Headshot of BBR festival director Vincent Hernandez

At the table with: Vincent Hernandez

Vincent Hernandez is the festival director of the BBR festival — otherwise known as the Bleu Blanc Rouge festival — that will be taking place in Sydney on 14-17 July. Who is your inspiration? Shinsuke Nakatani, a Japanese chef mastering French cuisine in Paris. What’s currently in your pantry? Fresh herbs – parsley, garlic, onions, ginger; dried fruits; and about six different oils and as … Continue reading At the table with: Vincent Hernandez

The Sydney Connection shares a piece of home with visitors

Since relocating to Sydney 10 years ago from Auckland, Maree Sheehan has familiarised herself with the inner-city, and her knowledge is so vast  she now runs tours in the area. But unlike traditional walking tours that point out city icons, Sheehan’s version, The Sydney Connection, brings tourists together around the dining tables of local eateries in Elizabeth Bay, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Potts Point. Sheehan … Continue reading The Sydney Connection shares a piece of home with visitors

Owner of Holland House

Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney

During the weekdays, Smithfield, a southwestern suburb of Sydney, is a roaming ground for large trucks that are making pick up and drop off deliveries for nearby industrial business parks. On the weekends, the roads become secluded, but that’s also when Holland House is at its busiest. Husband and wife John and Anita van Altena have been running Holland House, a Dutch retail store and … Continue reading Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney

Ferdinando Pisciuneri

From small to big: How Fred’s became a local institution

Born into an Italian family that migrated from Ardore, a city located in southern Reggio Calabria province, Ferdinando Pisciuneri, best known as Fred, was the eldest of six. To help his parents out on the family farm in Bringelly, Sydney where they were growing an abundance of fruits and vegetables, Fred opened up his first fruit and vegetable shop in 1962 in the southwestern suburb of … Continue reading From small to big: How Fred’s became a local institution

Christine Manfield

At the table with: Christine Manfield

When it comes to food, there’s almost nothing Christine Manfield hasn’t done. She’s an Australian chef, a restauranter, author, food manufacturer, presenter, and teacher. She is best known for not being shy when it comes to putting flavours into dishes, and has even been dubbed Sydney’s ‘Spice Queen’. Manfield is the brains behind her own range of spice and paste condiments, Christine Manfield Spice Collection. … Continue reading At the table with: Christine Manfield