GOOD CAUSE Carrington Place is hosting a fundraiser for Variety - the Children's Charity tomorrow, 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are $50. Phone 4961 1116 to book.
VALLEY ESCAPE Lovedale Smokehouse on Majors Lane will be cooking a low and slow barbecue today, with charcuterie platters and burgers on the menu from 10.30am until 4pm. Jarrad and Brie Acoustive Duo will provide the soundtrack from noon. Grab a cocktail, a wine or a beer and enjoy the view.
NEW FACES Bella Italia is opening in Newcastle at the site of the former Chan Chan Peruvian Cantina on Hunter Street. Expect a new restaurant to open at Wests Mayfield soon, too. Texan Grill, anyone? And work has commenced on the restaurant to be opened at The Signal Box Newcastle at Honeysuckle by the good - and patient - folk from Nelson Bay's The Little Nel.
TALENT REWARDED Kyle Whitbourne of Restaurant Mason Catering is the inaugural recipient of the Eustralis Pastry Scholarship, announced at Hunter Culinary Association's autumn seasonal lunch at éléments bar & dining on Tuesday. The recipients of apprentice scholarships were Tyeron Rowsell (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley), Amy Stewart (Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie), Georgia Bailey (Bistro Molines), David Gleadhill (Subo) and Shernece Sams (Hope Estate). The scholarships were introduced to support and encourage first and second year apprentices studying at TAFE NSW.
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