Sophisticated Cocktail Co. founder Vicki Lyon
Food and drink

Smells like keen spirits: Sophisticated Cocktail Co. founder on ‘a wild 3 years’ building her drinks empire

- November 22, 2023 5 MIN READ

The ready-to-drink (RTD) market is a crowded arena, but one brand has risen above the rest, capturing the essence of urban culture in every sip. Sophisticated Cocktail Co., founded by entrepreneur Vicki Lyon from her home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, has evolved into a brand that stands out on shelves and in the hearts of… Read more »

Providoor
Food and drink

The publisher of Rolling Stone has brought chef meal delivery startup Providoor back to life

- October 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

Meal delivery service Providoor is staging a comeback six months after it shut down suddenly, with a range of celebrity chefs backing the reborn startups, now owned by Seventh Street Ventures founder Sam Benjamin. Born in response to the Covid lockdowns in April 2020 by Melbourne chef Shane Delia. It subsequently expanded into the NSW and… Read more »

Food and drink

How to choose the freshest seafood this Easter

- April 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

It’s currently Ramadan, Pesach (Passover) begins tonight for Jewish people and for Christians, Easter is this weekend, with seafood the focus of eating, especially on Good Friday. To deal with demand, the Sydney Fish Market is open from 5am to 5pm this Friday, April 7, before returning to its usual business hours of 7am-4pm for… Read more »

Gathar, Curtis Stone, Jodie Mlikota
Food and drink

Dinner party marketplace Gathar launches Microwd crowdfunding campaign

- March 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Queensland catering startup Gathar is launching a crowdfunding campaign on female founder focused platform Microwd. Gathar is the self-described “Airbnb of dinner parties”, which matches hosts with caterers, from chefs to talented home cooks.  Expressions of interest for the crowdfunding campaign opened today on Microwd, which rebranded from ‘Pledgeme’ last year. The dinner party marketplace… Read more »

Dorothy (Dot) Lee and Jarrod Walsh.
Food and drink

The team behind one of the coolest restaurants in Sydney’s Inner West, Hartsyard, have a new seafood place

- March 17, 2023 2 MIN READ

Former Hartsyard owners Jarrod Walsh and Dorothy “Dot” Lee are diving back into restaurant game after Easter with a new venue at the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney’s Chippendale, across the road from UTS Startups. Longshore, a seafood-focused restaurant and bar, will open in mid-April at the former Automata site at the Old Clare Hotel, seating… Read more »

Deer, Pamu
Food and drink

That’s nice deer: New Zealand researcher find the latest milk that’s ‘good for you’

- March 10, 2023 2 MIN READ

Move over cows, a clinical trial of older Kiwis drinking deer milk has found it’s good for their health. The New Zealand study, by Massey University and commissioned by the government-owned farming business Pāmu, found drinking the company’s deer milk improved the nutritional status, muscle mass and physical performance of women aged 65 and above.… Read more »

Sullivans Cove whisky
Food and drink

Sullivans Cove, the Tasmanian distillery that’s won world’s best whisky 3 times, is releasing Australia’s oldest dram

- March 3, 2023 3 MIN READ

Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove is one of the pioneers of modern Australian whisky (Australia’s first legal distillery opened in Tassie in 1822) setting up shop down on Hobart’s waterfront in 1994. Its early years were a bit of a struggle, not without controversy, and the business changing hands twice. Then Patrick Maguire, who’d learnt the… Read more »

Dayse
Food and drink

Bryon drinks startup Organica launches grownup non-alcoholic drinks with a herbal buzz

- February 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

Dayse, a new brand from Byron Bay’s Organica Beverage Co, is introducing an innovative category of beverages known as “Functional Spritz.”  Cofounded by surfers Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard, Dayse’s zero-alcohol drinks are made from plant-based extracts and incorporate adaptogens (plants that reportedly regulate the body’s cortisol levels to help it deal with stress) and… Read more »

Blake Vanderfield-Kramer and Steve Pillemer
Food and drink

Hemp, quandong and Kakadu plum – Australian distilling startup Feels Botanical gives new life to French eau de vie spirits

- January 5, 2023 3 MIN READ

French for ‘water of life’, eau de vie is the latest spirit to take Aussie palates by storm. A favourite amongst European drinkers, eau de vie has a rich history in French and German drinking culture, valued for its rich, velvety mouth feel and complex flavours. Local distiller, Feels Botanical have now brought its take… Read more »

Food and drink

Non-alcoholic brand Lyre’s goes AR to get your spirits up

- October 14, 2022 2 MIN READ

Non-alcoholic drinks startup Lyre’s has enlisted augmented reality (AR) to educate people about its products and party like the “social animals” that are its brand mascots. ‘Social Animals’ have been created to match each character featured on the alcohol-free spirits bottle, with the AR animating them to tell the story in the virtual Lyre’s Impossible… Read more »

After Hours

Melbourne meal startup South Yarra Deli goes national

- August 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

The hospitality sector was among the hardest hit during the pandemic lockdowns, leading multiple restaurants to turn to takeaway and other options to survive. And while many have now refocused on getting diners back in their front doors, a Covid pivot to eat-and-serve meals by the team behind the Botanical Hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra… Read more »

Marketing, snake oil, salesman
Food and drink

A professor of chemistry explains why ‘structured water’ is complete and utter BS

- August 5, 2022 4 MIN READ

Is there a “fourth phase of water”? From time to time you might see people talking up the health benefits of so-called hexagonal water, or structured water, or exclusion-zone (EZ) water. A few weeks ago Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh website was spruiking a US$2,500 “structured water filter”. Last weekend even Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald got in… Read more »