This Sunday is Mother's Day but don't panic - there is still time to make plans.
Pegs Cafe at Whitebridge is open for breakfast on May 9, with their popular High Tea Mother's Day packs ($50 or $85) available for pick-up from 2pm that afternoon. Orders close today: phone 4943 2006.
Melanie Chapman gutted the former fruit shop in 2012 and transformed it into a cafe she hoped would become the heart and soul of her community.
And the mother of three knows what mums want on Mother's Day - her High Tea packs include such delights as scones with jam and cream, mixed sandwiches, slices, a piccolo, tartlets and a specialty tea.
The Little French Cafe at Broadmeadow is selling Mother's Day Pastry Boxes with Belflora Flowers as an add on. They're moving fast, though, so phone 0455 196 070 sooner rather than later.
Newcastle's Queens Wharf Hotel is hosting a Mother's Day lunch with live music and a glass of bubbles for mum on arrival. Book online at queenswharfhotel.com.au.
Bistro 458 at Club Macquarie, Argenton, is taking bookings (4911 9500) and has two $25 specials on offer: pan-fried Atlantic salmon or crispy pork belly.
The Lucky Hotel in Newcastle has dessert platters for two, $24. Babylon on Newcastle's King Street is hosting a three-course high tea ($98) for mum starting at 1pm on Sunday, which includes cocktails and gin tasting. Book at babylonnewcastle.com.au.
Out at Warners Bay, Mateys at the Esplanade has Mother's Day cupcakes available to order (four for $18, six for $25, 12 for $48). Get your orders in by May 6 either in person or via message or email and pick-up is Saturday or Sunday.
You can beat the weekend crowds by taking mum to The Fernleigh Cafe for tapas on Friday night (BYO, no corkage). Phone 4023 4749.
Pre-order from Icky Sticky Patisserie at Lorn's Mother's Day Menu by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and collection is on Saturday, May 8, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
The Blind Baker on Regent Street, Newcastle, has a Mother's Day Gluten-Free Basket ($65) containing slices, friands, lamingtons, mini quiches, macarons, savoury scones, chocolate and more. All orders must be in by 11am Thursday, May 6, with pick-up from 11am on May 8. Phone 4957 0010. Delivery $5; add a piccolo to the basket ($75).
Papa Al's Bakehouse is selling a $35 Mother's Day Box from May 7 to 9, subject to availability. Order via messenger on the bakehouse's Facebook page.
Maddz on York at Teralba has a wide range of baked goods available on May 8 and 9 until sold out. Phone 4950 8194 or email email@example.com to pre-order. Maddz will be open 8am to 2pm this weekend, walk-ins only.
Mother's Day Picnic Boxes are available from Q & Co. They cost $50 and must be ordered by Thursday, May 6. Dine in at Cafe Deore, Mt Hutton, on Mother's Day and mum gets a free gift. Phone 4948 4743 to book.
Cafe Napoleon at Warners Bay has created a Vegan Mother's Day Box ($70) that you must order by Friday, May 7 and pick up on May 8 or 9. Go to the cafe's Facebook page for further details.
Roy's Kitchen at Mayfield is hosting a Mother's Day Late Lunch at 2pm on Sunday with sparkling on arrival, three types of mojitos, a two-course set menu and a cheeseboard. Tickets $65, bookings essential by phoning 0490 484 218.
Pokolbin's Blaxland Inn is offering a two-course-minimum lunch or dinner - and a fire pit. Phone 4998 7550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. The Cottage at Scone is doing the hard work for you (and you get the credit) with its "heat at home" offering (slow-roasted lamb shoulder or family pies plus sides and dessert). Order by May 6.
The Belmont Hotel is offering two courses for $39 on Mother's Day and Sesames on the Lake, also at Belmont, is opening for lunch and dinner on Sunday (phone 4945 0777 to book).
There's also a Mother's Day Banquet at Stockton Bowling Club on Sunday from 1pm at a cost of just $28 per person. Book by phoning 4920 1999.
Or treat mum to a home-cooked meal made with love. Sometimes the simplest things in life are best - and the most appreciated.
A feast for the senses
Maitland Taste Deconstructed comes to central Maitland this week (May 7 to 9) and there is plenty to be excited about. Follow your nose to The Meating Place on the grounds of St John's Parish where crews from Smokin Hot n Saucy and Foghorn Brewery will be in action 5pm to 10pm on Friday, 11am to 10pm on Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Coffin Lane is transforming into a Laneway Bar featuring the talents of The Farmers Wife Distillery and Taco Locato. On Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm The Levee will host gourmet food and artisan market stalls, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music and gardening demonstrations. Go to maitlandtaste.com.au/ for the full program of events.
Cafe branches out
Akuna Cafe at Merewether is expanding. Sister cafe Take Me Away Akuna is opening at The Junction this month.
Food waste solutions
Restaurants and cafes looking for ways to reduce food waste and save money have a new online tool at their disposal. It's called Your Business is Food and it's an initiative of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Visit lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au.
Market to Earth farm tour
Slow Food Hunter Valley has announced its first Market to Earth event for 2021, and it's a farm tour of Wine Country Olives at Mount View on May 16.
Kaylene and Ian Anderson own property and are founding producers for the Slow Food Hunter Valley's Earth Market Maitland, held on the first and third Thursday of the month at The Levee.
On the tour you can hand pick olives, learn about growing and preserving olives, and enjoy a long table grazing lunch with a glass of wine included.
Market to Earth connects consumers to Earth Market farmers and producers on their land. You'll learn about the different kinds of exciting food that comes from the Hunter Valley region and gain an insider view of how it is produced. Book at trybooking.com by May 9.
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