About Michelle Rowe

Michelle Rowe has worked for publications including the Bangkok Post, the UK’s Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers and Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine during her 25-year journalism career. Her roles as a food columnist and travel editor with The Weekend Australian newspaper, WISH magazine and Australian Gourmet Traveller mean she’s always on the lookout for the hidden gems in hospitality, and the movers and shakers behind them. After several years leading corporate communications teams in the tourism, energy and property sectors, Michelle now runs Canberra-based communications consultancy PitchPerfect Media. Her biggest surprise on moving to Canberra two years ago? “The food and wine scene here is amazing!”

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Meet the Makers: Seaweed scientist Jo Lane’s tasty new venture
Food & Wine
It’s hard to imagine a better office than the one Jo Lane heads to each week. The crystal clear waters of Mystery Bay and Glasshouse Rocks on the NSW South Coast form the backdrop for her morning ritual of gathering the golden kelp that has washed ashore overnight. Marine scientist Jo and her husband Warren Atkins own Sea Health Products,...
New Gourmet Coast food trail will offer an authentic taste of the south
Food & Wine
Dreaming of Perigord truffles, a rich and creamy camembert or a Mediterranean-style seafood platter accompanied by a jaunty little Verdelho? The good news is that you don’t need to head to France, Spain or Portugal to satisfy your craving. All this, and much more, is available on our doorstep, and a new gourmet food trail will make it easier than...
Meet the Makers: black garlic producer John Pye
Food & Wine
John Pye is a man who hates waste. So after 15 years as a garlic farmer, faced with discarding the imperfect bulbs that would almost certainly be rejected by consumers, things were starting to grate. What to do with all that wasted produce became a preoccupation. At first, John experimented with smoked garlic, but without much of a market for...
Award-winning former Zanzibar team flex their mussels at Banksia Restaurant in Pambula
Food & Wine
With international travel off the menu for the foreseeable future, it’s hardly surprising that many of us are taking to the road to explore our own backyard. The time and money normally spent on foreign holidays is being funnelled back into the domestic economy – COVID-19 restrictions permitting – and it’s a shot in the arm for the beleaguered hospitality...
The good oil helping to reinvigorate a Yass landmark
Community
Charlie de la Barre de Nanteuil and his wife Julia are standing in the grand ballroom of their new home, contemplating the future. With its dark wooden floors, Georgian green walls and sweeping balcony with ornate wrought iron railings, the elegant space conjures up a bygone era. And well it might. Charlie and Julia are the new custodians of The...
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