Mushrooms, 28th September
Make Room for Mushrooms
In September a myriad of people from various organisations gathered in the Japanese Gardens at Perth Zoo where the Mushroom Growers Association thanked people for their support. Ed Halmagyi (Fast Ed of Better Homes & Gardens fame) cooked up a storm with the most delicious barbequed mushrooms - Japanese style.
While being delighted with the simple diverse delights of mushrooms, attendees also learnt about the value of eating them. Glen Cardwell, Consultant Dietician, spoke about the health benefits of mushrooms and the important research that continues to reveal the therapeutic properties of the fungi.
Research has shown links between mushrooms in the diet and a significant reduction in the incidence of breast cancer and other diseases. "The research showed that just one button mushroom per day is enough to have a significant benefit", Mr Cardwell said.
In a domain of their own, neither a fruit or a vegetable, mushrooms contain healthy anti oxidants and provide a good source of fibre. Cholesterol free, they are filling and very low in kilojoules, making them a great 'weight control' food while providing a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Ed Halmagyi said the popularity of the Asian cuisine has been a factor in encouraging people to use more mushrooms, adding to quick easy meals such as stir fries and salads. "Cooked or raw, mushrooms are good for you and equally beneficial", he said.
"Mushrooms are perfect for marinating, so when you fire up the barbie remember mushies. Mu shrooms are quick and easy to prepare and the flavours are exciting and very user friendly for home cooks as well as chefs", he said.
For more information about mushrooms take a look at issue 9 of Menu Magazine where Frehcorp takes a look at Mushroom varieties or go to www.cookingwithmushrooms.com.
By Ingrid Rickersey
Markets Opening Soon, 31st August
York Mill Markets
The town of York (located 97 kms out of Perth) is pleased to announce that the York Mill Markets will soon be opened at the Old York Flour Mill site.
The site is placed at the entrance to the historic township of York and will feature crafts, locally produced foods, displays from local artists, collectables and other WA made products.
There will be numerous events held at the York Mill Site such as exhibitions, music, artisan demonstrations and other entertainment, as well as a York Chocolate Factory.
The site will also see extensions to the already established Mill Café and Restaurant, which includes a larger beer garden.
For more information on what to expect from the York Mill Markets, and possible stand/stall bookings, check this out.
Get your kids cooking for you, 31st August
Kids Cooking Classes
Due to the popularity of kids cooking classes at Fraser's ( Kings Park and the Bluewater Grill (Applecross), Chef Ben Davies of Indiana (Cottesloe) has decided to set up classes in the stunning Private Ocean Room .
The classes began over the July school holidays; each class has a different theme depending on the age group and skill level of those involved. For example the theme "Muffins and Cupcakes" was designed for kids between the ages of 5-8, while the theme "Winter Warmers" was more suited for older kids between the ages of 8-13
Every child receives a recipe booklet that they can take away and re-create the recipes at home.
For more information, please click here .
Grand Opening, 31st August
A Kiss from Malta
Perth's first pastizzi café has finally arrived!
Kiss Kiss Pastizzi will be opening at the Morley Galleria in September.
Well known and loved in the Eastern States, pastizzi consists of beautifully tasting Maltese finger food that come in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours. Perfect for canapés, entrees or as a meal on its own, Kiss Kiss will be providing fresh and hot dishes to eat straight away, or frozen if you wish to prepare it at home!
Some of the varieties on the menu include Raging Ricotta, Cheeky Curry Chicken and Wicked Vegetable, or try the sweet flavours of Awesome Apple and Ricotta Choc Chip.
Kiss Kiss Pastizzi will be open for business in early September with an official launch to be held on Saturday the 18 th of September.
Good Food and Wine Show, Weekend 2nd-4th July
Good Food and Wine Show 2010
Perth's Good Food and Wine Show saw thousands of food lovers and wine connoisseurs embark on the Perth Convention Centre for a weekend jam-packed full of tasty treats. With the chance to sample quality products, learn restaurant standard techniques and taste drops from award winning cellar doors all under the one roof.
Celebrity chefs Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Matt Moran and Manu Feildel entertained the crowds with live cooking demonstrations at the Celebrity Theatre. While Tobie Puttock combined forces with Matt Skinner to produce three recipes from over two decades with a complementary wine list.
The Wine Theatre and Celebrity Chef Restaurant allowed people to try both fine wine and dining with the Cooking School proving popular with experts and novices alike.
For more information on the Good Food and Wine Show visit www.goodfoodshow.com.au
Perth Concert Hall, Thursday 1st July
Best Venue Caterer Award
The 2010 Restaurant and Catering Association of Western Australia Awards for Excellence were held on Monday 21 June, 2010. Perth Concert Hall, managed by AEG Ogden (Perth) Pty Ltd , won the much coveted award for best 'Venue Caterer'.
To see the many other talented people awarded for excellence check out the winners lists
Paul Buckman, President of RCA WA presents Kyllie Graham, General Manager Creating Events with Style with the best Venue Caterer award.
Forest Hill Vineyard, Thursday 1st July
Forest Hill is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Chef, Steven Newcombe who comes to Denmark via the kitchens of world renowned chefs, such as Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver. More recently Steven has worked at the Matilda Bay Restaurant in Perth.
Steven's goals are simple
'....Using the best available fresh local ingredients based on seasonality, combining modern and classic techniques to create a memorable wine and food experience.'
Steven Newcombe, Executive Chef
Gourmet Traveller 2010 Travel Awards , Monday 28th June
And the Winner Was...
Our congratulations to the Voyager Estate for being recognised as the Best Wine Tourism Experience in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2010 Travel Awards.
2010 Country Pub Steak Sandwich Competition, Monday 28th June
And the Winner Was...
Our congratulations to the Bridgetown Hotel and chef Luke Butler who serves the State's best steak sandwiches, as decided by judges of the 2010 WA Best Country Pub Steak Sandwich Competition earlier this month.
RCA Awards, Monday 22nd June
Awards, Awards, Awards
Last night the annual Savour Restaurant and Catering Awards was held at Burswood, and what a sensational night it was!
The lay-out and food was brilliant; congratulations to the Burswood staff for such a successful and well-run event.
A massive congratulations to all the winners: It is great to see some acknowledgement going to those in the hospitality industry who are constantly striving to improve and innovate our industry.
A special mention must go to Ishka at the Breakwater, who won the public’s vote for the Best Restaurant, as well as Jus Burgers, who won the publics vote for Best Casual Restaurant.
Things got intense at the media table, as our annual competition to see who can guess the most winners got underway. We acknowledge being beaten, although some of the results seemed slightly dubious!
Thanks once again to all those involved, it truly was a night to remember.
Truffle Season, Saturday 19th June
Shuffle on the Truffles
The first truffle of the season was found last Saturday weighing a massive 650 grams at the Wine & Truffle Company's Truffière in Manjimup, Western Australia.
If you want to find one of your own join them on a truffle hunt.
2010 Pan Pacific Pork Expo, 16th-17th June
The theme for this years PPPE was 'Next Generaion Pork - Finding the Balance'. With discussion revolving around how to encourage the healthy traits of pork and ensuring that Australian pork is of the highest possible quality.
The Pork CRC runs four major programs, each designed to enhance the Australian pork industry:
* 'Securing more reliable and consistent supplies of protein and energy for pig diets'
*'Improving herd feed conversion efficiency'
* 'Enhancing capacity to deliver nutrients that promote health and well-being through pork'
* 'Education and Training'
For more information see www.porkcrc.com.au
New Date, Sunday 13th June
Restaurant 2010 has changed dates to coincide with Sydney's International food festival.
Restaurant 2010 is an exhibition for the most prestigious restaurants in the country. It seeks to increase professionalism amongst restaurants.
Instead of its traditional dates in August it has now been moved to 25-26 of October.
For more information see their brand new website www.restaurantevents.com.au
Relocation, Sunday 13th June
Peel Farmers Market
The Peel Farmers market which has been trading since November 2008 has moved location for winter. From 9am to 1pm you can get fantastic produce from the Peel region at the Peel Education & training Campus, Education Drive, Greenfields.
Meet the growers, enjoy the entertainment, have a coffee. This not for profit organisation seeks to bring you affordable, quality, seasonal produce from the Peel region.
For more information see their brand new website www.peelfarmersmarket.com.au
Winners, Friday 11th June
2010 Annual Beer Show
WA's Feral Brewery has come away with top honours after collecting a swag of awards at the annual Perth Royal Beer Show. In its 4 th year the event saw 246 entries from around Australia compete for places in both commercial and amateur categories. Feral Brewery picked up Best Commercial Brewery and Best WA Brewery along with its Feral Hop Hog taking out Best Commercial Beer of the Show, Best WA Beer of the Show and Best Ale Draught. Gold Medals for commercial beers were also awarded to Mash West Coast Wheat, Mash Flying Monk and The Old Brewery Mounts Bay Brown Ale at the awards night held at Parmelia Hotel on Friday 18 June
Givaudan Award, Thursday 20th May
The results of the Australian Dairy Industry Association for 2010 have been announced and Bannister Downs Dairy Company scooped the flavoured pool, winning the coveted Givaudan Award for the Best Flavoured Milk in Australia, with its Mango Smoothie.
Our congratulations to the Bannister Downs team it is great to see Western Australian produce come out and top.
2010 is the second year that Bannister Downs deliciously fresh Mango Smoothie has won the Givaudan award, since the commencement of its production in 2009.
For more information see www.bannisterdowns.com.au .
Straight from the vine to you, Tuesday 27th April
A new place has opened up in the Swan Valley. Maggies Place is a new farm stall and tasting shed that has opened in conjunction with Edgecombe Bros. Winery.
Maggies Place follows the example of the Locovore food movement. Maggies farm stall has an attached tasting shed letting you try before you buy. It allows people to taste products from a diverse number of small producers in Australia. There are also facilities to create the perfect hamper with items you have tasted for someone special, or even just for you to enjoy.
An interesting idea, we look forward to see how it goes. For more information on opening times and products see getstuffedonline.com.
2010 Country Pub Steak Sandwich Competition, Tuesday 13th May
You may remember we let you know about the steak sandwich competition just a little while ago...
Well votes are in and the finalists are selected. The winner will be chosen after a cook off at AHA Hospitality Expo, June 2.
The finalists are Port Denison's Southerlys Harbour View Bar and Restaurant, Mundaring Hotel, Kalgoorlie's Exchange Hotel, South Hedland's Last Chance Tavern and the Bridgetown Hotel. Keep up to date at www.wacountrypubs.com.
Champion Chef, May
Champion Chef has been adopted as a team building exercise by Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd, recently implementing the game throughout their offices in Australia and New Zealand.
"There are eight Electrolux sites in Australia and New Zealand that will be participating in the 2010 Electrolux Champion Chef Competition" says John Brown of Electrolux. "We first started the game as one of our team building exercises at the offices here in Mascot, Sydney last year, and it was such a great success the company has decided to introduce the game to other sites. Not only does it assist with staff morale and working as a team but competition is fierce, and we get to eat some really great (and sometimes not so great) food!"
For more information on this fun game and entertaining meal see www.championchef.com.au.
Rubra ecafe, May
Congratulations to Rubra who manage to win another two medals at the Sydney Royal show. Chantico took out the Silver Award in the espresso category and the Bronze Award in the cappuccino category.
This brings Chantico's awards tally to seven, making it one of the most awarded of their blends.
For more information see Rubra.
Elmar's in the Valley, Friday 30th April
On Friday night Elmar's in the Valley celebrated its fifth birthday with a fantastic event in the Swan Valley. With exceptional food, award-winning beer and the beautiful sounds of Ben Merito, the birthday bash was a massive success. Elmar has had five fantastic years and after the food and beer on offer it is not hard to see why it is the second biggest tourist attraction in the Swan Valley. We wish Elmar and his wife all the best for the future and look forward to some more memorable experiences at Elmar's in the Valley.
Swan Valley, Tuesday 27th April
End of Vintage
The busiest time of the year for winemakers in the Swan Valley is over.
The Swan Valley has officially celebrated its end of vintage, the weather was realatively kind this year and reds of all varieties are expected to be good.
The Verdelho and the Shiraz are expected to be the stand out varieties of 2010.
2010 Country Pub Steak Sandwich Competition, Tuesday 27th April
There are few things as nice as a great Steak Sandwich. We think the people with the best Steak Sandwiches should be encourage...we aren't the only ones.
Tourism WA and the Australian Hotels Association (WA) are leading the search for 2010’s Best Country Pub Steak Sandwich.
The competition is now in its third year and continues to raise the bar of steak sandwich culinary excellence. Your vote is required, nay, demanded. Head over to www.wacountrypubs.com you could win a $200 voucher but much more importantly you aid in the development of the beloved Steak Sandwich.
Eat/Drink/Walk Perth, Tuesday 27th April
Two Feet and Heartbeat's Eat Drink Walk tour was originally on offer for a limited season to coincide with City of Perth's Eat Drink Perth events.
Having sold out in March the Eat Drink Walk tours, stomped happily on through April and are now taking bookings for May.
Surprise! It's a success. Congratulations and may it continue to over achieve for you.
For more information on this see their site.
New in town, Monday 12th April
Macc Coffee Bar
The recently opened Macc Coffee Bar stays true to Fremantle’s laid back vibe, and is a great new addition to some of the fantastic cafes found in WA.
Found on Blinco Street, Macc is a huge venue sharing its space with a number of art studios. Customers are encouraged to have a wander and check-out some of the fantastic art on display, making Macc a fun and different place to enjoy your favourite brew.
The staff are friendly and efficient, making you feel right at home. So for something new and a little different, look no further than Macc Coffee Bar where you are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised.
Margaret River, Wednesday 17th February
The Margaret River Wine Industry Association has joined forces with Tourism WA's Extraordinary Taxi Ride. The Extraordinary Taxi Ride is an epic 9 week journey exploring WA by taxi.
One of the many wonderful stops on this journey will be the Margaret River Wine region.
For more information on this unique experience see extraordinarytaxiride.com.au
Special Offer, Tuesday 1st April
Araluen Botanic Park
After a successful trial late last year, Araluen Botanic Park is pleased to announce the permanent reintroduction of its popular special seniors group lunch offer, from 1 April 2010.
Only available on weekdays the special offers a combined entry and dining package with the choice of a two or three course meal.
For more information see Araluen Botanic Park.
Now Open..., March 2010
Perth Gets Grill'd...
Grill'd was established in Melbourne in 2004. The aim was to provide a decent healthy burger. Six years and 31 stores latter is has finally travelled across the desert to feed Perth from Mt Lawely.
The menu consists of meal size burgers, steak sandwiches and salads. All made to order with the option of indoor and outdoor seating or takeaway.
West Coast Cafes wishes them the best of luck in their newest region.
For more information see Grill'd.
Manja Cultural Cruise Now Running, Monday 22nd March
Winjans Manja cultural tours together with Mandurah Ferry Cruises and Forté Mandurah Quay Resort have worked hard to present the Mandurah and the Peels first ever cultural Cruise.
The cruise sails once a month on the last Monday of every month and includes commentary of the waterways and its inhabitants and the importance of the waterways in the life of the indigenous in the past and present.
Experience a true smoking ceremony on arrival before sitting down to an indigenous inspired 3 course meal, where bushtucker meets modern cuisine, while being educated on the tools and customs of the Manja cultural members.
For more information see Mandurah Ferry Cruises.
La Lola is the talk of the town , March 2010
New Trattoria in Nedlands
A classy new Italian trattoria has openned in the heart of affluent Nedlands. Check them out and let us know what you think. La Lola doesn't take reservations, so enjoy a drink and some friendly Italian hospitality at the stylish bar while you wait to be seated.
Chill Festival: Launch and Festival News, 13-14th March
The Chilli Festival rolled into town on the weekend following an exquisite poolside cocktail launch last Thursday night at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.
The festival, held on the Fremantle foreshore for the first time after previously being at Araluen's Botanic Gardens, was more spread out than previous years but the extra space and parking facilities at least got people through the door quicker!
The spread of chilli products on display was quite amazing (with the chilli 'Death Sauce' looking to nearly actually kill a few unsuspecting patrons) and Menu Magazine enjoyed the day, even through the humid weather. Be sure to mark this unusual event in your calendar for next year!
Happy Birthday Little Creatures, 2010
A Decade of Good Beer
West Coast Cafes heard that Little Creatures was turning 10 this year just like us. A landmark in Fremantle the Little Creatures brewery offers a range of quality beers and, if you go and visit them, a bite to eat.
Congratulations on making it to 10 and our best wishes for the future.
Grant Success , Wednesday 17th February
Uncorking the Web for Wineries
The Margaret River Wine Industry Association has signed a formal agreement with the Federal Government's AusIndustry (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research) for a Small Business Online grant. This funding will support the Association's 'Uncorking the Web for Wineries' project, designed to assist grape growers and wine producers to deliver best practice eCommerce.
The project will use multiple methods to educate and enhance the skills of people within the wine industry enabling them to grow and sustain their businesses through online commerce and internet marketing.
The first 'Uncorking the Web for Wineries' workshop is scheduled for early April 2010 with more information available from the Association website shortly.
Craig Mostyn Group, Wednesday 17th February
Mark Wray has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Fremantle
head-quartered 80 year old privately owned food and agribusiness company, Craig Mostyn Group.
CMG’s three divisions - meat and livestock, seafood and recycling - jointly turnover more than $A300 million a year and employ 450 people across Australia.
Launch, Tuesday 16th February
West Coast Cafes was invited to Maurizio's Restaurant to talk about the new year ahead and be wined and dined in the process.
Maurizio Di Ciano our vibrant host treated us to fantastic food created through Maurizio's traditional Italian style of slow-method-cooking. We discussed Il Giro D'Italia a dining experience where guests explore a region of Italy through music, food and history.
Apart from the food a highlight for us was Maurizio's eye for the future with two exciting projects this year.
The first, Culinary Education of Primary School Children, is hands on cooking classes in schools where Maurizio turns simple backyard produce into tasty and nutritious meals; teaching children the value of recognizing and preparing nutritious and flavoursome meals.
The second, he will also assist in creating a curriculum for Perth 's newest Italian Cuisine & Hospitality Academy for West Australians serious about a career in hospitality.
Training, Wednesday 10th February
Pork Industry Passports
Pork Industry Training WA (PITWA) last week introduced 20 WA pork producers and piggery workers to the Pork Industry Skills Passport, which details and endorses a person's workplace skills and competencies and provides an employer with verification.
Conducted in association with C Y O'Connor TAFE and the State Government's Rural Business Development Corporation, the 12 month training scheme began last July.
According to PITWA Training Officer, Frances Gartrell, all pork producers should be aware of the new staff competency requirements, effective from March 2011, in the Model Code of Practice being regulated in each state.
So if you work in the industry and you haven't already looked into it you may need to consider certification of your skills.
Craig Mostyn Group, Friday 1st February
Craig Mostyn Group Buys Great Southern Pig Company
Craig Mostyn Group and Paspaley Group today jointly announced the purchase, effective February 1, 2010, by the Craig Mostyn Group of Great Southern Pig Company business operations based at its two outdoor piggeries at Albany and Narrogin, Western Australia.
Great Southern Pig Company has one of the largest outdoor pig herds in Australia, with 2000 sows enjoying a combination of free range and straw-based eco-shelters.
Relaunch, Friday 22nd January
Clydesdale Dining had a successful relaunch on the 22nd of January.
Clydesdale dining takes you on a tour of Fremantle in a fully enclosed horse drawn dining carriage. Worth investigating if you want to try something just a little different. Check out their site.
Grand Opening, Tuesday 15th December
Little Caesars Leederville - Grand Opening
This is one guy who knows how to throw a party.
Theo Kalogeracos has expanded his empire of gourmet Pizzerias by opening at 127 Oxford Street in Leederville. Mundaring is still pumping along but now I don't have to drive so far.
The who's who of Perth all came to try his vast array of unusual but delicious pizzas. I wish I could pick a fav but it is just too hard. Even the Gluten Free was MMMMM...
For more info check out Little Caesars web site.
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Jimmy Deans Diner
The Silk Road
Belgian Beer Cafe
Herdsman Lake Tavern
Fortuna Chinese Restaurant
Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Gloria Jeans Coffee
Tiger, Tiger coffee
Taylor's Art & Coffee House
Leaf Tea Merchants
George Street Bistro & Merchants
Gigis On George
Next Door Bar & Grill
Oliver's on James St
Red Cabbage Food & Wine
The Gala Restaurant
The Olive Tree
Simons Fusion Cafe
d'Tandoor South Perth
Two Fat Indians
Ess Bar & Kitchen
The Grill at The Duxton
The Merchant Tea & Coffee Co
The Publican Bar
Murphys Irish Pub
Bellafonte Ristorante & Pizzeria
Ciao Italia Cafe
Il Padrino Caffe
Little Caesars Pizzeria
Piazza Del Sol
Ribaudo's Ristorante & Function Centre
Sandrino Cafe & Pizzeria
Siena's Mt Lawley
Chianti On Colins
Perth Coffee Express
150 East Riverside
185 Bar & Restaurant
Ba Ba Black
Barbados Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Black Swan Restaurant
Belgian Beer Cafe
Broken Hill Hotel
C Restaurant Lounge
Casellas Wine - Tapas - Grill
Catch 22 Restaurant
Chanterelle At Jessica
Char Char Bull
Feral Brewing Company
The Firehouse Bar & Restaurant
Indian Ocean Brewhaus and Grill
K On Hay Cafe & Bar
L K Galleries Cafe
Lu Lu's Cafe
Mad Hatters on Milston
Mash Brewing Company
Matilda Bay Restaurant
M on the Point
Old Coast Road Brewery
On The Terrace
Pancakes At Carillon
Rose & Crown
Royal Bar And Brasserie
Sail & Anchor
Secret Garden Cafe
Swan Valley Oasis
The Blue Duck
The Brass Monkey Front Bar
The Brisbane Hotel
The Fire House
The Grape Skin
The Grill at Hillarys
The Grill at The Duxton
The Left Bank
The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar
The Naked Fig Cafe
The Old Brewery
The Silver Spoon Food and Wine
The Squatters Inn Restaurant
The Stagedoor Bar & Brasserie
Third Avenue Cafe & Pizzeria
Trigg Island Cafe
Wanneroo Villa Tavern
The Wembley Hotel
Wild Bull Brewery
Zil on Hay
Cafe Del Pescatore
Clancys Fish Pub
Emmas On The Boardwalk
Fishmonger Seafood Restaurant Joes Fish Shack
Kailis Fish Market Cafe
The Mussel Bar
The Boat Fish & Ale House
The Boat Shed Restaurant
The Pony Club
Phi Yen Restaurant
The Grape Skin
Mulberry On Swan
Peninsula Tea Gardens