Hospitality at its best, coffee meets chocolate and Simply D'vine branches out | Food Bites

Rascal’s burger of the week – Burger of Hope – is available until Monday and not only does it taste delicious, it’s for a good cause. Rascal are passing $2 from every sale to charity Beards of Hope, an associate of Bears of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support which supports bereaved fathers and their families. The good folk at Bao Brothers Eatery and Covered in Crumbs are also on board, along with chef Garreth Robbs and his fundraising team The Crumbcatchers. It’s all in honour of little Ashton Bower, who was born prematurely last year and lost his life to a rare lung disorder at just three days old. 

PERSIAN PLEASE Hamilton’s Limoo Cafe has a new authentic Persian menu and if you’re missing The Persian Place, go on, give it a try. The banquet is just $37 per person for two dips, two entrees and two mains. It’s open for breakfast with a Persian twist on the weekends, too.

COFFEE EXPERTS The Little Marionette is collaborating with the Cunning Culinarian at Maitland Aroma Festival this weekend. The Flavour Stage will host The Little Marionette’s expert roasters and baristas alongside champion chocolatiers. At the 45-minute cupping session five single origins will be showcased and paired with a delectable treat.  

TACO TIME Wednesday night is Mexican night at Crusoe’s on the Lake. From 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club you can enjoy $15 chicken quesadillas, beef tacos and soft beef tacos.

ON THE MOVE Chef Casey Parsons has opened Simply D’vine Restaurant at Branxton’s Miller Park Sport & Recreation Club. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. The menu includes crispy skin pork with caramelised cauliflower and sherry prunes; handmade gyoza with house-pickled vegetables; chicken with sweet potato, gnocchi and charred broccolini; and a range of steaks and schnitzel. “We will be creating something special for the town and have a big vision for the venue and some interesting things to come in the coming months,” Parsons says.

His other venture with barista partner Megan Ayscough, Simply D’vine Cafe at Nulkaba’s Wine Country Drive nursery, is still open seven days, 8am to 2.30pm.