Meet the producers
After its successful debut last year, Republic of Fremantle’s Artisans of the Republic dinner series returns for 2022. Each month, head chef Emily Jones will create a four-course menu that showcases one of the urban distillery’s suppliers or collaborators. This year’s line-up includes elite fishmongers Fins, urban mushroom farmers The Mushroom Guys, coffee roasters Offshoot Coffee, and regenerative farming co-op Dirty Clean Food. Tickets are $110 – inclusive of matching cocktails – and are available online

Sake no Jin returns to Tsunami
Sake no Jin, Tsunami’s annual celebration of Japan’s famous rice-based alcohol, is back this August. Held across a weekend (Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7), this festival gives guests the opportunity to taste more than 90 sakes from around Japan alongside plum wines, liqueurs and whiskies. Tsunami chef Tomohiro Nozue will also be serving a matsuri (“festival” in Japanese) menu throughout the day that will include charcoal-grilled meats and other sake-friendly snacks. There are two sessions (12pm to 2:30pm and 2:30pm to 5pm) each day and festival-goers can opt for a regular ($55) or a deluxe ($95) ticket which includes an opportunity to taste and purchase rare sake from Tsunami’s reserve stock. Tickets can be booked online.

Summertown Aristologist comes to town
For fans of organically farmed wining and dining, The Summertown Aristologist in the Adelaide Hills is a must-visit destination in South Australia. Tonight (Tuesday July 12), the restaurant’s two chefs, Tom Campbell and Ethan Eadie, and co-owner Aaron Fenwick are taking over Casa and bringing the Aristologist’s earthy brand of hospitality to Mount Hawthorn. The menu will feature crudites, braised octopus and Summertown cheese while the wine list will feature the lo-fi wines served at the Aristologist. Tickets are $125 and available online

A wintry retreat by the sea
To reflect the onset of winter, Cottesloe’s Indigo Oscar has reinvented itself as I O Refugio. The menu has been beefed up and sees the pop-up’s summery dishes replaced by heftier items such as adobo fried chicken, braised chipotle beans and crab arepas with a sauce styled on the Brazilian fish stew, moqueca. The drinks list goes hard on Latin American-inspired cocktails (rum Negronis, say) and wine choices from sommelier Sofia Giros, while a $45 snack and spirit meal deal is also available for those that want to focus their energies on maximising their time by the fireplace.

Beating those Monday blues
Monday night jaffles at Foxtrot Unicorn are a thing again, as are Monday night Honeycomb Old-Fashioneds, Monday night glasses of wine, Monday night laughs and everything else this jarrah-clad bar at the CBD is known for. See you down the stairs.