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Local Connections

Explore their takeaway menu & curated hampers

The University of Newcastle’s leading food-focused venue, Local Connections, based at Callaghan Campus is celebrating their first birthday this week and you’re invited to join in on the celebrations!

Following a year of ups, downs, and everything in between, the restaurant has officially made it to the almighty milestone amidst another lockdown period. Whilst celebrating with a big party might be off the cards, that hasn’t held back the Local Connections team from continuing to celebrate the big ONE!

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“This last year for Local Connections has been great! It was difficult opening during COVID-19 last year, however, we have made some good strides forward to adapting to these hard times. We have started to get a following and have held some amazing events, including our monthly Tasting Nights.

“We have planned and prepared during this second lockdown to have an amazing next year with lots of exciting events coming up. We are continuing to evolve and are proud of the year we have had,” Head Chef, Alex Hunter shared.

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So, how exactly can you get amongst the venue’s first birthday celebrations?

Well, first things first, the Local Connections team are running a 5-person giveaway on their Instagram page with a hamper featuring a large selection of charcuterie items, pasta, pâtés, pickled veggies, cheeses, bread, sweets, treats, and of course, wine!  Is this Newcastle’s ultimate picnic!?

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To be in the running, head over to Local Connections on Instagram and look for their competition post, tag four friends, like the post, and follow! The winner will be announced on the Local Connections social page on the 13th of October.

Interested in what else the restaurant has got up their sleeves for you? Well, they’ve recently launched a new online order form featuring some incredibly flavoured hearty meals including a range of mains, pasta, sides, desserts, and even an almighty curated hamper!

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“My favourite dish available from the order form is the marinated and butterflied spicy BBQ chicken. It’s my favourite as it is a good mix of flavours and is accompanied by a fresh salad. The fermented chilli also goes well with the charcoal flavour of the chicken.”

The restaurant is open from 8am-2pm, Monday through to Friday, for essential on-campus staff and students, with their usual range of in-house goods which you can check out here. But for those of us interested in something a little heartier, head over to the order form and check out their Friday food options!

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“We wanted to provide dishes that are easy as possible for the customer and that represent the restaurant. They are all hearty meals that will make people feel good.”

From the main menu, you can get your hands on the Marinated & Butterflied Spicy BBQ Chicken, Beef Cheek Lasagne, Seafood Chowder, or Ratatouille Pastie. More interested in a pasta dish? Local Connections have got you covered with a choice of three toppings: Blue Cheese, Beef Ragu, or Pesto with either Gnocchi, Tagliatelle, or Linguine!

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Sides including the staple Fennel & Rocket Salad, Potato Bake, and Garlic Bread with Desserts to finish it all of including the Pear Frangipan Tart and our personal favourite, build-your-own Eaton Mess!

“Keeping with the ever-changing restaurant menu, the takeaway dishes on the order form are also forever evolving, so there will be a variety of options available as the week's progress.”

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Now, what about that picnic you’ve got sorted for the weekend? Don’t stress about heading to the shops and loading up on all sorts of dips and crackers, instead check out the ultimate Local Connections loaded hamper! Complete with mixed charcuterie, house-pickled vegetables. Marinated olives, house-based bread, rosemary & black pepper lavosh, vegetable dips, pasta kit, assorted sweets, and a bottle of red or white wine.

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Have we got you salivating? Well, don’t miss out and get your orders in via the order form by Wednesday 4pm, to be delivered [10km radius] or organise for a contactless pick-up on Friday!

The restaurant has also recently opened up their Christmas bookings, so if you’re looking for somewhere to book in for Christmas Breakfast or Lunch, or even to pre-order a Christmas Hamper, look no further! For more info, click here.

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“It has been a pleasure over this past year to build a team full of talented and committed people, including all our amazing FOH, BOH, and management staff. Thank you also to our incredible local suppliers who have kept providing fresh produce to use in our restaurant. Our job to cook delicious meals is easy with such quality ingredients.”

With restrictions soon to lift, the Local Connections team are ecstatic to open up and get back to their usual operations. But for now, get amongst their first birthday celebrations by checking out their competition here, or by ordering some Local Connections meals to enjoy at home!