Little Bites: June 2016

What’s on for foodies this month?

Celebrate the Flavours of Italy at Cucina Vivo

With a day-to-day menu that showcases traditional Italian fare from a base of handmade pizza and pasta dough, the culinary team at Cucina Vivo will celebrate Italian Week from Thursday 26 May – Sunday 5 June.  Across the 11 days, the restaurant will be offering a five-course degustation menu offering a tasteful sojourn around the flavoursome country including dishes and ingredients from Tuscany, Venice, Milan and Southern Italy. The degustation menu will be $110. 

House of Brews Serves Up Flavours of the World

The award-winning House of Brews has drawn inspiration from around the globe for an array of new dishes and share plates. Bar snacks are a big focus, with offerings such as fire-roasted bruschetta; edamame with sea salt and chilli; and Asian chicken and lettuce wraps bringing a fresh take on the existing range of Americana-inspired fare. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with a Southwest superfood salad or roasted pumpkin and quinoa burger. House of Brews is at 17 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise and houseofbrews.com.au. 

Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week

Now in its sixth year, Eat Local Week is a time to celebrate the farmers and producers of the Scenic Rim. With agriculture and tourism contributing more than $400 million to the regional economy, Eat Local Week helps people trace food from paddock to plate and to celebrate the hard work of those primary producers. A huge range of products are produced in the area fringing the Gold Coast, our Scenic Rim – beef, pork, poultry, cheese, wine, craft beer, olives, relishes, jams, finger limes and dragonfruit. Eat Local Week showcases these foods and recognises the importance of agriculture to the region.  Last year’s Eat Local Week activities attracted more than 22,000 visitors to the region. The event runs 25 June – 3 July 2016. Visit eatlocalweek.com.au 

Gold Coast Set to Celebrate the Experience of Food and Wine

Gold Coast is finally getting its own signature food and wine event. The inaugural event will be held across the month of June at NightQuarter. The Festival will be a signature event to celebrate the quality and variety of eating experiences on the Gold Coast with gastronomic experiences, degustations, cooking demonstrations, workshops, cocktail making classes, wine and beer appreciation, a VIP Lounge, competitions and signature dining experiences. The Gold Coast’s new foodie mecca, NightQuarter, will be the backdrop of the festival. With a focus on the theatre and the art of food…with performance art, sensory experiences and musical performances incorporated into the festival to pay tribute to the Gold Coast as Australia’s destination for entertainment. A diverse program of food events will be held every Friday and Saturday night in June from 4.00 -10.00pm. More at gcfoodandwine.com.au. The festival runs 3 – 25 June.

Emerging Chefs Progressive Degustation

Emerging food artisans and chefs will use local and small-batch ingredients in new ways, drawing from their rich heritage to create food experiences that are both nostalgic and exhilarating. Take a culinary adventure around the globe with flavours from Italy, Japan, Greece and Australia. Drawing from rich family traditions and recipes handed down from generation to generation, food artisans will delight with a twist of innovation and culinary creation. Guests will be greeted with a wine reception, and enjoy a seven course degustation paired with wine throughout. The menu includes fresh handmade gnocchi with wild mushroom and truffle sauce; Shark Bay pink snapper pan-fried with asparagus with sauce Choron; porcini and truffle Arancini; and handmade karaage chicken baozi. A raw banoffee pie from Nude Sisters will end the evening on a sweet note. The food artisans will present their dishes and tell the stories behind their creations. Featuring Executive Chefs; Rhett Willis, Rodger Graff, Costa Georgio, David Walker, Brian Meskanen, Hiroyuki Okubo and Nude Sisters. The event is NightQuarter as part of the Gold Coast Food + Wine Festival, Friday 10 June, 6.00pm.  Tickets $120 from gcfoodandwine.oztix.com.au

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