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Mother’s Day: 5 ways to spoil every kind of mum on Sunday 14 May
No matter what your mum’s style may be, every mum deserves to be pampered this Mother’s Day. From fine-dining experiences to a casual meal at an iconic Irish pub, Southgate’s precinct of eateries has something to suit every taste on Sunday 14th May.

The Family Favourite: La Camera Southgate
Popular Italian eatery La Camera is treating mamma to a special lunch from 12pm – 5pm with a 3 course set menu for $70, seated on their tree lined balcony overlooking the Yarra promenade. Inside, diners have the option of a la carte dining or a set menu for $70 per person with a kids’ menu also available. Set menu only for groups of 10 or more.
All mums are treated to a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with any set menu. For more information and to book visit the La Camera Southgate website.

The Connoisseur: Lunch at Tutto Bene
Say Grazie Mamma for being there for us, for loving us, and of course for cooking for us. Treat mamma to a two or three course lunch at Melbourne’s beloved risotteria Tutto Bene between 12pm – 3pm this Mother’s Day with a delicious set menu of two courses for $60pp or three courses for $75pp.

The Pub Grub Lover: Dinner at P.J.O’Brien’s
Southbank’s iconic Irish pub P.J.O’Brien’s will be spoiling all Mammy’s this Mother’s Day with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine when they come in for a traditional Irish dinner .
Bookings essential. To book call +61 3 9689 5011 or book instantly online here.

The Fine Diner: Lunch at Pure South Dining
Following its recent expansion over two levels, the new Pure South Dining has reopened to critical acclaim. Take your mother on a culinary journey at the new Pure South Dining upstairs with three courses + petit four for mum for $75pp.

The Sweet Tooth: High Tea at Damon Bradley
Southgate’s very own dessert darling Damon Bradley is putting on a High Tea fit for your family’s Queen this Mother’s Day. Treat your Mum to the ultimate indulgence and as a special gift all mothers will take home a limited edition 5-piece mother’s day truffle box.
The Mother’s Day High Tea starts with a glass of Pirie Pinot Noir Chardonnay or Moscato followed by a selection of ribbon sandwiches and savoury accompaniments.
Adults are $68.00pp (minimum of two people) and Children 12 years and under are $35pp. The Mother’s Day High Tea menu is available from 10:00am till 8:00pm with each sitting lasting 90 minutes. Bookings are essential. Vegetarian options available. Gluten free options are available for an additional $10.00 per person. Please inform Damon Bradley upon booking if any dietary requirements are needed.
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Information Courtesy of Keshia Hutchens/Fuller PR
Images Courtesy of Southgate



Sunday May 7 – 10am-4pm – Free Entry

Prahran Market’s Wicked Chocolate Festival is back for it’s second year in a row and this time it’s double the indulgence for all chocolate lovers! Featuring a stack more exhibitors, tastings, activations, styled chill-out zones and entertainment for the whole family, this year the mighty chocolate festival will spill onto Elizabeth Street making way for even more exciting chocolate delights.

 2017’s mouth-watering line-up welcomes back some of last year’s exhibitors and also says hello to some exciting new ones. Doughboys Doughnuts will return for yet another year, debuting its Lamington Doughnut, 400Gradi will be on site dishing up its signature Nutella Calzone, plus a cheeky Margherita Pizza for those in need of a savoury hit. We’ll also have a couple of vegan exhibitors this year, plus Zumbo Patisserie’s Dessert Bar, Fritz Gelato’s cart, and a special Market Lane Coffee & Pidapipo collaboration featuring a delicious Chocolate Ice Cream Affogato – just to name few!

 Our very own Market traders will be offering a tempting selection of delights too. Sip on a tasty Choc-inspired Cocktail from our Chapel St Cellars Chocolate Caravan Bar, devour Sweet Greek’s Rocky Road, Paddlewheel’s Choc-dipped Strawberries and Cioccolato Lombardo’s Salted Caramel Lollipops. PLUS Health Bowl’s Cacao Smoothie and Naheda’s Choice’s Turkish Delight and so much more!

 Catch Weiss, Daintree Chocolate, and James Hird’s new venture Cacao Hunters at the Producers’ Stage to learn more about the history and manufacturing of chocolate, and snap up some delicious free tastings. Keen chocolate lovers are also couraged to purchase tickets to the Essential Ingredient’s masterclass with Pierre Roelofs before they sell out!

 The Omega by Neil Perry Kitchen will be a buzz of activity all day with back-to-back demos featuring our in-house chocolatier Tad Lombardo, plus pastry chef Christie Tania and chocolatier Julie Whitehead and more – all Mc’ed by our brand ambassador Tobie Puttock. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to get involved in the Weiss Chocolate Eating Competition to see who can eat the most chocolate in two minutes!

 This year the Market has also teamed up with Very Special Kids with all proceeds from the Chocolate Fountain, Foost – Blend Your Own Smoothie activation and the Bash ’n Splash, all going to charity.


Text & Images Courtesy of Stefanie Reilly/Prahran Market

Tutto Bene

Mid Level Southgate, Melbourne – www.tuttobene.com.au

 Southgate restaurants sure know a thing or two about setting the scene for the perfect afternoon or evening soiree. With Easter just around the corner on Sunday 16 April, we rounded up some of our entertaining maestros to give us their tips on how to host the perfect Easter feast.

 Melbourne’s much-loved risotteria, Tutto Bene, is known for its quintessential riverside dining experience. Sommelier and Restaurant Manager Osvaldo Tognella is an alfresco aficionado with years of experience in fine dining from Ritz Carlton Hotels across Europe and Japan to Head Waiter and Sommelier at the Bulgari Luxury Hotel in Milan.

 Osvaldo agrees that hosting a lunch or dinner can be exciting but it can become a bit stressful if you don’t know where to start.

 As a Northern Italian with a rich history in global hospitality, Osvaldo feels that hosting is a great opportunity to ‘show off’ how creative and attentive to detail you are.

 “As an Italian I have to say that we are a bit vain and we love to receive people’s compliments and approval as much as we love to make guests feel welcome,” says Osvaldo.

 Osvaldo’s top tips for the perfect table setting:

 1.     Keep the table settings simple with ceramic or lightly painted plates, ensuring you create a   contrast with tablecloths or wooden tabletop.

2.     Candles in beautiful lanterns around the area will add to the ambience.

3.     Add a touch of vintage using old style wine glasses and wicker breadbaskets.

4.     On the table rather than candles try some vases of herbs: rosemary, basil, or oregano, ready to be used with the meal.

 Osvaldo suggests that while you are cooking you should keep your guests entertained with light nibbles, “a fresh pinzimonio salad to dip in ‘bagna cauda’ (a warm dip made with garlic, olive oil and anchovies), with some cured meats, mozzarellas or a light and refreshing caprese salad so they don’t fill up too fast.”

 Tutto Bene’s innovative Italian head chef Nathan Scarfo has the perfect recipe for your Easter entrée.

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Sunday, April 9, 2017

After a brief summer hiatus, Melbourne-based seasonal pop-up project Chapter 53, are popping up at a stonefruit orchard in the Yarra Valley, Sunday April 9 for an adventurous 5-course lunch degustation with matching Victorian wines. The theme for the mindful diningevent to be hosted at Rayners Stonefruit Orchard in Woori Yallock, is Stoned In The Yarra Valley, with all menu items using stonefruit from the orchard and reflecting other local produce.

This is the third event for Chapter 53, whose mission from the beginning was to reconnect high-end diners with their meals by sourcing interesting and ethical local producers for their menus and presenting discussions from the producers and farmers sprinkled between the courses, with each one sharing their unique story.

Chapter 53 found Len Rayner, of Rayner’s Orchard, through a friend who had heard him express the difficulties of farming. Len has recently shifted his focus toward tourism due to the unpredictable and challenging industry. While still producing but only for his onsite café and tours Chapter 53 decided they wanted to use his produce back in early February when the season was still strong. Using the orchard as the venue for their Stonefruit event only came about when they visited Len and fell in love with the place.

Some hiccups forced the summer event to be moved into autumn, but given the un-predictable climate, Chapter 53 thought it almost fitting to hold an event mid-seasonas a way to further push the message about the unstable seasons that hold many farmers at ransom.

While Len is not selling his produce anymore, his story is still one that resonates with the crew from Chapter 53 who aspire to show foodies first hand how important it is to support local producers. The event will also include a tractor tour through the orchard where guests are able to pick and eat fruit from the tree.

The Stoned In The Yarra Valley event will also see a presentation from local legends, Yarra Valley Caviar. Mark Fox will share his passion for hand-milking salmon and trout to produce some of the most sought after caviar in the country. And of course, salmon caviar will make an appearance on the menu. The menus are secret however and Chapter 53 guests require an adventurous nature, which is half the fun of the event. For the wine lovers, there will be some of the smaller Yarra Valley wineries represented, including Yering Farm and Coombe Farm, plus family run Anderson Wineries (whose wine is not available in Melbourne) from a little further north.

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Rockpool Dining Group chefs, led by Neil Perry AM, will cater to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 awards ceremony in Melbourne on Wednesday, 5 April.

Neil and his team of chefs will deliver produce-driven menus showcasing the finest Australian ingredients to 800 guests at the pre and post awards events, to be held at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building.

Neil said he was honoured to deliver menus for such an iconic event and to be able to hero amazing Australian produce, at the height of seasonality, to the world’s most distinguished chefs.

“We really want to showcase Australia’s outstanding produce and celebrate the sustainable fisheries and dedicated farmers who are the lifeblood of our industry, and the cornerstone of what we do at Rockpool Dining Group,” he said.

Neil said the menus would be designed around “the provenance and purity of Australian

produce” and draw inspiration from items that feature on the menus across Rockpool Dining Group restaurants, including Rockpool Bar & Grill, Saké Restaurant & Bar, Spice Temple, Rosetta and Fratelli Fresh.


“Each core ingredient will be a hand-selected beacon of best practice in sustainable fishing and farming, which we will cook simply to deliver a true taste of Australia. In that respect I consider myself to be merely a conductor, directing a chorus of outstanding Australian produce with which we will serenade the world’s finest chefs and a global contingent of ardent food lovers,” he said.

The pre-awards menu will feature a preamble of simple and delicious cocktail-style bites, which will whet appetites for a crescendo of incredible seafood that will headline the post-awards menu.

An artistic installation – or ‘still-life’ – of Australian produce will be a fitting aesthetic centrepiece to the annual celebration of global gastronomy.

Rockpool Dining Group’s new bespoke events space, Alfred Place by Rockpool Events, will host the award’s Patron Tequila after party.

Information & Images Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group

The House of Food and Wine

A unique addition this year and the home of our Festival. Features a bar, laneway, gallery and private dining space. We’re throwing open our doors and welcoming you to our house for the 10 days of the Festival. 

Tucked down a laneway in Melbourne’s CBD, the House of Food & Wine is just like a real home, with dining and lounge rooms – even a gallery. We’re hosting sit-down dinners, wine tastings and block parties, and our bar will be open from midday every day. Make our home yours over the 10 days of the Festival.

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Saké Restaurant & Bar has added new dishes to the mix courtesy of Tokyo-travelled and self-declared Japanophile, Chief Brand and Culinary Officer, Neil Perry AM.

 Drawing inspiration from a recent trip to Japan, Neils new dishes balance washoku or traditional Japanese food with Saké’s much-loved contemporary spin and sense of fun.

  Neils devotion to the finest Australian ingredients and sustainable practice shines through the menu, which showcases the work of some of the countrys most admirable producers.

 We want our loyal customers to fall in love with Saké all over again,says Neil.

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Since making it’s way down under just over a year ago, Teeling Whiskey has become the fastest growing Irish whiskey brand in the country.

Shooting into the spotlight after winning multiple world-class awards, young independent producers Jack and Stephen Teeling have expanded their portfolio to introduce their most impressive varieties yet.

This March, Teeling is launching the Teeling Revival Volume II 13 Year Old Single Malt just in time to say sláinte to the Emerald Isle. The Revival II is a limited edition commemorative Single Malt which has been exclusively produced to mark the one-year anniversary of the Teeling Whiskey distillery in Dublin. Ireland’s leading independent whiskey company is also releasing the multi-award winning Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt, which sits in the Teeling’s World’s Rarest Irish Single Malt Collection, alongside the other new release, the 33 Year Old, believed to be the world’s oldest bottling of Irish Single Malt recently released.

Teeling’s new whiskey varieties will be available in Australia from early March at Dan Murphy’s and selected independent retailers, bars and special St Patrick’s Day events in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Teeling events in Sydney and Melbourne


St Patrick’s Day Eve Party

When: 7pm, Thursday 16 March

Where: Bar 1806, 169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

What: An evening of appreciation for Teeling Whiskey with cocktails on arrival, sharing boards and canapes, and a tasting of four Teeling whiskies including a new limited edition

Tickets: $60 per person. Bookings essential via http://www.1806.com.au/activity/st-patricks-day/


St Patrick’s Day Party

When: 5pm – 5am, Friday 17 March

Where: Loch and Key, Upstairs at 34 Franklin Street, Melbourne

What: A party filled with Teeling Whiskey drink specials, cocktails, shots and boilermakers, with a savvy Irish inspired menu and live Irish music including a performance from The Ramshackle Army. There will be prizes for best dressed and competition winners for those looking to get in the festive spirit of St Patrick’s Day, and generally all round great craic throughout the night.

Tickets: Free entry



Irish Whiskey Fair 2017

When: 3:00pm-7:30pm, Wednesday 13 March

Where: The Wild Rover, 75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

What: The Teeling Whiskey portfolio will be showcased as part of the inaugural Irish Whiskey Fair, where guests can sample the finest in Irish Whiskey to get in the St Patrick’s Day spirit.

Tickets: Tickets start at $20 and can be booked via: https://www.thewhiskeycoop.com/events/irish-whiskey-fair-2017


A Taste of Ireland

When: 6pm, Wednesday 15 March

Where: City Tattersalls, 194-204 Pitt Street, Sydney

What: Taste your way around the Emerald Isle in an evening of Teeling Whiskey appreciation where guests will sample a selection of Teeling Whiskeys paired with Irish themed canapes.

Tickets: Tickets are $25 and include tasting four whiskies, bookings via https://citytatts.com.au/event/taste-of-ireland/

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 Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux unveils a stellar line up of the citys top chefs, new and renowned food precincts and returning restaurant favourites for 2017

Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux is excited to announce an unmissable line up of Sydneys latest and greatest restaurants from new and noteworthy precincts that will come together for the ultimate pop-up playground in Centennial Park from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th March 2017.

For the first time, Taste will transpose the citys hottest new foodie destinations. The revitalized and buzzing Paddington precinct is home to some of the citys top restaurants and bars right now, and the reinvigorated suburb will showcase some of its award-winning chefs and restaurants. Young gun chef Josh Niland will join Taste for the first time with his hugely popular Australian seafood restaurant Saint Peter along with Latin American bar man and executive chef Regan Porteous of Tequila Mockingbird, which opened in mid-2016.

Acclaimed French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi together with Public House Management Group will also make an impression at the festival for the first time, bringing to Taste one of Paddingtons best-loved dining rooms, Four in Hand by Guillaume.

As Sydney’s newest precinct to debut at Taste, Barangaroo will showcase an array of its standout restaurants, that opened along the waterfront in 2016. The dynamic duo behind the popular Bar H, chef Hamish Ingham and sommelier Rebecca Lines will present their newest venture Banksii, a vermouth bar and bistro where you can experience the botanical focused menu influenced by the Mediterranean. Renowned Turkish born Australian chef Somer Sivrioglu will also transport his restaurant Anason from The Streets of Barangaroo to Taste of Sydney where visitors will be treated to authentic Turkish cuisine.

Over the four days, the festival will also feature a lineup of the CBDs newest restaurant openings, including Bouche on Bridge headed up by Harry Stockdale-Powell who will prepare his approachable fine dining offering through local and sustainable produce. Spanish inspired Mercado Restaurant will make an appearance with head chef and co-owner Nathan Sasi cooking up signature dishes based on his philosophy of revival of the old with the new through whole animal butchery, meat curing, cheese making, bread baking and preserving.

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Fratelli Fresh has settled into the Crows Nest dining scene this summer, bringing affordable, authentic Italian casual flavours to Sydneys lower North Shore.

Fratelli Fresh Crows Nest is located on the popular Willoughby Road dining strip, making it a convenient hotspot for business lunches, family-friendly dinners, group get-togethers and relaxed long lunches over summery weekends and the festive season.

Customers can also enjoy their Fratelli favourites at home, with online ordering and delivery available.

It is the eighth Fratelli Fresh for Rockpool Dining Group, including six others in Sydney and one in Melbournes CBD. The Fratelli family will continue its geographic expansion in 2017, with a further four to six planned to open in across the country by the end of 2017.

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This year, escape the frenetic pace of the city and enjoy a charm-filled Christmas in The Rocks while strolling through the cobbled laneways, admiring the festive decorations and browsing the boutique markets.

The Rocks is the perfect place to shop, catch up with friends over cocktails, soak in harbour views, and dine out in style this December.

To get you in the Christmas spirit, George Street in The Rocks will be home to a giant Santa towering over seven metres high and made from over 1,200 milk crates. So come along, snap a selfie and make a Christmas wish.

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**Information on Christmas Markets & ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions below

This festive season, Galleria, a bustling city corner of shops and eateries in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, is celebrating Christmas in a uniquely thoughtful and sustainable way.

Recycled Christmas decorations have been installed throughout the centre utilising reusable materials from retailers and cafés, as well as a giant Melbourne’s Christmas Story book featuring rotating stories of goodwill from Foodbank Victoria, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Melbourne Animal Rescue and Waverley Industries.

Hide away from Christmas-shopping mayhem and discover simple ways to give back this festive season through free ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions on Thursdays, 15 and 22 December, where Melburnians can listen to Melbourne’s Christmas Story, learn about unique ways to give a gift to those less fortunate, and discover sustainable ways to celebrate Christmas.

Supporting small Australian business, the Galleria Christmas Market presented by Australian Wine and Food features bespoke food, spirits and wine from southern Australian producers. The market is on from 10am-3pm Thursdays and Fridays until 16 December.

Interior space designer Steph Gooden of One68 recently completed furnishing the ambience upgrade of the centre’s atrium food court. Taking inspiration from the design aesthetic of the new look, Steph designed the Recycled Christmas decorations and Melbourne’s Christmas Story in consultation with Galleria.

“Australians are producing an increasing amount of waste, and are set to spend a record $48 billion on Christmas this year. So we thought of the idea to recycle reusable materials from our retailers for this year’s Christmas decorations. We also wanted to invoke the Christmas spirit of goodwill, which is how Melbourne’s Christmas Story eventuated,” says Lisa Fleming, Galleria’s Regional Centre Manager.

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**Available Fratelli Fresh Sydney unit 31st December

Level 5 Westfield Sydney CBD & World Square Shopping Centre George St


 Fratelli Famous Pizzeria has added a limited-edition, black-crusted Christmas pizza to its menu for the duration of December to raise money for international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox.

$1 from every large Famous Christmas pizza sold will be donated to ShelterBox, which provides temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families, including those in Australia.

Created by Famous pizza chefs, the black-crusted Christmas pizza is spread with red sauce, sprinkled with Monterey Jack cheese, scattered with roast turkey breast, and dressed with caramelised whole shallots that have been roasted in the pizza oven, as well as green capsicum rings, and aromatic fresh rosemary.

These fast-fired pizzas cook to blistered perfection in under two minutes in dual wood and gas-fired ovens that are the centrepiece of each Fratelli Famous Pizzeria, and are topped off with a generous drizzle of cranberry BBQ sauce.

The subtle smokiness of the black crust, which is achieved with the incorporation of charcoal, enhances the sweetness of the BBQ sauce, the char of the shallots, and complements the flavoursome turkey and peppery cheese.

Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said: “Helping to provide shelter for displaced families around the world, particularly as we head into bushfire and flood season in Australia, is immensely motivating and satisfying for the Famous team. I hope customers will be equally inspired to support this worthy cause.”

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Phoenix Beer is the exotic drop you have been looking for to refresh your tastebuds this summer.


Hailing from Mauritius as the nation’s “official beer”, this golden lager is a nice change from some of the fruity, craft beers Australians have become accustomed to drinking, without being challenging to the palate.


If you have ever been to Mauritius, you will know the food is a wonderful hybrid of the best of Indian, African, Chinese and even European cuisines, so it is not surprising that this is the sort of diverse beer that could really accompany whatever you have on your plate or BBQ this summer.

 A casual weekend taste session brought out a group of dedicated beer enthusiasts warming up for silly season! Here’s what they thought of Phoenix Beer:

Tom C – “What a refreshing summer beer! It is thirst quenching and it would be very easy to knock back a few pints”.

Rhea D – “The hops flavour that can often be very overpowering with other beers is not too strong in this beer. It is a really easy-drinking beer”.

Rene I – “Phoenix Beer is so easy to drink! I can imagine an entire Sunday sesh by the pool or beach, sipping on this all afternoon, because it is so light and crisp”.

So grab yourself a slab of Phoenix Beer and impress your friends with your exotic beer tastes this summer!

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 Review & Images by Amy Foyster from TAT Gourmet

Take a Peek & Eat from their New Seasonal Lunch & Dinner Menu too!

The Cut’s new Wagyu Beef Burger is a high end take on a lunchtime staple. The star of the burger is the broiled patty made with *Robbins Island sirloin and brisket. As you’d expect from a steak restaurant, it’s perfectly cooked – juicy, flavoursome, and tender. Fillings are simple, but classic. American cheddar, tomato, lettuce, and relish, balance the burger, which is served on a brioche bun. Hand cut chips and house aioli are the perfect accompaniment to this meal, and the chips prove very useful in mopping up the relish when things inevitably get a little messy. This offering will delight those who love burgers, but not grease, and it’s only $9.95 at lunch for the month of November.

 “It’s got to be one of Melbourne’s most pocket-friendly premium burgers, served with hand-cut chips”, said Rachel from Urban Purveyor.


 **Get in to The Cut before 31st December. In the meanwhile we’ll try convince them to keep this limited edition burger on at that price for a while longer!

 **Take a Peek & Eat from their New Seasonal Lunch & Dinner Menu too! Specialising in Prime Australian Beef & Seafood.



*Robbins Island Wagyu Beef (Tasmania)

The Cut Steakhouse

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 Review & Image by Celeste Juliano

Additional Image Courtesy of The Cut Steakhouse

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Adventurous local pop-up crew, Chapter53 take to Fitzroy again with another multiple course seasonal offering, and this time they are staying plant based- because, Spring.

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Tickets available now through Eventbrite for Chapter53s sophomore event, Spring: In The Garden Of Good & EVOO, to be held in Fitzroy, Sunday November 27. An exploration of Good vs EVOO plant based food and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Following the success of their last event, Winters Burial, in August, the crew from Chapter53 are embarking on a new challenge, a vegetarian degustation using local spring produce challenging because of the strange season it has been, having a direct impact of local farmers and what they have been able to produce and not produce this spring. However, Chapter53 have stayed true to their concept and sourced local producers whose wares they will spin into an elegant dining experience for Melbournians who love something a little bit different.


Chapter53s spring event, Spring: In The Garden Of Good & EVOOoffers up 5 courses with matching wines and in this case, a few alternative drinks make an appearance, including a gin from Yarra Valley, a saison from Alphington, and, as always, another couple of surprises will be in store for their mindful diners.

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This spring a new restaurant will be opening in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. It is called Aunty Franklee and it is all about the Bak-Kut-Teh.

Not much is known about Malaysian cuisine in Australia, and this venture by twins Francesca and Fiorn Lee is going to change all that.


The twins are well known throughout Asia. Their family chain SuganBun, which has over 60 restaurants, have been serving their famous recipes since 1979.


205 Russell Street. Melbourne, 3000.

03 9650 4336

Opened: 11:30am – 4:00am each day. Yes, the first Malaysian restaurant to be serving SUPPER in the wee hours.


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The final restaurant line-up for Taste of Melbourne in Partnership with Electrolux is here, and boy is it a doozy. The worlds greatest restaurant festival runs Thursday 10 Sunday 13 November at Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake with the hottest, latest and most critically acclaimed venues serving up sumptuous servings to thousands of guests.

New to the formation are champions of American BBQ in Melbourne, Fancy Hanks; fantastical dessert specialists, Om Nom; two hatted degustation wunderkinds, Lûmé; Melbournes premier gastronomical Grecian temple, Gazi and Peruvian street food from Marea Cevicheria presented by Pastuso.

They join previously announced and highly coveted restaurants: Hotel Jesus, Picketts Deli & Rotisserie, Cumulus Inc., Estelle Bistro, Supernormal, MoVida, The Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita and Circa, The Prince. This years stellar line-up of 14 restaurants have an incredible eleven hats between them*. Each serve up specialty dishes inspired by the menus from their own venues, as well as exclusive, Icon Dishes that can only be procured at Taste. Each restaurant will also submit a dish in the prestigious Best in Taste Awards, with an overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts on Gala Night, Thursday 10 November.

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Fratelli Fresh Ushers in Warmer Weather with New Menu

  Fratelli Fresh is welcoming the warmer months with a new menu across all six Sydney restaurants and the latest addition to the family, Fratelli Fresh at The Alfred in Melbourne…

 The Fratelli team has bolstered its much-loved Italian offerings with light, new additions served with splashes of lemon and white wine, a sprinkling of herbs and showcasing stunning seafood in homage to the seasonal shift and warmer, sunnier climes.

We’ve lightened things up a little, while retaining some firm Fratelli favourites such as our irresistible Zucchini Flowers stuffed with 5 Italian cheeses and our lovely Arancini with talegio and mixed herbs,” said Culinary Director Martin Heierling.

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Welcoming Melbournes beautiful Spring weather, Soul Star Festival brings together a holistic and spiritual festival packaged in a fun, entertaining and super cool experience that will be held at Laurens Hall in North Melbourne on Thursday 24 November, 2016. 

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Soul Star will see three guest speakers including international YouTube sensation, emotional healing coach and comedian, JP Sears, who will be sure to keep you laughing while delivering life changing and inspirational messages. Along speaking will be one of Australias most well-known nutritionist, author, TV personality, yoga teacher, crystal lover and Happy Placefounder, Lola Berry.

Also speaking will be internationally recognised meditation teacher and co-founder of the meditation app 1Giant Mind’, Jonni Pollard who spends a great deal of time with social and political figures, CEOs and executives of fortune 500 companies, professional artists and athletes, where he teaches them how to embody wisdom and increase their capabilities. Jonni is most known for his ability to take deep complex spiritual concepts and translate them into such simple terms and techniques for anyone to understand and embody.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


Chefs Gallery Devil Piggy Buns

 Sydney Food Lovers: Available Monday 31st only

A powerhouse of contemporary Chinese cuisine, Chefs Gallery is the talk of the trick-or-treat circuit with a fiendish addition to their menu for Halloween.  Introducing Devil Piggy Buns, wickedly cute, devilishly delicious, and only available on Monday, 31 October.

 Naughty they may be, but these scrumptious little piglets are spongey to the touch, with a dastardly black centre of sumptuous smokey, molten sesame, available at Chefs Gallery restaurants in Town Hall, Macquarie Centre, Bankstown, Parramatta and Hurstville.


Executive Chef Wing says, “Taking food and creating an experience is our mission at Chefs Gallery, but occasionally we like to come up with cute and scary creations that are both tasty and fun, so make sure and wolf down some Devil Piggy Buns for Halloween.”

Chefs Gallery has become an institution for creative desserts, from the success of Piggy Prince and Piggy Princess Face buns, to Eggy and Yolky spewey buns. All of which beg to be poked, prodded and squeezed with an edible stick until their yolky, oozy centers erupt on your plate, clearly fantastical desserts are the dish of the day!

The experience of dining at Chefs Gallery is one that is unique in its theatre, artistry and taste.  With chefs on display crafting hand-made noodles behind the glass walled kitchen, as well as a superbly curated menu bursting with taste sensations, Chefs Gallery is a true feast for the senses.


Stay in touch with Chefs Gallery:
Website: www.chefsgallery.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChefsGalleryRestaurant

Instagram: @chefsgallery

Twitter: @chefsgallery

For Home Bakers, Foodies and Dessert Diehards!!


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October

Melbourne Convention Centre


Renowned global and Australian chefs, bakers and cake decorators including Paul Joachim (USA), Luke Hines (AUS), Queen Of Hearts Couture Cakes (UK), Elena Duggan (AUS), Frank Camorra (Movida, AUS), and Danielle Gotheridge (UK) will take centre stage to teach and inspire Melburnians, whatever their level of experience.

For the first time in Australia, show enthusiasts can join the worlds speediest chocolate sculptor, Paul Joachim, in a ‘Chocolate Geniusmasterclass. Participantscreativity will be tested in a 3 day workshop learning the methodologies and secrets to carving and manipulating 15kg blocks of chocolate into stunning edible art. Pauls most notable work includes a chocolate sculpture of Robin Williams, LeBron James and a Harry Potter sculpture for J.K Rowling’s birthday as well as many TV appearances. To celebrate the Spring Carnival and all things Melbourne, Paul will also be creating a life size chocolate sculpture of Jockey Michelle Payne throughout the Show.

In keeping with Spring Racing, Danielle Gotheridge will also be creating an amazing racing inspired cake throughout the Show. Meanwhile, MasterChef 2016 winner Elena Duggan will bring her inspirational and artistic talent to Melbourne alongside popular 2016 contestant Harry Foster. Elena and Harry will share skills learnt from some of Australias greatest chefs with showgoers, while Luke Hines will be challenging all the celebrity chefs with his natural, healthy desserts!

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 This year’s SAY CHEESE FESTIVAL will be back bigger and better than ever with a brand new format and over double the amount of exhibitors! Now in its fourth year, the highly anticipated event will spill onto Elizabeth Street and even the Market mezzanine to allow even more cheesy vendors, delicious cheesy dishes, FREE TASTINGS and of course, FREE ENTRY.

 The usual list of Prahran Market Traders will of course be there with fantastic food and beverage offerings…many with a CHEESY theme! 

Check out the list below and get together with your friends to enjoy this fabulous event:

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Support our friends at Street Organics to help raise funds for GROW FOUNDATION 

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Information Courtesy of Kristen Morrison from Street Organics

Street Organics is proud to support Grow Foundation – a unique Melbourne-based charity which offers support  & natural health solutions to families of children with special needs.

For the past 5 years, a small group of kids has participated in the Melbourne Marathon to raise funds for Grow Foundation.

This year, a group of our staff will be running with a group of over 50 kids – and we would love your help!

These kids run 3km, 5.7km or 10km – because they want to help other children who can’t run, walk, see or speak like they can.

Some of them even set up their own fundraising efforts to help raise more – amazing!!

The team’s target is $20,000-  We are nearly half way there!

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Lovers of beer need not give into wanderlust and head to Germany for Oktoberfest.

Sydneys favourite heritage precinct, The Rocks, is offering up two incredible beer festivals this October. The Australian Heritage Hotel returns with their ever-popular Australian Beer Festival (14–16 Oct) while Australias oldest Irish pub, The Mercantile present the Guinness & Oyster Festival (16 Oct).

For the 12th year running, Cumberland and Gloucester streets will flow with Australian craft beer as the Australian Heritage Hotel hosts the Australian Beer Festival. Showcasing more than 34 different Australian breweries, the Festival offers up a plethora of activities including blind tastings, meet the brewers sessions, gourmet food stalls and live entertainment.

The Australian Heritage Hotel is one of the oldest pubs in Australia having opened its doors in 1824. Almost 200 years on, it remains one of the liveliest venues in Sydney, offering 25 rotating Australian beers on tap as well as more than 100 different Australian craft beer varieties in a bottle.

Over on George Street two of Irelands greatest exports, Guinness and Oysters, come together in a day of indulgence for The Mercantile Hotels Guinness and Oyster Festival. The Mercantile Hotel has teamed up with Sydney Cove Oyster Bar’s Head Chef, Rhys Ward, to deliver a free day of fun for the whole family with Irish musicians, dancers, food stalls of delicious oysters and seafood fare, face painting and more.

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Urban Purveyor Group restaurants Saké Jr and El Camino Cantina are calling on customers to help them support cancer research and help fund vital services to patients and their families.

Throughout October, new fast-casual diner Saké Jr will donate $1 for every Saké Jr bowl purchased to support Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Saké Jr at Level 5 Westfield Sydney shopping centre and Saké Jr at 555 Bourke Street Melbourne will run the campaign from Monday, 3rd October to Monday 31st October to raise awareness of and funds for life-changing breast cancer research.

U G L Y Margarita

The team at late-night Tex-Mex diner El Camino Cantina in The Rocks, Sydney is supporting the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual hospitality industry fundraising competition, U.G.L.Y (Understanding Generous Likeable You) Bartender of the Year 2016.

The bar teams legendary Margaritas will be joined by a speciality blue U.G.L.Y Margaritafrom today until  Monday 14th November. El Camino Cantina will donate $1 for every 15oz U.G.L.Y Margarita purchased, and $2 for every 24oz U.G.L.Y Margarita.

Every $80 raised will help the Leukaemia Foundation provide one night’s free accommodation for someone with blood cancer and their carer, providing a home-away-from-home for regional families that need to relocate to be close to their treatment centre. 

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Embark on a Delicious Celebration of the Senses

The future will look rosy, sparkling, sun-dappled and everything in between as the 3rd annual Wine & Cheese Fest firmly plants its roots back in Williamstown and returns to Seaworks on Sunday 23 October from 11am-6pm.

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Over 60 fine quality wine, cheese and gourmet food providores will be showcasing their artisinal products accompanied by live music entertainment, DJs and stunning views of the city and seascape. From wheels of fine cheeses and savoury sauces, to home-style pastries, pickled preserves, smoked and cured meats, luscious desserts and of course a huge array of wine, ciders and beers for all palates, the Wine & Cheese Fest is a tantalizing feast for the tastebuds.

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The Teckelrennen

Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race –

The Running of the Wieners!


 This Saturday 24th September  at Southgate

10am to 3pm


The Teckelrennen Annual Dachshund Race is once again a hugely popular drawcard at this year’s Hophaus’ Oktoberfest celebrations. How could it not be with a record number of short sausage legs running the race! Last year’s race was broadcast around the globe and this year’s will be bigger and better, with 74 dogs ready for action!


There will be a costume parade at midday, where short legs strut their best threads for the top prize. Last year’s sausage dogs were decked out in every kind of costume from pilots and lifeguards to dinosaurs and Melbourne trams!


The annual running of the wieners sees Hophaus team up again with Dachshund Online, and raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. The Teckelrennen fest day also includes a full program of German games and activities at Hophaus with Hammerschlagen, Pretzel Tossing, The Great Pretzel Biteoff, and Apple Bobbing from 1-6pm! At 6pm one of Melbourne’s best German bands, the Black Forest Trio, will take to the stage, playing into the night.


September-October’s extended program of events also includes a German Degustation Dinner with Weihenstephaner’s Head Brewer, a dedicated Games Day, Beer Trivia, and a Ladies Love Bier Luncheon.


For more information and to view the full Hoptoberfest 2016 program of events visit:




Bier Bar Grill

Southgate Melbourne


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Image Credit: Helen Black

Southern Tasmania, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Rd, Southwest Australia Showcased

Published this October, global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Food Trails is a gastronomic tour of the world in 52 short breaks — with Australia represented by Southern Tasmania, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Rd, and Southwest Australia.

Following its best-selling Wine Trails (2015), Lonely Planet has now scoured the world for the greatest food experiences around which to plan travels — not just fine dining, but also the best regional specialities, the most atmospheric street food spots, and the most memorable cooking courses.

Taste the planet’s most exciting local cuisines – from barbeque in Texas to patisserie in Paris – in this comprehensive guide, from the new Lonely Planet Food imprint, to 52 weekends of food heaven.

Discover new food and drink experiences, meet local producers and get inspired by these delicious Food Trails:

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Ever wondered what gastronomic heaven is like? Diners will find out when Melbourne’s first Fratelli Fresh restaurant and The Cut Steakhouse open on Friday, 15 July over two spectacular heritage-featured floors at The Alfred.

From the alfresco laneway dining façade at 7 Alfred Place, a grand foyer, spectacular dry aging room and ground floor Fratelli Fresh, to the dramatic staircase that leads guests to The Cut’s classic New York steakhouse inspired space and adjoining bar, the two-storey heritage building is as rich in culinary credentials as it is in stylish spaces for public dining or private hire.

Diners can enjoy the casual charm and good value for which Fratelli is famed from a light-filled, laid-back dining room with signature red and white décor. The menu boasts over 25 dishes for under $20 and a six-course menu for $55.

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Your movie night in can now finish with a sweet treat as premium as a five star restaurant.

Mövenpick invites you to take the passionate world of Swiss savoirfaire into your home with the new 900/810ml tub now available from your local boutique in six delicious flavours.

With six unique flavours available including Swiss Chocolate, Vanilla Dream, Maple Walnut, Tiramisu, Crème Brulee and Caramelita, there’s certainly something to tempt everyone to discover that special sensation of Mövenpick ice cream.

Mövenpick Maîtres Glaciers are always searching for extraordinary ingredients and flavours for new creations. “Whether it is Bourbon vanilla pods from the tropical forests of Madagascar, the finest cocoa beans from the Maracaibo region of Venezuela or Canadian maple syrup from Quebec: in the quest for exclusive, natural products, no distance is too great. For we know that
even slight variations in quality can mean a big difference in taste,” says Dennis Koorey, Country Business Manager for Mövenpick Australia.

It’s no coincidence that Mövenpick ice creams taste just like the original ingredients. They are completely free from artificial additives, flavourings and colourings. Authentic taste, unbelievably creamy, refined and well balanced. A unique and pure indulgence starting from just 116 kcal for the ice cream per 100ml.

Ice cream fans are being encouraged this winter to find out what M övenpick Excellence means, and discover how Mövenpick ‘s extraordinary ice cream creations can make any night in special.

Share your Mövenpick moment of bliss, using the hashtag #MovenpickAUS or discover more at

Who doesn’t love free pizza?!
Coles is taking their delicious Coles Brand Ultimate range pizza range to the road for a month-long sampling tour across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland with the launch of their very first food truck.
The Coles Brand Food Truck will celebrate Australia’s love for pizza by bringing the newly developed Coles Ultimate Pizza to the streets of Melbourne today!
Pop by for a free slice between 10am-5pm on Friday 8 July at Southern Cross, Collins St, Docklands VIC


Freshly baked crunchy Waffles, Decadent Chocolate Fondant, Crispy Apple Strudel & Italian-style Affogato

After enduring the hustle and bustle on an icy cold winter’s day, there is no better way to thaw out than with a delicious sweet treat. Premium Swiss ice cream brand Mövenpick has introduced its winter menu including; freshly baked crunchy Waffles, decadent Chocolate Fondant, Apple Strudel and aromatic Affogato.

Mövenpick’s infamous Waffles (RRP $16.95) feature a distinct crunch upon the first bite, followed by fluffy light pastry that just melts in the mouth. The waffles can be topped with lashings of melted Swiss chocolate and balanced with the acidity of fresh seasonal fruits. Now also available as “Choose your own” from standard, nut, berry or chocolate waffles.

An all-time winter favourite is Mövenpick’s Apple Strudel (RRP $14.95). Layers of crumbly pastry are filled with stewed spiced apples that warm from top to toe. Served with scoop of Mövenpick ice cream to refresh the palette.

The decadent Chocolate Fondant (RRP$14.95) is a deliciously rich treat with oozing chocolate molten, lightly dusted with icing sugar and garnished with fresh seasonal fruits.

The smell of an aromatic coffee is almost hypnotising on a cold winter’s night. Mövenpick’s Italianstyle Affogato (RRP $8.95) is a scoop of Mövenpick ice cream drowned in rich espresso. The winter menu has been has been crafted by Mövenpick’s Maîtres Glaciers who like chefs use only extraordinary ingredients and flavours for their creations.

Available nationwide from 20 June, the winter menu can be purchased across the network of 23 Mövenpick boutiques. Menu items subject to availability in Mövenpick Galleries, Parlours and Kiosks.

Images by Ricky Sam

Vintage Cellars and Archie Rose Distilling Co. collaborate for World Gin Day

Gin lovers of Australia rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its eighth year on June 11 to celebrate all things juniper infused. To mark the occasion, Vintage Cellars has collaborated with Archie Rose Distilling Co. to create a limited edition gin exclusive to Vintage Cellars stores.

Made from select pure botanical distillates, the Archie Rose Tailored Gin has been carefully blended to accentuate flavours of cassia bark, orange and Angelica root. Only 900 bottles of the one-of-akind, limited edition gin have been made and hand numbered for Australian customers.

Archie Rose Distilling Co. is a custom-designed boutique distillery and bar in Rosebery, New South Wales. Opening their doors in 2015, they became the first independent distillery in the City of Sydney in over 160 years. They are dedicated to distilling gin, vodka and whisky rich in character to honour the city it calls home.

Founder of Archie Rose Distilling Co. Will Edwards says the company believe in a hands-on approach to ensure the finest quality spirits are being produced.

“At Archie Rose we’re very focused on the details, even custom designing our distilling equipment to ensure every aspect of our production could be carefully controlled. We pride ourselves on crafting unique Tailored Gins right down to a single bottle scale” he said.

“We’re excited to celebrate World Gin Day by sharing this unique and limited edition gin with all Australians through Vintage Cellars.”

The thirst for gin globally has reached its peak over a decade with more bartenders than ever preferring to work with gin in preference to other clear spirits. Boutique gin distillers use their own methods to bring forward the spirit’s natural botanicals and spice elements, making it a fun and versatile cocktail base to play with.

As a by-product of gin’s increased popularity, the number of boutique distilleries has exploded globally. By partnering with Vintage Cellars, the Archie Rose Tailored Gin is accessible to all Australians while also holding onto its boutique charm.

Vintage Cellars Marketing Director Jon Yarnall says the retailer is committed to supporting local distillers and bringing exciting new flavours to customers.

“We are always on the hunt for local and unique, top quality product that we know our customers will love. World Gin Day is the perfect opportunity to showcase the talent of our Australian gin distillers,” he said.

Archie Rose Tailored Gin is available now for a limited time in Vintage Cellars stores nationally for $84.99 per bottle.


Admittedly, I mainly ate cheese at Melbourne’s Good Food & Wine Show, and a few Blush tomatoes. My plus-one had the wine part covered, rating Golding as her number one preference.

After a few rounds of the stalls, because you never know what you may have missed the previous round, we decided to watch the talented Matt Moran take to the stage and cook crispy chicken.

The Convention & Exhibition Centre was mixed with foodies, wine connoisseurs, lovers of the food industry showing us the future of the marketplace, and the raw workers from the land that usually remain behind the scenes growing and producing everything us Melbourne foodies love to devour. Hearing from the farmers about the processes and motivations behind their brands was touching, the passion to deliver quality and good flavours lives in all of them.

Get down to the Convention & Exhibition Centre Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th and see for yourself how much energy goes into what we put on our plates and in our glasses.

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This winter, Madame Truffles will bring lots of truffle joy to food lovers across the country.  She will once again showcase the highest quality truffles from around the country, extend her unique range of fresh truffle products and host a number of exciting truffle events.

by Bernadette Jenner

 Seasonal Truffle Stores

Madame Truffles’ seasonal shop sells the widest range of fresh quality truffles from WA, TAS, NSW & VIC.  Everyone is welcome to come and sniff out the differences for themselves and explore the terroir of Australian truffle.

There will also be range of truffle products available, made using the highest quality Australian truffle and ingredients. Her pure truffle products (Madame never uses fake truffle or truffle oil) include:

  • Truffle Ice Cream
  • Truffle, Mushroom & Ricotta Ravioli, Truffle & Potato Ravioli & Truffle & Prawn Ravioli
  • Truffle Salt
  • Truffle Honey
  • Truffle Caramel Popcorn

Of course, for those who can’t make it in-store, Madame Truffle on-line store is available for food lovers across Australia.  The Madame sends fresh truffles and most of her truffle products nationally each week.

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During many years as an Early Childhood Teacher and an Educator conducting Health Programs in Primary Schools, my interest in healthy foods and healthy living evolved. These days I love creating delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, particularly if such meals and recipes can be shared with others. Philosophy classes have further reinforced my constant fascination with the seemingly mundane and occasionally quirky little things in life, with quite a few decades of experience to draw upon! I have always had a passion for writing and my previous career ensured plenty of practice. Subsequently this interest has inspired me to share my culinary adventures with the Australia Times Gourmet Magazine. Meanwhile my thoughts on all manner of topics head in the direction of The Australia Times Life and Love Magazine.

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Email: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Wine lovers and foodies are preparing their taste buds for this year’s ultimate celebration of flavour, as the renowned Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival returns bigger and more delicious than ever.

Now spanning over two months, the Festival showcases the region’s iconic wine and food culture, with more than 70 epicurean events and activities during May and June. During this period, visitors to the country’s oldest wine region are offered the chance to enjoy the Festival’s favourite events, as well as some sensational new additions.

Showcasing the Hunter’s award-winning wines and delicious gourmet food, the event also gives you the chance to get up close and personal with winemakers at a masterclass, tour the vineyards, unearth hidden gems, and take part in hands-on cooking classes to fine-tune your culinary skills. If you’re after a more relaxing experience, there’s always the option to simply curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate, or enjoy a set price gourmet lunch with a glass of wine at some of the region’s top restaurants.

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Godfather of Italian Dining celebrates 35 years.


Tony Cattafi, the Godfather of Italian dining in Australia – and owner of the nation’s first pasta house, La Spaghettata, is set to celebrate the  famous restaurant with the announcement of 35 years in Carlton.


Following 35 years of creating authentic Italian dishes and experiences, Mr Cattafi’s vision for the iconic restaurant located on Melbourne’s famous Lygon Street has  moved forward with the times with his two sons, Fabio and Mauro Cattafi appointed to take on the greater role in the strategic direction of the venue.


It is by all accounts the type of rags to riches story that makes Australia remain as one of the world’s most desired locations to holiday and migrate to.


Uneducated and unable to speak a word of English, and with barely a penny to his name, Tony Cattafi and his young wife, Giovanna took their first steps on Australian soil in 1950, arriving on a boat from Sicily, Italy.


With little more than the clothes on their backs and a willingness to work hard day after day, the Cattafis set about creating a place where people could come and enjoy the wholesome goodness and flavours of their Old Country.


In those early days Tony had a vision to feed the people of Australia, but he never dared to dream the small business he and Giovanna would go on to create, as much to make a living as it was to remind them of their homeland, would become a legacy that would continue for generations. Nor that the people of Melbourne would embrace their authentic Italian dishes and warm family hospitality with such gusto.

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Image Credit Courtesy of Southgate Melbourne

Collated by Connie Lambeth


ENA Greek Street food is the latest exciting addition to Southgate Melbourne’s ever evolving restaurant precinct. With the name ‘ENA’ translating to ‘number one’ in Greek, this recently opened restaurant takes a fresh spin on Greek dining. Certain to please Melburnians and visitors alike, the innovative, rustic offerings are inspired by the streets and beaches of Greece.


Passionate foodie and TV show star Chris Stavropoulos (Reno Rumble and House Rules), has joined forces with Sean Cheshire and Funky Food Group (Lavezzi Gelati, Billy’s Kitchen, Billy Barista), along with the experience and expertise of co-owner and Executive Chef Mathew English.


Southgate’s riverside restaurant precinct offering diverse cuisines, is a perfect fit for ENA to wow diners. They focus on authentic Greek cooking techniques, with meats cooked over a coal fire pit as done in traditional cooking in Greek homes and street stalls, so the taste is sure to pack a punch.


**More on ENA in an upcoming issue of Gourmet, where we will be learning a thing or two from Mathew English, while checking out their Moussaka Croquettes and drooling over the Loukomades!


ENA Greek Street Food

Shop 4-9 Southgate Shopping Precinct

Southbank Melbourne


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What:  ANZAC Day

When:  Monday 25 April, 2016. Doors open 10am. Two-up starts at 1pm


Where: The DOG Hotel, 2 St. Marks Rd Randwick – doghotel.com.au/anzac16

Keg & Brew, 26 Foveaux St Surry Hills – kegandbrew.com.au/anzac16

Dove & Olive, 156 Devonshire St Surry Hills – doveandolive.com.au/anzac16



The Good Beer Company is offering up 3 places to commemorate ANZAC Day on Monday 25th April. The Dove & Olive, Keg & Brew, and The DOG are serving up a menu of good fun, filled with drink specials, giveaways, tasty treats and of course, two-up!


An ANZAC Day inspired menu has been specially tailored for the day, featuring:


**Fush n’ Chups – Monteith’s Pale Ale battered Flathead served with chips, chunky tartare, salad leaves and lemon

**Happy Little Vegemite Pie – house made beef, vegetable and Vegemite pie float

**All Black Angus – grain fed Angus rump steak on a pool of cauliflower puree, sticky sage jus & parmesan-crumbed artichoke heart

**An Australian Mess – Mango & Passionfruit Eaton Mess


Food is nothing without its best accompaniment, beer, and there’s some great specials on offer. VB Tinnies, schooners of 4Pines Pale Ale, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, and The Good Cider (brewed exclusively by The Australian Brewery), are just $5 all day long at each of the venues.


As well as a host of giveaways throughout the day, one lucky punter from each venue will win a brewery tour with tasting rack, at the 4Pines Manly BrewPub, for themselves and three mates.


Doors open at 10am and two-up starts from 1pm at each venue. If you still want to enjoy the footy, have no fear; the Roosters game will be playing live at The DOG for all the diehard fans out there.


With a day jam-packed full of activities and great specials, there’s no better place to pay tribute to the ANZACs than at one of The Good Beer Company venues.

Kensington CommUNITY Festival

Sunday 20th March

JJ Holland Park

Kensington Vic

9am to 5pm

There will be a load of gourmet treats and local produce at the annual Kensington CommUNITY Festival this Sunday. This fab free event includes community stalls, a barbeque and food trucks, jumping castles, treasure hunts, African drumming, juggling, hula hoops, as well as a heap more entertainment and activities. Don’t miss out on purchasing a jar of sensational local honey too! An exciting new addition this year will be the Sustainable Living Festival with backyard chickens, edible gardens, and a local community multicultural recipe book. Plus sports lovers can check out the Unity Cup, an AFL initiative involving culturally diverse youth.

Kensington is a multiculturally rich community and they sure know how to turn on a fun-packed festival!


4th to 13th March

Melbourne Food and Wine

“It’s no secret that Melbourne loves a good event”.

Yes it’s that time of the year again, where ‘Lady Melbourne’ shines at her glorious best, as foodies in cities and regions around the state prepare for a dose of ‘tastebud dancing’. The program is inspiring, promising a range of dazzling food and beverage experiences for all ages.

Here is just a sample of the fine offerings of this much anticipated annual festival which starts TODAY…

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During many years as an Early Childhood Teacher and an Educator conducting Health Programs in Primary Schools, my interest in healthy foods and healthy living evolved. These days I love creating delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, particularly if such meals and recipes can be shared with others. Philosophy classes have further reinforced my constant fascination with the seemingly mundane and occasionally quirky little things in life, with quite a few decades of experience to draw upon! I have always had a passion for writing and my previous career ensured plenty of practice. Subsequently this interest has inspired me to share my culinary adventures with the Australia Times Gourmet Magazine. Meanwhile my thoughts on all manner of topics head in the direction of The Australia Times Life and Love Magazine.

Profile: View Connie's profile here

Email: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Once the most popular spirit in the world, Irish whiskey has recently had a huge resurgence both in the Emerald Isle and globally. So much that it is now the fastest growing spirit category in the world (TheIWSR.com).

The dynamic Teeling Whiskey is a young, multi award-winning, unconventionally independent whiskey producer with deep Dublin roots.

In just three years, Teeling has grown to be available in 46 countries, with their entire range launching in Australia in 2015 and the new limited edition, The Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt, becoming available in time for St Patrick’s Day 2016.

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Sunday 21st February

 10am to 4pm

Edendale Community Farm Eltham


Information & Image Courtesy of Melbourne Tomato Festival

On the back of a sell out event in its inaugural year, The Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 will be a gathering of local farmers selling their produce, speakers, agriculturalists, cooking demonstrations, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment, and of course passata making, celebrating ‘National Italian Day’.

Even though the tomato is not native to Italy or Australia, for generations it has come to typify Italian Culture through its use in cooking, customs and festivals. Passata making is an Italian tradition aimed at preserving tomatoes for their use throughout the year. The Melbourne Tomato Festival is the key event of the ‘Melbournese Movement’ and is committed to this preservation of food, authentic cooking, customs and traditions, in what is now our new territory.

Buona giornata!

The perfect way to spend a summer’s eve with friends and family, or head out for a memorable solitary experience…

Images & Information Courtesy of Mona/Megan Reeder Hope

Collated by Connie Lambeth


Every Wednesday & Thursday at 6.45pm

Mona Wine Bar

655 Main Rd

Berriedale TAS 7011

03 6277 9900

Website: www.mona.net.au

Social Media:

Facebook: @monamuseum

Twitter: @monamuseum

Instagram: @monamuseumwww.mona.net.au


$79 set three-course menu (add $50 for matched wine)

Mona presents The Golden Hour: soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell – kind of what God would do if he decided to build a gazebo. Whet your appetite with a tasty tidbit and a glass of sparkling, while Turrell’s 45-minute sunset sequence, Amarna (2015), turns the sky supernatural colours. Then retire to the Wine Bar for a communal dining experience.

The tucker: Vince Trim fires up his Heavy Metal Kitchen to deliver a rotating menu of roasted whole meats, wood-fired vegetables, smoked seafood and char-grilled goodness. Made with high-quality Tasmanian and Australian fresh ingredients, the delectable offering includes a taster, entree, main, sides and dessert. Vegetarians and those with dietary requirements are catered for too; please notify on booking.

With an emphasis on intimate dining, it’s a curated dinner party that will have you sharing top-notch tucker and flirty banter with the stranger on your left.  Bookings essential. Groups or singles welcome. Blankets provided for cooler evenings.

MONA: Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art is situated on the Berriedale Peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania. The art museum sits within the Moorilla Winery and is the largest privately funded museum in Australia, featuring Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Art. There are also Bars, a cafe, restaurant and cinema. The museum is owned by David Walsh and was opened in January 2011. MONA also plays host to the MOFO and Dark Mofo festivals held each year.

It’s not just roast turkey and mince pies filling our supermarket trolleys this festive season, Australian cheese sales are set to climb in the countdown to Christmas.

National supermarket sales data reveals sales of specialty cheeses brie and camembert jump a staggering 941 per cent during the week of Christmas Day and enjoy a 342 per cent sales uplift across the summer months.

Speciality cheddar follows closely behind with a 923 per cent sales increase in the week of Christmas, while feta experiences the most extended sales spike and a 404 per cent uplift across the summer entertaining and ‘barbeque’ season, compared with the winter months.

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Announcing “a cracking new Outdoor Cinema” at QV Melbourne


Summer screenings Thursday – Sunday nights December 2015 to February 2016 at QV

Melbourne, QV Square Level 2, corner Lonsdale and Swanston Streets.

Melbourne Bookings and Full Program available via www.qvcinema.com.au


Opening Night Tuesday 1st December is FREE – all other screenings $12.


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12th to 15th November



It’s all happening over several glorious days…

’Taste of Melbourne in partnership with Electrolux returns to the beautiful lakeside location of Albert Park to serve up Melbourne’s ultimate garden party’.


The best in restaurants, gastronomic experiences, and live music entertainment…assured to excite the palates and nurture the souls of Melburnians and visitors alike!


Thursday 12th Nov – Dinner 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Friday 13th Nov/Saturday 14th – Lunch 12.00pm – 4.00pm/Dinner 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Sunday 15th Nov – Lunch – 12.00pm – 5.00pm


Tickets: www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au/tickets-info/

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During many years as an Early Childhood Teacher and an Educator conducting Health Programs in Primary Schools, my interest in healthy foods and healthy living evolved. These days I love creating delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, particularly if such meals and recipes can be shared with others. Philosophy classes have further reinforced my constant fascination with the seemingly mundane and occasionally quirky little things in life, with quite a few decades of experience to draw upon! I have always had a passion for writing and my previous career ensured plenty of practice. Subsequently this interest has inspired me to share my culinary adventures with the Australia Times Gourmet Magazine. Meanwhile my thoughts on all manner of topics head in the direction of The Australia Times Life and Love Magazine.

Profile: View Connie's profile here

Email: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Darren Thomas, CEO of Thomas Food International has announced the launch of Thomas Farms Kitchen, a new direct-to-consumer meal kit delivery service that is 100% Australian owned.

Thomas said their model aims to change the category by offering flexibility to their customers and delivering truly, fresh produce with less food miles from farm to plate.

“Given our substantial network here in Australia, we are able to draw on the best produce in each state and deliver it direct to the consumer. If you live in Sydney, your produce comes from NSW,” he said.

The new service also allows customers choice for the first time.

“There are no mystery boxes in this model. Choice is king and it’s what consumers want, therefore it’s a leading part of our strategy to market. The venture leads the category in that customers have the freedom to come and go as they please, as well as a greater number of dishes to choose from each week.”

Find out more information at Thomas Farms.

Information provided by Lynda Buckley/Fuller PR

Image provided by Southgate

Collated by Connie Lambeth


It seems that Spring at Southgate still holds much anticipation and joy for food lovers, where ‘flowers will transform food and drink into edible art’.


A cascade of edible flowers will transform Southgates precinct of 13 restaurants and bars, during Spring Racings Melbourne Cup week, from 31 October until 8 November.


3 Southgate Avenue


Melbourne Vic 3006

Full Menu & Bookings: www.southgatemelbourne.com.au


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23rd to 25th October 2015
Melbourne’s Sweetest Day Out!

The biggest live event in Australia for cake decorators, home bakers and food lovers. If you have a passion for baking, cake decorating, or just love cakes, breads and other delicious temptations, then you’ll love the Cake Bake & Sweets Show. It’s the ultimate foodie’s experience…a three-day live event devoted to the world of baking and the art of cake decorating.

This one-of-a-kind event is packed with celebrity demos, classes, and interactive workshops. Learn new skills and techniques, get top tips and baking advice, sample and buy tasty treats, stock up on the latest supplies, attend book signings with your favourite baking stars, and much more. Suitable for everyone, it’s a great day out with family and friends!

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During many years as an Early Childhood Teacher and an Educator conducting Health Programs in Primary Schools, my interest in healthy foods and healthy living evolved. These days I love creating delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, particularly if such meals and recipes can be shared with others. Philosophy classes have further reinforced my constant fascination with the seemingly mundane and occasionally quirky little things in life, with quite a few decades of experience to draw upon! I have always had a passion for writing and my previous career ensured plenty of practice. Subsequently this interest has inspired me to share my culinary adventures with the Australia Times Gourmet Magazine. Meanwhile my thoughts on all manner of topics head in the direction of The Australia Times Life and Love Magazine.

Profile: View Connie's profile here

Email: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

From Festivals to Food Shows, to Fabulous Feasts Across the Country, TAT Gourmet have you covered over coming weeks…



2015 Good Food and Wine Show

30th Oct – 1st Nov

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


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During many years as an Early Childhood Teacher and an Educator conducting Health Programs in Primary Schools, my interest in healthy foods and healthy living evolved. These days I love creating delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, particularly if such meals and recipes can be shared with others. Philosophy classes have further reinforced my constant fascination with the seemingly mundane and occasionally quirky little things in life, with quite a few decades of experience to draw upon! I have always had a passion for writing and my previous career ensured plenty of practice. Subsequently this interest has inspired me to share my culinary adventures with the Australia Times Gourmet Magazine. Meanwhile my thoughts on all manner of topics head in the direction of The Australia Times Life and Love Magazine.

Profile: View Connie's profile here

Email: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

The Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival returns with it’s first screening in Spring! The festival brings back your favourite food trucks and films over two consecutive days; Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24.

This month, some of Melbourne’s greatest kitchens on wheels include Kurbside Kravings, Beatbox, Those Guys Food, Nuoc Mama’s Food Truck, Greek Street Food, Mr Burger, Senor Churros, Toasta, Manny’s Donut Café, Tasty Tasters, A Salted Squid, Pasta Face, Happy Camper Pizza & Bibimbap.

September screenings: Everest & Pan

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.villagecinemas.com.au/events/food-truck-festival


Dates: Wednesday, September 23, and Thursday, September 24

TimeGates open at 5pm

Where: Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In, 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg

Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/VillageCinemas and share your experience of the Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival with #foodtruckflicks.

Matt Moran


Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Donna Hay, Kylie Kwong, Adriano Zumbo and Gabriel Gaté all agree: this is the best biscuit you’ll ever eat.

However, its list of ingredients and how it’s made have nothing to do with what makes this biscuit so special.

It has everything to do with the fact this is the biscuit you receive after you’ve donated blood at an Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donor Centre.

This is the best biscuit because it symbolises that you’ve just saved three lives, so no wonder it feels so good.

As Neil Perry says, “Whether it is your first or 50th time, the positive feeling you experience after giving blood is just so satisfying. This is what makes this biscuit so special, it’s literally helped save three Australians in need.”

Donna Hay adds, “This is one sweet treat you can definitely feel good about enjoying! What could be better than a delicious biscuit that also helps save someone’s life?”

This impressive list of Australian celebrity chefs aren’t the only ones lining up to try the best biscuit you’ll ever eat. News of it has even reached the world’s foremost authority on the subject, The Cookie Monster.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service together with our leading chefs and the Cookie Monster are now urging Australia to make a reservation to try the Best Biscuit and #save3lives by visiting www.donateblood.com.au or calling 13 14 95.

By Connie Lambeth

There’s lots happening as  we count down the last weeks of winter and welcome Spring, a favourite season among the TAT Gourmet crew. So check out these little ‘food-lovin’ beauties’ to put a real spring in your step!


The Good Food & Wine Show (Sydney)

Frid 7th/Sat 8th/Sun 9th August




Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market (Melbourne)

Madame Brussels Lane

50 Lonsdale st

Frid 7th August &Frid 14th August





Vegan High Tea & Dessert Masterclass (Melbourne)

Jules Galloway Workshop

Sunday 13th September 2pm

Street Organics



Mexican Festival (Melbourne)

Sunday 13th September/11.30am-8pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: volunteers@mexfest.com.au



Image Courtesy of Linda Buckley, Fuller PR

Rowies Melting Moments low res

Australia’s queen of gluten free, Rowie Dillon is urging us all to go gluten free for this year’s Red Cross Big Cake Bake. The official Red Cross Big Cake Bake Day is Monday, 31st August but Big Cake Bake events can be organised anywhere, anytime in August.


Rowie Dillon is a passionate crusader for gluten free cooking.  “I was never an avid fan of desserts so I am always on the look-out for new cake recipes that taste great, but don’t  affect my body’s digestive intolerances. “


“For this year’s Big Cake Bake try my gluten free melting moments. They’re not just for the non-yeastie and non-wheaties, they’re for everyone! Indulge, enjoy and stay healthy” says Rowie.

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Image with Kind Permission of Darwin Festival/Photographer Elise Derwin

From Festivals, to Food Shows, to Fabulous FeastsTAT Gourmet have you covered over coming weeks


Connie Lambeth



Aroma Festival

1st – 31st July 2015

The Rocks Sydney

The biggest coffee festival in the Southern Hemisphere!



The Good Food & Wine Show (Sydney)

7th – 9th August 2015

Sydney Showgrounds



The Darwin Festival

6-23rd August 2015

Book Flights Early

Plenty of food/arts/culture and sunshine!



The Good Food & Wine Show (Perth)

10th – 12th July 2015

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre




Winter Red Cellar Door Weekend

26th -27th July 2015




The Truffle Festival

21st June – late August 2015


18 days of food/arts/culture



The Finders Keepers 2015 Markets

Royal Exhibition Buildings Melbourne

17th/18th/19th July



Christmas in July at the Cuckoo

Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd

Olinda Vic 3788

1st to 31st July 2015

ph: (03) 9751 1003


Carols, decorations and delicious Christmas fare all month



Chocolate Winterfest

9th August 2015

Gilbert St, Latrobe



Image with Kind Permission of Darwin Festival/Photographer Elise Derwin

By Kristie Giblin

Nutella, you’ve got some competition! There’s a new deliciously nutty chocolate spread in town and it’s vying for your crown of ‘most addictive spread to eat straight out of the jar with a spoon’.

World, meet Macabella choc-macadamia spread crunch ‘a cocoa & macadamia taste affair’.

A delicious chocolatey spread with just the right amount of crunch. Perfect for spreading on your toast, or of course eating straight from the jar (as I am right now).

Many would argue that Nutella is so damned good that you just couldn’t beat it, but Macabella is pretty much on par in the nutty-goodness-which-I-am-now-addicted-to stakes.

Read the full review and a recipe using Macabella, in the June issue of Gourmet Magazine, coming soon!

You’ve probably eaten a chocolate spread before, and you most likely enjoyed it, but the Mac Farms team at the Buderim Ginger Group has just launched a product set to revolutionise the taste of choc-condiments, Macabella.

The first of its kind in Australia, Macabella is a macadamia nut infused chocolate spread made with only the highest quality ingredients. The creamy Belgian recipe delivers a luxurious cocoa blend that, when paired with the crunch of the finest roasted macadamias, creates a premium taste affair.

Not only does the quality and flavour supersede other spreads available on the market, but the inclusion of macadamias makes Macabella an indulgence you will feel good about.

Macadamias are a nutrition powerhouse and contain many nutrients including heart-friendly monounsaturated fatty acids.

Offering much more than just a simple breakfast spread, the range of ways you can enjoy this taste sensation are endless. Whether it’s spread generously on croissants or crepes, drizzled over fruit, or as an ingredient in your favourite dessert, the versatility of Macabella means you can treat yourself to this delicate and delicious offering no matter the occasion.

With all key ingredients sustainably sourced and guaranteed to be of the highest of quality, Macabella promises a premium spread, at an affordable price.  RRP $5.29.

Macabella is now available from Woolworth’s and Coles stores nationally.
For more information visit www.macabella.com

Southgate Moveable Feasts - lunch at Hophaus bier bar grill MED RES

Melbourne’s winter dining adventure is back for another season, following a well-received launch last year. Southgate Moveable Feastsoffers three courses at three riverside restaurants on Sundays and Mondays from 14 June – 3 August.


The program of Sunday lunches and Monday dinners will take food lovers on a meandering journey experiencing each course at a different eatery along the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne. Tickets are on sale from today via www.southgatemelbourne.com.au

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By Connie Lambeth

It’s hard work dashing here and there when there’s an overzealous passion for Autumnal splendour. However as long as there’s a choice of good food at the end of the trail, all is well!

What do Gardens and Galloping Gourmands have in common one might ask, before leaving the comfort of their cafe-laden suburb? In the experience of this GG there is usually a good hot beverage and tempting baked treat to enjoy after a bit of garden exploration. Sometimes there are some unexpected and inspirational moments, such as a recent expedition to stunning Linden Garden in Melbourne’s Alphington. After a quick run around the greenscape, all eyes (and legs) headed in the direction of the food and beverage stall. Here we discovered that this particular stall was supported by the Inner North Community Foundation in Carlton, and through the Charity Mission Australia, who operate the Charcoal Lane Culture Program, Koorie youth are engaged in hospitality training and employment as part of a Social Enterprise Cafe.

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National Food Delivery Business Calls On Industry to Do More To Address Food Wastage 

Melbourne, April 21 2015 – In Australia, Food To Go businesses are estimated to throw away 15% of their stock daily according to a member survey from a leading national foodservice association.*

Graeme McCormack, Director of the Food To Go Association (FTGA, formerly the Australian Sandwich Association) says that the issue of food wastage was not just impacting on the bottom line of foodservice businesses, but was also a wider community issue.

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By Connie Lambeth.

There’s a whole lot happening on the food lover’s scene this Autumn, with just an appetiser of events mentioned below to wet your appetite. If there’s a food event happening in your city, town or state, we’d love to hear about it!


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“All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality”.

2015 Theme: #MakeItHappen

By Connie Lambeth

  • At TAT Gourmet our celebration of International Women’s Day is bound to be linked in some way with food! Here we take a look at Italy’s celebratory cake to mark the occasion: The Mimosa Cake.


Recently we’ve been out and about on the gourmet trail and discovered just how magnificently Italians celebrate the importance of women at this special time of the year. In Italy, International Women’s Day is called Festa Della Donna, and women are celebrated in many beautiful ways. They are the recipients of flowers, gifts and cakes, bestowed upon them by the men in their lives. Even shops and restaurants are into gift giving on this day, usually of a small bouquet! A tradition which may well live on in some communities today, is for boys to bring little yellow flowers (Mimosa blossom) to their female classmates and teachers…what a lovely idea to foster respect for and appreciation of girls and women.  Female friendships are particularly valued on International Women’s Day, with women encouraged to dine out with their girlfriends, while men care for the kids.


Best of all there’s a cake…not just any cake but a stunning little number begging to be devoured in the name of celebration: Torte Mimosa is aptly named because of the sweet Mimosa blossoms in bloom around parts of Italy at this time of the year. The liqueur moistened cake is dome shaped and layered with rich, velvety pastry cream, then covered in tiny squares of sponge cake for decorative effect. While usually coloured yellow to replicate its blossom namesake, there are many variations on the Mimosa cake and we found a beauty at Fleischer Continental Cakes in Melbourne.


There are all kind of ways to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2015, whether lunching out with besties, attending a charity dinner, participating in community events, creating art, a film, or poem, or simply wearing purple…a colour which has long symbolised justice and dignity.


Or perhaps we could bake a Torte Mimosa…or have one baked for us!

(Torte Mimosa Recipe/Epicurios.com)

Whatever we do…Let’s Make It Happen this Sunday 8th March.

  • Support International Women’s Day ONLINE

Use your voice via social media:







Interact with womensday on:

-Twitter www.twitter.com/womensday – follow#womensday






  • Thanks to Fleischer Continental Cakes for allowing an image of one of their stunning Cakes on sale to mark International Women’s Day.

Fleischer Continental Cakes

96 Glenferrie Rd

Malvern Vic 3144

(03) 9509 3699

By Connie Lambeth

Melbourne’s sitting pretty with a taste of things to come at this year’s 23rd Food & Wine Festival, Friday 27th February to Sunday 15th March. Marvellous Melbourne is not the only shining star during this gourmet extravaganza, as more than 300 events will be staged throughout the CBD and suburbs, as well as regional areas around the state. Several big ticket events are already sold out, however there’s heaps more, so jump on the website to plan a menu of culinary adventures with friends and family.

A huge platter of goodies includes: World’s Longest Lunches, master classes with chefs of inspirational status, wine tastings, multicultural food experiences, cooking workshops, barbeques, ‘in conversation with chefs’, global chef and wine dinners, pop up kitchens, food trucks, bio dynamic and fresh food events, picnics, high teas, artisan bakers, markets, regional food and wine festivals, and of course desserts…all kinds of sweet indulgences, including chocolate and gelato!

There’s an appetising selection of events for everyone in the 2015 line-up. TAT Foodies took a sneaky peep at the program to share just a few of the hundreds of taste encounters available. Let’s hope the weather dishes up as many fair offerings as the Festival Calendar promises! So plate up at the upcoming Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and have a sensational time.

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However you’re spending the Australia Day long weekend, Wine Australia is encouraging everyone to make sure that if there’s wine on the table, it’s an Aussie wine from one of our 65 diverse wine regions.

Australia produces world-class wines so when better to enjoy a glass of local wine than on Australia Day, which has become synonymous with celebrating all that’s great about the Aussie way of life.

  • Australia has 65 wine regions, more than any other country in the world
  • Australia produces wines using more than 100 different grape varieties meaning no matter what your taste, there’s an Aussie wine that you’ll love
  • Around 30 million glasses of Australian wine are consumed each day across the globe.*


If you’re not quite sure what Aussie wine to match with your Australia Day lunch or BBQ, follow these tips and you might just discover a new favourite in the process.

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By Siahna Forward

It seems there is an influx of burger places around these days, with the battle for Melbourne’s best burger hitting soaring heights. Enter Grand Trailer Park Taverna, the latest contender in the fight for the coveted title of ‘Melbourne’s best burger’. Grand Trailer Park Traverna, is taking on heavyweights of the burger world like Huxtaburger, 8bit and Merrywell, and is packing a punch.

Located on the corner of Exhibition and Bourke streets, Grand Trailer Park Taverna has playfully gone for a spirited retro décor, and the indoor caravans, or rather trailers, provide some unconventional seating opportunities. This first visual phenomena provides a hint to the future experiences within the Grand Trailer Park Taverna. The entire experience is tongue in cheek with constant pop culture references popping up all over the place. With burgers named The Chunk (in reference to The Goonies) and Francis Underwood (a nod to House of Cards character Frank Underwood), while desserts have similarly idiosyncratic names like Bananarama (an obvious ode to the 80’s band).  The food is all served on a mental dinner tray to top off the entire niche appeal they have going on. But the food is the real hero.

All the burgers are served on a Brioche bun, which is already a good start. Who could say no to a deliciously buttery roll? No one, that’s who. The burgers varied from the classic KSA burger, with the traditional pattie, cheese, lettuce and tomato, to the more extravagant Francis Underwood, which consisted of a beef pattie, lettuce, cheese as well as a potato mac and cheese croquette. Not your average addition to a burger, the croquette is just another example of Grand Trailer Park Taverna quirk and personality shining through in all aspects of the dining experience.

To read the rest of the article, check out the December issue of TAT Gourmet. Out soon.


By Kristie Giblin.

We are into the last week of the Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr celebrating Good Food Month.

If you’re yet to check out the delicious food on offer then you had better get in quick.

You’ll see many walking around with the giant skewers from Hoy Pinoy, buckets of fried chicken deemed ‘MFC’ from Mr Miyagi, a delicious range of Baos not just from Wonderbao, giant pots of ice cream topped with biscuits from Gelato Messina and so much more.

Keep an eye out for the Watson’s Bay Hotel waiters and waitresses who are eager to serve drinks to your table and the roaming chinese dragon which brings the festivity.

On daily Tue 5pm-9pm, Wed 5pm-10pm, Thur-Fri 5pm-11pm and Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm get in early to avoid the crowds.

Noodle Markets


“dine out… help out” from 10th Nov – 31st Dec

For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It’s a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.

So when you are planning a night out think about taking a simple action and book at a StreetSmart participating restaurant. While you are there encourage your fellow diners to dig deep and leave your donation on your bill. Be it meeting up with friends, family or an office or business function we need you to get involved.

Please remember that your donation should not replace any tip you would usually leave, we want you to consider any donation over and above your tip and support the staff and restaurants who are supporting us.

FAQs about DineSmart 

100% of your donation goes to work:
StreetSmart operational expenses are funded through sponsorship partners allowing us to guarantee to the community that 100% of your donations are distributed directly to charity recipients.

Taste of Melbourne 13 – 16 November

Melbourne’s ultimate restaurant festival, Taste of Melbourne returns to Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake with the city’s most sought after restaurants and the finest food and beverage producers. This year promises a new wave of premium food experiences; with the country’s best chefs conducting unique masterclasses and demonstrations, a traditional Bavarian Brauhaus, a sprawling French-quarter and stellar live music acts; all in the one lively alfresco locale where patrons can relax, socialise and soak up the unique flavours of Taste.

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Saturday 20th September – Sunday 5th October

Bavarian beer hall Hophaus Mid level overlooking the Yarra River, Southgate


Hophaus, one of Melbourne’s hottest new watering holes, is excited to announce the inaugural HOPTOBERFEST, a celebration of the world’s largest funfair Oktoberfest. Up to 5,600 Melbournites will converge on the Bavarian beer hall throughout the 16-day festival, at the same time over 6 million beer lovers from around the globe clash steins in Munich. Official Oktoberfest and rare wheat FestBier Erdinger HefeWeizen will be served each day, flown in especially from Bavaria, Germany.

Executive chef Marc Brown has been busy readying his stock room for countless sausages, in preparation for HOPTOBERFEST’s inaugural Sausage Eating Competition, as well as perfecting the special HOPTOBERFEST menu.

Hophaus’ Oktoberfest specials include Rotisserie Suckling Pig (including Nose and Tail delicacies), grilled fish sticks, smoked salt beef, German salt bread pickle and Cobbler’s Hot Pot with potato, pear and mustard cream.

Festively dressed Hophaus staff will serve up steins to beer-­‐swilling Bavarians and locals alike, many of them sporting lavish lederhosen in competition to win Best Dressed. Other prizes and giveaways will feature throughout the day, with live German music entertainment.

On Sunday 21 September, the whole family are encouraged to hop to HOPTOBERFEST for live German music and entertainment with Munich-­‐inspired face painting and fun.

Saturday 20 August

12:00pm – Tapping of the Keg Sausage Eating Competition

1:00pm – First Heat
2:00pm – Second Heat

4:00pm – Frankfurter Final!

Live music & entertainment from 2:00pm-­‐ 11:00pm

Sunday 21 August

Face painting fro 1:00pm-­‐3:00pm

Live music from 2:00pm-­‐5:00pm

Lunch and Dinner will be available every day.

Bookings are advised via 03 9682 5900.

Gourmet News

The Good Food and Wine Show will be travelling to Perth over the weekend of the 11th – 13th of July at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Celebrate wines from around Australia at the Riedel A+ Australian Wine Bar, rub shoulders with famed sommeliers and vintners at the Riedel Wine Theatre or relax with a cold one in the Grazing Garden with famed food trucks.

Get up-close and personal with your favourite iconic chefs at LifeStyle FOOD Chef’s Table; and impress your friends with your newly found culinary skills after taking part in Zumbarons Masterclass with Adriano Zumbo.

Find out more about The Good Food and Wine Show on their website and in the latest TAT Gourmet.