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Newcastle’s Ricci-Lee Wheeler has been named the Hospitality Industry’s Rising Star of 2021 in the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards of Excellence. The awards ceremony was held in Hobart this week, where AHA National President Scott Leach told the audience, “Unexpectedly, industry operators across the country have continued to provide the highest possible levels of customer service and experience. Their innovation, optimism and commitment shone through.” Ricci-Lee began her career at Crowne Plaza, where she won a scholarship in recognition of her customer service skills and sales results. was named an AHA NSW Rising Star in 2019 and is now Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Hunt Hospitality International.”The National AHA Awards for Excellence are the pinnacle of recognition for Australian leaders in the hospitality industry. I’m honored to be part of the list of hard-working Australians who continue to strive to get people’s days through these really difficult times,” she said. The Bradford Hotel in Rutherford won Best Gaming Venue Award – Regional Category Pink at Atmos on March 11 lets you and a group of friends celebrate International Women’s Day while raising money for the Cancer Council NSW Hunter. The event is hosted by journalist, author and cancer survivor Elle Halliwell and includes sparkling wines on arrival, a Greek banquet, live music and prizes.Tickets are $120 at shoalbaycountryclub.com.au. don’t really need a reason to visit Boydell’s winery and vineyard in East Gresford, but here’s one. takes place at the same time as a Long Table Lunch on the property for members es from the Boydell club this weekend. Wine lovers are encouraged to pack a picnic – or pre-purchase a box of cheeses and charcuterie – find a place to relax and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the countryside. All tickets include a free Boydell’s drink. Strictly no BYO alcohol, free parking available on site, no pets. Wine will be available for purchase on the day, as well as tea and coffee. Tickets through Humanitix. If you haven’t been to Hoppo’s Milk Bar in Mayfield yet, do yourself a favor. There’s a new summer menu with fresh homemade ice cream and sorbets, plus loaded hot dogs and hoagies. Owner Blake Forrester, who also runs Lynch’s Hub, told me people were curious about his hoagies. It’s a Philadelphia street food, consisting of a long bun filled with meat, cheese, and salad. “Traditionally the hoagies are lunchtime and have cold meats and salads, but most of ours have hot toppings because we make them more of a teatime option,” he said. -he explains. “We also have a foot long upgrade option which makes this an absolute monster of a sandwich. We also have some cool stuff happening here next week as I managed to find native bush tucker ingredients to create interesting products with. We’ll be making Davidson Plum sorbet and Bunya Nut ice cream. “We still have our chicken wings and fries. The potatoes will be back in the winter.” Hoppo’s Milk Bar (268 Maitland Road) is open Wednesday through Friday, 3-9 p.m. and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays. Stephanie Airlie, well-known “foodie” and Hunter lawyer Valley, has been appointed Head of Marketing and Public Relations at Mount Pleasant Wines, Pokolbin. “This year marks an exciting new era for this iconic Australian wine brand and its history which spans over 100 years,” said Airlie. “Under new ownership, the brand is undergoing some exciting changes and the new cellar door should be opening very soon. Watch this location. TAFE NSW is offering a specialist micro-brewing course in the whole of the world for the first time. NSW region.Starting in early March, Certificate III in Food Processing (Microbrewery) is a combination of e-learning and intensive workshops at TAFE NSW Microbrewery Headquarters in Ultimo. nts learn through a virtual classroom and can study from home or at their local campus. World Burger is opening its fifth restaurant in the coming weeks, and it’s in Edgeworth. Newcastle Food Month returns in April after a successful start to 2021. The program has yet to be released, but organizers have revealed two tasty teasers: Zero by Roundhouse at the Crystalbrook Kingsley Roundhouse Restaurant (five dishes prepared by executive chef Natalie Bolt) ; and a four-course Spanish-inspired feast at Rustica by chefs Andy Wright and Mark Hosie. Also, save this date – Saturday April 2 – for Le Diner en Blanc. Those who attended the 2021 event will receive invites and if you missed out, you can join the 2022 waitlist and keep your fingers crossed. IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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