In the latest edition of Tasty Bites, Alice Lindley writes on New Farm’s new 24-hour coffee shop, seasonal pears, and eating with a conscience.

Eating with good reason

For the past ten years the Camp Quality Supper Club has raised more than $6million to help create a better life for children living with cancer.

This year Brisbane restaurants Alchemy, Baguette, Moda and Sake are all involved for the nationwide event on 8 May. To book a table visit: www.supperclub.org.au.

Another great event, The Variety of Chefs Ball is taking place on 14 June. Hosted at the Hilton, this year features some of the country’s best chefs, including Matt Moran, Adrian Richardson and Ben Williamson.

Proceeds go to Variety the Children’s Charity, supporting Queensland children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Book your ticket at: www.varietyofchefs.com.au

In season: pears

As the temperature drops, it’s time to celebrate the pear season!

Delicious on its own, sliced up with some cheese, put on a pizza or poached in a rich syrup, it’s probably one of the most diverse fruits.

There are a large number of varieties to choose from, but for cooking try using the Beurre Bosc; for eating fresh, try the Josephine de Malines; and for the all-rounder try the Williams’ Bon Chrertien.

A little ray of sunshine

The Venzin Group’s latest gem, Little Pawpaw joins the group’s other restaurants of Pawpaw, Green Papaya, Picnic and Mons Thai.

Executive chef Rory Doyle is overseeing the new menu, keeping it in the same style as Pawpaw in Woolloongabba.

There’s an all-day breakfast menu, so nobody will judge you for ordering pancakes with maple syrup for lunch. The coffee is supplied by Campos.

Georgina from The Venzin Group says the menu is a “mix of new and contemporary” dishes. The restaurant is set in an old corner shop at 145 Kitchener Road, Kedron.

A fabulous mural of painted pawpaws reinforces the fun, sunny and healthy undercurrents of the menu.

A 24-hour buzz

If only Death Before Decaf had existed a decade ago when I was a student, I would have lived in there.

This cool new café at shop 3, 760 Brunswick Street, New Farm is open 24-hours serving Belissimo Ultimo blend of coffee.

Owner, Carl says the concept was born out of a gap in the market, and after running the coffee kiosk in New Farm Park he would know.

DBD has teamed up with various artists like Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction and Luke Muller from True Love Tattoos, to create the interior theme from subcultures of metal, hardcore and skate.

Write to Alice at tastybites@bmag.com.au