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Mudgee's Kim Currie launches restaurant The Zin House

Regional food identity and former NSW Rural Woman of the Year Winner Kim Currie has opened The Zin House – a communal, country-dining experience located at the Lowe Wines property in the Mudgee Region.

With sweeping views across the organic farmland and Lowe Wine’s Zinfandel paddock, the restaurant will feature much of its own produce, with the balance coming from other local growers in a set six-course lunch menu.

“This weeks’ menu reflects what grows, the time of year and where we live. There are no swirls, foams or tweezer placements of food, it’s just real food cooked simply to be enjoyed with wine and friends,” said Ms. Currie.

Designed to be shared, food is served at long, communal farmhouse tables in an architect-designed zincalume house. A long leisurely approach to lunch is smiled upon, paired with wines by David Lowe; Kim’s partner and Lowe Wines’ Chief Wnemaker.

The restaurant is open for lunch Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Private event bookings at other times are welcome.

With the addition of The Zin House and also recently-opened Pipeclay Pumphouse at Robert Stein Winery, the Mudgee Region adds to its thriving foodie scene, capturing a unique mélange of fine food, wine and regional flair.

For more information about The Zin House visit http://zinhouse.com.au/

For more information on the Mudgee Region, visit http://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au/

Editor’s Notes

About Kim Currie

Kim lives in Mudgee with her partner David Lowe and looks after the food and events arm of Lowe Wines. Her background as a cook, caterer and restaurateur has shaped a career focused on supporting people who grow, make and share the products of the region.

She consults widely, broadcasts weekly on ABC Radio, is a Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Councillor and Chair of the 11 Sydney Royal Fine Food Shows.

Kim’s other skills and networks in regional wine, food, tourism and economic development have established her as one of Australia’s leading specialists in these areas. Recognition of her contributions have included:

- Sydney Magazine Food Hall of Fame, 2011

- NSW Rural Woman of the Year, 2009

- Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution of Australian Food, 2006

- NSW Restaurant & Catering Associations Award for Innovation, 2005

- Best New Restaurant, RCA Awards for Excellence, 2004

- Gourmet Traveller Jaguar Award for Innovation in Travel, 2003

Kim has a particular talent for creating and establishing innovative events, including Rylstone Street Feast, Mudgee’s Go Grazing, Canowindra 100 Mile Dinner and the NSW 100 Mile Challenge.

Kim was Australia’s first Wine & Food Development Officer, at that time establishing Farmer’s Markets in Cowra, Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee.

About the Mudgee Region

The Mudgee Region is the third largest grape-growing region in NSW and one of the oldest wine regions in the state. Just a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney, Mudgee can also be reached by plane from Sydney Airport via a 50 minute flight, with several flights departing each day.

Encompassing the towns of Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone, the Mudgee Region offers a sensory feast of food, wine, art and cultural events. The Mudgee Region combines country towns, historic buildings and a thriving café scene with boutique markets and galleries to explore.

Mudgee, meaning ‘nest in the hills’, is set amid rolling countryside and offers more than 35 family-run cellar doors to discover. The region is surrounded by several national parks and world-heritage bushland and landmarks, able to be explored on food, by car or by bike.

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