Morsels http://morsels.com.au A Perth food, travel and lifestyle blog - Martin Eade Tue, 23 May 2017 12:21:43 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Food by the Chef – Cooking Masterclasses by Chef George Cooper http://morsels.com.au/food-chef-cooking-masterclasses-george-cooper/ http://morsels.com.au/food-chef-cooking-masterclasses-george-cooper/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 12:07:21 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20223 Exciting young south west chef George Cooper is introducing cooking masterclasses to his Food by the Chef private dining experiences this winter.

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Exciting young south west chef George Cooper is introducing cooking masterclasses to his Food by the Chef private dining experiences this winter.

Learn some of George’s tricks of the trade to make your next dinner party simple, tasty, and stress-free. Each lesson will provide different tips, tricks and dinner party elements:

  • Sunday 18 June – Show stopping snacks, making a cheap cut taste good, a simple dessert with flavour
  • Saturday 1 July – All about bread, salt salt salt, something sweet
  • Saturday 8 July – How-to guide to tapas, a chocoholic’s dream

Classes are held in George’s commercial kitchen in Dunsborough (6/9 Griffin Drive – off Commonage Road) from 10am for $95 per person including lunch and a take-home recipe book.

Email info@foodbythechef.com to reserve your space or visit www.foodbythechef.com.au for more information.

About George Cooper and Food by the Chef

George Cooper is making a name for himself in WA’s Margaret River region. Hailing from the UK, 29-year-old George and his wife Kayleigh moved to WA in 2012 and chose to live in the south west largely because of the abundance of fresh produce available in the region.

After stints in high profile local kitchens, George and Kayleigh created Food by the Chef – a private dining experience providing unique and memorable dining in people’s homes and holiday accommodation. Food by the Chef was born from an increasing number of requests from friends and associates for George to cater for their in-home events.

George matches classic ingredients with modern culinary techniques to create delicious and exciting food. He enjoys pushing boundaries and featuring local in-season produce, much of which he grows himself.

George’s background in English Michelin plays a big part in his drive, dedication and passion for what has become the most sought after private dining experience in the Margaret River region.

George has been a guest chef at Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Taste of Perth, and Truffle Kerfuffle. He has worked in kitchens across England and Australia, in 2007 was named Young Chef of the Year and he even appeared on the first series of English Masterchef the Professionals – the youngest to be nominated.

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Perth’s Longest Lunch for Brightwater serves up the best of the Southern Forests http://morsels.com.au/perths-longest-lunch-brightwater-southern-forests-2/ http://morsels.com.au/perths-longest-lunch-brightwater-southern-forests-2/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 01:02:51 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20118 Last Friday saw 920 members of the Perth business community join together for Perth's Longest Lunch, an annual fund-raising event for Brightwater.

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Perth's Longest Lunch

Last Friday saw 920 members of the Perth business community join together in the Crown Towers Ballroom for Perth’s Longest Lunch, an annual fund-raising event for local aged care and disability services provider Brightwater. I attended the event last year, and was once again fortunate enough to be invited.

The event’s major sponsor was Crown Perth, alongside Mills Wilson as Communications Partner and Rare as Design Sponsor.

Perth's Longest Lunch

This year’s menu was created by Crown Towers Executive Chef Sean Marco, focused around the produce of Western Australia’s Southern Forests. Each course was paired with an outstanding WA wine.

Perth's Longest Lunch

Shane Jacobson returned as MC. Always an entertaining host, he kept the crowd amused and under control when necessary, but didn’t overstay his welcome. He featured in plenty of selfies during the afternoon.

Perth's Longest Lunch

The amuse of olive oil poached Southern Forests marron, persimmon, finger lime and cucumber was served in the foyer before lunch-proper began.

This rather decadent and delightful bite was served with Sitella Grand Vintage 2012 Sparkling.

Perth's Longest Lunch

Seated lunch started with this colourful vegetable course of beetroot fondant, roasted carrot skordalia, grilled baby leek, rosemary crisp, green olive and purple sprouts.

This dish was accompanied by a Heydon Estate 2013 Chardonnay.

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Auction items for those with plenty to spend – most went for over $20K – included a trip to Mount Everest Base Camp, business class flights anywhere in the world from Qatar Airways and a luxury Mediterranean cruise. An Audi A1 was also raffled off at $100 a ticket.

Door prices included a stay at Crown Towers, a diamond bracelet from Brinkhaus Jewellers and a Magnum of Heydon Estate chardonnay. Alas, I went home empty handed, but with a very full belly.

Perth's Longest Lunch

Entree was South West lamb, mountain pepper, rosella and baked onion puree, quandong curd and samphire.

This course was paired with Houghton Small Batch Rojo Grande.

Perth's Longest Lunch

Main Course was roasted venison, chestnuts, glazed kohl rabi, pumpkin, brussel sprouts, and sweet and sour plum.

Accompanying this dish was a Watershed Premium Wines 2010 Awakening Cabernet Sauvignon.

Perth's Longest Lunch

Dessert was a chocolate sphere with roasted hazelnut and fig ice cream.

Presumably the intention was for the sphere to be melted by hot chocolate dispensed by the serving staff, although – as you can see – we needed a lot more for the desired effect. Even so, this was the best course of the day. The sphere contained layers of biscuity chocolately goodness which combined nicely with the hazelnut and intense raspberry dotted around the plate.

This course demanded a dessert wine, and we were treated to a super-sweet Talijancich Swan Valley Liquer Verdelho.

Perth's Longest LunchA variety of musical entertainment was provided to keep the afternoon rolling, from X Factor duo Jess and Matt to local party band PROOF and some slightly more cultured offerings.

Perth's Longest Lunch

The cheese course was served individually, and was another attractive plate of food. Featuring Camembray, Blackwood Blue, pear, vanilla, port and pickled apricots, my only complaint was the need for more crackers 🙂

The wine this time was a Leeuwin Estate 2012 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon.

Perth's Longest Lunch

To finish was a box of handmade chocolate truffles…and yes, that box was made of chocolate and completely edible. Brilliant.

Perth's Longest Lunch

And there you have it – six courses and an impressive $230,000 raised for charity later.

The event had a different feel to last year, with less intrusion from the music and better lighting making it easier to relax and talk to the people around you. The food was also better than last year. Six hours may sound like a long time, although it flew by and I had a most enjoyable afternoon!

Next year’s lunch is on Friday, 18 May 2018 – mark it in your calendars now.

See more photos from the event below. Thanks once again to Mills Wilson and DG Global for my invitation to the lunch.

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Daddy Long Legs Opens in Victoria Park http://morsels.com.au/daddy-long-legs-opens-victoria-park/ http://morsels.com.au/daddy-long-legs-opens-victoria-park/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 23:49:48 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20114 The home of new Victoria Park bar Daddy Long Legs has had many identities – The Publican, DB’z and The Opal, to name just three.

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The home of new Victoria Park bar Daddy Long Legs has had many identities – The Publican, DB’z and The Opal, to name just three. The second venture from the owners of Fremantle small bar Who’s Your Mumma sees the venue completely renovated, with the new bar having a strong WA vibe, from the timber-heavy fitout to its food and drink menus.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

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Sohé Thai Fusion opens in Bicton http://morsels.com.au/sohe-thai-fusion-opens-bicton/ http://morsels.com.au/sohe-thai-fusion-opens-bicton/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 23:45:37 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20110 Sri-Lankan born Devinda Jayasinghe grew up in Perth, spending much of his childhood around the South-East Asian restaurants run by his parents.

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Sri-Lankan born Devinda Jayasinghe grew up in Perth, spending much of his childhood around the South-East Asian restaurants run by his parents. During his 10-year finance career, the urge to open his own restaurant never went away. A year ago he gave up his nine-to-five, built a development kitchen at the back of his house and started work on a menu. Today, he is the owner and head chef of Sohé Thai fusion restaurant in Bicton.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

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Xanadu Wines Celebrates its 40th Anniversary over WA Day long Weekend http://morsels.com.au/xanadu-wines-40th-anniversary-wa-day/ http://morsels.com.au/xanadu-wines-40th-anniversary-wa-day/#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 08:58:43 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20101 Award winning Margaret River winery, Xanadu Wines, is celebrating its 40th anniversary over the WA Day long weekend.

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Award winning Margaret River winery, Xanadu Wines, is celebrating its 40th anniversary over the WA Day long weekend, unveiling its highly anticipated new release wines. Founded in 1977, Xanadu has won 53 major wine show trophies since 2007.

To commemorate the major milestone, Xanadu will be releasing the 2014 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay.

Guests are invited to visit the cellar door over the WA Day long weekend (June 3 to 5) and enjoy a complimentary tasting of the new release Reserve and Stevens Road wines, and book a seat at the restaurant to enjoy a specially designed two course lunch matched to these new Reserve wines.

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The winery will also be hosting a one-off private tasting session in the barrel hall on Sunday 4th June, led by winemaker Glenn Goodall. The intimate tasting experience will showcase the four new Reserve releases, as well as five exceptional award-winning back vintages. Learn first-hand from Xanadu’s winemakers as they share their unique stories of what went into creating these wines and why Xanadu is Margaret River’s most successful wine show winner of the past decade.

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Following the private tasting session, guests can enjoy a specially matched two-course lunch with local seasonal produce, paired with the Reserve wines in the restaurant. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

See http://xanaduwines.com/WAdayweekend for more details and booking information.

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2017 Bravo Apple Season Launches at Perth City Farm http://morsels.com.au/2017-bravo-apple-season-launches-perth-city-farm/ http://morsels.com.au/2017-bravo-apple-season-launches-perth-city-farm/#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 08:00:22 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20056 Top Perth chefs, retailers, media, social commentators and horticulture industry leaders joined for the launch of the Bravo apple season at Perth City Farm.

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Last week I was fortunate to join a group of Perth chefs, retailers, media, social commentators and horticulture industry leaders for the launch of the 2017 Bravo apple season at the Perth City Farm. The apple, over two decades in the making, is an exciting new choice for Australian consumers. 

The launch provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the striking burgundy apple, currently available in independent retailers and Woolworths stores in WA. The launch also kicked off the #BiteYourBravo photography competition to be run through social media (@bravoapples on Instagram and @bravoapplesofficial on Facebook) with the winner to receive a weekend getaway at Foragers in Pemberton.

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We were served a menu created by renowned chef Sophie Zalokar, with Bravo apples featured in every course. Sophie drew attention to Bravo apple’s sweetness and fresh aroma that she likens to the earthy smell of rain on dry earth. The apple also has hints of woody, Christmas spice and red wine flavours. 

Fruit West Executive Officer Nardia Stacy said “Commercial production of Bravo will increase every year allowing the introduction of this very impressive apple into many more retail outlets. We want to educate retailers and apple eaters about the special qualities of Bravo, from its visual appeal to its refreshing flavour,” she added. 

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Jenny Mercer, Managing Director of WA Farm Direct, and the national supplier of the Bravo apple, said “we’re really hopeful that Bravo will be a turning point for Australian orchardists who have been doing it really tough for a long time. Bravo is only grown in Australia and because it’s so unique the export demand has been strong.  If we can start the process of helping orchards become sustainable again, it does a lot to increase jobs in rural Australia and bring some much needed investment back into our rural communities.”

The apple was bred by the Department of Agriculture and Food as part of a program supported by the State Government and industry.

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A Solo Breakfast at Bib & Tucker, North Fremantle http://morsels.com.au/breakfast-bib-tucker-north-fremantle/ http://morsels.com.au/breakfast-bib-tucker-north-fremantle/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 05:58:14 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20016 Bib & Tucker has long been on my breakfast to-do list, and it was my first destination when an opportunity arose to head south for the day last Friday.

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Bib & Tucker has long been on my breakfast to-do list, and it was my first destination when an opportunity arose to head south for the day last Friday. Arriving just before 10am, I was surprised to find it very busy but thankfully there were tables available both inside and out. Looking out over Leighton Beach, it’s a scenic place to eat at any time of day.

Coffee is from Campos, and my cappuccino was very nice indeed. I spotted a dark chilli hot chocolate of the menu a little too late, unfortunately. You can see the breakfast food menu below, and some interesting choices join the breakfast essentials. 

[See image gallery at morsels.com.au] I chose the house-cured pastrami hash with crispy potatoes, soft leeks, fried eggs, smoked cheddar, pretzel crumb and pickles. This was a really interesting dish, full of different flavour and texture combinations to be discovered as you work your way around the plate.

Chatting with executive chef and co-owner Scott Bridger, he told me that this dish currently fills the spot on the menu they reserve for a full-breakfast alternative. It does that job very nicely, and was made even better with lashings of the Firehorse hot sauce that Scott kindly sent over to the table.

Good coffee, great food, attentive service and a stunning view. A perfect breakfast (lunch and dinner) destination.

Bib & Tucker
18 Leighton Beach Blvd
North Fremantle WA 6159

Breakfast: Tue to Sun 8.00am — 11:00am
Lunch: Tue to Sun 12.00pm — 3.00pm
Dinner: Wed to Sun 5.30pm — 9.00pm

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Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery is Moving to Melbourne http://morsels.com.au/hippocampus-metropolitan-distillery-moving-melbourne/ http://morsels.com.au/hippocampus-metropolitan-distillery-moving-melbourne/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 02:56:06 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20013 Sad news, Perth spirit lovers: Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery, one of the city’s urban distillers, is moving to Melbourne. On July 1, Hippocampus will join corporate stablemate Boatrocker Brewers in a new entity, Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers. As part of the merger, Hippocampus’s distinct copper still (affectionately nicknamed “Kylie”) will be relocated to the Victorian capital. […]

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Sad news, Perth spirit lovers: Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery, one of the city’s urban distillers, is moving to Melbourne. On July 1, Hippocampus will join corporate stablemate Boatrocker Brewers in a new entity, Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers. As part of the merger, Hippocampus’s distinct copper still (affectionately nicknamed “Kylie”) will be relocated to the Victorian capital.

Read more at Broadsheet here.

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