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New Chef at Vasse Felix

Brendan Pratt will join Vasse Felix as Head Chef in late July 2017, replacing longstanding Executive Chef Aaron Carr. Perth-born and trained, Brendan’s international experience includes positions with Michelin Star Restaurants The Fat Duck and The Ledbury. Since returning to Perth in 2012, Brendan has been employed as an Executive Chef within The Frasers Restaurant Group.

Paul Holmes à Court said Brendan’s experience, interest in working with wine and passion for the superb local produce of the South-West made him an excellent candidate to steer the menu in the Vasse Felix Restaurant.
“The Vasse Felix Restaurant was well-served since 1995 by Aaron Carr. Aaron’s reputation as a talented and experienced chef and an all-round top bloke is recognised widely within the industry. We looked for similar qualities for his replacement, and have found these in Brendan Pratt, who will relocate from Perth to Margaret River for the position,” Paul Holmes à Court said.

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Breakfast is Back at Morries

It’s a good time anytime once again at Morries. Due to popular demand and after a short hiatus avoiding early mornings, Morries is again serving breakfast seven days a week [from 21 June 2017]. Best of all is the reintroduction of Angry Hour between 7.30am and 8.30am where takeaway coffee will cost just $3.

The famous breakfast burger will be available all day, and they’re the only venue in town with a morning liquor licence. They’re also working with Juniper Estate to create a Morries house blend wine.

Long serving manager Dave Astbury recently purchased a stake in Morries from the Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG).

Walk into Luxury announces first Bibbulmun Track walks and new Cape to Cape itineraries

Walk into Luxury is thrilled to announce the launch of its first walks based on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. The new luxury walking tours include a private 4 day/3 night walk and an extended 4 night option. The 4 day itinerary showcases three National Parks – Torndirrup, West Cape Howe and Williams Bay – plus the must-see sights of Greens Pool, King George Sound, the Gap, the award-winning Denmark wine region, and the National Anzac Centre in Albany. New 4 day and 6 day Cape to Cape itineraries reflect the demand for customised private walks tailored to specific market segments including families, retirees and professionals. – private walks on the Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun – small group walk – 4 day Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk


Petra Olive Oil Estate are in the news

Petra Olive Oil Estate was featured in The West Australian FRESH liftout last week.

“With Greek heritage it made sense for Melina Somas to create her own world of olives and olive oil. Tucked between Yallingup and Dunsborough, Petra Olive Oil Estate, which opened in 2007, is a boutique family owned and operated affair. The Tasting Room and Farm Shop is where you can discover the origins and processes of producing extra virgin olive oil and taste and buy oils, gourmet vinegars, local gourmet treats, antipasto products and gifts.

“All our estate-produced olives and olive oil products are produced at Petra,” Ms Somas said.”

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Whale Watch Western Australia now operates all year round

Whale Watch Western Australia are now operating 12 months of the year. Their new experiences include Blue Whales out of Perth (March to May) and beginning January 2018 the Orca Experience out of Bremer Bay. They also open an Albany office in July.

The Blue Whales experience has been very successful so far – visit the Daily Report page for information and photos.

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Naturaliste Charters Launches New Luxury Vessel – Alison Maree

Naturaliste Charters are now using the luxury vessel Alison Maree for their Whale Watching tours. The Alison Maree is a state of the art 20m whale watching expedition catamaran with three viewing areas: a spacious lounge area with seating for 30, a huge foredeck and an upstairs fly bridge with 360 degree views for an exhilarating whale watch.

They have also increased the child age from 2-16 to 4-17, with the infant age being 0-3. This is to provide support to families who join the tours. The family package price has also been brought down to $250 from $270.

Special offer: Join Naturaliste Charters for a Whale Watch tour, then head to the Augusta Hotel/Motel for Lunch or Dinner and receive 20% off your meal (T&C Apply). Also guests can receive 10% off Coffee and Cake at Treasure BAE Kudardup.

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