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Raising the Gnarabar

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Earning a place in the 40 under 40 and winning the WA Telstra Business Award for small and regional business, Gnarabar has been lovingly restored by owner Anthony Janssen, from a failing business to one of the most popular eating establishments in Margaret River. But you won’t find him or his restaurant resting on their considerable laurels.

To Gnarabar, quality food and service without pretention is paramount. Sourcing ingredients from the best South West producers and building strong relationships with the region’s favourite wineries, the restaurant offers an alternate experience to fine dining in warm, rich and relaxed surrounds. As Janssen explains, “Coming to Gnarabar is like returning to your lounge room, our staff are friendly and it’s a great place to relax after a day of winery visits or surfing.”

Refreshing their menu every three months to compliment the seasons’ changing produce, as well as rotating daily specials, Janssen claims their chilli-salted calamari with Thai chilli jam never leaves the menu. “We’ve been serving it the same way for six years,” he adds. Clearly it’s a crowd pleaser, but not the only standout on the menu by any means.

With summer approaching, the team are busy gearing up to re-open the White Elephant Beach Café in Gnarabup Bay, as well as launching a new wedding brand ‘Barefoot Beach Weddings’ to offer a casual alternative to wedding planning.

But Gnarabar isn’t only about business. When asked why they came on board for this bi-regional event, Janssen was quick to answer, “Dine for life is a celebration of life through good food and good wine.  It’s very much the Margaret River way of doing things, and we’re happy to extend this sentiment to support a good cause. I knew instantly that Dine for Life was something Gnarabar would like to get behind and support.”

And with so many lives touched by the cause Dine for Life is supporting this year, Janssen is no exception, “Our participation has a personal twist for me, as my grandfather recently lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.  I just think it’s great to be able to do so much good through doing what we love the most.”

Bunker Bay invites our diners to indulge

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

If you’re a Perthite and thinking about heading to the great South West for this year’s 2011 Spring dinner or you’re a local in the region, the amazing Quay West Bunker Bay resort has generously welcomed all our diners to stay at their luxurious villas and indulge in their Bliss Package to get you primped and primed for the event. Don’t miss out on this great offer!

This sumptuous package includes the following options:

Accommodation in a luxury Studio villa inclusive of:

– 1 x pamper pack upon arrival

– Full buffet breakfast for 2 each morning

– 1 x 60 minute massage per night of stay

Rate: $359.00

Accommodation in a luxury 2 bedroom villa inclusive of:

– 1 x pamper pack upon arrival

– Full buffet breakfast for 2 each morning

– 1 x 60 minute massage per night of stay

Rate: $459.00

* Additional massages available at $100 per 60 minute massage

** Please book your massage directly with the Mii spa team on (08) 9756 9160 or

e-mail 7 days prior to arrival, to avoid disappointment.

*** To book accommodation, please contact Paul Devaney via e-mail at

**** No minimum nights stay required, rates are valid from 12/10/11 to 14/10/11 inclusive.


Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Boasting 22 romantically secluded rooms and suites and a magnificent lakeside restaurant that is ranked “Number Four in the World for Food” by Condé Nast Traveller, it’s easy to see why Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant is described as “one of Australia’s finest new generation dining establishments”.

The hotel sits on 40 acres of manicured parkland, garden and lakes and has its own 8-acre vineyard producing fine Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz exclusively for guests of the hotel.

General Manager Drew Bernhardt is pleased to welcome Dine for Life to Cape Lodge for the 2011 Spring Dinner as it launches in our South West region. On their decision to support this year’s event Bernhardt says, “Cape Lodge supports a wide spectrum of organisations that contribute to the community and charitable causes. Being a like-minded group, Dine for Life has achieved a great deal in a short period, a commendable achievement that we would like to get behind.”

Helmed by Head Chef Tony Howell who joined Cape Lodge in 1999, he was a familiar face in the WA restaurant scene having worked at some of the best addresses in town.

The food philosophy at Cape Lodge is all about absolute freshness and uncompromisingly good produce to create dishes that are uncomplicated and flavoursome. Bernhardt believes they are blessed in Margaret River’s region, which is abundant in fresh produce like local venison, seafood caught from the oceans, marron from local dams and fabulous dairy and organic vegetables. This spring they are also expanding their organic garden located on the premises to allow them to source the vast majority of the herbs and vegetables used on the menu from their own backyard. You really couldn’t ask to be served a fresher plate.

When we dine in a restaurant that serves up the sumptuous food one finds at Cape Lodge, we leave utterly satisfied but a little disappointed that we can’t recreate these amazing tastes in our own modest kitchens. Cape Lodge has come to the rescue of all of us closet Master Chefs and offers a Master Chef Experience, Gourmet Event Programs and have now launched a Gourmet Retreat & Cookery School.

The hotel is expanding its culinary activities to include cooking classes, Guest Chef dinners and residential epicure weekends. Tony Howell presents cooking classes every month in the magnificent Cape Lodge Restaurant. The cooking classes are designed for participants to interact and obtain first-hand culinary tips and recipes in a relaxed and fun environment. Seasonal Cooking Schools are also available throughout the year for the serious food enthusiasts.

So if that’s not enough to lure you to a weekend away at this all-encompassing establishment then perhaps their 14,000-bottle wine cellar stocked with vintage Margaret River wines may be what you need to push you over the line.


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Our simultaneous dining experience has just exploded!

For those that have attended our previous dinners and know the standards we set with each event, our 2011 Spring Dinner is going to truly blow you away!

October 13 will mark a first of its kind event in Western Australia!

Not only are we holding the event in Perth but the South West region are also opening their restaurant and winery doors to host a bi-regional simultaneous dining experience! Both dining events will be followed by an after party at their respective secret locations that are announced on the night.

We at Dine for Life are thrilled at the crème de la crème of Perth and the South West’s restaurants and wineries that have opened their doors to help us raise funds for a charity that is doing outstanding work within our community; People Who Care.

People Who Care is an independent not-for-profit volunteer organisation which provides services to the frail aged, people with disabilities, carers and others with special needs to enable them to live independently for as long as possible and to avoid premature or inappropriate admission to long-term care facilities.

If heading South is something you’ve been planning on, this is the event to make that trip for. We hope this event will mark the beginning of an annual bi-regional simultaneous dinner and really set the pace for how we West Australians wine and dine with a conscience.

Click here to purchase your tickets for the 2011 Spring Dinner.

Spring Dinner 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The rumblings of the Dine for Life Spring dinner are starting to make waves across Perth’s restaurant scene. Who will be involved in this next spectacular event?

Our past two dining experiences have seen some of Perth’s top restaurateurs get involved and support the important causes, celebrate their exquisite gastronomical fare as well as bring liveliness to Perth’s mid-week dining scene.

With each dinner, Dine for Life steps it up a notch and the coming event is no exception, the Spring Dinner has a surprise in store! With a number of the restaurants already confirmed, we are looking around to see who can add to the high standard that has been set by our previous restaurants to give Perth’s diners more of the sumptuous culinary experiences they are now accustomed to at the Dine for Life dinners.

And as for the surprise…you’re going to have to stay tuned to find out. A little hint to whet your appetite…it is big, it’s of grand proportions and it hasn’t been done before.  Keep your eyes closely peeled to our rumblings to make sure you don’t miss out!