Classy Annie Smithers Bistrot makes a name for itself

THE name is — as yet — unchanged but Annie Smithers Bistrot in Keyneton, regional Victoria, is leaving the past behind. The Pitch: Classy regional dining in Piper Street, the foodie heart of Kyneton, Victoria. Never mind that Annie Smithers the person left the building …

Is this Australia’s most expensive chicken?

BRUCE Burton, farmer, wants us all to get a little nostalgic. He wants us to recall a time when roast chicken was … special. He doesn’t need you to do this; the man behind what is almost certainly Australia’s most expensive chicken has no trouble …

Friday night dining launched at Daylesford’s Boathouse

Hot off the press, Boathouse Daylesford, the region’s newest destination café, has just launched evening dining from 6-8pm on Friday nights. The new casual evening menu features Friday night favourites with an epicurean twist including cider battered fish and chips (with gluten free version available), …

Holy Goat on a path to finding Holy Grail

Holy Goat Cheese is participating in a groundbreaking trial with Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association (ASCA) and Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) to harvest the natural microbes from milk used to make artisan cheese. The trial will capture the naturally occurring microbes in the raw milk …

Boathouse rises from the ashes

THE restored Lake Daylesford Boathouse Cafe will open its doors in two weeks after it was gutted by fire in 2012. All that remained after the blaze were the stumps in the ground, but after months of juggling permits, insurance and construction, the icon has been …

Spare a thought for the workers on Christmas Day

Never, is this a truer observation than working a Christmas lunch service in a restaurant. I am lucky enough not to have worked too many Christmas days, through a mixture of both good fortune and choice, a fact for which I am grateful. It is …

Annie Smithers’ Christmas Dinner Auction

Renowned chef, cook, gardener and DMP member, Annie Smithers has auctioned herself of to the highest bidder to raise funds for The Florey Institute to help them continue their research into Parkinsons Disease. Congratulations to Amanda Minns who was the successful bidder! Don’t despair if …

2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards event. It celebrates excellence in Australian winemaking, showcasing the industry’s diversity and quality, giving Australian wine producers the opportunity to promote their fine wines to …

Argus and Mineral Spa sweep the awards pool

The Argus Dining Room located at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel in Hepburn Springs and owned by Wayne Cross and Chris Malden, have been recognised for their excellence in recent awards taking home gongs on both an international stage and at home. Golden Plate Awards 2014 …

Bread that takes the cake

FOUR of Australia’s best bakeries – from Bondi to Subiaco. 2. Piper Street Food Co, Kyneton, Victoria. If the sine qua non of a food ­destination is quality bread, then Kyneton, a thriving little town in central Victoria, has hit the big time. In September, …

Interview RubaDub + Nats + Jono

Overwhelmed by the soul-enriching passion behind this week’s wonderful story, it’s hard to know where to start. So, the beginning will just have to do. A few weeks back, I was blessed to share a sunny afternoon {and some scrumptious macaroons + a superb homemade latte} at …

The Boy from Ballarat

I perch at a large wooden share table in the middle of the room, pick at some Holy Goat soft cheese, sip a local red and chat with one of Victoria’s brightest young winemakers, Owen Latta; who has his hands in all the right winemaking …

Stars, Hats and the Joys of the Awards Season

Late winter is a busy time for media generated awards and as usual DMP members have been prominent in what might be called ‘awards season’.  It starts in with the delicious Produce Awards which, apart from being a great guide for consumers to excellence in …

Meet The Milking Yard Farm

You couldn’t ask for better luck. The sheep that Bruce Burton had kept to mow the lawn at his farm, had begun to ringbark a new stand of trees, so their time was up and Bruce and wife Roz decided to “try them out” at …

du Fermier Restaurant Review – Good Food

It was a dark and stormy night. No, truly. Rain lashing, wind howling, central Victoria buffeted by all the elements that make it a hundredfold more challenging in winter. But it turns out Du Fermier has its own microclimate. The open fire helps, but this …

Boathouse revamp

Go to the article LOCAL business operators Chris Malden and Wayne Cross are the new lessees of the Boat House Cafe on the shore of Lake Daylesford. Hepburn Shire Council granted Mr Cross and Mr Malden the lease at the last council meeting. The Boat …

Entertaining tips from multi-award-winning chef Annie Smithers

When Annie Smithers sold her multi-award-winning restaurant Bistrot in Kyneton, Victoria last year, an idea was fermenting regarding her next move. She’d already opened Du Fermier, a French-inspired cafe in Trentham, about half an hour’s drive from Daylesford. It was there that Smithers hoped she …