Satisfy those hunger pangs

If you are not feeling those hunger pangs before, you will be after discovering this smorgasbord of new dining options.

RACQ food writer Kerry Heaney reveals new food destinations where you can eat your heart out.

Matt spices up Pepper’s kitchen

Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has entered the kitchen at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villa’s View Restaurant to bring more seasonal and locally-sourced produce to the menu.

“My philosophy is to give our customers a genuinely local experience, using only the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers,” Matt said.

Launched in April, the new menu injects flavoursome dishes into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect to find fresh local Tin Can Bay whiting, endives and grapes, macadamia picada, sherry caramel Bendele Farm spatchcock, pork and fennel sausage, white beans, grilled cos, Salmoriglio jersey milk ricotta cannoli and delicious fresh figs, lemon gelato and cinnamon honey.

Peppers Noosa is located at 33A Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads.

Asian-Indian gastronomy comes to Brisbane

Get ready for a host of new flavours mid-year when Singaporean Michelin-starred Chef Manjunath Mural combines his distinctive ‘Asian-Indian gastronomy’ with the expertise of Brisbane’s Nick Pinn from Malt Dining and the experience of Sridhar Penumechu from Saffron Restaurant on the Gold Coast.

The name for the 788sqm restaurant in Brisbane Quarter is still under wraps, but the combination of traditional Indian preparation methods blended with flavours from Australia should result in some unique culinary offerings.

This restaurant joins other new dining establishments at Brisbane Quarter. Persone Italian restaurant by the Gambaro family will also be also located on the first level of Brisbane Quarter’s retail podium overlooking the Brisbane River. The renowned Three Blue Ducks restaurant will be W Brisbane’s signature restaurant on North Quay.

You’ll find the three new Brisbane Quarter buildings on the site of the old Law Courts bordered by Adelaide, George and Ann streets and North Quay in Brisbane.

Become a master at Noosa Food & Wine Festival

Got a thirst for food knowledge? Head to the Olsson’s Salts Yurt in the Noosa Food & Wine Festival Village on May 19 and 20 for a range of masterclasses from some of Australia’s best chefs, producers and winemakers.

You can sign up for a coffee masterclass to taste rare drops from Colombia, learn how to smoke with local chef Zeb Gilbert of Wasabi or catch up on healthy, seasonal food with Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan in Melbourne.

Australia’s queen of chocolate, Kirsten Tibbals, will whip up a few dessert delights as well.

Browse the full program and remember to pre-book for your preferred class. You also must have a Festival Village ticket to book a class. www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

RACQ members can save 20 percent on Festival Village Ticket Day Passes purchased online before 11 May.