As this city rises from the ashes of its past it seems to have fostered a culture of reinvention among its residents. There is a sense of entrepreneurism where people can launch a hidden talent or long term desire into a business that fulfils a dream and balances lifestyle and income in a new way. Our food is local, our chefs are hatted, our coffee is spiralling to new heights of flavour, our fashion is crafted and our art is prolific. Its an energy that inspires me and I want to share that with you through Epicurean Excursions. I'm starting in the east end, but over time I hope to highlight not just the city centre, but all that is happening in the nearby suburbs as well. More info.
Journey in the tradition of aristocrats and landed gentry on The Grand Tour. Expand your thinking and discover the renaissance of Newcastle’s culture. Three of the city's best restaurants will impress Grand Tourists with a course in each and an evening stroll in between.
2 October at 6pm | Newcastle East | $89
A foot journey of film and food where you won’t sit still for long.
Thursday 7 August, 2014
Towers Cinema are previewing Steven Spielbergs’s The 100 Foot Journey. A film about two restaurants clashing heads and cultures in a quaint village in the French countryside. The film will have our mouths watering and chattering as we embark on our own 100 (thousand) foot food journey around a group of restaurants and cafe's almost within shouting distance of each other. More information and tickets.
The latest food craze to hit the streets popped up at The Fresh Ingredient. The music was easy and the fires burning to warm us on a June evening. With the humour of your favourite uncle, Ian (Herbie) from Herbies Spices spoke with simple instruction to convert his wealth of spice knowledge into everyday terms. Then came the wrap! Hand cooked by guests, starting with the fresh tortilla on the barbecue. Anything goes! Choose your meat, spice it up, cook it up and roam the fruit and veg displays for fillings topped with Byron Bay Chilli sauces. Find a spot by the fire to savour the flavour, wash it down with a Tempranillo or a Dos Equis and then go back for more. Photos
The celebration of simple times and community spirit is a romantic notion brought to life at our Peasants Table. A return to the wholesome goodness of the vegetable patch brought to the table and shared with neighbours, friends and strangers. Held in a courtyard off a laneway in Brown Street. Hidden from the city by tall walls its existence a secret from passers by. The clouds whisked by and the moon beamed between them. Megan Garnham, chef and owner of Soul Foods Cafe combined old and new traditions of gastronomy to fashion a feast worthy of a peasants reward. See photos.
We have two exciting events in April. The first Making Impressions: A Dinner is an incredible food journey with Ritual Cuisine. Chef Carl Kenzler is creating a culinary interpretation of the Impressionist movement with an edible work of art. Impressionism will become a delectable and visual adventure. Be careful, it might be too good to eat! The venue for this event is not a secret, but is in an old building that has recently taken on a new life as the cstudios Art Gallery. We hope to do a series of these events over the next twelve months. Sign up to cstudios mailing list to be the first to find out about them. The second event is more in our usual style. It takes guests back to another time to enjoy the pureness of food brought straight from the garden at our Peasants Table.
I have been busy creating some exciting events at the request of local businesses so far this year. The good news is that you are all invited to their events, the bad news is that the first one is not until April. The events will offer some new adventures with intimate dinners and cooking demonstrations. I have also been invited to hold an event during the Hunter Valley Food and Wine month in June. Visit the Next Adventures page for details.
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Nobby’s headland was bathed in the rays of sunset as guests arrived at Newcastle’s most iconic landmark for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Over our champagne we farewelled the sun kissed sky, the lighthouse began to shine and the feast began to roll from the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage. Read more or see photos.
Who would have thought about putting butter in a tube, soup into a ball, beetroot in an egg or garlic into fairy floss. Carl and Kelie Kenzler from Ritual Cuisine not only know food back to front, but inside out and in reverse as well.
Many thanks to Saddlers Creek, The International Beer Collector and Ritual Cuisine who all donated their time for the event and to Ann Caddey for having the art tables buzzing with creativity. Thank you all for your support in attending Underground Epicureans Art Feast fundraising dinner. See the full story and the photos.
The adventure of This is Not Art festival (TiNA) is about to begin and you will be the first to experience its unique essence in our gastronomic playground. Art Feast is a multiple play on ideas with so much on offer all at the one secret destination. Its dinner and art rolled into one. Find out more and get your tickets today and help raise funds to support This is Not Art!
... from Epicurus
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Its for foodies, its an adventure, its in Newcastle......somewhere! Epicurean dining adventures are for everyone and a great thing to do in Newcastle.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, you'll discover something new - new faces, new cafe's or a new Newcastle.