A diverse range of dishes, from quick snacks to full table service menus will be available at the Gallery’s café, Apex Dining.
The art of dining is taking on a new perspective at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre with the gallery café opening under new owners from next week.
Toby Bamford and his partner Hannah Setchell, together known as The Munch Bunch, are looking forward to the challenge of creating a special food experience for visitors to the Gallery when they take over the café.
The Munch Bunch will commence trading at the café from Wednesday 10 August after securing the tender to operate the business.
Toby, who has years of experience in the food business, is no stranger to the Tweed and was involved in starting Marine restaurant at Kingscliff 20 years ago.
As locals, both Toby and Hannah have been regular visitors to the Gallery since it opened and the possibility of operating the café has always been a goal.
“Naturally when the café operation came up for tender, we knew we had to go for it and we are delighted to have the opportunity to fulfil a dream,” Toby said.
“The café at the Gallery has always been popular and has enjoyed a reputation for good food. We aim to expand on that in a number of ways.
“Not only will visitors be able to stop and enjoy a coffee with sweet or savoury snacks but we will also be offering full table service for those who wish to stay longer and take in the magnificent views.”
Toby said the café was undergoing some minor refurbishments that would enhance the dining experience without taking away from the charm and appeal of the Gallery.
“We have renamed the café to Apex Dining which is more than just a name, it reflects our goals of providing quality food and service at one of Australia’s foremost regional galleries,” he said.
“Our diverse menu will heavily feature local produce coupled with Indigenous ingredients to really create some unique dishes.
“We would also like to bring in some pan-Asian flavours but this is far from being an Asian cuisine – it is more of an infusion bringing together local and regional styles.”
The café, being licensed, will also feature local beverages, particularly craft beers and the wine list will be extensively Australian with some natural and organic wines.
“We have put together a great team, both in the kitchen and front of house, and we are confident of delivering a new dining option for both visitors and locals,” Toby said.
“We know the Gallery is a strong drawcard for people around Australia and with what we aim to offer on a food level, we hope that Tweed locals will see the Gallery as a dining destination as well.”
The Gallery Apex Dining café will open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.
For further details or to make a reservation, visit the Apex Dining page on the Gallery’s website at gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/visit/cafe-Apex-Dining , phone 6672 5088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tweed Regional Gallery café operators Toby Bamford and Hannah Setchell are looking forward to creating a special dining experience at the venue which will be known as Apex Dining.
Photo 1: Apex Dining food
A diverse range of dishes, from quick snacks to full table service menus will be available at the Gallery’s café, Apex Dining. (Images available separately upon request.)Photo 2: Toby Bamford and Hannah Setchell
New Tweed Regional Gallery café operators Toby Bamford and Hannah Setchell are looking forward to creating a special dining experience at the venue which will be known as Apex Dining.
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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Road (corner of Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah South)
PO Box 816 Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (Café 8:30 am to 4 pm).