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The good people of Geraldton may soon be able to enjoy a movie or two with a picnic hamper and refreshing drink, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

SUNSET Cinemas will decide whether to run its first regional outdoor movie program after Geraldton City Council meets at the end of the month, with an application lodged with the council. The council’s, CEO Rob Jefferies, said use of one of the parks had been approved, but that Sunset Cinemas was asking for a review of charges. The council charges commercial enterprises $220 a day to use the park and it is understood Sunset Cinemas wants that price cut in half. A review will take place next week and will be submitted to council. The council meeting will be held on February 26 when a final decision will be made. Sunset Cinemas would not make any comment until the end of February.

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So, which five-star hotel is looking for experienced management of it’s a la carte restaurant? Your guess is as good as mine. Gusto has contacted the big guns of St Georges Terrace, plus a recently refurbished resort, and, well, it doesn’t seem to be anyone. Unless of course it’s the Sheraton, which did not return our calls. The Sheraton has both Origins Restaurant and Monterys Brasserie.

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The Department of Culture and the Arts says it is unlikely any litigation will be sought from the proprietors of Focus on Food Colombera and Moore. Focus on Food is located on Murray Street, just around the corner from Mezzonine. Mezzonine and the Department are currently in a legal stoush due to a leasing dispute.

Gusto understands Mezzonine only opened on the condition that it could lease car bays for alfresco dining from the Department. Mezzo says the Department reneged and the lease agreement was changed. Either way, the new rent agreement and the matter will be fleshed out in court. While the Department’s director general Alastair Bryant said he could not comment on the Mezzonine case, he did say that, after a meeting with the proprietors of Focus on Food last week, he did not think there was any reason for legal action.

He said the meeting was to clarify the lease arrangement. A lawyer for Focus on Food said he anticipated his clients would come to an agreeable arrangement with the Department.

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Gusto reported that The Greek in Northbridge was on the hunt for a new head chef. So just what happened to Graham Baggett? Well, we’ve found him at the newly opened Al Capone’s Cafe Restaurant in Victoria Park owned by Cathy del Carlo who says Al Capone’s is a restaurant with cafe prices. Graham heads up the kitchen, which has a Mediterranean influence, much like the chef! They are located at 867 Albany Highway in Victoria Park.

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Must Wine Bar will host its first Wine Discovery Course from Wednesday February 27.

The courses are aimed at wine lovers who want that little extra knowledge and appreciation of their drink of choice.

The course runs every Wednesday for four weeks. Taking you through the basics of whites, reds, and sparkling wines, this course will give you a broad knowledge of wine. Beginning at 7pm, the course will be run in conjunction with the Wine Education Centre and there are only 30 places available.

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e cucina is hosting a Latin night on Saturday 23 Febraury. A three-course meal plus champagne on arrival will be just part of this night of Latin infusion.

If you get a ticket to this event you’ll not only get the great food and music, but a dance workshop on all the moves and grooves that make Latin dancing so good to watch. There will be salsa demonstrations and a whole lot more. Tickets are $65 per person.

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Bells Restaurant is officially open. Located at the Barrack Street Jetty this restaurant already has proved popular with the tourists. In its first week of opening and with very little promotion it did about 100 covers a night. Head chef Jean-Michel Leclezio is charged with cooking the contemporary-style menu. He has five-star hotel experience and will be monitoring patrons’ menu choices and comments so he can make any necessary changes next month. We understand that Bells Restaurant is looking at nearby space to open a functions facility to cater for weddings, parties, anything.

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The Globe’s consultant chef, Cheong Liew, is heading to Perth to add new dishes to The Globe Restaurant’s menu.

Gusto is offering a rare opportunity for those who know their wine to win lunch created by Cheong Liew and hosted by Business News’ wine writer David Pike. The Globe Restaurant at the Parmelia Hilton is a great venue for lunchtime dining, either with clients or friends and, if you can correctly match the following wines with Cheong Liew’s menu dishes, you’ll be in the draw to win lunch for four created by Cheong Liew and hosted by David Pike.

The Wine Industry Association’s business development manager Blair Hill has provided a list of wines for you to pair with the meals. Lunch will be held at The Globe on Friday February 22.

The dishes

1. Pan-fried loin of lamb served with spiced parsley, olives, lemon and fetta with roasted potatoes and tomato.

2. Red roasted snapper with chilli, coriander, leek fondue, calamari shavings and snow pea shoots.

3. Mushroom risotto with parmigiano

4. Peppered rare T-bone steak, rocket and radish salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

The wines to match

2001 Mt Riley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

2001 Trentham Estate Viognier, Trentham Cliffs, NSW

2000 Tarrawarra “Tin Cows” Chardonnay – Yarra Valley VIC

1998 Giesen Pinot Noir – Canterbury NZ

1999 Fox Creek “JSM” Shiraz/Cabernet Franc - McLaren Vale SA

1996 Riddoch Estate “Coonawarra” Shiraz, SA

Entries should be received no later than 12pm on Tuesday February 19. The winner will be announced in Business News on February 21. Please email julieanne@businessnews.com.au or send to:

Julie-anne Sprague

Business News

PO Box 8352

Perth Business Centre

Perth 6849

*Conditions

Prize is for lunch on Friday February 22 2002. Set menu as created by Cheong Liew on the day. Wines as selected by The Globe.

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