A late bookers’ guide to Truffle Kerfuffle
After skipping 2022, the Southern Forests’ annual food celebration Truffle Kerfuffle makes its return this weekend with a line-up rich in national and local talent. Tickets to marquee events are still available, including Sunday’s brunch with visiting Adelaide chef Jake Kellie, chef-partner of open fire restaurant Arkhe and the former head chef of Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends. Spaces are also available at the Satellite dinner on Friday at Manjimup pub and cellar door Tall Timbers, as well as the Sunday wine masterclasses at the Festival Village, plus Saturday’s truffle hunts at Australian Truffle Traders. Tickets are available online. See you in Manjimup: don’t forget to pack a jacket.
Resurrecting a long-forgotten Perth wholefoods brand
Can nutrition and deliciousness co-exist? Kailis Hospitality Group managing director George Kailis believes so. For his latest project, Kailis will be relaunching the high-profile former Barchetta site in Cottesloe as Magic Apple Wholefoods. Named after and inspired by the Perth health food shop that traded during the ’70s and ’80s, Magic Apple will be all about “mindful nourishment”, with a focus on vegan and vegetarian eating as well as thoughtfully sourced seafood and meat. Accessibility, Kailis says, is going to be key. “This concept is for everyone, regardless of dietary preferences,” says Kailis. Magic Apple Wholefoods is due to open in 2024.
Goodbye, Yes Please Perth
After five years of serving after-hours eats and drinks to revellers and off-duty hospitality workers, popular Northbridge hang-out Yes Please Perth is calling it a day. Guests have until Saturday July 8 to pop in and pay their respects to one of the city’s more unique, personable venues and enjoy one last late-night beef burger.
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Rockpool and Ampersand Estates join forces
Brendan Owens, chef at Rockpool Bar & Grill, knows first-hand how beautiful Ampersand Estates is, having celebrated his wedding at the luxe Pemberton estate. The hard-working chef likes the property so much, he’s partnered with the Ampersand crew to offer guests bespoke in-house cooking and dining experiences, using the same Southern Forests ingredients (marron, truffles, grass-fed Jersey beef) served at the restaurant. Further details are available through Ampersand.
Exploring the world of Mauritian-Indian cooking
Topi owner Gurps Bagga and Bumplings owner Brendan Pang are inviting guests to explore the world of Mauritian cooking. On Friday July 14, the duo is hosting “A Trip to Mauritius” at Topi and serving an eight-dish feast that explores the worlds of Indian and Mauritian cooking. Among the dishes on offer: butter chicken sliders, mushroom and sweet potato dumplings, and slow-cooked Margaret River lamb ribs. Tickets are $95 per person and available online.