Take a break at Cafe Sosta by the lake
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by Lucy Ridge
6h ago
Meatballs and fresh spaghetti are on the menu at Cafe Sosta. Photo: Adam McGrath. Lake walkers, early morning rowers and cyclists now have another fuel stop at the lake – Cafe Sosta has opened in the newly built Red Shed on Black Mountain Peninsula. The Red Shed is a multi-million dollar project created to give 1000 public school kids a year the opportunity to learn how to row. The sport has become the exclusive domain of rich private schools in recent years due to the costs of getting started, but Canberra local John Gasson and his wife Janette have poured $10 million into the state-of-the ..read more
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The Winemaker and The Chef: two talented sisters team up for a wine dinner in Bungendore
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by Lucy Ridge
1d ago
The Sapling Yard cellar door shares the building with the Southern Harvest Community Store and Scrumpers Kitchen restaurant. Photo: Sapling Yard. Sapling Yard Wines are keeping it in the family with a dinner showing off the talents of two gourmand sisters. Winemaker Carla Rodeghiero is teaming up with sister Anita Rodeghiero, who is chef and owner of Mangiato: a modern Italian catering business based on the mid north coast of NSW. The sisters ran a similar event 18 months ago at Anita’s pop-up restaurant in Kempsey. Hosted by restaurant Scrumpers Kitchen – adjacent to Sapling Yard’s Bungendo ..read more
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Former Bungendore chef awarded one of France’s highest honours
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by James Coleman
2d ago
Pierre André Imbert and Christophe Gregoire. Photo: Christophe Gregoire. Christophe Gregoire can now add a knighthood to his hatted-chef credentials. The man responsible for bringing a bit of France to the Canberra region has received one of the oldest awards in the French Republic in front of family and dignitaries. The National Order of Agricultural Merit (or Ordre du Mérite Agricole) was created in 1883 and bestowed upon people who have rendered distinguished services to agriculture-related activities and art. READ ALSO: The Durham Castle Arms is the place for proper pub grub “I was very ..read more
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‘Feels like home’: Sibling duo behind Morks prepare to open intimate Mínima at Yarralumla
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by Lucy Ridge
2d ago
Mork is the chef and Benn will run the floor at soon to be opened Mínima. Photo: Pewpew Studio. In a homecoming of sorts, Mork and Benn Ratanakosol are just days away from opening the much-anticipated restaurant Mínima. They decided to close their popular Thai restaurant Morks earlier this year to focus on this new project, which brings them back to their roots in Yarraluma, where their parents ran a Sukhothai restaurant from 1990 to 2008. Walking into the cosy 22-seater space, the eye is immediately drawn towards the heart of any home: the kitchen. “Our vision was always to make it feel lik ..read more
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The Durham Castle Arms is the place for proper pub grub
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by Lucy Ridge
3d ago
Adrian Moran (co-owner) at The Durham Castle Arms Inn. Photo: Thomas Lucraft. The Durham Castle Arms Pub in Kingston is a Canberra institution: it’s been around for more than 30 years, serving pints of craft beer and top-notch pub grub. It’s a proper old school pub, with quirky accessories on the walls, retro booths, a TV in the corner and an old-fashioned bar. The Durham is also the home pub of local brewery Ale Mary, and several of their beers are available on tap, as well as options from other small-scale locals Mountain Yeti Brewing Co. Among a busy schedule of events, they run two regul ..read more
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Enjoy a unique wine and Fudgemental chocolate experience at Brindabella Hills Winery
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by Michelle Taylor
4d ago
Dekka and Rhiannon are bringing out the flavours of wine through the magic of chocolate. Photo: Kazuri Photography. Rain is streaming down the windows outside, washing the autumn colours so they radiate even more brightly. We sit on our bar stools leaning up on a barrel inside the cosy front room at Brindabella Hills Winery and look out across the multi-hued leaves of the vineyards that cascade across the hills all around us. A toasty fire is crackling beside us, and we feel the eyes of at least five cows regarding us from their frames on the wall. This location is magical, set up on the hil ..read more
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Ravensworth Wines takes over the menu at Rebel Rebel for a week of unconventional drinks
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by Lucy Ridge
5d ago
Sean McConnell (centre-left), owner and chef at Rebel Rebel, enjoys working with local winemakers. Photo: PewPew Studio. Rebel Rebel is teaming up with another rebel of sorts: deliberately unconventional winemaker Bryan Martin of Ravensworth Wines for a wine list takeover. The Rebel Rebel team will be pouring a broad selection of interesting Ravensworth wines over the week of 29 July to 4 August. Bryan Martin is a former chef, food critic and Clonakilla winemaker. He started Ravensworth in 2001 because, as he says, “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. Ravensworth vintages have since bec ..read more
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These Civic performers have made a sparkling career out of playing with fire
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by James Coleman
6d ago
If you thought General Grievous from Star Wars meant business, you haven’t met Madison Young. Photo: Benjamin Arnedo, Flux Entertainment. Kris Thiesfield has suffered burns a few times over the years – not too surprising for someone whose literal job is to play with fire. Each night, he and Madison Young add the ‘fire’ to ‘Winter in the City: Fire and Ice’, an event run by the City Renewal Authority (CRA). From now until 21 July, there’s ice-skating, snowmen building, and snowball fights available in Glebe Park as part of an effort to get Canberrans out enjoying the cold. At the same time in ..read more
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Five Minutes with Lucy Holm, Sandoochie
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by Lucy Ridge
1w ago
Lucy Holm is the owner of Sandoochie. Photo: Thomas Lucraft. Who are you? I’m Lucy Holm, owner and chef at Sandoochie. Tell me about Sandoochie. Sandoochie is a sandwich store located in the city. We do four different sandwiches – dooches – with a menu that changes pretty much weekly so it reflects seasonality. How did you get involved in the hospitality industry? I went to ANU to do an Arts degree but I realised I really just like cooking. After making average stroganoff for a school camp, I got a job at a cafe and then ended up in restaurants. Sandoochie dooches are more intricate than yo ..read more
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Embrace the cold and taste the best of winter at the Dairy Road Winter Market
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by Lucy Ridge
1w ago
Southern Harvest will be selling a range of fresh produce from their farmer members. Photo: Southern Harvest. Canberrans often talk of escaping the cold in July, but a new Winter Market at Dairy Road aims to convince Canberrans that winter can be a delicious and joyful time! Truffles, new-release wines, and a mouthwatering range of fresh produce will feature at the market, which is a collaboration between Southern Harvest, The Truffle Festival and Dairy Road. Food and farming cooperative Southern Harvest is dedicated to bringing customers together with the people who grow their food. Preside ..read more
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