Murray’s Brewery hosts the inaugural Vodka & Vibes in the Vines Festival on January 19 and 20.
There will be live music, vodka masterclasses about distilling and getting the most out of tasting craft vodka (bookings essential), non-traditional vodka cocktails and plenty of food options.
“Most people know us for our experimental beers but we’ve recently begun experimenting with craft spirits too,” brewery owner Murray Howe says.
In addition to Murray’s flagship Gentleman Smith vodka, Murray’s is releasing two additional vodkas especially for the festival. The ONE Pineapple premium vodka has been infused with fresh ripe pineapple and a hint of vanilla. Also, Murray’s ONE Coffee has been brewed in collaboration with award-winning roaster, Sprocket.
Mischief Kitchen has opened on the Pacific Highway at Belmont North. It’s child-friendly, too, with games and activities to keep younger customers amused. The cafe is open 7am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am to noon on Sunday. The salads look great, there’s all-day brunch plus lunch, and a thoughtful children’s menu as well.
New head chef
Chef Jeremy Salmon will take over the reins at Reserve’s kitchen next month. He was the former chef de partie at Bacchus, worked alongside Nic Poelaert at Fortunate Son and most recently was head chef at Rascal, so brings with him a wealth of experience.
Love is in the air
Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen has a new name: Love Kitchen – Hunter Valley. It also has a new menu and some thrifty but romantic dining offers just in time for Valentine’s Day. Phone 4998 7333 to find out more.
Antojitos on Steel Street in Newcastle is now open 11am to 9.30pm on Mondays for lunch, dinner or takeaway.
Chicken to go
Proud Rooster has opened at Maitland Riverside Plaza and is serving roast chicken, charcoal chicken, burgers and more. The grand opening is on January 24, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, where there will be free food, entertainment and prizes on offer.