• Hector’s Deli is doing a one-day-only sanga special – this whopping curried-egg creation – on Friday. It’s to mark the launch of Lunchtime Lager, a collab brew with Stomping Ground. PSA: 50 free tinnies are up for grabs.

• First Look: out with Village People Hawker Food Hall, in with a buzzing new Italian diner.

• Stop, drop and scroll. Cinnabon, the American bakery chain famous for its cinnamon scrolls, is opening in Melbourne next week.

• At Attica Summer Camp, Ben Shewry’s recently opened pop-up restaurant, the camp cuisine is next-level. Most notably: a charcoal-fired rotisserie turns out hasselback potatoes like you’ve never had before.

• It’s sugo season. And Italian diner Tipico is running free passata-making masterclasses this weekend.

Here are our top picks for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s March edition.

• A rich new whisky-based coffee liqueur has just hit the market. It’s by Melbourne distiller The Gospel and Code Black Coffee.

• In a curvaceous white building is Bar Bianco, a handsome new wine bar for Prahran – with heirloom carrot “steak”, charry octopus and specials such as slow-cooked-rabbit raviolo and Wagyu with “umami paste”.

• “Oh shucks, it’s only 10 bucks”: Johnny’s Green Room is doing pizzas for a tenner on Mondays.

This is why you need more than one salt (and the difference between kosher, sea and Himalayan salt), according to famous Aussie chef Curtis Stone.

• Open only two nights a week, Poodle Upstairs is an art deco-inspired bar on top of a Fitzroy bistro.

• Don’t knock the supermarket stuff. These are Australia’s best frozen chips, as decided by a Melbourne-based spud specialist who taste-tested more than 60 kinds.

Brunswick Ballroom, a new live-performance venue in a restored historical building, has the snacks sorted: warm salted pretzels; thick-cut fries with French-onion salt; and no-frills $8 garlic bread wrapped in foil and served in a cane basket. Kitsch.

• Capi’s new social-media campaign is championing women in hospo. Know someone who’s changing the game? Nominate her here.

• Craft cider made with Aussie-grown fruit is the star at this full-day garden party in the Yarra Valley.