A hospitality mentorship program for women
Established in New York in 2016, Women in Hospitality is an organisation committed to the professional development of women in the industry through a series of events as well as a mentorship program. Designed to strengthen future generations of chefs, bartenders, waitstaff, sommeliers et al, the program pairs enthusiastic mentees with experienced mentors who share real-life knowledge and experience that isn’t always found in textbooks. The program will launch its next intake in June 2022 and is accepting applications for both mentors and mentees. Applications close on May 22 and further details can be found online.
Records, wine and guest chefs
Northbridge record-listening bar Astral Weeks is launching Sunday Sessions, a monthly series of food pop-ups inviting guest chefs to the sleek, thoughtfully appointed space in Chinatown. The series starts with ex-Wildflower head chef Matt Sartori who will be serving autumnal snacks including a multi-basil pesto with sunflower-seed crisps and duck liver, and desert lime brioche. Walk-ins only and doors open at 4pm.
David Thompson returns to Perth
The return of Long Chim front man David Thompson to Perth is one of many highlights of State Makers, the State Buildings’ annual celebration of culture and Western Australia. It’s been three years since Thompson was last at his grungy suburban bunker of Thai food and drink, so his return is something to get excited about – at least for those who appreciate our man’s uncompromising attitude towards spice and flavour. David Thompson in the House will be held on June 24 and 25 and tickets are $145 (food only) or $195 with cocktail and wine pairings. Tickets are available online. On June 24, former bar managers James Connolly, Dean Buchanan and Eoin Kenny will reunite for a one-night pop-up to serve signature Long Chim cocktails. Further details of this year’s State Makers program are available online.
A new Asian-inspired food truck for Subiaco
Subiaco cafe Community Coffee Co launches its new food truck today to beef up its existing food offering. In the engine room will be chefs Daniel Lim (ex-Arrival Hall) and Frankie Dawson (ex-Besk) who will be turning out an Asian-inspired menu featuring mushroom congee and a brown rice bowl for breakfast, and heftier lunch items such as pork katsu sandwiches and beef shin rendang.
Exploring the pleasures of the Sardinian table
North Perth’s excellent Acqua e Sale is hosting another all-Sardinian evening on May 26 and leaning hard into the island state’s rich food traditions. Expect handmade pasta, wood-roasted suckling pig and seadas – pastries filled with spiced sheep’s ricotta and topped with honey and walnuts. Tickets are $85 per person (or $130 with matched Sardinian beverages) and available online.