Little Bites: May 2017

All the latest bite-sized news for Gold Coast foodies.

The Star Gold Coast introduces new barbecue smoker

The Star Gold Coast is set to launch a brand new addition to its already popular Sunday Sessions, with an authentic American smoker taking up residence on the Garden Kitchen & Bar lawn. Officially launched at the end of April, the new smoker menu stays true to the American barbecue culinary tradition of cooking meat ‘low and slow’ over an indirect flame. The menu includes such favourites as Kansa City Pork Ribs in a brown sugar rub, beef ribs and brisket smoked on low heat for 14 hours, pulled pork and Southern-style sides. Guests will be able to enjoy the delicious menu each and every Sunday from 1.00pm with live music kicking off from 2.00pm.

Paradox boasts new chef

Head Chef Stuart Long joined the Paradox team early in 2017, a great addition. Happily, the food has moved up several notches due to Stuart’s insistence on quality locally-sourced produce, with everything made in house. Hurrah! Having worked in the London Hilton for a number of years, Stuart was chef in a 2-rosette (hat) restaurant in Bristol, managed a gastropub in Surrey, before emigrating to New Zealand, where he was Head Chef at Rydges, Queenstown. He comes to Paradox via Oskars at Burleigh, eager to bring a menu of wide appeal to diners. Paradox’s all-day-breakfast and lunch menu features superbowls, eggs your way, Hot smoked salmon fishcake, Hawaiian Poke Bowls, and a Slow-Braised Pulled Pork Burger on brioche. All well under $20 with specials to go with your Paradox coffee!

Inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival

Food Events recently announced the inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival to be held on Saturday 3 June 2017 in the grounds of Byron Bay’s award-winning resort, Elements of Byron. The Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival program will run from 11am – 7pm and will include a line-up of Australia’s top food artisans, ambassadors and chefs along with beverage companies. The day will include complimentary beverage masterclasses, complimentary fine food masterclasses, producers’ and artisans’ marquee and more. Tickets for the inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival go on sale on Friday 3 March 2017. Tickets are $20 per person and must be pre-purchased online at

Betty’s Burgers comes to Pac Fair

Betty’s Burgers, Queensland’s award-winning burger-shack, is opened its sixth venue in Pacific Fair Shopping Centre in Broadbeach on Friday, 21 April. Initially inspired by owner, David Hales’ grandmother, Betty Anderson, Betty’s Burgers patties are hand made using the finest local grain fed beef, which is selected because of its consistent marbling. Patties are intentionally pressed on the grill to create a thick crust and lock in their natural juices. With a pastel-coloured design aesthetic that pays homage to the 1950’s, the 180m2 restaurant is bound to stand out and will have 100 seats. Pacific Fair in Broadbeach is one of four new Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. stores yet to launch this year.

IMAGE: Betty’s Burgers (c) Carmen Zammit

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