NIBBLES: Food or art?

IS it art? Or is it food? Perhaps it is both.

Guests taking part in the next Underground Epicureans dining adventure will be questioning whether to eat, or not to eat, the pieces on display at the This Is Not Art festival (TiNA) fund-raiser.

Nelson Bay’s Ritual Restaurant will prepare 14 edible ‘‘installations’’, which will be interspersed with artwork at the interactive Art Feast dinner on September 27.

Guests will discover art on the walls, in their own hands and on their taste buds.

They can create a masterpiece under the direction of Ann from The Drawing Room, and test the truth of their tastebuds with Ritual’s ‘‘Lab Rat’’ experiment.

But as with all Underground Epicurean experiences, guests won’t know exactly where they will be dining until the day of the event.

Merging food with art and science, Ritual chef Carl Kenzler and wife Kelie have become known as the Hunter region’s answer to Heston Blumenthal.

‘‘At each of Ritual’s installations, guests will get to experience something really quite special,’’ Underground Epicureans’ Neroli Foster told GT.

Tickets are $122 via the website thisisnotart.floktu杭州夜生活m/register.

Landmark Brasserie

THE Landmark Brasserie opened its doors at Charlestown on Friday night.

The owners, chef Adam Gibson and manager Joel Danet, will use their combined 25 years’ experience in the industry to breathe new life into the site formerly occupied by La Vespa and 5th Element Restaurant, Bar and Cafe.

Watch this space for further information.

Subo’s two hats

SUBO’S Beau and Suzie Vincent continued to fly the flag for Newcastle dining at last week’s SMH Good Food Guide Awards.

The husband and wife team, along with the talented staff at their contemporary Hunter Street bistro, earned two coveted chef’s hats from reviewers in the prestigious annual awards.

The two-hat rating is an accolade only once before received in the region.

Before closing in 2011, Hunter restaurant Rock had collected two chef’s hats for three years in a row.

Newcastle’s Restaurant Mason, as well as the Hunter Valley’s Muse Restaurant, Muse Kitchen and Bistro Molines, all earned one chef’s hat in the awards.

Subo’s success follows its recent ranking in the top 100 restaurants in the Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide.

Calling all beer lovers

AUSTRALIAN craft brewer James Squire is offering Newcastle’s beer lovers the chance to put their passion into practice.

The ‘‘You Brew’’ competition will pit teams of aspiring brewers from around Australia against each other to create their own beer.

Aspiring brewers can enter via jamessquire杭州夜生活 until September 16.

Hollywood Nights fund-raiser

EVENT Cinemas Glendale is hosting a formal Hollywood Nights charity fund-raising dinner on Monday, September 16.

Guests will be treated to champagne and canapes, and a sit-down meal and fashion parade before watching one of eight films.

Tickets are $99 via proticket杭州夜生活 Proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House, Hunter Life Education and Camp Quality.

Ritual Restaurant will provide edible installations for Underground Epicureans.

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