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Pavement Whispers: Volume 411 June 6

Pavement Whispers: Volume 411 June 6

From news of a new deli-sandwich slinger to an urban mushroom party, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out …

Since opening its doors in 2021, Marco Polo Kitchen has solidified itself as a go-to spot in The City for wholesome bites and caffeine fixes. Now, those working and playing on the George Street end of town don’t need to trek too far during their break to get a taste of the goodness. Owners Jacqueline Madden and Victoria Parker are currently working on a second venue, Georgio’s, which is due to open at the base of the Brisbane Quarter precinct in the second half of June. Georgio’s will mirror the successful formula that Marco Polo embodies – expertly made Bear Bones coffee paired with a nourishing menu of deli-style breakfast and lunch options. The team is working once again with nutritionist Jacqui Toumbas to create the menu, with the chefs preparing everything fresh daily in house. Expect to find a selection of Italian piadinas (street food-style flatbread sandwiches), classic deli sandwiches, fresh salads, rotating soups, nourish bowls and more, alongside Doughcraft pastries and decadent doughnuts from Doughluxe (another of Jacqueline’s projects). Georgio’s is currently taking shape on the ground level of 300 George Street, with Clui Design and Lowry Group working together to craft the luxe-modern space – think bright whites, marble finishes and deluxe banquette seating. Keep an eye on The Weekend Edition in the coming weeks for an inside look!

Gus Baker x Bar Francine 
It’s not often you get the opportunity to taste the creations of a chef from one of The World’s 100 Best Restaurants. As it turns out, however, there’s an opportunity coming up – right here in Brisbane. Renowned chef Gus Baker, formerly of Copenhagen’s now-closed Amass restaurant, is teaming up with Bar Francine for a one-night-only dinner. After spending four years at Amass (which was awarded a spot in that top 100 list), leaving as sous chef, Gus has returned to Brisbane with his partner Ann-Charlott, teaming up with West End local Bar Francine to create a special multi-course dinner. Over six spectacular courses, Gus will champion sustainability and food-waste reduction through innovative technique and meticulous plating. The goal is not only to please palates, but also to educate diners about the importance of reducing the food we throw out and how to utilise items generally considered as ‘waste’. The dinner is taking place next Wednesday June 14 – hit the Bar Francine website to book your seat.

Mongrel’s PLANTS IV: A Vegan Degustation 
When we were kids, we were forced to eat our vegetables. Now, with our sophisticated adult palates, we welcome them with open arms. That’s why we’re so excited to hear that Mongrel is bringing back its PLANTS degustation series for its fourth instalment! The Milton bar and kitchen had put a halt on the series during the pandemic, waiting for certainty in the hospo scene before investing the immense effort and love that goes into creating these events. Sunday June 18 will see PLANTS IV take over the venue once again, presenting a six-course vegan degustation that profiles seasonal local produce. The Mongrel team is working closely with producers that centre their ethos around quality and sustainability  – which means details of the menu won’t be finalised until the freshest produce is secured. Tickets are on sale now – head over here to secure your spot.

Urban Valley Gourmet Mushrooms x BAJA
Fancy partaking in a mushroom party? No, not that kind of mushroom party … but we can guarantee it’s going to be a good time. Inner-city mushroom farm Urban Valley Gourmet Mushrooms is teaming up with Mexican-inspired eatery BAJA for a special one-night-only event on Thursday June 22. The Urban Valley Gourmet Mushrooms x BAJA party will kick off with eats and beats in Urban Valley’s warehouse farm in the heart of Fortitude Valley, where you can snack on fun fungi creations surrounded by a plethora of gourmet mushrooms and witness where the mushy magic happens. A quick stroll around the corner will take you to BAJA, where the mushroom celebrations will continue with a curated Mexican-inspired four-course set menu. Spaces for this collaborative dinner are limited – head to the here to book.

If you’ve heard something that’s worth mentioning in The Weekend Edition’s Pavement Whispers, email [email protected].

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