Six spring salads that will leave you salivating

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to say goodbye to winter soups and stews and hello to lighter fare. The humble salad - once a chef’s after-thought – now takes centre stage on Yarra Valley menus, with ingredients from pickled cabbage, to smashed avo, eggs and five-spice pork. Check out six of the best on offer as the weather heats up.

A day of whey - making Italian soft cheeses by hand

Have you ever tasted cheese so fresh, so creamy, so deliziosa that you can’t find the words to fully describe the experience? We are at Oscars on the Yarra in Warburton to learn how to make four popular Italian soft cheeses – the versatile ricotta, the sweet and creamy mascarpone, a heavenly mozzarella and the rare and luxurious ‘burrata’.

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios

Six new artists participating in the upcoming Nillumbik Artists Open Studio program will join well-known local creatives in opening their studios and in an annual exhibition launching in October at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.

The simple pleasure of pasta

My passion is to see people enjoy pasta with a smile on their face. Simplicity and abundance are words I use often when I talk about ways to eat fresh pasta. I believe the pasta should be the hero. Simple accompaniments like a quality olive oil, fresh herbs from the garden, a grating of good parmesan. Let the ingredients speak.

Warburton Highway - Open Studios

Creative inspiration flows in the Warburton Valley – just ask one of the artists in Open Studios (October 27 and 28) when fourteen artists open their studio doors and invite you into their working space and inner worlds.

Where Italians love to eat

We have been taken to heart by the local Italian community and regularly host large family events. People of Italian heritage, and those who simply love the flavours and feel of Italian culture, all find their ‘home’ here.

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