What’s on this week in food: March 18-29 | Gourmand and Gourmet

What's on this week in food: March 18-29

  • Food & Booze
a-week-in-food-TEMP-2Wednesday 18 Never heard of a finger lime? According to Ian Douglas from The Lime Caviar Company, you can think of it as lime caviar! Intrigued? Then head along to Wild Canary’s first producer’s lunch for 2015 and taste the finger lime in five courses of exquisite nosh. Tickets are $65 for the lunchtime event and you’ll get to hear all about the native Australian fruit and enjoy a delicious degustation from the Wild Canary kitchen! Thursday 19 Newstead Brewing Co. are taking over the taps at Eagle Street’s favourite Italian café and bar, Aquila. Six of Newstead’s finest brews will be matched with beer-inspired share plates from the Aquila kitchen and you’ll be able to meet the brewers themselves (and drunkenly tell them how much your love their beers – or that might just be us). Tickets are $60 for the one off event, which kicks off at 6pm. Friday 20 You’ll be the winner at Wandering Cooks new weekly food battle event, Friday Nite Snackdown, with so much delicious food on offer! Two international menus from guest chefs will battle it out every Friday night with street food being served up to attendees who then vote on their favourite. You could be pairing Japanese yakitori skewers with Danish smorrebrod and downing it with cold drink from the Wandering Cook’s bar. The winning menu will then reappear the next week to battle it out with the next cultural offering! Saturday 21 Love beer? Well clear your calendar for the week ahead because you’re going to want to hit every event on the Brewsvegas line-up this year. Covering 61 venues, a few hundred beers and plenty of boozy feeds, there’s something for everyone – and then some! The shenanigans kick off today and continue right up until Sunday the 29th, starting with the Brewsvegas launch party at Wandering Cooks tonight. There’ll be a whole bunch of local food trucks as well as a local brewery showcase with free entry and plenty of beer! Sunday 22 As if Stones Corner wasn’t cool enough already, The Bent Elbow has just moved in to 16 Old Cleveland Road, bringing tasty gastropub feeds, craft beers and plenty of astroturf. Grab a casual bite to eat of fried spiced chicken nibbles and a charcuterie platter to go with a local brew from Green Beacon, or go all out on a bistro style feast of rib eye on the bone with chips and a salad with wine to match. They’re even open for breakfast on the weekends! Monday 23 After hearing the great news that Botanica would be bringing us healthy and delicious breakfasts permanently, we didn’t think it could get any better. Then we found out that they would be feeding our hangry selves seven days a week, with new opening hours on Mondays from 6am-6pm! We feel healthier just thinking about it. Tuesday 24 Gourmet degustations and fancy gastropub feeds are all well and good, but sometimes, you just want a good old fashioned parmy loaded with tomato, ham and golden cheese. And a side of chips of course. Picnic Café feel the same way, so they’ve made the second and fourth Tuesday of the month Parma Rama night! Head in for a $15 chicken parmy and a $5 Corona for a bit of old fashioned pub grub. Wednesday 25 You know what your afternoon high tea outfit is missing? An exotic headpiece! You might just find your perfect feathery flowered number at Emporium Hotel’s Hat Box High Tea, where they’ll be presenting The Hat Box’s new winter collection while you sip gracefully on Mumm Champagne and nibble finger sandwiches and exquisite sweets. Tickets are $55 and you can find out how to get them here. Thursday 26 Well-known and much-loved fine dining establishment The Euro usually offers up European inspired feeds that make use of fresh Australian ingredients. But they’re changing things up for a night, delivering a little taste of paradise to Brisbane on Thursday the 26th of March. A Taste of Paradise from famed Balinese dining destination Ku De Ta, to be exact, with a 6 course menu and matched wines from chef extraordinaire Ben Cross. So you can say hello to paradise for $170 per person. Call The Euro on (07) 3229 3686 to get in on the action. Friday 27 Forget about travelling to IKEA to only pick up the latest interior addiction or satisfy your secret obsession for those $1 hotdogs because there is bigger news in town. The Eats & Beats urban food truck fest’s inaugural pop up is being hosted in the IKEA Logan forecourt for a night of, you guessed it, eats and beats. With a line-up of food for you to feast upon including King of the Wings, Little Back, Sushi Neko, Vira Lata, Fiery Deli, Local, Viva Paella, Pizzantica and Puerto Taco, choosing what to munch on will be almost as difficult as navigating IKEA’s maze of household furniture is. Luckily you’ll have four hours to decide, with the event kicking off at 5.30pm. Saturday 28 Eating for a cause is always the best kind of eating, and you can do just that at Kettle & Tin’s MS Chilli Fundraiser from 11am to 2pm. Tuck into chilli and cheese dogs and pulled pork nachos with brews from Newstead Brewing and Green Beacon and then go back for seconds, with 50 cents from every item sold going to MS Queensland. Sunday 29 Put this day down in your calendar as all-day ‘delicious’ because between Kettle & Tin’s chilli cook off and Wandering Cook’s Small Batch markets, that’s just what it will be. Hit up Kettle & Tin from 10am and get voting for this year’s chilli master, with over 10 venues competing for your tastebuds. $10 will get you a bowl of chilli and a beer, with plenty more eats and drinks to tuck into if you stay a while. If you’re still hungry later (or even if you’re not!), Wandering Cooks will be home to some of Brisbane’s best Small Batch producers from 6pm, with gourmet goodies for Easter and the autumn months ahead. Pick up some yums for dinner, a few things for the pantry and kick back with a drink from the Wandering Cooks’ bar.