FRESH START: Chef Aaron Stobbs has closed Te Aroha Place at Blacksmiths and opened Islas Canaries Cafe Tapas Bar in Belmont with his partner, Romy. Picture: Lisa Rockman
Chef Aaron Stobbs has closed Te Aroha Place at Blacksmiths and opened Islas Canaries Cafe Tapas Bar in Belmont with his partner, Ramona Barboza, who is also a chef.
You can find it underneath the Belle Apartment building in Memorial Mall, opposite the post office.
Southern Spanish tapas is on the menu which is designed to be shared over conversation. Dishes include fish ceviche, truffle carpaccio, paella and croquettes, all made by hand in store.You can also buy home-made ice-cream, gelato and sorbet.
Stobbs is a Belmont boy who started his career as a kitchenhand at Madison Motor Inn Newcastle at the age of 17. He completed his apprenticeship in Cairns, specialising in French Polynesian cuisine, and went on to work at Wandin Valley Estate and Chateau Elan in the Hunter Valley.Keen to broaden his culinary horizons, Stobbs accepted an executive chef role on the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco at Santa Catalina Gran Canaria. It was here he met Ramona, who was working there as a chef and had years of experience working with Spanish cuisine.
To book, phone 0412 429 615 or 0481 994 875 and leave a message.
New food marketNewcastle Flower Markets at Sandgate already have a small kiosk on-sitebut are looking to expand with a larger, indoor dining venture. They are also hoping to host a new foodie market later in the year. Newcastle Food Markets looks like kicking off in November. If you have a product you would like to sell, [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.
All-day brunchHeritage Gardens Nursery Cafe at Ashtonfield has introduced a new all-day brunch menu which looks the goods. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options, too.
Truffle timeBocados Spanish Kitchen is hosting a Truffle Degustation Dinner next Tuesday, July 3. Tickets cost$110, whichincludes a glass of cava on arrival, $150 with matching Spanish and South American wines.
Chefs cook offFour Hunter Region teams will cook-off at Ryde TAFE next week in the annual ClubsNSW Chef’s Table competition: Toronto Workers Club – Dean Jackson and Cameron Sanders;Charlestown Bowling Club –Greg Hake and Damien McInnes;Club Maitland City –Glenn Dodgson andShannon Murphy; andMuswellbrook Golf Club –Shane Butler and Tegan Swinbourne.
Competing chefs will have to use ingredients provided in a “mystery box”, the contents of which will be only be revealed prior to the start of the cook-off. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner onJuly 30 at Doltone House.
Last year, Lesley Taylor andDaniel Wijekoon, representing Hobarts by Lesley Taylor at Wests New Lambton, placed third in the final.
Italy beckonsTerra Madre is a worldwide network launched by Slow Food in 2004 that unites people and organisations involved in sustainable food production and linked by a geographic area. Slow Food Hunter Valley is building a local Terra Madre network and recently announced the winners of the 2018 Terra Madre scholarships who will travel to the Slow Food International convention in Turin, Italy, this September.
The winners are: Leisha Parkinson, of Bean Cycled in Charlestown; Margan Restaurant head chef Thomas Boyd; and apprentice farmer at MC & SL Dennis Farms inEast Maitland, Liam Dennis.
Parkinson co-owns the Bean Cycled mushroom farm at Charlestown Square. She and her brother started the farm in 2017 by growing oyster mushrooms on discarded coffee grounds collected from the shopping centre’s cafes. They use the mall’s storage rooms and loading dock for production.
Meals deliveredReady Spaghetti is a new meal delivery service in Newcastle. Meals are prepared fresh daily by qualified chef Tory Peters who has a passion for wholesome, locally sourced ingredients, anddelivered to the customer’s door in reusable cooler bags. There are two options and a side to choose from Monday to Friday.For more information go online to readyspaghetti.net419论坛.
Winter dinnerBolton Street Pantry is open for dinner this Saturday, June 30. The cost is $49 for three courses –book by phoning4048 1344.
Unicorn cakesParents, if you’re already dreading the whining of bored kids you could book them into a unicorn cupcake-making class at Cake Craze in Warners Bay. The cost is $69 and the class is suitable for children aged seven and up. It’s on July 12, 4pm to 6pm. Book at cakecraze.net419论坛.
Mawson opensCaves Beach welcomed a new restaurant last week –Mawson. The breakfast menu is huge and initial reports suggest the coffee is worth checking out. The kids are taken care of with milkshakes, smoothies and a dedicated $10 breakfast and lunch menu. There is also a daily seafood menu.
Farewell FrensVoting is now open for this year’s TV Week Logie Awards at TVWeekLogieAwards南京夜网419论坛. Travel Guides, starring Newcastle’s Fren family,has been nominated in the Most Popular Reality Program category. The Logies are on this Sunday, July 1. The frens are hosting a red carpet dinner event on Friday, June 29, at Oma’s Kitchen on Watt Street and a few seats are still available. It will be the restaurant’s last trading day for several months.
Wine festivalDon’t forget: the Hunter Valley Wine Festival is on this Saturday, June 30, at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale. There will belots of fun activities to keep the kids entertained, including a carousel and a petting zoo.
crossheadThe Central Coast’s ownGlee Coffee Roasters have opened a new store –their third –in Brisbane.
From a humble beginnings in a factory bay in Tuggerah, brothers Ben and Chris Gleesonhave built a strongfamily business. The duo used to roast,bag, source and deliver their beans themselves but, fast forward 10 years, they now have a dedicated team helping them and their first capital city store.
The Glees are excited to join Brisbane’s vibrant specialty coffeescene and hope to injectsome of their “coastie” flavours to the Queensland market. The newspace isjust a 600-metre walk to Southbank and will house a 24-kilogram roasterand specialty cafe.
The company’s Darby Street store closed in 2016 but made a lasting impact on Newcastle’s coffee scene.