Rascal’s Burger of Hope honours baby AshtonFood Bites

Rascal’s burger of theweek–Burger of Hope–is available until Monday and not only does it taste delicious, it’s for a good cause.Rascal are passing $2 from every sale to charity Beards of Hope, an associate ofBears of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Supportwhich supports bereaved fathers and their families. The good folk at Bao Brothers EateryandCovered in Crumbs are also on board, along with chef Garreth Robbs and his fundraising team The Crumbcatchers. It’s all in honour of little Ashton Bower, who was born prematurely last year and lost his life to a rare lung disorder at just three days old.

PERSIAN PLEASE Hamilton’s Limoo Cafe has a new authentic Persian menu and if you’re missing The Persian Place, go on, give it a try. The banquet is just $37 per person for two dips, two entrees and two mains. It’s open for breakfast with a Persian twiston the weekends, too.

COFFEE EXPERTS The Little Marionetteis collaborating with theCunning Culinarian at Maitland Aroma Festival this weekend.The Flavour Stage will hostThe Little Marionette’s expertroasters and baristasalongside championchocolatiers.At the45-minute cupping session five single origins will be showcased and paired with a delectable treat.

TACO TIMEWednesday night is Mexican night at Crusoe’s on the Lake. From 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club you can enjoy $15 chickenquesadillas, beef tacos and soft beef tacos.

ON THE MOVE Chef Casey Parsons has opened Simply D’vine Restaurant at Branxton’s Miller Park Sport & Recreation Club. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. The menu includescrispy skin pork with caramelised cauliflower and sherry prunes;handmade gyoza with house-pickled vegetables;chicken with sweet potato, gnocchi and charred broccolini; and arange of steaks and schnitzel. “We will be creating something special for the town and have a big vision for the venue and some interesting things to come in the coming months,” Parsons says.

Hisother venture with barista partner Megan Ayscough, Simply D’vine Cafe at Nulkaba’s Wine Country Drive nursery, is still open seven days, 8am to 2.30pm.

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