Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Written for Broadsheet Before opening a cafe of his own, JohnPaul Marmora worked as a real-estate agent and a sales manager. “I actually spent a lot of time in cafes [for work],” he says. “And owning a cafe of my own was something I always wanted to do; to bring my vision to life.” In… Continue reading Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Now Open: Sandy Feet Are Welcome at Sunny Beachside Cafe Pineapple Palm

Written for Broadsheet Just a few sandy footsteps from the volleyball courts at South Melbourne beach is sunny coastal cafe Pineapple Palm. The gleaming spot is at the base of a new apartment block on Beaconsfield Parade, and while the interior is fresh, the friendly staff don’t mind if you bring a bit of the… Continue reading Now Open: Sandy Feet Are Welcome at Sunny Beachside Cafe Pineapple Palm

Now Open: A Refreshingly Green Cafe Arrives in Pascoe Vale South

Written for Broadsheet Paul Vernuccio knows a thing or two about running an eatery. In the past ten years he’s built up and operated six of them. Parkstone is the latest addition, following Augustus Gloop Gelatery in Pascoe Vale and Sunbury, Cheeky Monkey, Rubber Duck, and George Jones. Vernuccio has moved on from the latter three, now devoting… Continue reading Now Open: A Refreshingly Green Cafe Arrives in Pascoe Vale South

Grow Assembly

An all-day conference with TED-style talks from hospitality-industry leaders is coming to Fitzroy Town Hall. It will give future hospitality professionals valuable industry skills, and this Grow conference's focus is community. The line-up of speakers includes Maria Canabal (co-founder of international women's food platform Parabere Forum); Hannah Coleman (co-founder and general manager of Scarf); Ninna Larsen… Continue reading Grow Assembly

Aberfeldie Cafe Threatens Legal Action Over Loss of Five-Star Review

Written for Broadsheet A cafe in Melbourne’s north-west has become a magnet for teenage trolls after a cafe with a similar name was mentioned in Wednesday’s VCE English exam. Close to 40,000 Victorian students sat the exam, which featured a fictional review of the imaginary “Calmer Coffee” in “Benmore Village”. The review referenced a tablet-wielding… Continue reading Aberfeldie Cafe Threatens Legal Action Over Loss of Five-Star Review

Veneziano Coffee Roasters Opens First Cafe in Richmond

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Veneziano co-founders Rocky Veneziano and Craig Dickson have been selling coffee from their Abbotsford roastery for almost 13 years. “[It] was not only an opportunity to showcase our brand,” Dickson says. “It’s always been a place where all our talent has been developed from.” Some of Australia’s most successful baristas have… Continue reading Veneziano Coffee Roasters Opens First Cafe in Richmond

A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Resting above the mantelpiece in Trentham General’s main dining room is an oil painting of “General Smith", the store’s fictitious CEO. The portrait is one of many collectables co-owner and interior stylist Lynda Gardener has kept stored away for years, and now sells at her new cafe, homewares and furniture store… Continue reading A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham

Coming Soon: A Cafe Dedicated to Nourish Bowls

Written for Broadsheet “Nourish bowls” are having a moment. Beginning with acai bowls and rapidly mutating to include many varieties of nutrient-rich veggies, healthy fats and quality proteins, they’re increasingly ubiquitous in the wellness dining space. Advocates reckon they provide a nutritious alternative to on-the-go meals and typically look as great as they taste. So,… Continue reading Coming Soon: A Cafe Dedicated to Nourish Bowls

Now Open: A 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Cafe in the West

Written for Broadsheet A maidenhair fern needs frequent watering (but not too much) and the perfect amount of sunlight and humidity in order to thrive. You need to think carefully about location and environment before you put one anywhere. “I’d definitely call that [a plant] that wants attention but will reward you for it,” says horticulturalist Stephanie… Continue reading Now Open: A 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Cafe in the West

Field Black Opens in Northcote

Written for Broadsheet If you ask owner Fraser Davies how he came to name his new cafe Field Black, you’ll get a couple of answers. The meaning of “Black” changes depending on your provenance. If you’re a Melburnian, “black” refers to the city’s (stereotypical) penchant for black clothes, and its thriving coffee scene. But Kiwis… Continue reading Field Black Opens in Northcote