Celebrity cook, author and food manufacturer, Maggie Beer, will host Bond University’s Lunch with Maggie Beer on Thursday, October 16, part of a series of events to mark the university's annual Research Week.
The four-course luncheon, with paired wines, is aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Maggie Beer Foundation, which was launched in April this year with the aim of shining a light on the nutrition and health of older Australians and overhauling the culinary culture of Australia's aged care facilities.
The Foundation includes a heavyweight board of executives from aged care, academia and commerce, including Bond University's Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Professor Liz Isenring.
The Maggie Beer Foundation is also backing The Lantern Project, a three year research program into nutrition in aged care being undertaken by dietician, columnist and Bond University PhD student Cherie Hugo.
Ms Beer and Ms Hugo will join a panel of industry experts to provide an informative update on the issue and their latest research.
Professor Isenring said it was a coup to have Maggie Beer on campus and highlighting such an important topic.
"Research has revealed one in two aged care residents are undernourished, so we, as a society, really need to be taking a long, hard look at this issue," she said.
"Going into aged care is something most of us will face, whether firsthand or through a loved one, at some point in our lives, so it is a subject that really should hit home.
"To have a respected, high-profile figure like Maggie Beer leading a push for change is already going a long way to making a difference and we urge people to come along, hear what she has to say and show their support for such a worthwhile cause.
"While the lunch is about a very serious issue, it will also provide the chance to have a fabulous meal and meet new, like-minded people."
Lunch with Maggie Beer will take place in the Princeton Room at Bond University from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Thursday, October 16.
Tickets are $150 per person ($1,350 for a table of 10), with all profits going to the Maggie Beer Foundation, and can be purchased through the Bond website, emailing [email protected] or calling 07 5595 3574.
The event is one of the highlights of Bond's annual Research Week, which runs from Tuesday, October 14, to Friday, October 17, and will this year includes a series of thought-provoking presentations under the overarching theme 'Benefitting the Community'.
The majority of presentations during Research Week are open to the public and free to attend.