by Executive Chef Corryne Parkhill
As Elysia‘s Executive Chef, I am passionate about delivering memorable food experiences every week. My team and I prepare delicious, health-focused meals and help guests understand how they can make simple, healthy changes at home. Read on to discover what you can expect from our dining experiences at Elysia, as I take you on a journey throughout my day.
This time of year is stunning in the Hunter Valley, winter is the perfect time to retreat and nourish the body. Arriving onto the Elysia property today, I made my daily visit to the Organic Kitchen Garden, selecting the best produce to use for our guest meals today. In the fresh morning mist, I can see the hardy-style plants that best withstand frosts, as the sun comes up over the valley.
When planning out seasonal crops, we are always thinking one season ahead to ensure we have an abundance of harvests year-round. This winter, we have a lovely array of Tuscan kale, silver beet, purple snow peas, baby eggplant and green beans, to name just a few. This style of crop serves as great ingredients for stunning winter broths. For our dishes year-round, we utilise our perennial chillies, fresh herbs of parsley, purple basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, and this year, our citrus trees are coming along to give us a great crop for next year.
Coming upstairs into our Restaurant Fusion, the view is absolutely stunning. Looking over vineyards and rolling hills, our restaurant is the heart of our property. At Elysia we believe that food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, to be enjoyed with family and friends. In our restaurant our guests love dining together, sharing incredible food and great conversation. Our team of chefs take pride in preparing meals made from foods that are as close to their natural source (unprocessed) as possible, providing bodies with the essential nutrients required for daily sustenance and good health.
Served alongside each meal, is the Elysia signature range of herbal teas, composed by a wellness practitioner, MaYanya. The unique, energetically blended teas follow a 7-day bio-rhythm, enabling a powerful transformational journey to balanced health and wellness.
At Elysia, our guests develop a new relationship with healthy food and drink, many often wowed by the full flavours and exciting array of wholefoods available. Our goal is to make each guest feel amazing, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our retreat soon.