SMALL TOWN, HUGE HEART
More than 142 kg of donated food items have been placed in the Noosa Civic Community Pantryand distributed by REAP Sunshine Coast food rescue group and its partners to those that need them most! Pop your items in the pantry atNoosa Civic Shopping Centre.
Bordertown Barbeque & Taqueria is embracing the Slow Food vibe with a visit to the Noosa Farmers Market each week bringing new and seasonal flavours to the menu, such as their taco triumph with slow cooked pork shoulder and char-grilled pineapple salsa; and local fishermen Soul Fish provide the goods for the crispy skinned salmon fish taco. Don’t forget the 3-5 o’clocksies with $5 drink and taco specials and $10 cocktails!
El Capitano is launching a craft cocktail to celebrate their 1st Birthday on 18 December with head mixologistZach shaking, stirring and swizzling old classics and modern takes. For more details about the party -www.elcapitano.com.au
Cafe Le Monde now has a freshly shucked oyster bar featuring Australia's top growers with amazing oysters every day and shell out only $1 for oysters on Thursdays from 5-6pm.www.cafelemonde.com.au
Head Chef at Imperial Hotel Eumundi, Andrew Strange, is looking forward to incorporating the newEumundi Lager into his comprehensive menu and he’s also preparing a “Bucket List” dinner with the world's best foods– thinkBeluga caviar, French truffles, the world’s best beef, ancient cheeses,exotic abalone, Grange Hermitage and Louis Roederer CristalChampagne. Meanwhile, the crew’s Mo-vember fundraising has gone too far – a few countries too far with locally-designed Mo-vember shirts popping up around the world!www.imperialhoteleumundi.com.au
RELAX AT RICKYS
Rickys celebrated their 10th anniversary with owners, Brent and Deb Ogilvie, thrilled with customers sharing their most memorable dish from the past decade. The clear winner was Passionfruit Souffle! Toast their success at the newly-renovated bar with their $12 cocktail menu all day, every day! We love the Pampero blanco, smoked pineapple and coconut creation.
Rickys will host the next Noosa Amour showcase ofThe Ogilvie Group restaurants with four courses prepared by Head ChefsAndy Davies, Locale; Jeremiah Jones,Wood Fire Grill; Josh Smallwood, Rickys; andJules Santis, aromas. Served with matching wines for $95 on Saturday 11 Feb, 12 noon, Tickets will sell fast! Bookings:www.rickys.com.au
The Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi is firing up “The General” for Smokey Sundays with a meaty tasting plate for up to four people for $35; cocktail jugs and live music from 1-3pm. On Wednesdays, BoHo locals (including Noosa) can dine with two meals and a bottle of wine for $50.
SEEDS OF SUCCESS
Local producers are feeling the love with with The Sunshine Coast Regional Food Directoryby Petra Frieser offering profiles on food and beverage producers as well as foodie activities, cooking classes and farm visits.www.sunshinecoastregionalfood.com.au
Peter Kuruvita also recently launched Sunshine Coast Destinations Ltd’s new interactive website that will enable visitors to create their own personalised food trail taking in the region’s best producers, markets, restaurants, cooking schools, events, wineries and brewers. www.visitsunshinecoast.com/foodtrails
Don’t miss Peter and producers on his Coastal Kitchen series onSBS where he gets up close and personal with local producers.
Standing for “Who’s the Farmer?”, this new pizza outlet on Hastings St is passionate about local produce for their traditional and make-your-own pizzas.
The organic dough is slow-aged and they enlisted the help of locavore Matt Golinski to ensure the farmer took centrestage.
The Noosa Boathouse will be pulling in the punters with their famous Crispy Bangalow Pork Bellyback on the menu for summer! Don’t miss the Boathouse Summer River Festival on Sunday 26 Feb.Bring a picnic rug, your mates and groove to an afternoon of free live music on the Boathouse lawn with street food plus wine and beer available.www.noosaboathouse.com.au
COSTA NOOSA WINNERS
Gavin Piper has been a builder, baker and is now a multi-award winning coffee maker.
Costa Noosa Espresso regular adds to its medal tally every time it enters theAustralian Coffee Roasters Golden Bean Awards and this year with close to 1,200 coffees judged over an intense three days, they brought home Silver for the Australian Grown category; as well as Bronze for Decaffeinated (Milk based); and Bronze for Single Origin (Espresso).
If you like drooling in windows stacked with Christmas cheer, you can’t go pastFiona’s Fancies in Noosa Junction. On display is an assortment of reindeer, Santas and all things Christmas in various foodie forms from biscuits to cake pops; gingerbread houses; mince pies; fruit cakes and of course, macarons! All hand-made by Fiona and most of it can be gluten free. Order early and don’t forget Fiona’s fuss-free take-away catering!
MARBLE BAR SUSHIMI
Summer is all about seafood at Marble Bar Sunshine Beach with the emphasis on fresh. Think Atlantic salmon or Yellowfin Tuna straight off the boat and sliced into perfect sashimi – but only when available. You can always satisfy your seafood hunger with a bucket of Moololaba Prawns and two glasses of rose for $35. Choose from a French dry style or one of two Barossa beauties. Now that’s a catch!
MAISON DE PROVENCE
Add some French flair to your festive season with Maison de Provence’s traditional Buches de Noel, a traditional log-shaped French dessert; see whatEric Pernoud’s has created in the shape of Christmas trees; and of course don’t miss the standard French fare of croissants, breads and macarons.
THE GINGER FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL
The 21st Ginger Flower and Food Festival at The Ginger Factory from 20-22 January offers three sensational days of food, flowers and entertainment! From eye-poppingly bright ornamental gingers and heliconias to a stunning array of more than 3,000 plants for sale. Get the gardening secrets and cooking inspiration from the experts, including Matt Golinski;and have fun with entertainment and kids activities. www.gingerfactory.com.au
Need to up your vegie intake or get your kids to eat their greens? Mass Nutrition has vacuum-fried X50 Broccoli chips which are guaranteed to blow your mind! The guilt-free snack is available in Rock Salt, BBQ or Spice.
James Wu is the new sous chef at Embassy XO while Makepeace Island has appointed former Sails Restaurant chef,Lisa Mahar, as head chef.
Celebrate new beginnings at XOcolat (formerly 16 Degrees Chocolate) with lavish chocolates, creative chocolate drinks and a healthy chocolate range created by new owner Sonja. Follow their Facebook page for weekly chocolate specials.
ON YOUR BIKE!
Village Bicycle is on the move around the corner to Sunshine Beach Rd. Keep an eye on the original site which will relaunch with a Mexican flavour. NeighbouringBean Drop is also mixing things up with a new menu and focus on food.
Eumundi Meats' signature paleo range is meat to please with their Hot Summer special of 6 paleo beef burgers + 6 paleo bread rolls for $30; or try the dry aged beef that has been subject to a 650-hour drying process, allowing millions of chemical reactions to seal in the juices and slowly break down the muscle proteins. For white meat, don’t miss madly popular Christmas Turducken.
LA DOLCE VITA
Noosa Waterfront’s spring-summer menu is out with taste sensations such as the Pate di Funghi, wild mushroom and truffle pate with waffle cone, mushroom soil & grated green tea. Don’t miss the Tues-Sat lunch special features three tasting plates for $29. Choose a wine to match and discover why they were awarded Two goblets inGourmet Traveller's "Australian Wine List of the Year."