Little Bites: September 2016

All the latest bite-sized food news from the Gold Coast.

House of Brews in Surfers Paradise has marked its first year in business by staging a star-studded birthday bash topped with a $20,000 twist of charity. Celebrities on the guest list included Gold Coast Titans co-captains Nathan Friend and Greg Bird, Gold Coast Suns David Swallow and Tom Nicholls, ironman Trevor Hendy, ironwomen Hayley Bateup and Courtney Hancock, TV presenters Bruce Paige and Amanda Abate, and radio personalities Paul Gale, Charli Robinson, Bridget Daley and Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt. Their chosen charities ranged from the Gold Coast Community Fund, Animal Welfare League, YHES House, Gold FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and Kids Help Line.

The Croissant King, a popup by The Pastry Emporium, opens soon.
TIME: Sundays from 8am till sold out, starting 21 August.
PLACE: Ball Boy Meatballs, 2475 GC Highway Mermaid Beach.
Made by a master patissier, all products are croissant based and handmade (plain croissant, Cruffin, Kouign amann, Flavoured croissants, twice baked croissants).

Savour Awards 2016 were announced this week by the R&CA (Restaurant & Catering Association), the winners announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Gold Coast winners in the QLD Awards included:
South-East Queensland Winner – Hatsuhana Restaurant, MAIN BEACH
Lifetime Achiever Award – Richard Cavill
Café of the Year – Domani’s Café Restaurant Bar, MAIN BEACH
Burger Lounge, COOLANGATTA
Domani’s Café Restaurant Bar, MAIN BEACH
LakeFront Bistro, CARRARA
Indian Empire on Runaway Bay, RUNAWAY BAY
Fellini Ristorante e Bar, MAIN BEACH
Cicchetti Gold Coast, ISLE OF CAPRI
Bistro On3 – Sofitel Gold Coast, BROADBEACH (Restaurant in a casino/hotel/motel/resort)
Chapter & Verse Bar & Lounge – Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, SURFERS PARADISE
Progressive Catering & Events, SOUTHPORT
RACV Royal Pines Resort – Honourable Mention, George Mure Professional Development Award

Congratulations to the following Gold Coast restaurants recognised with chef hats in the Brisbane Times 2017 Good Food Guide:
TWO HATS – The Fish House, Burleigh Heads
ONE HAT – Kiyomi, Broadbeach; Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach; Ristorante Fellini, Main Beach; Room81, Broadbeach; Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise; Social Eating House, Broadbeach; Ten Japanese Restaurant, Broadbeach; Vanitas, Main Beach.

We’d heard whispers, and recently it was announced: Robina Town Centre’s new area for food lovers will be launched in late 2016. The Kitchens will be a new, multisensory, culinary concept, the first of its kind in Australia, where artisans, chefs, providores, purveyors and food lovers can come together to celebrate the seasonality of fresh, local produce in a mix of fresh food retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants.
“From South American and Greek street food to New York-style bagels, Italian wood-fired pizzas, pastas, gelato and wines, traditional Asian dishes, Australian ales and local seafood, the finest flavours of the world will come together to create an unrivalled dining experience for every occasion,” says Daniel West, The Kitchens’ curator. Rumour has it that Jimmy Grants, owned by Masterchef judge/celebrity chef George Calombaris will be among the 55 new venues. If you’ve seen the food stations of grand hotels in Asia, enjoy wine and food tastings, workshops and master-classes in open kitchens and other exciting pop-up venues, you’ll be as excited as we are by this new concept-driven venue.
FRESH, LOCAL, FABULOUS! We can’t wait!

Congratulations to Rick Shores on being named one of the 50 HOTTEST RESTAURANTS of 2016 by The Australian newspaper, 13 August 2016.  “Rick Shores is instantly one of the most likeable restaurants to open anywhere in the past 12 months in Australia…Lucky Burleigh Heads.” The Fish House, Burleigh Heads, also got an honourable mention.

After only 10 months serving up delicious authentic Italian cuisine on the Gold Coast, the team at Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar are celebrating two award wins, in just two weeks. The first award was a 1 Glass recognition in the 2016 Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards. Last week, the team scored a major win at The Savour Australia Hostplus Awards for Excellence – QLD Restaurant & Catering Awards. Scooping the award for Best Pizza Restaurant in QLD, the talented chefs will no doubt be kept very busy, as customers come from near and far to try their award winning pizza. The Cicchetti team will now revel in their achievements, before heading to Sydney for the National Restaurant & Catering Awards to be held on Monday 24 October at Four Points Sheraton Darling Harbour.

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