Ladies who lunch - very very rarely


The idea of a mid-week lunch with my friends is heaven to me. Unfortunately, it happens all to rarely. Hardly ever actually. So when the lovely Prue of Olive and Clover, said she was coming to Orange with some new pieces for her online store, and could I please take a few pics of them for her idea was born.

We decided to meet at another friend, Willa Arant's restaurant Racine. Then gather a few girls together, dress up and take some pics. Here are the results, and Prue has posted more, with recipes too, over on her blog.

With her chef-husband Shaun Arantz, Willa runs Racine with great style and grace. The restaurant has been awarded a chefs' hat two years in a row now,  and is renowned for innovative fine dining grounded (literally) in its use of local produce (including ahem...our Mandagery Creek Venison!). More recently, the couple opened their restaurant up from 10am on Thursdays and Fridays with a more casual cafe-style menu offering everything from pastries to bowls of soup, salads and share plates (the more formal restaurant menu is also available).

The whole set up is just ideal for relaxed catch ups over coffee and pastries (from Racine's bakery in town) or light lunches. And, unlike many restaurants and cafes it's absolutely child friendly. Because the restaurant is situated right in the middle of a vineyard, there's plenty of space for kids to run around (including a wide green lawn often used as a marquee space for the weddings Racine often hosts). Willa provides crayons and paper for creative little people, and encourages the more active young guests to bring soccer balls and have a kick on the lawn while the rest of their party has lunch. Nice hey!

You can find all of these beautiful garments over on the Olive and Clover website. And for more information and/or bookings for Racine, jump over to their site for all the details. Thanks!


  1. Oh a long lunch with girlfriends is a rare treat isn't it Sophie? This looks like so much fun. I loved reading about all of the beautiful businesses in Orange in 'your' Delicious magazine! So many great options. I loved your article too, what lovely photos and memories to have x

  2. If only we could lunch with our ladies every day :) amazing!
    That pasta dish looks delicious!!


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