Gold fork for Alphadale

Owner Peter Fleming celebrates the Golden Fork awarded to Church at Alphadale restaurant in last week’s Sample Food Festival.
Owner Peter Fleming celebrates the Golden Fork awarded to Church at Alphadale restaurant in last week’s Sample Food Festival.

ALPHADALE Restaurant from Lismore won the Golden Fork award at last Saturday's Sample Food Festival in Lismore.

The award, in the $5 sample dish category, recognised the quality of the restaurant's Angus beef cheek cornette, creamed celeriac and lentil jus.

The $10 dish award went to for Byron at Byron with a Balinese pork curry.

Alphadale's owner Peter Fleming and Head Chef Craig Cava worked with a team of ten people to deliver 1000 tasting dishes at Sample Festival.

The team also delivered a four-course wedding dinner for 120 guests at its restaurant in Alstonville on the same day.

This was the first time that Alphadale was present at Sample Food Festival with tasting dishes.

A total of 32 restaurants from the Northern Rivers participated in the activity, which brought an estimated 15,000 visitors in Bangalow.

Peter Fleming said that the award marks a turning point for his business.

"From this week, our business is divided between 561 Cafe and the restaurant, called The Church at Alphadale."

The cafe is open seven days for breakfast and lunch.

The restaurant now offers a menu with three groups of meals, depending on size.

"This allows people to come here, have a drink and a couple of small or medium meals to share, or to have a full dining experience with us, which is something relatively new in Lismore," Mr Fleming said.

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