FIRST CLASS The EXP. and Paper Daisy collaboration on May 3 was as memorable as it appeared, well, on paper. Frank Fawkner and Ben Devlin prepared six modern Australian courses to perfection and took the time to speak to diners about the different ingredients and cooking methods. Congratulations, too, to supporting kitchen staff and the professional but friendly wait staff.
TOP CHEF Chef Chris Thornton of the hatted Restaurant Mason will be overseeing two, three-course lunches at Dalwood Estate over the June long weekend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
FRESH IDEA A new venture called Eat Street Cooranbong launch last weekend. There will be street food and live music at Cooranbong Park on the first Sunday of each month, 3pm to 9pm.
SLICE OF DETROIT Valerie’s Pizza Parlour will open early next month on Hunter Street in Newcastle.
SHAKE IT UP Also on Hunter Street, Reserve has a new cocktail menu, courtesy of Nick Rose.
DOORS CLOSED Maitland’s Vegan Hut has closed. Owner Emily Hogan made the announcement late last week. No reason was given.
POTTER CRAZY Hogg Watts returns to 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, in July for a series of exciting themed lunch and dinner events. You must choose your house when you buy your ticket. Go to 48wattstreet.com.au for details.
COOKING CLASSES Sophie Stokes is hosting two hands-on cooking classes for children at Westfield Kotara on May 21 and 22. Tickets cost $5 per child. Go to Westfield Kotara’s website to book.