Rockpool celebrates native Australian flavours
You know Rockpool Bar & Grill as a standard bearer for American steakhouse classics, but this month Neil Perry’s west coast outpost is turning its attention to native ingredients at this one-off, six-course native-inspired dinner, starring dishes such as tuna crudo sharpened with Davidson’s plum and a finger lime and aniseed myrtle pavlova. Tickets are $135 per person and include a drink on arrival, and Perry will be making the trip over from Sydney for the event.


Find inspiration in an artist’s studio
While I always make time to visit galleries while travelling, the premise behind this month’s ArtWalk Freo – get a group of artists to courageously open their home studios for a weekend and invite everyone to visit – is a fascinating one. “People get insight into the creative process, and see how they can apply that to their own life,” says Ros de Souza, one of the event’s organisers. “They see how the artist’s work informs their home and vice versa. And I see people when they’re here, seeing things and saying, ‘I could do this at home’.” Click here to ogle de Souza’s home (which she shares with her artist husband) and learn more about ArtWalk, which takes place on June 15 and 16.


Join the food party at Truffle Kerfuffle
Truffle Kerfuffle, the Southern Forests region’s annual weekend celebration of local food and drink, returns this month. If you’ve been before, you’ll know Manjimup, Pemberton and its surrounding districts are perfect winter escape destinations, but if you haven’t, get to know it this year. (And if you are coming down, swing past the Chef’s Cabin and say g’day. That’ll be my home for the weekend, where I’ll be hosting intimate cooking classes alongside local legends including Russell Blaikie, Amy Hamilton and Bread in Common’s dynamic duo, Scott Bridger and Chris Eales.)


Freshen up your wardrobe the sustainable way
Shop The Re’s Fashion Swap returns for another day of sustainable shopping. Guests are invited to bring high-quality garments, shoes and handbags they no longer use and swap them for other pieces from equally environmentally-minded fashionistas. No money changes hand, textile waste is diverted from landfill and attendees go home with new fashion: it’s a win for everyone. For more details and to grab a ticket online, head to Fashion Swap’s Eventbrite page.


The return of Meat Candy’s famous fried chicken sandwich
If you haven’t checked out Tiny’s Monday night Turntable Takeover, the triumphant one-night-only return of Meat Candy’s legendary fried chicken sambo is reason enough to get on down. Yes, there’ll be a queue. Yes, it’ll be worth it. I hope you’ve already got Monday June 10 marked in your diaries.


Check out a couple of new Italian openings
Who doesn’t love Italian food? May saw a couple of key Italian (re)openings across the city. For those south of the river, head to South Perth to check out the latest project from journeyman restaurateur Michael De Marte. And Nedlands’ La Lola – a former De Marte venture – reopened recently with ambitious new owners at the helm.


Take Perth’s first permanent food truck park for a spin
A car park by day, Perth Mess Hall is a 1000-person pop-up restaurant that screams to life after dark. Between Friday and Sunday, the city’s first permanent food truck park hosts eight different trucks (chosen from a roster of about 60), while the on-site bar ensures revellers don’t go thirsty.