Food for a cause: Good Food Month at Leura Garage, Blue Mountains

(l-r) Artist Tanya Stubbles and Leura Garage owner James Howarth. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

(l-r) Artist Tanya Stubbles and Leura Garage owner James Howarth. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Diners at Leura Garage will be served value whatever they order during October when they chow down on a great deal, soak up some art and support a good cause.

The popular eatery is one of 16 Blue Mountains and Lithgow restaurants to take part in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month Regional Table promotion with a lunch special of one Trunkey Creek Chorizo & Peppi Pizza plus Leura Garage House Rose from Orange for just $20.

Diners can take in automotive art while dining on regional food at Leura Garage. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Diners can take in automotive art while dining on regional food at Leura Garage. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Diners can also take in Art @ the Garage, an exhibition of automotive artwork by South Coast construction artist Tanya Stubbles.

The junkyard art exhibition of framed rust buckets and crumbly car fantasia, which will run until November 30, supports the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) campaign, with great prizes to be won every week.

Celebrity chef and Blue Mountains regular Matt Moran said: “Getting the whole Blue Mountains food and wine scene happening and bringing people together through art is really exciting.’’

Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism food and wine advisory committee chairman Pam Seaborn said: “It’s wonderful to see how Leura Garage is engaging with the community and offering a value-added experience to diners with quality art and the opportunity to support a worthy cause.’’

Now a thriving restaurant featuring quality regional food and wine and a hub for the Leura community and visitors alike, Leura Garage hasn’t always looked pretty.

The rundown workshop underwent a massive revamp with the fit-out including many eco features while retaining references to its past (a car hoist, mufflers and tyres remain stacked overhead and mechanics tools are embedded in the floor).

Leura Garage was therefore an ideal venue for a Tanya Stubbles exhibition, which uses scraps of old cars and weaves them into works of urban chic.

One of the Tanya Stubbles artworks on display. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

One of the Tanya Stubbles artworks on display. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

“Leura Garage is much more than just an art gallery, it’s living art,’’ she said. “I’m thrilled to be showcasing my most significant works in this amazing space while supporting the SARAH movement.’’

Leura Garage owner James Howarth said Art @ the Garage supported the SARAH road safety awareness campaign formed by Springwood couple Peter and Judy Frazer after the death of their daughter Sarah, 23, a former Leura Garage employee, in the Southern Highlands on February 15, 2012.

Sarah was “an inspirational worker’’ with “that special mix of boundless energy, bright personality and customer engagement’’, Mr Howarth said.

“Art @ the Garage is about building upon the initiative that Peter and Judy have begun in Sarah’s name. She was a great girl and her parents are incredibly courageous people.’’

Mr Frazer said: “We are still coming to terms with Sarah not being among us but she has become a symbol of hope and meaning for so many people that care about safety on our roads.’’

Leura Garage is at 84 Railway Pde, Leura. Details: www.leuragarage.com.au or (02) 4784 3391.

Go to www.sarahgroup.org for more information about the Safe Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) campaign.

Leura Garage features many hints of its past as a garage. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Leura Garage features many hints of its past as a garage. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

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