Lot 100 Adelaide Hills has the lot

On an 84 hectare property nestled just north of Nairne, in the Adelaide Hills, Lot 100 – Adelaide Hills has just celebrated its 1st birthday and has seen over 100,000 visitors through the doors in 12 months.
Hat’s off to these guys who have collaborated with a small conglomerate of Adelaide Hills producers and brought us a unique and sustainable cellar door experience.
It’s a cellar door and restaurant, but also so much more. It’s a working craft brewery and small batch distillery. It’s a food and beverage destination, it’s a benchmark project for sustainability and renewable energy.
Behind the production shed sits the water treatment facility. This state of the art reverse osmosis system allows them to purify the water and achieve a closed loop with every drop.
Once the water has been used in the distillery, the wastewater is fed back into system, treated, and spread to the soil throughout the property and used to water crops, which then feeds the cows, creating a closed loop on site.
Now that’s what I call responsible and clever.

For the visitor, the venue is set across the sprawling Lot.100 property. It’s a family friendly place with music vibes, event space, restaurant and cellar door.
Think wood fired pizzas and picnic hampers and long lazy days hanging out on the lawns. It’s only a 20 min drive from Sticky Rice Cooking School so definitely include it on your ‘to do’ list before or after a class or if you are staying with us in the Villas.

Maybe bring some friends along to their Crush event on 25th Jan 2020. They’ve got a family friendly day party planned. With music playing across 2 stages with live music on the courtyard and DJ’s in the cellar door + restaurant.

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Mount Lofty Botanic Garden News

More great news for the Adelaide Hills.

Exciting plans are a foot for Mount Lofty Botanic Garden!

Sticky Rice Villas is 5 mins from this beautiful place and its getting an upgrade.

A visitor centre with a cafe, additional car parking and a new horticultural & conservation hub are just some of the proposals in the updated Masterplan.
Find out more and share your feedback via the Yoursay South Australia website, or at an Open Day at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden on Saturdays 14 December and 11 January from 10am-3pm.

Udder Delights delights Sticky Rice Villa Guests

So who hasn’t noticed the life sized yellow cow in Hahndorf’s main street?

Well this is the kind of statement which I love. After all, we have a huge 3 meter stone Buddha sitting out the front of our cooking school entrance so it’s kind of comforting to know Udder Delights our fellow Hills neighbours are doing things big and bold too.

Nothing was bolder in fact, than the development and release of Australia’s first unpasteurised blue cheese, handcrafted by their head cheese maker Saul Sullivan. This was a journey and half to bring this to market and a true project of passion and persistence. Which is what Udder Delights is all about. A Passion for making, sharing and eating cheese. From Blue Cheese to Brie, Chevre to Camembert, their handmade artisan products are lovingly created at a cheese factory in Lobethal, in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Working with South Australian dairies, from the Hills to the Fleurieu Peninsula, they employ locals and value their relationships with local producers.

So you may be used to seeing Udder Delights Cheese in all the shops but did you know that Udder Delight’s chief executive Sheree Sullivan offers cheese making classes? I love Sheree’s contagious energy, her passion and ability to explain all things ‘cheese’ very, very well and her Saturday morning classes will have you taking home your very own handmade cheeses.

But what else can I tell you that you may not know? Well if you’re looking for a fun afternoon out, they offer a deluxe high-tea option which, of course, includes some of their delicious cheeses (like goat curd and Brie), sparkling wine and yummy desserts.
And then there is the cheese wedding cakes which they can create just for you. Yes, layers upon layers of fabulous cheese to share with your guests. Wedding cake is soo overrated usually but this is something truly unique which will actually get eaten!

But I think we’ve kept the best until last and if I say Cheese Fondue I think we have already hit the fun button! It’s all about conviviality, where groups can snuggle up in their cosy underground cellar and savour the deliciousness of yummy morsels – including local kabana, baby gherkins, mini balsamic pickled onions, Hills pears and lots of hot, freshly baked baguettes – dipped into a mouth-watering, molten cheese lava. YUM!

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Adult Cooking Classes Adelaide

We have been lucky enough to win awards for what we do, but at the heart of it we just love what we do.


Our adult cooking classes cater for all skill levels and we have classes that will have you cooking food from all around the world and rubbing shoulders with the best chefs in the industry.
This week we are cooking with renowned chef Duncan Welgemoed from Africola restaurant and drinking Hentley Farm wines.

You can chose a class that focuses on Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian etc or do a class which has dishes from across multiple cuisines like our Seafood Class and Middle Eastern Mezze. For the die hard Asian food lovers there are over 30 menus to chose from including Yum Cha classes and noodle based classes and with all classes your lunch or dinner is included along with beautiful and plentiful SA wines.

Package it up with a stay in our award winning Villas or not..its up to you.

Our classes run to a schedule every weekend which is available to view and book on our website. It’s best to get in quick as classes do fill but our gift vouchers are the best plan if you are not sure of dates yet. Instant Vouchers can be purchased online and for any amount. Cook and Stay Packages are $640 all inclusive per couple.


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Best Breakfast Spots Adelaide hills

When a menu speaks to me…it’s like coming home. And with a name like Sticky Rice Cooking School it’s not hard to work out what food language we speak. So when I first set eyes on the menu at FRED Eatery I felt a massive hallelujah moment!

Barbecued pork belly, kimchi, chilli caramel, omelette with peanut & mint salad.

Lightly spiced scrambled free range eggs with roti, roasted cumin and snow pea tendril salad.

Poached chicken and a spinach, coriander salad.

Yellow Thai curry dressing, coconut & lime leaf rice, Asian greens, pickled carrot & peanut salad.

Lightly pickled slaw, fried shallots, spiced coriander, Sriracha & lime aioli and a brioche bun.

need I say more?….well yes.. I will.

I recently went for a run with a friend, stopped for a cup of tea at FRED’S, got tempted by a delicious Persian tart with almonds and pistachios and had to run the long way home!

FRED Eatery is located in Aldgate Village in the Adelaide Hills so that’s about 22 mins from the CBD. Their approach is to provide fresh, vibrant comfort food, utilising locally sourced produce, in a welcoming contemporary setting. And it’s not just Asian fare people : It’s just me that skips over anything that is not.

FRED Eatery has basically been kicking goals since first opening over 4 years ago, getting 5 star reviews, keeping its menu interesting, its customers hooked and featuring heavily in Top Foodie Lists in South Australia. And that, my friends, is because it rocks!

Believe it or not there is no FRED behind the counter so I am tempted to ask who is FRED?
Is he a Chef, an Artist, an Interior Stylist or a Coffee Guru? Maybe he is all these things, because all of these qualities are reflected superbly in this eclectic café which simple states it serves all day breakfasts, casual lunches, sweet treats and our own house blend coffee! That’s a bit understated in my opinion.

In addition to daytime, you should know that they also do fantastic Friday dinners with even more surprises on the special boards and can cater for up to 100 guests either at your place or theirs.
They also regularly host Art Exhibitions and have a changing display of inspiring artefacts adorning the walls and mezzanine lounge, library space and private dining areas.

So yes, they do give me ‘Happiness in a Bowl’ but more than that the place and its people are as warm and welcoming as you could ever want from a home from home.

So you should go there and spend time with Fred… whoever he is.

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Day Spas Adelaide hills

Set in a 120 year old stone home in the heart of Stirling, Cocos Hair and Day Spa is changing lives for the better.

That may sound dramatic but when you think about the lift in your mood and self esteem that you get, when you have a new hairstyle and colour, when you love what you see in the mirror, when you suddenly have more Insta posts to share, then I don’t think you can disagree.

My life changes for the better when I am physically and mentally rejuvenated and my body loves me when I give it some TLC payback for all the hard work that it does for me.
It’s hard to find something else in life (other than illicit substances I assume) that can transform you mentally and physically in such a short space of time. Coffee and chocolate spring to mind of course but even the kids’ haircuts include frothy hot chocolate and a cute little biscuit on the side at this establishment.

Coco’s Day Spa can lift that mood just a little higher than most. They specialise in indulgent spa services, can customise your massage, top with champagne and strawberries and finish with Red Cacao Chocolate and you have yourself a recipe made in heaven. Take it from me you will sip and savour these sumptuous treats while your body composes a gratitude list for you.

You’ll find Cocos Hair and Day Spa in the heart of Stirling which is only 1.5km from the Sticky Rice Villas, thus perfect to include in your luxury escape to the Hills.

When you walk in the door you will get an immediate feeling of love, it’s a warmth that wraps around you and sort of invites you to stay.
If you head up the gorgeous wooden staircase you will find their luxurious Day Spa with warm towels and hot body wraps, bubbling hydro spa and candle lit ambience just waiting for you …or two. The lighting is soft, the voices are soothing and the treatments are next level.

This is special and I mean special, so you too can change someone’s life for the better. You could buy them a Cocos Hair and Day Spa gift voucher for Christmas and wrap it up with a big warm hug.

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Cooking and Staying in the Adelaide Hills

Over the last week, we have been highlighting the many fabulous experiences that are so close to us at Sticky Rice Cooking School so that you get a chance to start planning that Hills escape.

We would love to get you started by introducing our Zen Villa which is our largest of the 3 villas. Plus a cooking class with Peel St Restaurant Chef Phil Helyard on 19th April 2020.

This prize package is what we call our Short Cook and Stay package worth $640 but when you purchase one of our Gift Vouchers you can put any dollar amount, class amount or package on it for your loved ones.

We think they will love it any which way you chose!

The Zen villa has a feel of decadence and romance with its moody decor, a stand alone bath in an open plan bedroom and an indoor shower under the branches of ancient pine trees.

Used by our prestigious guest chefs ( including Tetsuya) this suite has its own north facing sunny courtyard housing a top of the range BBQ and a Jag kitchen with 3.5m island bench.

In the lounge, the sheer indulgence of black leather sofas are complimented by sleek black and white décor.
Huge spherical pendant lights create mood and drama and evoke a wow factor response.

In the bedroom, flowing sheer curtains create intimacy around the king sized bed, while the eye is drawn immediately to the elegant stand alone slipper bath with its over head pendant lighting. Adjoining the bedroom the en suite’s large format Italian tiles accentuate the size of the indoor / outdoor bathroom.

Like all our villas, the Zen Villa has relaxed outdoor seating , underfloor heating and remote control block out blinds.
It also has the additional convenience of a laundry with washer and dryer and is perfect for our longer stay guests.

Zen Villa is a design statement offering a spacious 2 roomed 70m2 of indoor living area , a private walled outdoor courtyard. Floor to ceiling glass allowing views of the garden and connection to the outdoor living spaces.

It’s award winning architecture in the Adelaide Hills and best of all its 20 steps to the cooking school!

If you like this restaurant inspired menu for the day then this could be the best prize for you.

Vietnamese grilled beef with lemongrass and chilli sauce.

Chargrilled Squid w green chilli nahm jim, bean sprouts, mint, coriander, fried garlic,shallots and chilli.

Thai Red curry duck, lychee and pineapple.

Crispy fried fish fillet w chilli jam coconut cream and green papaya salad.

You will be led through all the preparation and cooking by Peel Street Chef Phil Helyard. You’ll be pounding galangal and creating your own Gia Vi and learning from a true professional you will pick up so much more than just reading a recipe at home.

Its a 4 hour cooking and dining experience for 2 people.
Our Cook and Stay packages also includes a bottle of wine on arrival in your villa, breakfast provisions and a take home Sticky Rice apron and recipes so you can cook it all again at home.

If you love the sound of this package, then put it on your gift list this Christmas and stick it up the chimney so Santa knows!

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Beerenberg and Sticky Rice Villas

 Sticky Rice Villas is neighbours with this iconic Adelaide Hills business, so we suggest  you  pop in and see them while staying with us.

The Beerenberg story reads like a story book…
“Almost 200 years ago, our ancestors, George and Anna Paech and their young family embarked on a courageous journey from their home in German-speaking Prussia to South Australia, a land they knew little about, on the other side of the world.

They were willing to take the risk because they dreamed of a happy life here, free to farm and build prosperous and healthy lives for themselves and for future generations.
They were fortunate to settle on land in the Adelaide Hills, which offered nutrient rich soil with gentle north-facing slopes, perfect for growing fruit and vegetables.
They worked hard over the years, seeing themselves as stewards of the land, whilst cultivating their craft of food production.

In 1970, our parents, Grant and Carol, made the decision to concentrate on growing strawberries. Grant infused the traditional farming practices that had been handed down to him through the generations and his deep knowledge of the land with new technology and techniques to produce the most spectacular tasting berries. He had inherited a commitment to excellence and spent many decades perfecting the art of strawberry growing, which he then handed down to his son, Robert, who now grows all of our strawberries.

The first batch of strawberry jam in 1971 was the start of Beerenberg as we know it today, a thriving family-owned farm, tourist destination and manufacturer of the best tasting jams, chutneys, sauces and dressings.
Six generations later, we, the Paech family, still 100% own, farm and live on the property, which is now known as The Beerenberg Family Farm. “


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Day Trips in the Adelaide Hills

The Lane Vineyard, near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, is where the Edwards family traditions of continuity, care and contemporary wines, in an ancient landscape begin.

It’s 400 metres above sea level and its cooler climate is ideal for growing grapes destined to become wines of distinction. They produce 24,000 cases per year and have some of the most amazing wines in their collection. We have served these wines at the cooking classes and they are definitely food friendly.

The Lane Vineyard take sustainability seriously and the grapes are hand picked or carefully machine harvested in the cool hours of night and delivered a distance of as little as 10 metres to the winery door. There are no food miles here.
They have adopted a range of cleaner production practices in the winery to improve the quality of the wastewater including utilising an ozone generator to sterilize barrels and tanks rather than using caustic chemicals. This results in ‘cleaner’ wastewater that is treated on-site in an aerobic system, polished, then returned to the vineyard as irrigation water.

They are actively reducing energy emissions through a state of the art cooling system and energy efficient lighting throughout the winery, dining and tasting room. They bottle and package wine using recyclable materials and are constantly looking for ways
to reduce supply chain waste.

For the visitor the place is picture perfect. The cellar door and expansive deck looks out over stunning vistas of their vineyards.

Their restaurant, led by Chef James Brinklow, has been hatted two years in a row and this year was voted Best Vineyard Restaurant by the Australian public. Wow!

This is my absolute ‘go to’ for great food in the Hills and the vineyard setting, service and clean contemporary décor of the restaurant is just perfect. Its just 15 mins from us at Sticky Rice Cooking School.

There are many excuses to visit the lane Vineyard throughout the year with their rolling calendar of events and special offers which are always posted on their Facebook page.

For instance from now until Christmas Eve they are offering complimentary Estate Tastings to all Tasting Room visitors. Each month they also give away a mixed case of Lane wines valued at $300 to a member of their ‘friend of the Lane’ club and their Crush event on 25th and 26th Jan 2020 is fabulously entitled Hamptons in the Hills. You can enjoy tasty seasonal fare while you lounge to music on the scenic terrace or participate in lawn games nestled between our Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc vines.

The Gathering experience is when you get to experience the luxurious pleasure when chef and vigneron are in harmony. Yes please maestro!

Take a seat and enjoy a heightened discovery of The Lane’s flagship Occasion and Heritage wines thoughtfully complemented by creations from the chef.

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12 Top Adelaide Hills experiences that collaborated with Christmas Gifts

Day 1.
We are very excited to kick off our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways with an iconic Adelaide Hills business that has the biggest heart and the nicest people working there. I met Larry, Marc and Dee from Hahndorf Hill Winery when I first opened Sticky Rice Cooking School 11 years ago. I basically went knocking at their cellar door to introduce myself as a new local business owner and to discuss how we could perhaps collaborate and support each other. I received the warmest welcome and kindest words of encouragement which, for a new kid on the block, was so very much needed and appreciated. We soon starting serving their beautiful food friendly wines at our cooking classes and including their rare chocolate finds in our Cook and Stay packages. We then had the pleasure of collaborating on a Crush event with them at their place where we catered for their dinner guests and spent a hilarious night enjoying the entertainment of the stand-up comedian. In the true style of a small boutique business Larry and Marc worked the floor with us and we all pitched in with the washing up. Needless to say I love my job and love working with these big hearted humans!
At Hahndorf Hill Winery they are on a journey to introduce into Australia the wonderful, food-friendly grape varieties of Austria.
Their boutique vineyard is located at the edge of the historic, German-heritage village of Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia.
Here they are growing and pioneering the Austrian grape varieties of Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St Laurent. They also produce the cool-climate classics for which the Adelaide Hills wine region is renowned – Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and fresh, dry Rosé.
The ChocoVino experience at Hahndorf Hill Winery matches their boutique wines to the world’s most acclaimed chocolate and they are giving our winner a $50 voucher for this fabulous experience.
Their ChocoVino experience has been included in CNN’s ‘Top 10 global adventures for chocoholics’, and it also ranks in the ‘Top 10 food and wine touring options’ of South Australia. Qantas magazine and Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine have also rated ChocoVino as one of Australia’s best cellar door experiences.
ChocoVino is based on the concept of terroir, and it allows you to take your tastebuds on a journey of discovery while learning about gourmet chocolate and fine wine in a fun and informative way.
You can taste superb chocolate from top chocolate houses in Australia and France, which source their cacao beans from prized plantations around the world including home-grown Australian cacao.
To enter for a chance to wine. Tag Hahndorf Hill Winery and tell them what you love about them and share this post.
Winners will be announced 23rd Dec 2019 and you can enter every day for the 12 days of Christmas.