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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 234 | May 23 2014 Our best bottlos! Business Awards finalists announced Why should Council spend $200,000 on art? WIN! Under The Skin Ida Plus theatre tickets! Movie tix: le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda , town Petersham, Stanmore, New Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill is taking over the Inner West! Win a master class at Casa Barilla Get cooking The Inner West wanders to wine country Susan Frazier of Whispering Brook vineyard / Location: The Cottage, Balmain / Photographer: Ben Cregan More wine?


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Balmain developments, rhyming radicals, local jeweller conquers Top Ryde l Some of you may know the Roche family WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul It is Latte Leftie’s melancholy duty to pour a bucket of cold water over claims of an heroic uprising of the oppressed masses. Dear LL – Are you as delighted as I am that the Australian people have finally risen up against the reactionary Abbott forces? Who could have imagined back on that dark night of September 7 last year that the Mad Monk would be a one-term PM? Or possibly even a half-term PM rolled by (the far more palatable) Malcolm Turnbull? William, Petersham. LL replies: I can only assume from the naïve characterisation of your compatriots that you’re too young to have experienced the heartbreakingly interminable Howard era. So by all means enjoy a few weeks of unfurling banners on Q&A and wagging uni to march in the streets, Billy Boy, but when push comes to shove expect the currently bleating lower orders to grasp their ankles and beg to be reamed by the Conservatives at election after election. That old-age pensioner working for a sex line to keep cans of Pal on the dinner table? You can bet she helped vote Abbott into the Lodge (is there anyone over the age of 50 who doesn’t vote Tory?) and will continue to do so. That truck driver ringing up Ray Hadley to bitch about having to pay an extra cent a litre for his petrol? Show him a few images of boatpeople being tortured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and he’ll have a smile on his dial soon enough. That malingerer whining about being forced off the disability pension? Remind him that Julia Gillard had the unmitigated gall to put a price on carbon that was almost as much as the government assistance provided to over-compensate for it. Take it from me, kid, Abbott will be in power until you’re old enough to qualify for the dole. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden for their tasty wines – borne out of the Hunter Valley, their partnership with McGuigan Simeon Wines and the multi-award winning Tempus Two facility – or possibly as creators of the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. But they are also the developers about to take over Balmain’s Elliot Street. The former Nutrimetics site located at 100-102 Elliott Street has been granted approval for eight buildings that can include 104 units and 251 vehicle spaces (basement level). cruised down King Street, Newtown, last week holding a sign out the car window that read “Tony is Baloney”? Obviously there are a lot of locals who are not happy with our PM or his budget cuts – and some of them have a special talent for coming up with rhyming insults. celebrated 30 years in business this month and have expanded their operation, opening a second showroom in Top Ryde City. The Opening Night was an elegant affair complete with Ducati motorcycles, custom-made cupcakes and attended by some famous local faces including John Sidoti MP. It’s great to see Adriano Cricelli has followed his dad into the business. l Police were called to the Pine Inn, JOURNALIST Max Kobras l Spotted: who was the person shouting as they Concord, last week after an apparent robbery in the wee hours of the morning. Neighbouring businesses were not happy to have their rear driveways blocked by police cars yet again. perfect Labor candidate for Summer Hill. Will Marrickville lose it’s Mayor after the State election? Are there some deals in place? FOOD Melissa Leong l Jo Haylen, Mayor of Marrickville, is the l Haberfield’s well known Cricelli Jewellers WINE Winsor Dobbin history In this image, dated circa 1903, you can see the garden maintained by Forest Lodge Public School. These days community gardens, vegetable patches and compost heaps have become quite the popular fad, especially in the eco-friendly Inner Western suburbs. This photo just goes to show that while the idea may have only taken off in recent times, it’s nothing new and Inner Westies are always ahead of the times! Don’t be surprised to see more publicly maintained gardens popping up around the area, all in the name of sustainable living. ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo n Photo courtesy of Leichhardt Council. n Email your dilemma to Things we love: This pic by Jo Wallace was taken as part of a photographic project called Humans of Newtown, which documents the eclectic mix of people who live in or visit the area. Titled Journey Through Time, the photo depicts an A glimpse of Newtown Australia Street resident and won 1st prize (adult) in the Marrickville Urban Photography Competition this month. Jo walks past the house almost daily and loves this shot because it highlights so many aspects of Newtown from the changing face of property and people to the transport. n For more info visit PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Draft Delivery Program 2014 - 2018 & operational Plan 2014 - 15 and Draft resourcing Strategy 2014 - 2018 Leichhardt Council has prepared a suite of documents to support our Community Strategic Plan, Leichhardt 2025+ and to comply with the NSW Integrated Planning & Reporting Legislation. The following documents are on public exhibition from Tuesday, 13 May to Friday, 13 June 2014: • Draft Delivery Program 2014 - 2018 & operational Plan 2014-15 which sets Council’s priorities during 2014-15, details our Draft Budget and Statement of Revenue Policy including our proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges. • Draft resourcing Strategy 2014 - 2018 ensures Council has effectively planned to resource, operate, develop and deliver on the commitments outlined in Leichhardt 2025+. These documents are available on Council’s website or alternatively copies are available for viewing at Council’s Customer Service (7 – 15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt between 8.30am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday), Leichhardt Library (Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt) or Balmain Library (Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain) during the exhibition period. We welcome your submission and encourage members of the community to have their say. Submissions should be addressed and forwarded to the General Manager: in person: by post: via email: via our website: 7 – 15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt PO BOX 45, LEICHHARDT NSW 2040 Have Your SaY! Contributors: Jared Ingersoll and Nigel Bowen Illustrations: Paden Hunter Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Balmain’s Susan Frazier is co-owner of Whispering Brook vineyard, part of Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month. Photo by Ben Cregan. C!ao’s voice In • Pistachio cannoli from Mezzapica • Sunday brunching • The lamb burger from Moo Burger, Newtown, with sweet potato fries • Ethically sourced coffee from The Hub, Dulwich Hill • Gelato from Da Vinci’s, Summer Hill • Fresh salads and wraps from Jad’s Place, Burwood • Bearded women • Fluffy jumpers • Seared scallops from the Fish Markets • Eco-everything Out • Weekend traffic jams from Henley Marine Dr onto Cary St, Drummoyne • Awkward emails • Being forced to eat your burger with a knife and fork because it’s so big you can’t bite through it • Catching the bus from Victoria Rd to the city now that Drummoyne Wharf renovations have begun and ferries have temporarily halted (it takes so much longer!) • Comic Sans font • Websites with music • Dodgy politicians Submissions in relation to the Draft Delivery Program 2014-2018 & Operational Plan 2014-15 and Draft Resourcing Strategy 2014-2018 should be forwarded to Council by close of business on Friday, 13 June 2014. We look forward to working with our community in achieving our long term goals and objectives. KeY DaTeS exhibition Period: Tuesday 13 May to Friday 13 June 2014 Council Meeting to adopt the documents: Tuesday 24 June 2014 7.00pm Leichhardt Town Hall Note: Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making a submission may be included in publicly available reports to Council Meetings and Council website. In accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council in relation to the exhibition of Draft Delivery Program 2014 - 2018 & Operational Plan 2014-15 and Draft Resourcing Strategy 2014 - 2018 will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council officers, consultants to Council or members of the public. Pursuant to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 Council is obliged to allow inspection of its documents, including any submission you make. However, should you wish for your contact details to be suppressed from reports to Council Meetings and Council’s website, please indicate such in your submission. • Leichhardt Council • 7-15 Wetherill Street Leichhardt • Ph 93679222 • Fx 93679111 • • • • • facebook/LeichhardtCouncil • twitter@leichhardtmc • 4 C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo Best of the BOTTLOS It's all about good wine this issue so here we take a look at some of the best bottle shops in the area and raise a glass to our favourites... Summer Hill Wine Shop Wine lovers will love this Summer Hill shop, which has been around since 1986 and dabbles only in wine – that's right, they are not interested in beer or spirits, wine is their niche and they stick to it. Aside from the friendly customer service, the range is good and the prices competitive. Whether you're in the market for a $200 bottle of shiraz or a $15 chardonnay, they've got you covered. RANT Public art: gone missing in Leichhardt? Leichhardt Council’s Cultural Plan gives top priority to the funding of `a significant artwork’ every four years, to the value of $200,000. This fund, yet to be established, could be used to pay for large art projects like the Hawthorne Canal mural, the Bronwyn Brancroft mosaics at the Leichhardt pool, or perhaps an epic work such as Alan Somerville’s soldier on ANZAC Bridge. The community, guided by Council’s Public Art Policy, would determine the art to be commissioned. To be set in motion, Council’s ‘significant art’ fund needs to be allocated money in its budget for 2014-15. But this won’t happen without your help. Here’s why... Last year no party on Council was willing to take the lead on the State Government’s offer to allow a special rate increase. As Council’s belt has tightened, Councillors have ruled out putting the Cultural Plan’s significant art funding in the draft budget released for consultation. This was a mistake in my view. The community's strong desire for public art gives Council’s Public Art program a status, to be accounted for in its planning alongside the classic business of `rubbish, rates and roads’. Moreover, Leichhardt’s community is well known for its concentration of artists and high level of art-related economic activity. Art has a special role in our area that brings with it planning and political consequences. While art commodified for private collection is certainly a luxury, public art is a natural, and I argue, an essential part of our community’s infrastructure. Last year Leichhardt Council asked the community how public art and cultural activity can help develop and express the community’s identity. Surveys and numerous street consultations showed that around 85% of respondents see public art as playing a vital role in connecting people to the place they live in and the people they live with. Public art can help humanise the environment we live in, make us feel part of it and bring life to the places we share. Art may inspire us, make us dream a little and bring people together. By activating public spaces in these ways public art can makes public spaces become safer. Public art is a crime prevention tool too! Council staff have fortunately found a way to balance the budget and allow Council to `live within its means’ despite the foregone rate increase for last year. There is even a small surplus that has come to light which might be used to establish a fund for significant public artwork, resulting from recently introduced surcharges on credit card use. I intend to write a submission to Council’s draft budget to request Council to seek ways to provide for the significant art fund. I urge you to visit Leichhardt Council’s website during the public exhibition of the draft budget until June 13th and use the online submission form to do the same. If members of the public get behind the `significant art’ element of Council's Cultural Plan, I believe that Councillors are very likely to make the funds available. n Words: Councillor Simon Emsley. The boys from Annandale Cellars doing some taste testing Camperdown Cellars Amato's Liquor Mart This Leichhardt shop is huge, has its own parking and a big range. If you can't find a certain product anywhere else, you're likely to find it here with literally hundreds of beer varieties and wine as far as the eye can see; if you're not great at making decisions it can actually be quite overwhelming. There's an impressive range of Italian wines but local produce is not overlooked. With so much variety there's something to suit all tastes and budgets, they also offer other little add-ons like ice, glass hire and even Sicilian playing cards, should you find the need for them. Well known to most Inner Westies, Camperdown Cellars has been around since 1947 and are not just in Camperdown anymore (they also have a Leichhardt store). The focus here is on the amber fluid with a good mix of imported, local and craft beers available, as well as whiskey. The wine range is more limited. Mr Liquor Annandale Annandale is spoiled for choice when it comes to quality bottle shops and locals share their patronage between two brilliant options: Annandale Cellars (Johnston St) and David's Cellars (Booth St, near Wigram Rd). David's competes well with bigger stores when it comes to range and always has low prices on imported beers. Annandale Cellars has plenty of boutique Australian as well as imported wines and we love the friendly staff (Inner West hipsters will love their beards too) – manager, Chris Loth, studied wine science and can answer most questions you throw at him. Mr Liquor Drummoyne is an independent with big buying power so the prices are good and so is the range with some fairly unique products on offer. Astute wine buyers will be impressed by the collection of imported wines, including select Argentinean, French, Spanish and Italian varieties and brands, some of which are exclusive to the Mr Liquor group. The manager is enthusiastic and more than willing to pass on her in-depth product knowledge if you're struggling to make a decision. Plus, there always seems to be a great deal or two on, so it's worth a browse. Broadway Liquor Distributors This Glebe bottle shop specialises in all things Español. They stock a huge range of good Spanish, Argentinean and Chilean wines for all price points, as well as some from Australia and New Zealand. Sydney Cellars If you're looking for a bargain, this is a great place to start; they always have good deals on and the proprietor is a lovely guy. Look out for imported Asian and European beers especially. Five dock's best Casa Barilla is excited to be kicking off a new celebrity chef series this month with their first master class featuring guest chef Paolo Gatto from Five Dock. Food lovers are invited to take a seat at the chef 's table at this Casa Barilla cooking class on Tuesday 27th May and see firsthand how chef Paolo prepares an amazing two-course dinner for you to enjoy. All the way from Sicily, Paolo and his wife Rita opened Gatto Matto Trattoria in Five Dock a couple of years ago and it has quickly become known for traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary edge – this event will be your chance to learn a few of the kitchen secrets. The class goes from 6pm to 8.30pm and costs $50 per person, which includes drinks on arrival, all food, matching wine and a gift bag filled with Barilla goodies and the chef 's recipes for you to take and try at home! For bookings and more information email n Casa Barilla: 4 Annandale St, Annandale. ★ To WIN a double pass to this cooking class, email info@ WIN TIX! with your full details. What’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo and Max Kobras. Email Mon 12th May to Sun 29th June FREE Community are events listings email info@ y nc Attn: Na Who Lives Here n Where: Leichhardt Library, inside the Italian Forum. 'Who Lives Here' is the latest exhibition by artist Kerry Pryor and is an associated show of the Head On Photo Festival, the largest photography festival in Australia. In this show, Pryor introduces us to the lives and homes of a group of orphaned children living in Ethiopia. She first came into contact with these people as One of Kerry Pryor's masterpieces a freelance photographer shooting for Beyond the Orphanage, which she said Wed 21st to Sat 31st May was such a touching project that she Of Being and Becoming felt the need to share their stories with The latest exhibition by photographic the world. artist Ling Yuen will be opening 6 on Wednesday 21st May from 6pm to 8pm at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery. This exhibition is a series of photographic portraits that seek to examine how our family stories not only contribute to our sense of uniqueness, but also our ideas of collective belonging. Ling Yuen’s work is the perfect start to an evening. n Chrissie Cotter Gallery: Pidcock St, Camperdown. Fri 23rd May to Sun 1st July Cinemabuffs looking to revisit old classics and meet like-minded people should join the Marrickville Movie Club that meets every second Tuesday and the last Friday of the month at Marrickville Library (www. Entry is free for anyone that wants to come along to take in a screening. The group will be watching Platoon from n For more info or to make a booking, 10am on May 30th, New York, New visit York on June 10th and Rouge on June 27th. For more information on the program or to reserve your seat, call 9335 2173. n Marrickville Library: cnr Marrickville & Petersham Roads. for the horrors of totalitarianism, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is above all else a fascinating and human tale, despite the animal characters. Adapted to play by Nelson Bond and directed by Rachel Jordan, Archway 1 Theatre’s rendition of this fantastic story is sure to capture all the heart and horror of Orwell’s original piece. If you haven’t read the book, then this is a great way to experience this tale for the first time. Fri 30th May to 25th July Marrickville Movie Club Animal Farm Celebrated as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and undoubtedly the most astute allegory Get reacquainted with Sgt Elias See page 8 for more what's on...


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leichhardt bowling & recreation club 2014 STATE OF ORIGIN Feel Part of the Action when the Blues take on the Maroons at Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 28 May. WATCH IT ON THE BIG SCREEN AT LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB Match Dates: 28 May, 2014 18 JunE, 2014 09 JulY, 2014 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium Sydney ANZ Stadium Brisbane Suncorp Stadium WEEKLY EVENTS @ LBC Mondays Happy Hour 4 - 6pm Tuesdays Ladies bowls at 10.00am Line Dancing with Julie 10.30am Happy Hour 4 - 6pm WednesdayS Mens Triples starting 1pm Happy Hour 4 - 6pm Open Mic Night starting from 7.30pm Thirsty Thursdays Monster Meat Raffles 7pm Major Badge Draw 8pm Fabulous Fridays Twilight Bowls 5pm Monster Meat Raffles 7pm Major Badge Draw 8pm Friday night Football Savvy Saturdays Punters Paradise Mens social Bowls 1:00pm Barefoot Bowls Fun Day Sunday Barefoot Bowls bring the family Fabulous Seafood Raffles 5pm Treasure Chest Drawn 6pm, plus regular entertainment Lions Den Bistro & Restaurant Where you’ll find a large variety of Bistro Style and Thai – Malaysian Food at very Reasonable Prices. Enquiries regarding Special Functions, Christmas parties and Birthdays etc. are welcome. A variety of set menus are available on request… Opening Hours Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Wed – Fri. Dinner: 5.00pm – late, Wed – Fri. Sat & Sunday open 12pm till 9pm. 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574


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n Local Gigs Friday 30th May n Local movies PHFAT These guys are 'fat' with a PH. And an F… Even for modern rap, I find this kind of unimpressive. Their rhymes are boring and the backing tracks sound like someone scraping a record with some Garage Band beats thrown over the top. n The Roller Den, $18.90 Friday 30th May FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes A small movie about big things The Paper Kites This Melbourne five-piece is just too sweet for me. Nice guitar melodies and a talented singer but its all too soft, cute and cuddly. I get why people are into this so if it’s your jam then don’t miss this gig. Enmore is always a solid venue too. n Enmore Theatre, $37.80 Ida A take-home meal for ET Under The Skin A very groovy band Saturday 7th June Deep Sea Arcade I’ve been recommended Deep Sea Arcade many times but have never quite gotten into them. I think that might change now, listening to them again it seems to click more. Very groovy, soft psychedelic tunes and fun lyrics and vocals. n Newtown Hotel, Free Entry n Words: Max Kobras Jonathan Glazer’s hypnotic sci-fi nightmare offers so few clues as to what is going on that it helps to do a bit of research. In Michel Faber’s novel, we’re told that the unnamed black-haired woman (Scarlett Johansson) is an alien and that the men she picks up are food – harvested for the culinary pleasure of her species. We do get that, after a while, but the drip-feed of information is so opaque in Glazer’s darkly atmospheric version that it’s easy to be disorientated. That’s intentional but slowly the beautiful strangeness of this woman and the stunning soundtrack ropes us in. We move from unease to horror as she roams Scotland in a van, casually despatching her victims. Later, in a series of seductive encounters, she lures men from the streets of Glasgow, erections at the ready, into a deadly trap. Some of the pick-ups were real, filmed secretly, and the poor guys probably couldn’t believe their luck. Until… Phew! It’s only a movie! And an instant cult classic. M15+ from May 29 at Palace Verona. ★ Thanks to Palace Cinemas we have five double in-season passes to give away. Details below. Godzilla 3D After Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston could have had any role he wanted, so why did he choose this one? He’s fine as the crazy man hollering about how the government “is hiding something” that “could send us back to the stone age” but totally expendable. And out of the story before we get to the action, or even see the real star – that famous great big lizard with anger issues. But the rampage is worth waiting for, and Gareth Edwards has added a couple of amorous radiation-chomping mutants in the mood for mating too – just to add to the fun. M15+ on now everywhere. Godzilla 3D is at one end of the spectrum – and Ida is way off the scale at the other! Set during the Soviet domination of Poland in the '60s, Pawel Pawlikowski’s austere B&W film tells the story of beautiful 18-year-old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), sent from her convent home to find her real family. Her only living relative turns out to be an aunt, Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a boozing cynic who is also a powerful magistrate in the Communist police state. Taken aback by Anna’s naivity and innocence, Wanda figures she should know the truth – that her real name is Ida, that she's not Catholic but a Jew. She then takes her on a bizarre road trip trough the wintery countryside and eventually they uncover the brutal reality of her family’s fate. Their journey encompasses much of Poland’s shameful recent past, and it puts Anna on a collision course with her destiny. Ida has deservedly won heaps of awards – and it will haunt you with its exquisitely framed imagery and unanswerable moral questions. Quiet and compelling, it's a small masterpiece. M15+ from May 29 at Dendy Opera Quays. ★ Thanks to Curious Films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. TOP PICKS Breaking bad-ass to the stage! One of America's most acclaimed playwrights comes to the Inner West with a play that is both challenging and hilarious. Don't miss the Australian premiere of 'Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,' showing at the New Theatre from June 3rd to 28th. The play by Christopher Durang follows the story of Felicity – a girl whose world plunges into crisis when she wakes up after a drunken blackout to find she's married a violent stranger called Zamir. And that's not the worst of it... could her father be involved the shadow government? Is her mother insane, or just an obsessive theatre buff?  And what’s with the secret agent who impersonates cartoon characters? L to R: Michael Caine and (errr..) Michael Caine The Trip To Italy A franchise? Maybe – such was the runaway success of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s last jaunt through the Lakes District (The Trip), that surely these two motor mouths can now keep their bags packed for a decade. Michael Winterbottom again serves up the same winning recipe – middleaged angst, hilarious riffs, duelling Michael Caine impersonations, stunning Amalfi Coast scenery and ridiculously good-looking pasta – as the two play lightly fictionalised versions of themselves. This time Steve is the straight guy, off the booze (for about 10 minutes) missing his family while Rob is the unlikely lothario. Rob’s always doing silly impersonations, even when on the make and yes, he is a very witty man. But finally, after two hours of it, we get the point: Rob, please – enough! M15+ from May 29. n Reviews – Russell Edwards WIN TIX! More smiles than you'd expect from a play about torture Come along for the ride as this provocative satire examines the paranoia generated by the US ‘War on Terror’. Performances will run Thursday through Saturday at 7.30pm, and at 5pm on Sundays. Tickets are $32, or $27 for concession, and available at ★ To WIN a double pass to the show on Tuesday 3rd June, email with your details. Sunday 1st June Inner West Wellness Community Festival This is your perfect opportunity to take a look into the world of natural therapies as Embrace Life, Live Life hosts the Inner West Wellness Community Festival at the Ashfield Town Hall and Civic Centre, from 10am to 5.30pm on June 1st. The event will teach locals how to beat the winter blues and stay healthy by showcasing a wide variety of local natural therapy businesses, speakers and practitioners, as well as organic and natural products.
For more information contact co-founders Deborah Shepherd and Susie Wells at or visit n Ashfield Civic Centre: Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto no.5 with charismatic conductor Sarah-Grace Williams and featuring vivacious Australian pianist Ambre Hammond. Known as “The People’s Pianist” for her work in bringing her music to people in remote corners of the world, Ambre is one of Australia’s most passionate and hard-working musicians. Ticket prices are $45 for adults and $30 for concessions. n For more info or to make a booking, visit www.metorchestra. Ambre is the 'People's Pianist' Stevenson. Ursula, who has over 30 years experience in childhood education as an author, teacher and university lecturer, calls for parents to relax on scheduling activities for their children. As she discusses in her new book, it is her theory that unstructured play leads to a crucial development in creativity and imagination. Parents and childcare workers should make sure not to miss this enlightening event. n Where: Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room, Darling St, Balmain. Tuesday 17th June Saturday 7th June Beethoven with the People’s Pianist and TMO Ursula Kolbe Artist in Conversation 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield. 8 Held at Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC Centre in Ultimo, The Metropolitan Orchestra will perform Local artist and author Ursula Kolbe will be at Balmain Library from 6pm to discuss her latest book Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses with fellow educator Chris WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win a double in-season pass to Under The Skin or Ida email us at info@ciaomagazine. telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter both in one email, but give us a preference – and (this is important!) your postal address. Note: Under The Skin is exclusive to Palace Verona, while Ida is at Dendy Opera Quays.


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HUNTER Valley 10 best things to do Live off the land The Original Margan 100 metre meal is back! Enjoy their estate-grown Suffolk lamb served with heirloom garden vegetables, accompanied by a glass of White Label Barbera. Everything is grown on site within 100m of the restaurant! Available all lunches throughout June for $45.00. #margan100metremeal Check out the views Fly high above the vineyards with Balloon Aloft, or enjoy superb 360-degree views at the sandstone and timber Audrey Wilkinson cellar door, and exceptional vistas at Scarborough Wines on Gillards Road. Play a round Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at championship resort courses including Greg Norman-designed The Vintage, Cypress Lakes and the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club at the Crowne Plaza. Where you’ll get the best view of the Hunter n Travel SPECIAL Travel with Winsor n There are some wine regions where nothing much happens from year to year. Then there is the Hunter Valley, which is in a constant state of activity with its many festivals and tasting events – including the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month from June 1st to 30th. acres of superb gardens, surrounded by vineyards. There are 10 different themed gardens along with a boutique shopping village and an Irish pub. In addition to almost 120 cellar doors, the Hunter region now boasts over 60 cafes and eateries while Hope Estate, Tempus Two and Bimbadgen Estate all host regular music concerts, often featuring major international stars like Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie. They’ve been making wine in the Hunter – just a two-hour drive north of Sydney – since 1828 so they’ve had plenty of time to get things right. And today, the Hunter attracts more than 2.5 million people annually. The region is best known for its age-worthy semillons and savoury shirazes, but verdelho and chardonnay also thrive here, as do several new-wave grape varieties. The best-known cellar doors include Tyrrell’s, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, Hungerford Hill, Tulloch, Drayton’s, Brokenwood, Wyndham Estate, Tempus Two and Lindeman’s but there are also dozens of small, family-owned boutique producers, and newcomers like impressive Leogate Estate. Tintilla Estate specialises in Italian grape varieties, while Margan, Allandale, Briar Ridge, Gundog Estate, First Creek, Mistletoe, Andrew Thomas Wines, Gartelmann, Tallavera Grove, Scarborough, Meerea Park and David Hook all produce excellent wines that exemplify the boutique ethos. Family-owned and operated RidgeView Wines in Pokolbin is one place to enjoy the Hunter in style; it has its own cellar door, a restaurant that specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours and four luxury cottages in a delightful setting. Whispering Brook in Broke Fordwich – run by Balmain local Susan Frazier (Ciao’s cover star this issue) – is another fabulous example of a family-run boutique winery well worth a visit not only for its cellar door, but also its olive oil, which will be showcased during the Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Lunch on June 7th. The facilities at the Small Winemakers Centre include the Icon Lounge, where visitors have the chance to sample some of the region’s star wines via a dispensed via an Enomatic system. Cheese treats Wine and cheese are natural partners and the Hunter is home to several outstanding cheese producers and merchants. Try Binorie Dairy, the Hunter Valley Cheese Company and the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, or try some smoked goods from the Lovedale Smokehouse. Donna Hollis will draw inspiration from the local culinary offerings to bring diners a seven-course degustation dinner matched with estate-grown wines during June. Meet the RidgeView crew and embark on a gastronomic journey from the ocean to the paddock. Saturday 14th June, 6.30pm, for $125. Bookings essential on 6574 7332. Check out a concert The Hunter comes alive on live-music weekends when vineyards including Hope Estate, Tempus Two and Bimbadgen showcase international stars in open-air concerts. Wind down Château Élan at The Vintage has established itself as one of Australia’s finest golf and spa resorts. Located in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, the high-tech spa has 17 treatment rooms and lists a range of treatments and hydrotherapies. ocean to paddock RidgeView’s executive chef Stay in style Peppers Convent, Tower Estate, Tonic Hotel and Sebel Kirkton Park all have classy boutique accommodation, while the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and The Vintage by Grand Mercure cater for groups. Enjoy a cocktail Goldfish, the Hunter’s first cocktail bar, is part of the Tempus Two complex. course degustation created by renowned chef Michael Robinson using local produce ($125). If it’s wine you’re interested in, come taste our trophy-winning wines during the Trophy Trail, which is available everyday in Cellar Door throughout June. Or pop in for the Annual Barrel Hall Sale from June 6th to 9th, where a range of aged wines will be offered for taste and sale including medal winners, limited releases, museum reserve, as well as quaffers. Which of the events are you most excited about? The Regional Producers Dinner/Salt and Pepe Roadshow will be a first for us and we are really excited about that one as it is a celebration of food and wine craftsmanship, the artisans behind it and the quality products they make. Incorporating the masterclass will be great and guests will be able to make butter and take home a show bag of products. How did the Original Margan 100 Metre Meal come about? We are all about estate grown/estate made and the 100m Meal encapsulates this perfectly. We launched this a couple of years ago when we ‘did’ the lambs each year. Now we have increased our flock to be able to offer this more often throughout the year. It is a great point of difference and I don’t think many restaurants can offer this. How has the winery changed since its beginning in 1997? The way wine is sold has changed, it’s more competitive in both retail and licensed areas. However, the farming has remained the same; we are always subject to the weather and whatever it throws at us. Our quality has also remained – there will always be a market for your product when this is your focus and you have found your unique selling position. Don’t try to be all things to all people; find what you do well and do it the best. n More information at Go green Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin features 60 n Promotion On the Grapevine Margan Winery and Restaurant are doing great things during Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month, so we caught up with Director Lisa Margan to find out more... Tell us what you have planned Wine and Food Month? Throughout June we have the Original Margan 100 Metre Meal on offer, which is put together with ingredients grown within 100m of the restaurant. Then there’s the Garden to Plate Cooking School on June 13th and 20th ($85), where guests start with a tour of our beautiful kitchen garden led by gardener Pat Hansson, then return to the kitchen with garden produce for a class with chef Michael Robinson. Afterwards, you can kick back and enjoy the rewards of your labour with a lunch matched with award-winning Margan wine. We are also hosting the Salt and Pepe Roadshow, featuring Alex Olsson, Pepe Saya and Andrew Margan, in conjunction with other local Hunter Valley farm gate producers. The evening starts with a masterclass by artisan butter maker Pepe Saya, using Olssons sea salt and locally produced milk, cream and just-baked bread. That’s followed by our Regional Producers Dinner, which is a five- Susan Frazier of Whispering Brook vineyard 11


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n Travel SPECIAL The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most historic – and interesting – wine regions, with roots that date back almost 190 years, writes Winsor Dobbin. The first major grape plantings date back to 1825 when James Busby, widely considered the father of Australian wine, purchased land between the settlements of Branxton and Singleton and named it Kirkton after his Scottish birthplace. Busby travelled extensively throughout Europe and South Africa, collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including six of syrah (shiraz) from the Hermitage hill in the Rhone Valley. Today, the most widely planted grape varieties in the Hunter are semillon, chardonnay and verdelho among the whites and shiraz among the reds with tiny plantings of cabernet sauvignon and “alternative varieties”. Semillon is the iconic wine of the region, crisp and ultra-refreshing in its youth but a style that matures over decades into a honeyed wine with toasty/brioche notes. Young semillon is ideally suited to summer drinking and is a magnificent match for seafood; crisp, clean, low in alcohol, unwooded and deliciously dry. No wonder the style has been dubbed “semsational” by marketing types. Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s greatest Barrels of history (and plenty of wine too) wine writers, has described Hunter semillon as “Australia’s great gift to the wine world” and the style has not been replicated anywhere else on the planet. Hunter shiraz, meanwhile, is today almost always medium-bodied and clean as a whistle – although that has not always been the case. “Shiraz was the red wine grape of the historic Hunter Valley where the wines were so strapping, and often so lacking in focus, that they inspired that memorable tasting term ‘sweaty saddle’,” Jancis Robinson once wrote. “And there are still bottles hidden in ancient cellars attesting to the staying power of the wines that were then called Hunter ‘Hermitage’. It is true that Hunter shiraz (known as Hermitage or Burgundy until the 1970s) once suffered from a reputation for “funkiness” that a new generation of winemakers has addressed and rectified. Leading shiraz maker Andrew Thomas believes that a move away from big, alcoholic wines – as promoted by influential American wine critic Robert Parker – gives Hunter producers a chance to stake their claim as trendsetters. “Fortunately, most consumers have now realised that those Aussie fruit bomb wines are not all they’re cracked up to be, are now looking for wines with more style and structure, and actively seeking out more medium-bodied wines,” Thomas says. “The Hunter Valley has certainly been a beneficiary of this change in consumer preference. Personally, I feel it’s a very exciting period to be a Hunter shiraz producer, and the wines we are producing (as a region) have never been better. There is a renewed focus within the region to bottle wines from distinguished individual vineyard sites using an attention to detail, yet minimum interventionist approach. Our wines still display that uniquely regional mediumbodied, savoury structure, but with an amazing fruit-driven vibrancy and varietal purity. “It’s true we do occasionally experience some challenging seasons with our weather, but when we get it right (which is certainly more often than not) our shiraz is absolutely world class.” “The great opportunity for Hunter shiraz is that the consumer market is moving away from the big blockbuster reds and looking for wines with more finesse,” says Andrew Margan of Margan Family Wines. “To drink wines with less tannins and more acidity, like in pinot noir, is a market trend and the Hunter Valley personifies this style of wine. “We need to get Hunter wine back into people’s minds, and mouths, and make them realise medium-bodied wine is not a bad thing.” One of Margan’s masterpieces 12 Photo: Murray Vanderveer, courtesy of Destination NSW History In a glass


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WHere TO EAT Visitors to the Hunter are also spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Bistro Molines in Mount View, a quiet corner of the Hunter Valley, is set high in the hills with dramatic vistas of vineyard rolling hills and neighbouring farms. Chef Robbie Molines, a Hunter veteran, serves hearty French-accented food (think maybe a venison pie, or twice-roasted local duckling) and features a temptingly global wine list. Muse Restaurant (pictured left) at Hungerford Hill is a top-notch winery restaurant where chef Troy RhoadesBrown offers a stylish dining experience with innovative modern Australian dishes. There are also several wine and food-matching options. Also sample the more casual Muse Kitchen at the Keith Tulloch cellar door. Margan Tasting Room and Restaurant offers the chance to dine inside or out, while enjoying dishes where modern Australian cuisine meets the Mediterranean, and many of the vegetables and herbs you’ll eat are grown on site. Check out the Artisan Producers Dinner here at 6.30pm on June 27th, which gives diners the opportunity to sample the Hunter’s best regional produce, meet growers and enjoy a five-course degustation by chef Michael Robinson featuring Pepe Saya butter and Olsson’s salt. Of course, a selection of Margan wines will match each course ($125 per person, bookings essential). Restaurant Botanica (pictured below) is part of Spicers Vineyard Estate, a laidback resort with just 12 rooms. Botanica is a favourite with in-the-know Hunter locals. It highlights mod Oz cuisine paired with a wine list that highlights local boutique offerings and some enticing imports. The Beltree is a well-kept Hunter secret, serving delicious Italian food in a rustic ambience. Think dishes like gnocchi in a duck and porcini ragu. RidgeView Restaurant is home to executive chef Donna Hollis who How to get there Car Take the Pacific Highway (A1) to Hornsby and transfer on to the Pacific Motorway (M1). For the scenic route, exit the M1 after 40km at the Calga Interchange at Peats Ridge and follow Tourist Route T33. For the faster route, exit the M1 after 100km at Freemans Drive (B82) and follow the signs to the Hunter Valley. to the Hunter Valley. Visit for more information. Bus There are several choices for day tours run from Sydney Train Daily train services depart from Central Station to Hunter towns of Maitland, Newcastle and Singleton. Buses run from here to Cessnock or you can hire a car. Leave room for dessert Plane There are also daily flights from Sydney to Newcastle where once again you can transfer to a bus for the remained of the journey or hire a car. uses organic seasonal produce for her Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired menu. The restaurant will be running Chef ’s Plate lunches during Food and Wine month, Thursday through Sunday from 12pm, serving up Cypriot style lamb and chicken souvlaki on a tomato caraway puree with cinnamon sweet potato, tzatziki and Greek salad matched with a glass of wine ($39 per person). Esca Bimbadgen (pictured right) is a long-time Hunter favourite combining good food, friendly service and terrific views (, while Roberts Circa 1876 is another reliably good option, along with Chez Pok at Peppers Guest House, which has been re-born with executive chef John Edwards using fresh local ingredients with a French accent and wines from traditional and new generation local winemakers. Villa du Pays restaurant at Leogate Estate serves sophisticated food in elegant surroundings. Owners Bill and Vicki Widin supply the export-quality Black Angus beef direct from their herd in northern New South Wales and have their own dryaging room on site, while chef Emerson Rodriguez, who has worked at several Hunter restaurants, has also opened his new Emerson’s eatery at Adina winery. Where to stay There are many different accommodation options available at the Hunter Valley for the upcoming Wine and Food Month, suitable for all families, couples and budgets. Perhaps you’d enjoy a private oasis, like the freestanding cottages offered by RidgeView? Or are you more interested in roughing it in a tent at the Big4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park? Perhaps you want to bring your favourite four-legged friend? Then don’t look past Blackthorn Hill Retreat, a specialist in dog-friendly amenities. Whatever your needs may be, there is accommodation in the Hunter Valley perfectly suited to you this coming Wine and Food Month. Make sure to hurry though, as most locations book up fast! n Words: Winsor Dobbin As close to heaven on earth as you can get n Promotion Let’s do lunch There’s plenty happening during Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month and Cessnock Leagues Club is one of the places you can dig into a hearty meal, washed down with a perfectly matched wine, at a great price. Here we chat to Peta Green from the club about what’s on offer... Tell us about the Let’s Do Lunch offer you have going at the club for Wine and Food Month? Our Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month menu has been created by our head chef Glenn Dodgson. The wines to complement this menu have been carefully selected by Robyn Drayton of Robyn Drayton Wines. The Let’s Do Lunch Menu is actually available for lunch or dinner, and guests will enjoy a delectable two-course meal (entrée/main or main/dessert), with complimentary breads along with a glass of Robyn Drayton wine of their choice – all for $39 per person! If you are looking for sensational sampling of local produce, we’ve got it. The offer is available Wednesday to Sunday throughout June for lunch or dinner. Of course, bookings are essential at least one week in advance. Visit Promotions for menu details. Can you tell us a bit more about Robyn Drayton Wines? Robyn Drayton Wines is owned and run by Robyn Drayton, who is a fifth-generation Drayton and the only female vigneron and winemaker in the family’s history. Robyn makes handmade wines entirely from the fruit grown on her Lower Hunter property, called Pokolbin Hills Estate. Since 1992 the label has been awarded 24 Trophies, 41 Gold, 55 Silver and 108 Bronze Medals. What other offers do you have on during the month? We have also collaborated with Wine Country Motor Inn, which is a four-star motel located adjacent to the Club. Add with one night’s accommodation for two people for $110 midweek or $140 on weekends, and you can enjoy tasting what this region has to offer from less than $95 per person (including the Let’s Do Lunch meal deal). What sets Cessnock Leagues Club apart from other clubs and local eateries? This region is home to some of Australia’s great chefs and award-winning wines, which everybody should be able to afford to sample. We strive to offer guests the delicious food and wines this region has to offer at a price that will not break the bank. Located in the Cessnock CBD, we have the Hunter Valley Wine Country on our doorstep, but also with the convenience of local city shopping. Tell us a bit about the club’s history. Cessnock Leagues Club was originally founded in October 1980 to support the Cessnock Rugby League Football Club and the wider community. To this day we are still proud major sponsors of the Cessnock Goannas and now also support many other sporting clubs and community groups throughout the local Cessnock community. n For more information visit www. HEAD OUT OF TOWN While most of the Hunter action is in Pokolbin, there are also interesting sub-regions well worth a visit... Foodies enjoying the Lovedale Long Lunch, if you missed out last weekend, there is always next year! Lovedale To reach the Lovedale sub-region, which is altogether slower-paced than the cellar door hub of Pokolbin, you turn right into Lovedale Road on your way out of Cessnock. The annual Lovedale Long Lunch, which started in 1994, was on last weekend and is one of the region’s most popular food and wine festivals. Star wineries include Allandale, Emma’s Cottage, Gartelmann, Saltires Wines, Sandlyn Estate, Tatler Wines and Wandin Hunter Valley. Long-time restaurant favourite Mojo’s on Wilderness is one of several top spots to eat; but also check out Leaves & Fishes, Amanda’s On The Edge, Majors Lane and tapas at Tatlers. The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is within walking distance of Allandale and Capercaillie wineries, or there’s a swag of B&Bs and cottages to choose from with Rosedale and Lillians of Lovedale among the best. Broke Fordwich Keep travelling a further 20 kilometres from Pokolbin and you reach the Broke Fordwich sub-region, a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle on the banks of Wollombi Brook. While historically, it is one of the oldest wine growing areas in Australia, it is only in the last 30 years that Broke Fordwich has started to become an important player. There are several cellar doors to visit, including Margan Family Vineyards, Krinklewood, which makes some excellent biodynamic wines, Nightingale, Glenguin Estate, Whispering Brook and Broke’s Promise. It is certainly worth the trip to eat at multiple award-winning Margan Restaurant and Tasting Room. The food is Mediterranean in style with much of the produce sourced from the property, and it is great to dine al fresco in the warm summer months taking in the views of the vineyard and Yellow Rock, a local icon. Lunch wouldn’t be complete without a glass of red n 13


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winemaker’s dinner SaTurday 14Th June 6.30pm $125pp bookinGs essential 02 6574 7332 or see for menu CHEF’S PLATE Thur-Sun in June 12-5pm $39pp bookinGs essential 02 6574 7332 or The RidgeView team draw inspiration from the local culinary offerings to bring you a seven-course degustation dinner matched perfectly with estategrown RidgeView wines. Meet the RidgeView crew and embark on a gastronomic journey up the Valley, from the Ocean to the Paddock. WINE TRAILS 2009 ‘Generation’ Reserve Semillon 2011 ‘Impressions’ Chardonnay 2011 ‘Impressions’ Shiraz taste our trophy and Gold medal winninG wines every wed-sun in June Cypriot style Lamb and Chicken Souvlaki skewers on a tomato caraway puree with cinnamon sweet potato, tzatziki, wedge of caramelized lemon and a Greek salad (GF) matched with a glass of 2011 Merlot or 2007 Shiraz. Finish with Greek Walnut cake with honey roasted pineapple and Greek yoghurt. 273 SweeTwaTer road, pokolbin


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