April 13: Shaw + Smith dinner
A special dinner at Pialligo Estate celebrating Shaw + Smith wines, including the chance to taste some museum release and rare drops, such as the single-vineyard release Balhannah shiraz. The five-course meal includes marron with salted pork and David Blackmore wagyu. $145. Wednesday, April 13, at 6.30pm. See thepialligoestate.com.au
April 14-17: Art vs food
Check out three interesting food events at the You Are Here festival in Civic next week.
A dinner that imagines what we might be eating at the end of the earth. Free but bookings via ballot. The ANU Food Co-Op. April 14 at 7pm. Enter the ballot at youareherecanberra.com.au
A dinner party that investigates failure. Bring your saddest stories and stretchy pants. Free but bookings required. Gorman Arts Centre. April 17 at 8pm. Book on youareherecanberra.com.au
You Should Try
Microwave cooking and comedy with Amelia de Frost. 46 Northbourne Avenue. Free. April 14 at 7pm. See youareherecanberra.com.au
April 22: Meet Justine Schofield
Meet MasterChef star Justine Schofield, who is heading to Canberra for a dinner at University House. I'll be in conversation with Justine about food, family and her debut cookbook Dinner With Justine. $65. Friday, April 22 at 6.15pm. Book at unihouse.anu.edu.au.
Book of the Week: Pickle by Freddie Janssen
A cute little book that taps into a modern trend. Freddie Janssen is described as the "queen of kimchi" and her first cookbook takes you through a variety of pickles, kimchi, kraut and fermented hot sauces. Hardie Grant. $29.99.