producers to discover the story behind your food. 

Take a tour of the historic house. Pack a rug and enjoy a delicious spread from our premium food vendors.

Autumn Harvest

Date October 11, 2017

Time 6.30pm–7.30pm

Tickets $10 (plus booking fee); plus, signed copies of Hummus & Co

Venue Potts Point Bookshop, 14 Macleay Street, Potts Point 

Hummus is no ordinary dish and, in Sydney, we have Michael Rantissi to thank for opening our eyes to this fact. Michael serves different styles of hummus as his two restaurants, Kepos Street Kitchen and Kepos & Co, which he co-owns with his partner Kristy Frawley. 

In their new book, Hummos & Co (Murdoch Books), Michael and Kristy invite you to the table with delicious recipes from Israel, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. It’s a style of eating – sharing plates and lovely bright flavours – that holds enormous appeal to Australians. Just ask the people who queue at Kepos Street for falafel for breakfast!

This author talk is co-hosted with Potts Point Bookshop.  

Michael Rantissi: Hummus

Date October 10, 2017

Time 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets $95, signed copies of book available $50

Venue No 1 Bent Street, 1 Bent Street, Sydney

Chef and owner of Melbourne eatery Pope Joan, Matt Wilkinson and his wife, Sharlee Gibb, visit Sydney for an exclusive dinner of favourite recipes from their latest cook book Mr and Mrs Wilkinson’s How It Is At Home (Hardie Grant Books). A His and Hers kitchen companion.

Expect a nourishing, comforting and inspirational menu of Matt and Sharlee’s recipes, cooked by Mike McEnearney, and a fun-filled conversation with Matt, Sharlee and Barbara as they cover cooking, from the restaurant to the home.

This author dinner is part of the Book Series By Mike, co-hosted by Mike McEnearney and Barbara Sweeney, Food & Words, held at Mike’s restaurant, No. 1 Bent Street. The series is supported by Nespresso.

Mr and Mrs Wilkinson

Date February 16, 2018

Time 6pm

Tickets $176, includes signed copies of The Great Dixter Cookbook

Venue Glenmore House, Camden 

Aaron Bertelsen’s love of gardening dates back to his childhood, when he would work with his grandfather in his vegetable garden back home in New Zealand. He studied Social Anthropology at the University of Otago before going to England in 1996 to volunteer in the garden at Great Dixter. He subsequently studied for a Diploma in Horticulture at Kew Gardens, England, and then the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel, where he’s still a trustee. Aaron returned to Great Dixter in 2005, becoming the vegetable gardener and cook in 2007, working alongside head gardener Fergus Garrett, and he has been there ever since. 

You’re invited to a twilight supper where Barbara talks to Aaron about vegies, gardening, the table – and his new book The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden (Phaidon, $50). Photography: Andrew Montgomery.

Aaron Bertelsen: Great Dixter UK

Date November 21, 2017

Time 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets $95, signed copies of Hong Kong Food City available $50

Venue No 1 Bent Street, 1 Bent Street, Sydney

Melbourne’s Tony Tan is a wonderful teacher, a brilliant chef and an avid storyteller. Join us as he spins and weaves the tales of ancient and traditional Chinese and Malaysian cuisine with a focus on the extraordinary food world that is Hong Kong. 

Mike will spice it up in the kitchen with some of Tony’s most creative recipes yet, while Tony talks to Barbara about the exhaustive research he undertook for Hong Kong Food City (Murdoch Books), his latest book, and why he loves this city so much.

This author dinner is part of the Book Series By Mike, co-hosted by Barbara Sweeney and Food & Words and held at Mike’s restaurant, No. 1 Bent Street. The series is supported by Nespresso.

Tony Tan: Hong Kong town

Date October 31, 2017

Time 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets $95, signed copies of Poh Bakes 100 Greats available $40

Venue No 1 Bent Street, 1 Bent Street, Sydney

As if appearing on MasterChef, hosting her own television shows, writing a number of books and running her own cafe Jamface in Adelaide's Central Market isn’t enough, now Poh Ling Yeow has a new book.

With wooden spoon and mixing bowl in hand Poh returns to her roots with Poh Bakes 100 Greats (Murdoch Books). This special author dinner will see Mike take on some of Poh’s favourite baked delights while Barbara quizes Poh on baking matters large and small. Come armed with your own baking questions or stories of baking success and join in the conversation.

This author dinner is part of the Book Series By Mike, co-hosted by Barbara Sweeney and Food & Words and held at Mike’s restaurant, No. 1 Bent Street. The series is supported by Nespresso.

Poh: on the joys of baking

Date September 5, 2017

Time 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets $95; signed copies of Hard Core Carnivore available $40

Venue No 1 Bent Street, 1 Bent Street, Sydney

Take your barbeque game to the next level and learn meat mastery with Australian-born, Texan-by-choice grill guru, Jess Pryles, in Australia to launch her new cook book Hard Core Carnivore (Murdoch Books). 

Mike McEnearney cooks a menu from the book – sizzling, smokey meat and all-American sides, while Barbara and Jess will chew the fat on all things meat: from cuts and shortcuts, smoke and fire to tools and techniques. You’ll go home armed with all the tips you’ll need to be a winner on the barbecue.

This author dinner is part of the Book Series By Mike, co-hosted by Barbara Sweeney and Food & Words and held at Mike’s restaurant, No. 1 Bent Street. The series is supported by Nespresso.

Jess Pryles: Texan barbecue

Tessa Kiros and Emiko Davies in Sydney for Kitchen Table Tour – February 19-21, 2019

Tessa Kiros and Emiko Davies, two cookbook authors based in Tuscany who have written 13 cookbooks between them, are in Sydney for a Kitchen Table Tour. Like Indi musicians who perform concerts in fan’s backyard’s, Tessa and Emiko will appear in a kitchen near you to talk all things food, Italy, cookery, writing, publishing, styling & photography.

Their hosts are three equally creative Sydney women to whom books and food, photography, textiles and art are central to their own creative lives. They’ll be part of the conversation too. 

Numbers are stictly limited, so please don’t delay.

Refreshments will be served and Tessa and Emiko’s books will be available for sale.

The Kitchen Table Tour

Date February 19, 2019

Venue Paddington

Special guest

Cookbook historian Sarah Benjamin

Time 5.30pm to 8pm

Date February 20, 2019

Venue North Sydney

Special guest 

Photographer/author Victoria Alexander

Time (Session 1) 10.30am to 1pm

Time (Session 2) 5.30pm to 8pm SOLD OUT

Date February 21, 2019

Venue Hunters Hill

Special guest 

Shopkeeper/curator Silvia Noble

Time 5.30pm to 8pm

Ticket $240

Address details will be sent out a week before the event


Sarah Benjamin
Food historian

Sarah Benjamin’s book A Castle in Tuscany: the Remarkable Life of Janet Ross is the story of a young Englishwoman who moved to Florence with her husband Henry after a two-week holiday in 1867. For more than 40 years their homes became a point of reference for the many English and American travellers who went to Tuscany for the art and culture of this most beautiful part of Italy. Janet Ross wrote about Italy, publishing many books of sketches of Italian life and one book of recipes called Leaves from our Tuscan Kitchen, which is a classic and an inspiration for writer Emiko Davies, who lives in the same Florentine neighbourhood where Janet once lived.

Silvia Noble


Curator of objects once lost, now found.

To enter Silvia’s shop is to leave the hustle and bustle of your everyday life at the door. The experience is as though through a looking glass, a careful selection of beautiful, practical and wellmade things designed to entice, please and bring joy.

Victoria Alexander





Victoria has an unerring eye for beauty, capturing flashes of colour, smiles and textiles on her camera on her travels. Her books, like her home, are essays on light and colour. Documents of the  connections she finds between people and nature and everyday things.

Emiko Davies


Food history 



Florentine is a book that appeals both to my sense of nostalgia and my appetite. It’s a beautiful, large-format book, with gorgeous pictures of Florence, and snatches of Florentine life, but is far from being a coffee-table book: the recipes take you there just as evocatively.” — Nigella Lawson. Florentine was Emiko’s first book. Her third, Tortellini at Midnight is being published on March 1, 2019.

Tessa Kiros





“I love travelling. Collecting things I love. Food. People. Colour. Smells. Details. Different cultures and traditions. Why they do what they do and how they put their dishes together. How people, families and nations connect.”

About Tessa, Emiko & friends

Ovvio Organics   •   The Little Marionette   •   Cornersmith   •   
Lowe Wine   •   Potts Point Bookshop

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