Chef Christophe Gregoire at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore is hosting a seasonal dinner featuring chestnuts.
Chef Christophe Gregoire at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore is hosting a seasonal dinner featuring chestnuts.

WODEN CHOCOLATE
We first brought you the news that a San Churro Chocolateria franchise was opening up in Canberra down in the Westfield shopping centre in Woden. The chocolate shop threw open its doors on the weekend and is now up and running for business.

NO TAKEAWAY
Morks in Kingston has announced it’s no longer going to do takeaway. In a post on Facebook, the restaurant says “the kind of takeaway we do can be found anywhere. That’s not what Morks is about. So until we come up with a takeaway menu that is as innovative and passionate as our dine in menu, we will be discontinuing our takeaway.” But fear not, the Morks team are working on the problem and hopefully a new and improved takeaway menu will appear. We didn’t think there was anything wrong with the takeaway to start with but it’s nice to see a restaurant being perfectly honest about wanting to improve itself.

QUALITY MEAL
Children’s charity Camp Quality is holding a Supper Club fundraising dinner on May 8 with people sitting down to a meal all over Australia to support the charity. It’s billed as “Australia’s largest dinner party” with more than 1800 diners taking part at restaurants across the country. In Canberra, participating restaurants include Sage Dining Rooms in Civic, Ben Darragh’s Aubergine in Griffith, the Boathouse on the Lake and James Musillon’s Water’s Edge on the lakefront. See supperclub2014.org.au for more.

A San Churro Chocolateria franchise has opened in the Westfield shopping centre in Woden.
A San Churro Chocolateria franchise has opened in the Westfield shopping centre in Woden.

VIETNAMESE COOKBOOK
Australian chef Tracey Lister and her husband Andreas Pohl spent years living in Vietnam, where Tracey ran a cooking school in Hanoi. She helped set up a charity, KOTO, which teaches street children how to cook and wait tables to give them employment skills. Now she and Pohl have published their third cookbook. Real Vietnamese Cooking offers home-style dishes from around Vietnam ranging from simple breads and fried rice to crab poached in beer and lemongrass and braised goat with fermented tofu. $49.95. Hardie Grant.

FORAGE AGAIN
The date for the second Forage event has been announced as July 5. The venue plus the lineup of stallholders is yet to be released.

THAT OLD CHESTNUT
Chef Christophe Gregoire at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore is hosting a seasonal dinner featuring chestnuts. It’s four chestnutty courses with matching wines for $90 a head. The chestnuts are from Tweenhills and they’ll be matched with Domaine Rogha Croix wines. Courses include a chestnut cappuccino and a dish with chestnut, apricot and chicken. It’s on Friday May 9 at 7pm at Le Tres Bon. 40 Malbon Street, Bungendore. See letresbon.com.au for more. The Tweenhills farm will also play host to Canberra’s Slow Food group on Sunday May 4, at a special afternoon event. Contact events@slowfoodcanberra.com for more information.

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