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IN DEMAND: Deya Miranda Giner and her husband Paco Lara. A second Flamenco + Tapas night has been announced at Moor. Picture: Simone De Peak

IN DEMAND: Deya Miranda Giner and her husband Paco Lara. A second Flamenco + Tapas night has been announced at Moor. Picture: Simone De Peak

It took just three hours for tickets to the Flamenco + Tapas evening at Moor Newcastle East on March 3 to sell out. Not bad for the restaurant’s first-ever themed event.

The evening will consist of a Spanish tasting menu including fabada, Spanish tortilla and croquette, as well as sangria and tempranillo and a Jerez-style flamenco show. Dancer Deya Miranda Giner was born in Australia but lived in Spain for more than 20 years, dedicating her life to flamenco. She will be joined by guitarist Paco Lara and acclaimed flamenco singer Antonio Soria.

If you missed out, the good news is that a second event is being planned for March 17. But don’t delay …   phone Moor on 4023 7096 to book. It promises to be a great night out.

Pop-up hoagies

The Herald revealed on Saturday that Hotline Hoagies would make its pop-up debut at The Gateway Hotel, Islington, on February 23 to 26.

The hotel is under new management and when it reopens officially in March it will be known as The Newcastle Hotel.

Hotline Hoagies is Novocastrian Nic Brady’s baby. He has called Perth home for the past nine years and established his growing business there but is keen to return to Newcastle with his young family.

And if you don’t know what a hoagie is, well, head to the Gateway next week and find out for yourself.

Tattooed baker

Edgeworth’s Chris Asquith has been busy winning fans on season three of The Great Australian Bake Off – and loving every minute of it. When Food & Wine last spoke to him, Asquith was a father of three.

Now, make that four.

He and his wife Ashleigh welcomed baby Henry Graeme into the family not long after Asquith made his television debut. 

The Lake Macquarie City Council systems administrator and amateur baker has survived four weeks on the show so far. Week one’s challenge was cakes; week two was bread; week three was biscuits and week four? “Family favourites” like pies and pavlova. Week five’s challenge will be patisserie.

“I’ve performed strongly in all the signature bakes so far,” Chris said. “The technical side of things has been my weakest point.

“But I continue to present showstoppers that surprise the judges. My best week so far was in week three where I was running for star baker and only just missed out. 

“I had a strong signature biscotti and came third in the technical, and I made a grizzly bear jigsaw puzzle out of biscuit and butter cream. It was a showstopper that wowed the judges and had me sitting pretty much at the top of the pack.”

The competition is judged by Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, and can be watched on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Food channel.

Annual luncheon

Tickets are still available to the annual Trevor Drayton Scholarship Luncheon and presentation at Carrington Place on March 11. The always enjoyable fund-raising event will run from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets cost just $75 by phoning 4961 1116. Also, Carrington Place owner and chef Scott Webster will be setting sail from Sydney on March 18 for 12 days on board the Crystal Serenity in a “celebrity guest chef” role. 

New menu

The Grand Hotel on the corner of Church and Bolton streets introduces a new menu on Monday, February 12. The “chef’s picks” will change weekly, as will the mains, however some classics and the $10 lunch specials are staying put (Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm, and Saturday, noon to 3pm).

Fresh specials

One Penny Black in Hunter Street Mall has introduced $12 work-day specials. This week there are five to choose from, including a pulled lamb wrap with greens, Spanish onion, tzatziki and sriracha, or the smoked salmon bagel with baby spinach, cream cheese, Spanish onion and capers. 

African flavours

The Shortland Hotel is hosting a South African feast on Saturday, February 24. It just so happens that the hotel’s chef, Gerhard Pienaar, is South African. The three-course menu includes chicken liver pate with biltong; trio of vetkoek (cheese and syrup, curry mince, chicken mayo); garlic and red wine boerewors with pap, sauce and grilled corn; Grandma’s bobotie with yellow rice; and peppermint crisp tart. Tickets are $40 per person, phone 4951 1844 to book.

Sunday sounds

The Kiosk at Newcastle Beach Surf Club is hosting a live music event on February 25 from 2pm. All beers will be $5 and fresh seafood tapas and burgers will be served. As for the tunes, Mr Sauce will be performing along with Byren Sawell. More to be announced. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday arvo.

Fast food feast

Jamie Thomas, the chef behind Winnie’s Jamaican at Finnegans, likes to think outside the square. His upcoming McWinnies five-course, fast-food feast is a case in point. The menu includes smoked chicken nuggets, trash can pickles, McRibs, and deep-fried apple and guava pie with custard. The cost is $45, bookings essential. 

New market

Newcastle Flower Markets plans to launch a weekly “foodie market” on March 3, 8am to 1pm, at 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate. Potential stallholders are invited to register their interest by phoning 0404 013 629.

Vineyard picnic

Tallavera Grove Vineyard is hosting its first Picnic in the Vines on Saturday, March 24. The event kicks off with a tour of the vineyard at 11am, followed by a rustic gourmet picnic lunch and, of course, wine. 


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