Chicho Gelato expands to Fremantle
For Chicho Gelato co-owners Carly and Cesare De Bartolo, opening in Fremantle feels a lot like coming home. “Our plans were always to open our second store in Freo,” says Cesare who grew up in Fremantle. “This store pays homage to the gelaterias of yesteryear like Benny’s Gelati and Azzurra. I have such fond childhood memories of enjoying gelato and doing the passeggiata [“leisurely social stroll” in Italian].” Taking over the former PADI dive shop on the corner of Market and Cantonment streets in Fremantle’s West End, the new Chicho Gelato Fremantle is open seven days and brings together new-wave gelato – Chicho classics such as mint-chocolate brownie and salted caramel cracker will be joined by Freo-only exclusives and the option to top gelato with spirals of whipped cream. There’s also a cool, lo-fi aesthetic starring recycled material and a custom-made light piece made by Remington Matters.

Mexico comes to Chinatown
You and I both know Paul Bentley as the chef responsible for the imaginative Italian-skewed food served at Si Paradiso and Casa.: When our man pops up at Astral Weeks this month as part of the hi-fi listening bar’s Sunday Service series, he’ll be referencing another of his cooking interests: cocina Mexicana. (Bentley, it’s worth noting, also owns taquerias in Hawaii and restaurants in Mexico, and is behind the menu at Scarborough’s El Grotto.) Tacos will be the name of the game, albeit tacos embellished with precisely zero bells or whistles. “It’ll be like buying tacos on the street in Mexico,” says Bentley. “Expect a paper plate vibe and no microgreens and no sprouts.” The menu on the night will feature classic taco toppings including carne asada (grilled beef) and cochinita (a slow-cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula) tucked into tortillas from La Tortilla. The fun starts from 4pm (food service begins at 6pm) on Sunday July 17.

Discover an emerging south-west destination
Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley: a new cultural hub in the south-west? That’s the impression you get after browsing the line-up for Lost & Found – a four-day program (September 8-11) taking in the region’s food, drink and art attractions. Among this year’s highlights: a rosé-fuelled Middle Eastern feast, a cabernet-by-candlelight dinner, and stand-up comedy at the city’s new Froth brewery. Further details and ticket sales available online.

Two winemakers walk into a tequila bar…
Wherever Yoko Luscher-Mostert and Andries Mostert go, fun and delicious drinks tend to follow. Guests can expect plenty of both when the husband-and-wife winemaking team behind Brave New Wine joins forces with South Fremantle’s La Cabaña on Wednesday July 13. Together, they’re putting on a four-course dinner, pairing the couple’s renegade, expressive wines with chef Ben Fossilo’s Mexican-inspired cooking and typically amusing Luscher-Mostert chat. Tickets are $120 and available online.

A shore thing
Rodney’s Bait and Tackle – arguably the state’s best (non-ironic) ocean-themed bar – is now open for Friday and Saturday lunch. Translation: landlubbers now have more opportunities to hook into Rodney’s seafood-centric menu that includes salt and pepper squid, grilled whiting tacos and barramundi burgers. Snappy drinks and easy-going service are other calling cards of this likeable neighbourhood haunt.