Parents, get the kids in the kitchen these school holidaysFOOD BITES

FOOD IS FUN: Budding chefs Emily and Oscar Dagwell, aged 11 and 13.
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The school holidays kick off at the end of this weekand cooking classes are a smart option. Not only are your children being entertained, they are also being taught a valuable life skill.

The Essential Ingredient is holdingcooking classes for kids and teens throughout the Easter break. On April 10children aged eight and up can learn how to makefruit-free hot cross buns and decorate Easter-themed cupcakes.

On April 11 the Egg-tastic for Easter class will teach children aged 12 and older how to make egg dishes including frittatas, Portuguese custard tarts, home-made mayonnaise and bacon and eggs in filo pastry. And that afternoon, in the Easter Treatsclass, theycan learn how to make hot cross buns and a carrot cake from scratch.

Teens can try their hand atMiddle Eastern cooking on April 12, with a morning session featuring spicy chicken skewers, hummus, tzatziki, flat bread and tabbouleh, and an afternoon class ofTurkish street food. They will make gozleme, the crispy yoghurt-based flatbread filled with spiced lamb or spinach and feta, followed by baklava.

Two classes are scheduled on April 13. In the morning session they will masterprawn cutlets andlearn how to make a top tartare sauce and atnoon, it’s time to make Thai fish cakesand pickled ginger mayonnaise. Later, teenagers will try their hand atcrumbed fish burgersand herb mayonnaise.

For details and to book, go online to The Essential Ingredient Newcastle’scooking school page or pop in to The Junction store.

The Argenton Hotel is also encouraging the next generation of chefs these school holidays.

A weekly Little Chefscooking class will start at 11am and cost $10 per child (recommended age is two to 10). Mums and dads can watch as the kids bake mini pizzas bycreating, kneading and cutting out pizza dough, andhand decorate a box to take them home in.Bookings are essential by phoning4958 1060.

And Grill’d at Kotara will be teaching little ones how to maketheir very own burgers at aHealthy Burger Masterclass suitable for ages three to eight. Budding chefs will get their hands dirty making their ultimate burgers from healthy ingredients and instructions from a Grill’d chef.

Afterwards, they can enjoy eating it, along with Grill’d chips and a drink. Limited spots are available for the April 10 to 12, and 18 to 20, masterclasses, which will be held at 11am and 12.30pm and cost $5 per child.

Fresh Salt menuSalt, at Belmont 16s, has a new menu and rumour has it the300-gram Darling Downs grain-fed wagyu scotch fillet is worth checking out. It has a marble score of 5+ and is served with fried kipflers, steamed vegetables, home-made mustard, confit onion and red wine jus.

Also, The Terrace at Belmont 16s is hosting a four-course Mother’s Day lunch from 12.30pm on May 14. On the menu is kingfish, duck, beef and profiteroles.Bookings are essential and a children’smenu is available.

Top of its classRebecca Fowler has some exciting news to share. Her labour of love, Newcastle’s The TeaProject, has just been named Best Tea Room in at the Melbourne International Tea and Coffee Expo, and won the Best Tea Menu category.

And the timing was just right for The Tea Project to launch a brand new concept.

“It’s the Tea Collective Roam, which is basically a really cool Kombi that has iced tea taps on the side and we serve iced tea around the place,” she said.

“We have already got quite a few people wanting to purchase around .”

If you haven’t been to The Tea House before, do yourself a favour. The King Street venue is cosier and even more inviting in the cooler months.

More on Tea Collective Roam soon.

High tea timeLove your chocolate? Then book a seat at A Chocolate Indulgenceat Crowne Plaza Newcastle on Easter Sunday. From noon to 3pm a chocolate-inspired high tea will be served at Seasalt Restaurant, as well as sandwiches, hot-cross buns and handmade Hunter Valley Chocolates. For $55 per person you also get a glass of sparkling wine and unlimited tea and coffee.Bookings are essential by phoning4907 5075.

Muse a mustIf you’re lucky, tickets to the Muse Degustation Lunch on May 27 may still be available. Last year’s lunch at the two-hatted restaurant sold out quickly.Chef Troy Rhoades-Brown will prepare the five-course lunch and winemakers Greg, Liz and Shaun Silkman will pair each dish with a glass of First Creek wine. Tickets $175 by phoning 4998 7293 or emailing [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Italy in BrokeDon’t forget A Little Bit of Italy in Broke kicks off this Friday, April 7, for three days of food, fun, wine and music. For the full program of events, and to book your seat on a shuttle bus, go toitalyinbroke苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Business sellsCafe Macquarie is changing hands. Owners Sam and Ana’s last day at the popular Belmont hub is this Sunday, April 9. The couple say they have sold the business to “a lovely young couple who will … continue trading as Cafe Macquarie. It was a big decision for us to put our business on the market but other exciting opportunities have arisen for us both, the timing seemed right and family life is busier than ever.”

Craft beer on tapNewcastle Beer Fest (formerly known as the Boardwalk Beer Festival)is on this weekend, April 8 and 9, noon to 5.30pm both days. If you like your craft beer cold and unique, Nobbys Beach Reserve is the place to be. Tickets at eventbrite苏州夜总会招聘.au.