{WIN!} The Chef’s Wife Christmas Giveaway

img_2906Merry Christmas!

Though the shops have been playing festive tunes for weeks, Christmas always creeps up on me. This year I’m semi-organised and also have a very exciting giveaway to share with you all. It’s a big THANK YOU for all your support this year – every comment, like, share and Instagram double tap is very much appreciated. As you know, one of the things I love the most about this blogging lark is meeting Perth artisan foodie businesses and to give them a shout out whenever I can.

It’s a great time of year to support local businesses, by buying your gifts and Christmas food supplies from them. I’m certainly being more mindful than ever to keep my money in Western Australia and not some billion dollar worldwide corporation.

So here you have it – “The Chef’s Wife Christmas Giveaway!”.

I put a shout out to some amazing Perth business and they responded in droves! I’ve put together two drool worthy food hampers for you and a friend to win. There’s goodies from 10 fantastic Perth companies (Thank you everyone!). Please show them some love on social media :) Here’s what you’ll find in each hamper…

Tipsy Oil – A Bottle of Olive Oilimg_2917Tipsy Oil are saving the planet – one wine bottle at a time! I love Mann’s concept of recycling something from restaurants – empty wine bottles. The olive oil looks fantastic in the repurposed bottles. The Tipsy Oil extra virgin olive oil is made locally from olive groves in the south west of Western Australia. The medal winning EVOO has a hint of pepper and is totally “bread and dip” worthy.

W: www.tipsyoil.com

FB: www.facebook.com/tipsyoil

IG: www.instagram.com/tipsy.oil

 

Baked By Erica – A Pack of 6 Festive Cookie Sandwiches

img_2934Baked By Erica is super fresh – Erica has just started her business this year! She has many strings to her bow, specialising in baking cookies, cakes, muffins and cupcakes. We have a very festive batch of her popular cookie sandwiches – a green and red velvet cookie, stuck together with gooey marshmallow – they are so soft and scrumptious!

FB: www.facebook.com/bakedbyericaperth

IG: www.instagram.com/bakedbyericaperth

 

Latasha’s Kitchen – A jar of Cherry Chocolate Sauce.img_2912I’m a big fan of Latasha’s Kitchen pastes. The curry pastes, relishes, rubs, oils and marinades are jam packed with flavour. I’ve worked with Latasha before and absolutely loved using her tasty Kuruma Masala paste to create a chicken curry. Most of Latasha’s range is savoury, but then there’s her very popular cherry chocolate sauce. PERFECT for a Christmas Pavlova!

W: www.latashaskitchen.com

FB: www.facebook.com/Latashaskitchencomau

IG: www.instagram.com/latashaskitchen

 

Kookery – A Ham Bag.

img_2936I love a pun as much as the next gal. Kookery’s quirky kitchen range of tea towels, eco bags (and much more) make fantastic gifts. Last year I bought a cool Christmas prezzie for my Pastry Chef Brother in Law, a little magnet stocking filler that reads “Pastry – that’s how I roll” with a picture of a rolling pin. It cracked me up and I hope he liked it too! Next, I need to treat myself to some of Amy’s lovely range and quirk my own kitchen! For the two lucky winners included in the hampers are ham bags, for storing your yummy Christmas hams.

W: www.kookery.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/Kookery

IG: www.instagram.com/kookerystore

 

Golden Whisk – A jar of Honey & Spice (and all things nice) Nuts.img_2918Golden Whisk have a big range of quality products that are perfect for hampers and Christmas entertaining too. There’s lollypops, fudge, caramels, nuts and (my favourite) rocky road in their delicious range of confectionary. Lucy has gifted us one of her most popular items – jars of handmade honey and spiced nuts. As well as six kinds of nuts, the tasty mix has sunflower and pumpkin seeds too. A great idea for a stocking filler for your Dad.

W: www.goldenwhisk.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/GoldenWhiskConfectionery

IG: www.instagram.com/golden_whisk

 

Crio Bru – Crio Bru Brewed Cocoa & Chocolate Covered Cocoa Beans

img_2928Crio Bru is made from roasted and ground cocoa beans and brews just like coffee! Mandy has gifted a couple of goodies – a pack of Crio Bru and also chocolate covered cocoa beans! I can tell you they are absolutely moreish and they are full of antioxidants. As well as making a refreshing drink, which comes in flavours like mint and mojito, the Crio Bru is really versatile and is delicious in bliss balls too.

W: www.criobru.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/CrioBruAustralia

IG: www.instagram.com/criobruoz

 

Foodie Flavours – “Christmas Hamper” scented candle.

img_2924We’ve got a scrumptious smelling soy wax candle in the hamper! It’s very apt, being “Christmas Hamper” scented and has all those lovely festive smells, like spicy cinnamon. Nick’s humorous foodie quotes can be a bit risqué. There’s t-shirts, wall prints and candles available. As the candle says, we wish you all a beautifully foodie Christmas!!

W: www.foodieflavours.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/foodieflavoursonline

IG: www.instagram.com/foodieflavours

 

Pepper Tree Fine Foods – Pumpkin Dahl Kit

img_2920I met Audra at The Boulevard IGA’s open day earlier this month. Her readymade meal packs are so easy to use and vegan friendly too. I really enjoy the Pepper Tree Malaysian Satay Curry, which comes with rice and pappadams too. There’s a great range of meal packs which are available at many gourmet supermarkets and delis around Perth.

W: www.peppertreefinefoods.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/peppertreefinefoods

 

Kinky Condiments – Jar of Marmalade or Apple Butter.

img_2911Kinky Kondiments are local producers of small batch jams, curds, relish and chutneys. All of these condiments are homemade by Ash. You’ll either find a delicious jar of Orange and Clove Marmalade (perfect for your Christmas ham!) or Apple Butter in your hamper.

W: www.kinkykondiments.com

FB: www.facebook.com/kinkykondiments

IG: www.instagram.com/kinkykondiments

 

Pure Pet – Dried Meat Dog Treat.

img_2929And we can’t forget our fur babies! Dogs will love these Pure Pet treats that are made in Perth. They are all natural and hand cut by Linda from dried, restaurant quality meats especially for your pampered pooch.

W: www.purepetproducts.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/purepetproducts

IG: www.instagram.com/purepetproducts

I had loads of fun putting these hampers together and you can too! Head down to your local gourmet deli and check out their range of West Aussie artisans. Make sure you check out all these wonderful Perth businesses and give them a follow on their social media accounts!

img_2895HOW TO ENTER…

How do I get my little mitts on a hamper I hear you ask… Well, if you’re on social media you can enter up to 5 times on Facebook and there’s a bonus entry Instagram too, by re-gramming my pic and using the hashtag #winwiththechefswife. Alternatively, pop a comment on this post, telling me your favourite item in the hamper. Good luck!

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS

*The competition closes at 6pm Tuesday 6th of December 2016.

*You must live in Perth’s metropolitan area to enter.

*FACEBOOK ENTRY You can enter up to 5 times on Facebook. One tag per comment on Facebook.

*INSTAGRAM ENTRY Regram the competition image on my Instagram account(@thechefswifeperth). For this you must have a pubic account and also use the hashtag #WinWithTheChefsWife

* BLOG ENTRY You can also enter by posting one comment on this blog post.

*Two winners receive a Christmas hamper each worth RRP $150. Not exchangeable for cash.

*The winner will be selected at random from all comments made.

*The winner will be contacted via FB – if the winner does not respond to their message within 24hrs, there will be a re-draw.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the rules and acknowledging that Facebook and Instagram are not connected in any way to this contest.

Lulu La Delizia – Subiaco

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Lulu La Delizia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Until recently, Chef Joel Valvasori was Head Chef at Lalla Rookh in the city. I’d longed to go there for dinner. I’d heard and read many positive things about his celebrated traditional Italian cooking, but had never quite made it there. Once, we had our booking cancelled as the restaurant was closed suddenly on a Friday night with plumbing issues. Another time we had to cancel our booking because of the dreaded man-flu. I wondered if we’d ever find out what all the fuss was about.

When I heard Chef Valvasori was opening his own restaurant in Subiaco, I made it a priority to visit. So a couple of weeks after newbie Lulu La Delizia has opened, on a side lane off leafy Rokeby Road, we’re booked for lunch and as keen as mustard.

The eatery, named in honour of Valvasori’s Northern Italian Nonna, has a vintage feel about it. Lace curtains hang in the window, wine bottles and tinned tomatoes are stacked up the walls and lively 1950’s music grooves in the background. The Chefs busily work away in the open kitchen, where they spend hours perfecting their hand crafted pastas.img_1291

The menu is designed to share. It is made up of pasta dishes and “delights” (everything else) and we find that we want to choose most of the menu. A few of Valvasori’s signature dishes, like his famed braised bone marrow, have made to Subi. The six plate Chef’s selection menu at $62 per person sounds like the perfect choice for us.

A lot of thought has been put into the wine list, which is made up of wines from northern Italy and also Australian vineyards that use similar Italian grape varieties. I choose a Margaret River Rosé from Express Winemakers. It’s a fruity drop with raspberry and citrus notes.img_1298

An appetiser of thin cheese crisps, dusted with mushroom powder, get our juices flowing.img_1293

Next, we smother fresh house made bread with cultured butter and a rich vegetable sugo.bread-sugo

Crisp wood grilled chicken skin is served on skewers with rosemary vinegar. Chef would have happily eaten a dozen of these moreish morsels, smothered in tocj, the lip-smacking delicious pan juices.img_1299

The kingfish, cooked in an orange and aperol marinato, is served with juniper, sweet celery heart and baby cucumber. The fresh kingfish, combined with the diced veg makes a crisp, light dish.img_1306

A salad of lemon ricotta with asparagus and garden fresh broad beans is another summery dish, full of zesty flavour. It’s drizzled with a carciuga, an Italian artichoke and anchovy puree and lemon thyme.img_1313

Just as I think we need fresh plates, our friendly and on-the-ball waitress is already replacing them. Next, textural tubes of gargati pasta are served with duck livers, smoky pancetta and sweet onions. Up until now I haven’t liked liver (thanks Mum), but cooked in the right way, this offal is not as awful as I’d once thought.img_1316

The star dish for both of us is the hearty veal and pork tagliatelle della delizia. The silky flat noodles are coated, but not swamped, in a vegetable and red wine ragu which has an amazing depth of flavour.pork-taglitelli

For dessert a creamy grappa scented pannacotta vera is topped with a roasted cocoa and walnut crumble and dark orange caramel oozes down its sides.pannacotta

We finish with sweet spiced doughnuts. The fluffy deep-fried delicacies are brimming with apple, sultanas and citrus zests. Bellissimo!img_1334

At Lulu La Delizia the kitchen team has aimed to make pasta the hero and they have absolutely achieved this. Prepare to be surprised by the deceptively simple dishes at this pasta bar. Each dish at Lulu compliments the last and leaves your wanting just a little more. This is soul-warming peasant food at its best.img_1330

At a glance

Lulu La Delizia

Shop 5/97 Rokeby Rd

(Forrest Walk)

Subiaco

Phone 08 9381 2466

Opening times

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday 5pm till late

Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 4

style Italian

wine The interesting wine list features Northern Italian drops

and Italian varieties also found in Australia.

Chef Joel Valvasori

Owners – Joel Valvasori and Ivana Pereza

feel rustic, bustling atmosphere.

wheelchair access yes

cost

Delights $4 – $38

Pasta $27 – $29

Desert $9 – $20

Chef’s selection – 6 share dishes – $62pp

all in all A top notch Italian  eatery and wine bar with a menu

where authentic, fresh pasta is the specialty.

Odyssea – City Beach

img_0982 Odyssea Beach Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Earlier this year Chef and I dined at Odyssea, enjoying a very tasty dinner with a sublime pink sunset. So when I received an invite in the post from Odyssea to check out their new brunch menu, featuring CharCol Springs eggs, I jumped at the chance to enjoy that stunning view over the Indian Ocean once more. Here’s that beautiful sunset by the way…img_2552

Odyssea are proud to use local West Australian produce and the star of many of their breakfast dishes are pastured eggs from CharCol Springs in Manjimup. The CharCol Springs hens roam around on chemical free pastures pecking on bugs and lots of greens. I can tell you the eggs are really tasty, you can definitely tell they are laid by happy chickens! I’ve cooked them myself, after I received some CharCol Springs eggs as part of the breakfast invitation – what a cute idea.20161107_110149

I made it down to Odyssea for a 7.3oam breakfast, one of the perks of now being a #girlboss is that I can enjoy a lazy breakfast if I like, no having to rush off to work. Nice one! A group of Perth Food Bloggers and Instagram influencers sat in the dining room on a tall, long table with owner Eleanor Hupfer. It’s an ultra mod, light and airy space.img_2511

I had barely stepped through the door when a very efficient waiter asked me what drink I would like to order. I was a little desperate for my morning coffee, so I really appreciated that! My Fiori coffee arrived in no time. Looking over their new morning menu, there are so many tasty sounding dishes – many of the other foodies at the table were gravitating toward the meaty pulled lamb dish and I was no different.img_0968

Before breakfast arrived we indulged in some Peach Bellinis. I’m not usually one for boozy brunches, but I’m also not one to say no to a bit of fizz. These were absolutely scrummy!img_0978

I couldn’t go past the lamb shoulder hash, $22. I wasn’t sure if it would be too heavy for brekkie. Though it’s a filling dish, I found it fairly light. The crisp pulled lamb is served with sautéed courgette, pea and coriander. A CharCol Springs fried egg is served sunny side up and there’s a delicious harissa hollandaise on the side. I was so pleased with my choice and very impressed! img_0989

Here’s some of the other breakfast dishes enjoyed on our table from the new menu:

A healthy option is the gluten free granola, $14. Served with a rhubarb yogurt parfait and poached pear.img_0993

A tasty vego dish is the baked eggs, $18. Served with braised spinach, spiced yogurt, fried chickpeas and flatbread.img_0990

The prosciutto di parma, $18, looked tasty. Accompanied with a radicchio jam, blue cheese mascarpone and toasted sourdough, topped with a 65 degree poached CharCol Springs egg.img_1004

A dish I’d really like to try is the Torbay asparagus, $22. I couldn’t believe just how thick the asparagus was. Served with cured salmon, fennel, goat’s curd, soft boiled egg and sourdough toast. This is a beautiful, summery brunch dish.img_1003

Odyssea’s owner Eleanor, was keen for us to sample the house ginger bread, $16. I couldn’t resist having a bite of this pretty breakfast dish. The spiced gingerbread is absolutely scrumptious and served with whipped ricotta and fresh strawberries. A must try dish for sweet tooths. img_1007

Odyssea is a wonderful spot for a summery brunch whilst watching the waves roll in. With a great selection of house made pastries and breakfast offerings, delicious drinks and beachside dining – it really doesn’t get much better than this! img_1014

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Detail and the Odyssea team for organising a wonderful breakfast featuring freshly laid eggs by the girls at CharCol Springs, Manjimup.img_1011

Gnocchi Masterclass at C Restaurant

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C Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Being married to a Chef ain’t all its cracked up to be. It’s certainly not all gourmet dinner parties and one on one cooking classes. You’d think in the 15 years we’ve been together I’d have picked up some useful cooking tips… not really. Chef is frankly not that stuffed to give me a “how to” cooking lesson after 12 hours in a hot kitchen and I can’t really argue with that!

Something that I’ve been wanting to learn for years is how to make a quality potato gnocchi. So when C Restaurant asked me along to a Gnocchi Masterclass – I was super keen. Finally, I’d learn how to make gnocchi from a chef, just not from my Chef!img_0921

Most Perth peeps are familiar with C, the revolving restaurant on St Georges Terrace has been around for decades. Originally it had been named Highlight 33, as it’s on the 33rd floor of St Martin’s Center. For me, C Restaurant evokes images of romantic proposals and intimate dinners for two. It’s also popular for high teas and special family occasions. Chef and I dined at C Restaurant a couple of years ago. It’s a totally unique venue in Perth’s CBD.img_0877

On my way to the Masterclass, I hopped into the lift at St Martin’s Tower, eagerly pressing the button to the 33rd floor. It’s a longer lift ride than normal and you may even feel your ears pop – it’s a long way up. As the lift doors slid open, I walked into the classy restaurant and I was immediately mesmerised by THAT view!img_0957

We were greeted by Restaurant Manager, Steve Halliday and taken to the main prep kitchen, which is upstairs on the 34th floor, at the very top of the building. Executive Chef Frantisek Ilizi (Fero) and his Sous Chef, Matthew Ladkin, took us through the steps to make their signature gnocchi dish.img_0879

First the potatoes are boiled whole, then we peel the skin. It’s good fun getting our hands dirty!img_0880

The potato is put through a mouli (or a masher can be used) and then the mashed potato is spread onto the floured kitchen bench. We add egg, grated parmesan, plain flour, nutmeg and seasoning.img_0888

Next the ingredients kneaded together to form a firm dough and then rolled into logs.img_0897

The logs are then cut on a diagonal into the gnocchi shape we all know and love – though my own attempt looked a little on the large side – whoops! The gnocchi is then cooked in boiling salted water and then put immediately into iced water, to stop the gluten continuing to cook and that helps to keep it’s soft texture.  img_0903

With the partially cooked gnocchi, we head downstairs to the small service kitchen. It is so interesting to hear how they cook a busy service for so many people from this tiny space! The pass has to have one of the best views in WA too.img_0932

Chef Fero then pan fries the gnocchi to give it a little colour and adds cream, spinach and gorgonzola cheese. This was then spooned over some rich Napolitana sauce and finished with roasted tomatoes and a parmesan cheese crust.img_0937

Then for the best part… it was time to eat our efforts! We were seated at a table by the window, with a glass of vino. A complete rotation of the floor takes 90 minutes. So you don’t miss out on seeing a thing. The floor moves slowly, but fast enough for you to notice it. The view is from a totally different perspective than we’d normally have on our beautiful city. I’m always in awe of the Perth skyline when we see it from Kings Park, but at C Restaurant you’re right in there, amongst all the shiny skyscrapers.img_0949

The pillow-like gnocchi totally lived up to my expectations – no wonder this signature dish is a permanent fixture on C’s menu. The sauces added rich and punch-y flavours too. I am impressed.img_0947

All Perth-lovers should try C Restaurant at least once. It’s also a great place to take visitors to Perth. If you go to C Restaurant for dinner, my tip is to book an early table, to see the city view both in the day and the twinkling lights of the office towers by night. You might even get lucky and enjoy a stunning sunset.img_0946

Whilst the Masterclass isn’t a regular event, it would be wonderful if C Restaurant did offer it to the public. I think they’d be a lot of Perth foodies that would relish the chance to learn how to create such a delicious dish in one of Perth’s most unique kitchens.img_0956

Thanks to Meg for organising and to Steve, Fero and the C Restaurant’s kitchen team for a memorable gnocchi lesson, luscious lunch and C’s very own recipe book!img_0943

Bibik Chan’s Kitchen {See Subiaco}

img_0702Bibik Chan's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A group of Perth Food Bloggers and I enjoyed a foodie tour of Subiaco, to rediscover one of Perth’s hubs of great entertainment, dining and drinks. We had an unofficial 4th stop on the tour at Bibik Chan’s Kitchen. The popular Malay eatery, that once resided on Stirling Highway for over 30 years, has relocated to Subiaco and is now found next to The Village Bar.img_0703

Our guide, Food Writer Max Veenhuyzen, spied the casual Asian restaurant and excitedly popped in to place a takeaway order. I love his style. We ate the beef and chicken satays in the car park, squatting and standing on the pavement. You can’t get more street than that! The satays were cooked to perfection, the tender meats nicely charred on the barbeque and dripping with peanut sauce.img_0706

I’m always on the look out for great satay in Perth, nothing has ever come close to the authentic satay I chowed down on at The Satay Club at Clarke Quay, Singapore many years ago. This unassuming spot in Subi is pretty darn good. What a find. Thanks Max!

Next, we were off to our special sneak peek of hotly anticipated Italian Lulu La Delizia. The small Italian restaurant and wine bar was yet to be open (it opened on the 26.10.16). We were mesmerised by Head Chef Joel Valvasori and one of his talented Chefs Lily Rossen making pasta in the window of Lulu La Delizia, to a soundtrack of old school Italian music. It was wonderful food theatre and watching them roll out the pasta was almost hypnotic. At Lulu La Delizia fresh pasta is the hero of each dish, complimented by their delicious sauces. I’m so excited to try this new spot very soon.lulula

NEXT STOP ON OUR FOODIE TOUR OF SUBI… Bistro Felix

Blacksmith – Highgate

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Blacksmith Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Want a side of hipster cool with your family friendly brunch? Blacksmith, a new spot on the Beaufort Street strip, is an eatery imported straight from my favourite part of Sydney – Surrey Hills. Inside, the bustling café is teaming with people getting their caffeine fix and enjoying some tasty bites from the menu, which caters for a lot of tastes.img_0449

There’s an industrial-cool vibe about Blacksmith. My friends and I sat out the back, under the pergola. There’s where you’ll find the alfresco dining and adjoining kids area. Handy for us, as we had four kids between us to keep entertained, all whilst trying to hold an adult conversation! There’s a playroom, sandpit and lots of toys to keep the ankle biters busy.  The outside area can get quite noisy with people chatting and kids playing, so I’d only advise sitting out there if you have kids yourself.img_0450
They are serious about their coffee at Blacksmith. Their machine was especially made for them and is only the second coffee machine of its kind in the world. The coffee roast at Blacksmith is by Toby’s Estate and it’s pretty darn good.img_0454

Being morning tea time, Little Chef chose a slice of the chocolate and peanut butter cake ($7) from the cabinet, which is full of house made goodies. He devoured the scrumptious slab of cake in no time!img_0456
The adults are well catered for too, with some delicious traditional dishes (and non-traditional for the more adventurous) on the brunch menu like the eggs benedict, $17. Two well poached eggs and cured ham sit upon lightly toasted bread and are covered in lashings of cider vinegar hollandaise. img_0459

Feeling like something light on the body (and hip-pocket!) I chose the Brookland Farm granola, $13. The tasty toasted muesli is topped with honeyed yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit.img_0462

Our service was really good, with a friendly waiter only too happy to help with our requests for three highchairs. What wasn’t such a great look was what I assume was the supervisor and another waiter having an argument over the till about coffee, as I was trying to pay. Awkward!

Brekkie, brunch, lunch or even coffee n cake – Blacksmith is a good spot for a meal with kids in tow or even sans children!img_0472

The Village Bar {See Subiaco}

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The Village Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Subiaco is full of hidden gems that are frequented by locals who I’m sure would like to keep their haunts under wraps. One of these local “secrets” is The Village Bar, which is owned by the same people as the fabulous Little Way in Nedlands. It doesn’t look very big from the outside, but it’s a bit of a tardis, with plenty of room inside.img_0697

The Village Bar, the third venue on our cocktails and canapés tour of Subi, has a pub feel and the menu has a lot of pub favourites on it. We enjoyed some classic share platters, Moroccan crumbed squid rings served with hot sauce, a prosciutto board brimming with cheese, salami, olives, fetta, bread and more, My favourite morsel was the crisp pumpkin and saffron arancini.img_0694

To wash down all of the tasty food we were treated to a couple of their cocktails. First up was their gin and tonic with a twist.. this G&T had an added kick of fresh chilli! It was an interesting take on the classic drink. We also tried a delicious wine based cocktail that has been made especially for the UnWined 2016 after party.img_0691

The Village Bar has good vibes and is a great spot for a casual meal and drinkies with a group of friends. Check out their website for food specials, quiz nights and more.img_0688

NEXT STOP ON THE SEE SUBIACO TOUR… Bibik Chan

**I enjoyed The Village Bar as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **