Tickets to the Pilot x Shobosho event on September 4 sold out in three hours when they were released a while back so you'll be pleased to know that they've decided to put on extra night.
Acclaimed chef Adam Liston, from Adelaide's Shobosho, will take over Malcom Hanslow's kitchen for the two nights.
"I know that Adam and his team serve up really interesting food using Asian flavours and cooking mostly over charcoal," Hanslow says.
"Like us, they build their menu around whatever ingredients are exciting them from around the local area, and challenge themselves to come up with new dishes all the time."
Shoboshois one of Adelaide's most prominent and awarded restaurants, having been awarded a Good Food Guide hat, as well as featuring in both Gourmet Traveller and AFR national top 100 lists.
Liston says the restaurants have a similar approach to cooking.
"We're all about flavour-driven food that is unpretentious and clean, keeping things fairly minimal but with a lot of technique at the same time," Liston says.
"We also manage our menus in a similar way, with dishes changing fairly often, and taking inspiration from the best produce we can find locally."
Both chefs like the idea of collaborations, saying there's a lot to be learned.
"It's so good for me and the team to do something completely different than what we are used to," Hanslow says.
"But more than that, I think it's good for Canberra and our regulars as well. There's nothing like Shobosho in Canberra, so this is something fresh and new that really excites us.
"We reckon that if it excites us, it will probably excite other people as well."
Liston will bring a few classic dishes from Shobosho, "and then will check out what else we can come up with from what's available".
"There'll be plenty of food cooked with fire, and a completely different take on Japanese not seen in there Canberra I think."
Tickets, $75pp, set menu, go on sale at 9am on July 25.
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Gundaroo pub up for sale
Mark and Jennie Mooney purchased the historic Royal Hotel, Gundaroo in 2003. After completing extensive renovations of the former Gundaroo pub and its gardens, they opened their award-winning restaurant Grazing.
Some 16 years later, with a swag of awards and an enviable reputation, they have decided to put the property on the market.
"It's sad," says Jennie, "the place has been such a big part of our lives, but it's time to move on."
The landmark property, just 30 minutes out of Canberra has two strong tenants with Grazing, in the hands of chef Kurt Neumann and the old stables are leased to Gundog Estate for their cellar door.
The acre is on two titles and its rental income, stunning stone buildings, proximity to Canberra, make it a great investment for a new owner.
The potential buyer also has the opportunity to purchase a further one acre (with land bank potential) with a four bedroom double brick house and incredible gardens. Jennie say this additional block would be perfect for developing accommodation to support Grazing's lucrative wedding business.
The asking price for 42 Cork Street, Gundaroo, is $2,275,000. Contact Chris Dixon at McGrath Real Estate on 0414819377.
Rochford wine dinner
Dane Johns from Momento Mori Wines is coming to Bar Rochford for a relaxed Sunday roast on July 28. His wines are a crowd favourite at Rochford. Based in Gippsland, Victoria, the New Zealand-born winemaker works with mainly Italian varietals, using small ferments, wild yeast, no adds and definitely no sulphur.
There will be two options: a late lunch starting at 3pm and an early dinner starting after 6pm with the kitchen team cooking on four burners for $55pp. All wines will be sold by the glass or by the bottle including brutals. For reservations of up to six people email firstname.lastname@example.org