• The Fuscaldo family

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    Meet the Fuscaldo family whose long and storied history of bringing Italian food to Australia stretches back to the 1960s when they opened the first fresh pasta shop in Melbourne. Sarah Thomas reports There is a very amusing Twitter account named […]

  • The joy of gin

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    What’s caused gin to become an on-trend drink? Some bars are now dedicated entirely to the spirit but what has sparked this? And what are the best brands and styles for restaurant and bar owners? By Ben Canaider The drinking […]

  • The Bavarian Beerhaüs

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    It was no mean feat turning the historic Royal Snack Bar at the Brisbane Showgrounds into The Bavarian Beerhaüs. By Frank Leggett For years, the Royal Snack Bar at the Brisbane Showgrounds was the place to pick up a few dagwood […]

  • Eco-friendly packaging in hospitality

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    It’s quick to consume a takeaway snack or coffee yet the packaging persists in the environment for decades. So how can the industry clean up its act and introduce more eco-friendly packaging? By Clea Sherman When the ABC’s War on […]

  • Recipe for success: Jess & Ben Stanley

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    Two kilometres from the country NSW town of Eugowra is Eat Your Greens, a successful function centre and catering company owned and run by Jess and Ben Stanley. Interviewed by Frank Leggett Jess: I was born in Eugowra and when I […]

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Advertorial: A Hollandaise Sauce worth bottling

The origins of the humble Hollandaise Sauce go way, way back. In fact, all the way to the Middle Ages. Yes, the name has got French written all over it, but it’s the Dutch who get the gong for this […]

Congratulations South Australia

The winners of the 2018 South Australian Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence were announced last month at a gala dinner held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  The winners across this year’s major categories included:  Caterer of the Year: […]

One-stop destination

Every September, the country’s foodservice, hospitality and retail industries meet at Fine Food Australia—the nation’s biggest food trade event—to see what’s new, innovative, and cutting edge. The event draws on international and home-grown exhibitors, trends and innovations to be the […]

Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship

Meet this year’s Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship winner

Kay-Lene Tan, head pastry chef at Tonka and Coda restaurants in Melbourne, has been named the winner of the 2018 Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship supported by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Following a four-month selection process, Tan was awarded the scholarship […]

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Matt Merrin

Recipe for success: Matt Merrin

Matt Merrin’s award-winning JAM restaurant in Townsville celebrates the flavours and produce of North Queensland. Accountancy’s loss is our gain. Interviewed by Frank Leggett “As a child living on a property in Western Australia, I spent a lot of time […]

Recipe for success: Simon Bowen

Consistency of food and service is the mantra of Simon Bowen, chef and co-owner of Pipers of Penola in South Australia. Interviewed by Frank Leggett “As soon as I finished high school, I started an apprenticeship with Stephanie Alexander at […]

Vicki Woods

Recipe for success: Vicki Woods

For the past 29 years, Vicki Woods has been at the helm of Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie in Maitland, NSW—an award-winning dining destination. “My parents owned and operated a hotel from when I was 11 years old but I never […]

Recipe for success: Silvia Hart

Norwood in South Australia is home to Silvia Hart’s fourth Seasonal Garden Cafe. From little things big things grow… By Frank Leggett “My early adult life was filled with studying two degrees, running a vet clinic with my then husband, […]

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Montalto

An expansive building with many facets, Montalto quietly engages with the surrounding landscape of the Mornington Peninsula. By Frank Leggett Montalto offers a wide variety of experiences for its visitors. There is a picturesque vineyard, a refined restaurant, a casual dining piazza, […]

furnishing your restaurant

Furnishing your restaurant

Furniture is often the biggest part of a fit-out budget—and crucial in setting the tone of a restaurant or cafe. Here, design experts share their tips on furnishing your restaurant—getting your tables, chairs and other pieces just right. By Lynne Testoni The […]

Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Never underestimate the value of using a bunch of mates and local tradies to complete a major renovation quickly and efficiently. By Frank Leggett Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is situated directly opposite the Mooloolaba beach in Queensland and has gone […]

SkyHigh

A derelict building full of water damage has been transformed into SkyHigh, a mountain-top dining destination with spectacular views. By Frank Leggett John Connellan, the managing director and owner of Connellan Industries, was on holiday in Fiji when he first […]

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Where the industry dines out

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Fine Food Australia. Every September, Fine Food Australia celebrates the country’s incredibly diverse and dynamic foodservice industry, and this year the show returns on 10–13 September to our nation’s biggest foodie […]

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Letizza Pizza Bases

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Letizza. Letizza Bakery is an Australian-owned business operating from HACCP-accredited premises in Smithfield, NSW  Letizza Pizza Bases are crafted to an authentic Italian recipe—perfect for winter! The unique flavour of Letizza […]

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Vegemite-inspired beef tagine

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Bega. Serves 10 Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 2¼ hours Ingredients 60ml olive oil  1.25 kg chuck, gravy or oyster blade steak, cut into 2cm pieces 600g chopped onion 30g […]

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Eco-friendly dining

In order to reduce their environmental impact, two businesses tell how they have focused on creating an eco-friendly dining experience—and selling this as their point of difference to customers, writes Susanna Nelson. SUSTAINABILITY HAS become such a broad term that […]

Picking the right PR person

While some publicity and online marketing can be performed by your staff, experts show that quality PR grows the bottom line. By Meg Crawford It’s broadly acknowledged that a social media presence these days is mandatory for most businesses, including […]

NEW MAJOR PRIZE:  2018 R&CA Industry Benchmarking Survey

R&CA has announced the addition of a new major prize as part of its 2018 Industry Benchmarking Survey. All participants who complete R&CA’s Industry Benchmarking Survey in full will now have the opportunity to win an Apple iPad [32GB Wi-Fi […]

Sustainable seafood

It tastes better and is good for the environment but can the traditional fish and chip shop afford to stock sustainable seafood? By Frank Leggett With more and more consumers demanding that their seafood be sustainably sourced, high-end restaurants are […]

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