5 minutes with … a 5 minute/5 question interview with great beer loving people
This edition of 5 minutes with features Wendy Marinich, founder of Me & Mabel …
Me & Mabel, named after her daughter, is a picnic basket catering business with passion and food from scratch at its core. Wendy is a self confessed “obsessive foodie” who caters for corporate events, weddings and anything in between. Me & Mabel features regularly on the beer event calendar with past collaborators including Last Drop Brewing, Cellarbrations Carlisle/Grain Cru and Feral Brewing.
To meet Wendy is to meet someone with a huge amount of talent and passion with one of the most contagiously delightful smiles I’ve had the privilege to laugh with.
If you like beer and food, if you like events that are a little different and if you like supporting local business then be sure to follow Me & Mabel on Facebook and catch Wendy’s next event …
What was your epiphany beer?
I’m going take this way back 13 years ago when I had my first Hoegaarden in the UK. This got me into Belgian beers and I haven’t looked back (though few Belgian’s get consumed now, they have been replaced by American and local craft beers).
How would you describe your relationship to beer?
It’s a love, I like to think mutual 😉 I am always amazed by beer and the flavour you can get from some relatively simple ingredients. It’s so great when your love can still surprise you.
What has been the most memorable beer and food match you’ve served up and why did it stand out?
I’m torn on this one between a very well thought out match and a spur of the moment…
The first Beer & Baskets I hosted at Last Drop for 2013 WA Beer Week I match my plate of pork terrine, pork rillettes and orange fennel salad with Boneyard Grapefruit IPA. This match combined my favourite beer with my favourite small producers pork Spencer’s Brook Farm.
The other match is Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Tea Leaf, this beer has a distinct earl grey flavour, and is another fave. I made my go to dish of ceviche, using the lime juice to extract flavour from loose leaf earl grey tea before curing the fish and adding some rockmelon along with the usual suspects for a little sweet surprise. I think I could eat/ drink this combo for ever.
What is coming up for me & mabel?
I’m in the process of leading Me & Mabel into a more beer focused direction. We will have some great little events and collabs in the near future. This years WA Beer Week shall be very fun!
Finish the sentence: The WA beer scene needs more …
The WA beer scene needs more collaboration, commitment and can do. I’d love to see beer events expand on the clientèle and I think with these three things it will be definitely possible. We have such awesome industry talent in Perth, I can’t wait to watch the appreciation grow.
All photos from Me & Mabel’s Beer & Baskets II event at Feral Brewing in February 2014