• Create Consultants—the craft of catering

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    Landing prestigious contracts most catering companies could only dream about is par for the course at Create Consultants. Its founder Anthony Whitehouse shares his business secrets. By Rachel Smith. Imagine it: you attend an event at Sydney’s Fleet Steps in the Royal […]

  • Wedding catering

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    A growing number of couples getting married want a wedding with a difference and that includes selecting more non-traditional wedding catering options. Kerry Faulkner reports Expert wedding caterers across Australia agree—the old-fashioned wedding package is on its way out in […]

  • Summer drinks

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    It’s that time of year again—the days are longer and hotter, and people want to party. So what summer drinks best reflect the mood of the season? Ben Canaider reports  The coming spring–to-summer season in so many Australian bars and […]

  • The Boat House

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    Sitting right on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House, a Canberra classic, was sympathetically updated without losing any of its charm. By Frank Leggett “The impetus for the renovation of The Boat House was to give the […]

  • 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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R&CA glad about certainty around casual workers

Restaurant & Catering Australia has welcomed the commitment from the Commonwealth Government to clarify the status of casual workers and the uncertainty around their entitlements. R&CA CEO Juliana Payne stressed the urgency of providing small businesses with certainty around the […]

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American-style BBQ with new cast iron cookware

Lodge, the makers of cast iron cookware, recently announced its new ​Wildlife​-themed collection featuring designs of America’s most iconic animals. Catering to the rising interest in American-style cooking in Australia, the new cast iron Wildlife​ range includes all the necessities […]

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NSW wine list awards winners announced

The winners of the 2018 New South Wales (NSW) Wine List Awards have been announced at a formal reception at NSW Parliament House. For the fifth consecutive year, R&CA partnered with the NSW Wine Industry Association to deliver the NSW […]

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Blue Water Grill’s Neil Perry reveals pop-up plans

Rockpool Dining Group and culinary director Neil Perry are bringing Blue Water Grill back to Sydney diners after a 30-year hiatus with a six-day pop-up in the heart of the CBD. Blue Water Grill will open in the group’s Eleven […]

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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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The Bavarian Beerhaüs

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 […]

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 […]

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Variety is the spice of life!

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Caterlink. Caterlink puts B+S Commercial Kitchen Equipment behind Perth’s best Asian cuisine  There is a growing market for authentic Asian cuisine in Australia, driven by a rising appreciation of its varied […]

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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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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