Back at it
Applejack – which operates venues such as Bopp & Tone, The Botanist, The Butler and Forresters – is celebrating our emergence from lockdown by giving away $3000 of dining experiences. There’s six $500 vouchers, to be spent at any of the group’s venues. Enter the giveaway here, or via Applejack’s app to double your chances.

A spooky supper
Halloween is nigh, and Darling Harbour’s Iiko Mazesoba is celebrating with a spooky menu until November 7. The black-and-orange themed dishes include a soft-shell crab mazesoba (brothless ramen) with black noodles, pumpkin croquettes and black-sesame tiramisu.

A cracking crossover
Supermarket ice-cream fave Connoisseur has teamed up with chocolatery Koko Black to create an ice-cream stick collection. There’s two flavours: vanilla ice-cream coated in dark chocolate, and honeycomb ice-cream covered in chocolate and shards of Koko Black’s Tasmanian leatherwood honeycomb. The ice-creams are available at convenience and grocery stores.

Menu makeover
Potts Point’s Franca has reopened post-lockdown with a brand-new menu. Head chef Jose Saulog’s menu leans French, drawing in a range of influences from around Europe. Expect fun new dishes such as a croque monsieur with caviar, spanner-crab caramelle (pasta) with ratatouille and a lemon-meringue popsicle.

Sustainability stays
Crystalbrook Collection, which is behind The Albion in Surry Hills, as well as accommodation in Cairns, Byron Bay and more, is spending October demonstrating its sustainability initiatives, including repurposing food waste and planting a tree for each guest’s stay. The group wants you to get in on the action, too – it’s giving away $10,000 in credits to use at its hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and spas. To enter, tell the group your big idea for a more sustainable hospitality industry here. The big winner will get $5000 credits, while two runners-up will receive $2500 in credits each.