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news and events

web site last updated May 18, 2015

End of year menus and packages are posted in July…please note that the links below to menus and packages are samples only and will be subject to change when finalised for 2015.

New Year’s Eve sample menu and package…please click here

Christmas Day sample menu and package…please click here

Sample end of year packages…treat your clients and your staff to something special to celebrate Christmas and reward their loyal patronage or service…please click here to download the sample package.

Something to celebrate…please click here to see our latest award.

beat the heat and enjoy the best riverside seats in Adelaide with cooling water on three sides of the restaurant which opens into a summer pavilion but with the advantage of air conditioning.

June 2011
in 2011 our first cooking classes
cooking classes with Neil and Tina Jewell from Bread & Winele Quartier Français Franschhoek South Africa were a great success and we will be organising more of the same for the future. Bringing in chefs and artisan food people to work with our crew and share their knowledge with chefs and devoted foodies has many practical outcomes. We see these visiting chefs working hands on with our crew for several days as one of the best possible ways of learning new techniques and maintaining passion and enthusiasm in our kitchens.

To subscribe to our class list please use the VIP subscription form (bottom left) and put the word classes in the comment box. To read more about Tina and Neil Jewell click here

Ray Mauger
executive chef and owner River Cafè and Red Ochre Grill — June 28 2011

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beach front accommodation


le cochon complèt
cooking class and lunch with Neil Jewell
head chef and master charcutier Bread and Wine

le Quartier Français, Franschhoek South Africa
Sunday June 26, 2011 11.00 am at River Cafè, Adelaide South Australia
class, comprehensive notes and lunch $200 gst inclusive lunch only $90 gst inclusive food and wine

As the title suggests master charcutier Neil Jewell will be demonstrating the complete gamut of cured meats and sausages in a fascinating class full of solid technical information and tips gleaned from years of making his own smallgoods. The lunch menu will be composed from some of Neil’s Bread & Wine signature dishes wines will be provided by selected artisan South Australian wine producers.

rise baby rise!
cooking class with Tina Jewell
yeast and pastry guru Bread and Wine

le Quartier Français, Franschhoek South Africa
Thursday June 23, 2011 7.00 pm at Red Ochre Grill Parkside Room, Adelaide South Australia

class, comprehensive notes and recipes, tastings, wine $65 gst inclusive

Tina Jewell is a master baker and will delight bread–making enthusiasts with her yeast cookery that is emboldened and embellished with influences from the Franschhoek region in South Africa. Taste and texture and flavour and knowledge are all part of this excellent class.

to download the booking form please click here and for more information about Tina and Neil Jewell and high resolution press pack please click here

A free City Bike station is located immediately behind the River Cafè and we highly recommend parking at the restaurant, taking a bike and cycling along the River Torrens to the Adelaide Writers’ Week and then returning for lunch or dinner. River Cafè is also a landing point for Adelaide’s only gondola taxi service and many locals and tourists enjoy a trip along the river before coming to dinner click here for full details

press and accolades

February 6, 2010
Sarah Whetstone brings her fresh approach to cooking
The Advertiser, in SA Weekend magazine.

“Sarah Whetstone attacks her cooking the way she does the punching bag at home. Precise recipes and measures aren’t for her. She’d rather start with some brilliant ingredients and a good idea, and go for it. “I’d rather cook a steak than bake a cake,'” the head chef at The River Cafè confides. `“:I do like to cook desserts. But I’m probably more about getting in and getting my hands dirty. It’s the hands–on approach she saw growing up in the South–East town of Millicent and watching her Italian grandmother make her own pasta, sauces and desserts. “I still try and match what the old Italian ladies do,'” she says. “Doing things by feel.”
It’s a long way from The River Cafè, with its view of the glistening waters of the Torrens.
Whetstone’s vibrant flavours are a perfect match, as she gives the Mediterranean a modern twist in dishes such as sardines wrapped in brik pastry or whiting on pomegranate tabouli.
After work, she “lets out a bit of aggression” by boxing or playing with her Siberian husky, Rocky. ”

Simon Wilkinson author, Matt Turner photographer, courtesy Adelaide Advertiser

foodblog with Kylie Flemming
Messenger Press’ Kylie Flemming is a highly regarded South Australian food and wine writer who also contributes to many national publications including Australian Gourmet Traveller’s annual restaurant guide — to read Kylie’s blog about River Cafè click here

trip advisor
Rates River Cafè 32 out of 393 Adelaide restaurants click here to read more

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