• It’s nearly gnocch’ o’clock. A two-day festival dedicated to the potato-y morsels is happening this weekend.

Pasta Poetry is a slick new deli devoted to fresh, handmade pasta. I’m beelining for the pillowy, mortadella-and-ricotta-filled balanzoni.

• Follow the neon-pink bunny. As Chin Chin hits 10 years of food, art and partying, we look back at its legacy (and ahead to the feasts and parties it’s throwing this month).

• Moon Dog is giving away 200 sixpacks of its Old Mate pale ale to celebrate May 8 – or “Maaate” – Day.

• Now open: New Shanghai brings its signature xiao long bao – plus $5 charry skewers and Sichuan-pepper Negronis – to a new 300-person eatery. It’s the restaurant group’s largest spot yet.

• Crumpets at the ready: your favourite cultured butter and all-natural Vegemite-style spread have made a baby.

• A loyally followed baker goes from garage to Glen Eira Road with Zelda, a new sourdough micro-bakery. And it’s already pulling crowds with its sourdough loaves, beautifully braided challah and swirly chocolate babka.

• Win one of five stellar booze packs (with fun condiments) from natural-wine and good-times purveyor Drnks. Enter here – and now.

• Three top Melbourne restaurants are hosting curry nights to help India’s Covid-19 crisis.

• At his home in picturesque Trentham, renowned chef and author Tony Tan is raising chooks, growing pandan and opening a new eight-person cooking school.

• In collaboration with Maker & Monger, Tonka head chef Kay-Lene Tan is giving the humble apple crumble a zhoosh up for Mother’s Day.

• Last chance: the far-reaching Melbourne’s Must Eats program is here to help you get your lunch groove back, with $30 specials all around town.

• Heading interstate? These are Australia’s best restaurant openings of April.

• It’s a good time to be boozing in the inner west. Here are four of the best new watering holes to try.

• The legacy of a rule breaker: Paul Carmichael – one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs – is about to be out of a job.

• The Rockpool Dining Group is no more, following Neil Perry’s retirement last year. It’s been separated into two businesses.