Three chefs walk into a bar(beque)
Journeyman chef Russell Blaikie seems to be enjoying putting on collaborative dinners in his role as food director for the Prendiville Group. For his next event, he’s turning his attention to open-fire cooking. On Thursday June 29, The Norfolk Hotel hosts “Three Chefs Walked Into a Bar…becue”: an all-in that sees food cooked in the pub’s offset smoker and on a custom-built barbeque and grill. On the tools will be Stuart Laws of Brown Street Grill, Alex Castiglia (ex-Old Faithful) and Blaikie himself. Tickets are $120 and include matched wines.

Meet the Heaps Normal crew in an intimate Q&A
Since making its debut in 2020, non-alcoholic beer brand Heaps Normal has become a force in Australia’s drinks scene (non-alcoholic, alcoholic or otherwise). On Wednesday June 14, Heap Normal founders Ben Holdstock and Ross McQuinn will be dropping into Bulwer Street’s specialist non-alcoholic bottle shop, Tomorrow On Tap, to launch their new coffee stout and talk about the whirlwind Heaps Normal journey. Tickets ($30) are limited and include a beer on arrival.

Sawasdee krab, Long Chim Tuck Shop
The Long Chim team has announced that its high-energy tuckshop will be shutting up shop later this month. Thai food fans have till Friday June 30 to pop in and say goodbye to the tuckshop’s smiley host Dee Tongdee and enjoy one last som tum and grilled chicken.

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New dishes at Indonesian favourite Bintang Cafe
Vic Park’s homely Bintang Cafe has much to offer fans of Indonesian cooking. While the family-run cafe offers a healthy selection of dishes to share, its rice and noodle dishes for one are something of a calling card. Recently, Bintang has introduced a few more options for eaters to choose from – not least its nasi ayam Taliwang: Lombok’s famous grilled chicken spiked with a fiery chilli sauce and served with rice. It’s not a dish you see too often in Perth. Another recent addition is the nasi pecel: rice with pieces of spiced, deep-fried beef.

When Worlds Apart collides with Besk’s Courtyard
An understudy of influential late winemaker Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels, Louis Schofield of Worlds Apart Wines subscribes to a similar lo-fi, flavour-first winemaking approach as his mentor. This Friday, June 9, Schofield is heading to the Besk courtyard for Courtyards Apart. Guests can taste Schofield’s wines (and buy them from the bottle shop) while chefs fire up the yakitori grill and RTRFM DJs spin. Entry is free and doors open from 4pm.