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Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Finding Fire Dinner with Sydney chef Lennox Hastie was an epic event with many culinary highlights and a masterful recovery from drama. From his acclaimed restaurant in the backstreets of Sydney's Surry Hills,  Firedoor chef Lennox Hastie headed to South Yarra to bring a firestorm.

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Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Dans Le Noir is a unique and compelling dining experience that has taken the world by storm, and now available in Melbourne at The Como Melbourne each Thursday to Saturday from 6:30pm. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a dinner session and we found the experience to be highly rewarding and slightly confronting.

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Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy dishes are a hit at CH James cafe in Fairfield. We've noticed that on Melbourne cafe menus there are many more options for healthier style brunch dishes reflecting the demand by customers. Gone are the days of the huge fry up. CH James offers the equivalent of the big breakfast but it's not a greasy fry up. For those health conscious customers CH James is the place to be.

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Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar has announced itself on Chapel St Windsor with an epic launch, and is a delightful acquisition for the Windsor precinct. A chic bar with Italian influences is just what the area needs.

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New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New dishes at CH James are top notch, restaurant quality food in a cafe we believe. When looking at different cafes it's often the little touches that sets them apart. CH James doesn't compromise on premium ingredients and each dish gives the customer more than what they might expect. 

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Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong this Saturday for a free massive pop up party extravaganza! Highpoint will be offering awesome freebies celebrating the launch of 3 hot new stores located in IN:TRANSIT - The Jerk, Legacy Barbers & Essential Pieces and The Sneaker Laundry. Get along and join the festivities (Highpoint level 3 outside Degani) from 11-4pm!

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BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

An epic event for Good Beer Week was the degustation featuring BentSpoke Brewing Co (from Canberra) and The European restaurant! Held at a quintessentially Melbourne location, the private Team Room at iconic The European restaurant in Spring St Melbourne, this was a night to remember! BentSpoke Brewing,  one of Australia's highly awarded craft brewers, was a perfect match for a Melbourne food and wine dining institution. Comments were made about "if these walls could speak they would mainly tell wine stories" but now "we are bringing the beer stories". And so they did!

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Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Melbourne in June with ten incredible featured events including an inspiring master-class, chef collaborations and flavour-packed parties. This year, the talent-filled, good-times-packed programme draws on the inspiration that fuels this great city, inviting food-lovers to re-imagine Melbourne’s buzzing dining scene over 30 delectable days. Tickets are on sale now from  www.goodfoodmonth.com.

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Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Best Day Trips from Melbourne

We have unlocked the best day trips from Melbourne. Melbourne offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of arts and culture, food, music and lifestyle. But also it boasts a fine array of destinations not far from the CBD. Here are some of the best:

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Launch of Miss Ping's Thai Eatery

Launch of Miss Ping's Thai Eatery

Miss Ping's Thai Eatery is an exciting new addition to the food scene in Westfield Doncaster, with a sense of playfulness and fine food. The World Loves Melbourne attended the colourful launch and experienced some of the dishes of Miss Ping's. With attitude set to spice up Doncaster, this enticing venture has been created by hospitality veteran and Thailander owner, Winnie Chiang.

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The Spice Pantry A New Indian Gem in Prahran

The Spice Pantry A New Indian Gem in Prahran

The Spice Pantry in Prahran is surely amongst the best Indian food in Melbourne. A big "call" but we are amazed by this new restaurant in the burbs. In true Melbourne style this is a small restaurant you may drive past on Commercial Rd Prahran. But stop and take the time to experience some first class (mainly) North Indian food.

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Impressive Tom's Thai in Seabrook

Impressive Tom's Thai in Seabrook

Tom's Thai is a shining light in the Seabrook/Point Cook area with it's impressive Thai dishes. Named after it's owner, Tom's Thai has a selection of signature dishes experienced by The World Loves Melbourne. We highly recommend this local hero restaurant for your Thai food fix.

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Food, Lifestyle

Gastronomique by Anglicare

One of the biggest nights on the Australian charity calendar, Gastronomique featured 25 of the State's top chefs providing dinner for 2 tables each to feed the 500 patrons, as a fund raiser for disadvantaged children. Anglicare does an amazing job in supporting the State's most vulnerable children. Now in its 11th year, Gastronomique (formerly known as Dinner with the Angels) has become a highlight on the Melbourne food and wine diary, as well as an evening in which to support a state-wide charity. This is a not to be missed event - at a different level to the oft trivia nights of some charities.

 

The vocal performance from Move, Groove and Grow, a fun and supportive music and movement program for children in Out-of-Home Care, was moving as well as entertaining. The program aims to assist children to socialise with others who share similar life experiences, encourage them to build trusting relationships through teamwork, mentoring and role modelling. Children are offered opportunities to develop an appreciation of music and discover hidden talents. Additionally, they develop skills to recognise and self-regulate emotions and behaviours.

 

We were then again reminded of what the evening was all about with this remarkable story from a beautiful girl who spent a tough life in foster care before connecting with Anglicare. From a disadvantaged background she was able to forge a successful marketing career and is also writing a fantasy novel! Hashtag #inspirational!

The invaluable support of the 25 chefs, the guests and of course the wonderful sponsors makes this spectacular event possible each year and ultimately assists Anglicare Victoria in raising significant funds for the State's most vulnerable children.

We were given some informative stats visuals on challenges faced by children in care.

Bullying is such a problem, especially for children in foster care.

The Entree of Murray cod & yabby salad, burnt cos lettuce, Escabeche was a delightful dish with tastes of the river. And of course Oscar W's restaurant is a charming restaurant in Echuca with the Murray River alongside, featuring chef Ludo Baulacky.

One of the highlights of the night was the amazing vocal performances of Steven Smith. Steven is a star Opera singer who has performed internationally and of late with Opera Australia, and who has himself spent time in foster care (in earlier years). Steven is a charasmatic guy to boot and engaged the guests with his personality.

Steven Smith's perfomances captivated the audience, with enthusiastic applause. Bravo!

 

Chef Ludo Baulacky also excelled with this main of Oscar W's spiced double baked duck, a l'orange, beetroot, cumin, honey, yoghurt. Rich and rewarding duck with spice and in generous portion, with perfect accompaniments.

 

The dish was presented attractively and colourfully and was easy to share amongst the 10 of us at the table. 

 

Wines to match were provided by Dal Zotto from the sensational King Valley and were outstanding.

Such a pretty table...

The CEO of Anglicare Paul McDonald spoke with passion and vision, with Anglicare providing foster care to children, assistance to thousands of Victorian families, Crisis Aid to 70,000 homeless, as well as services such as drug and alcohol counselling. 

Beverley O'Connor from the ABC News 24 hosted the evening and was on hand with the irrepressible Will Fowles for the auction (both pictured here with the fabulous Nicky Riemer from Union Dining). One of the key items up for grabs was a lavish dinner at your home from Union Dining with Nicky Riemer. Will Fowles is a seasoned auctioneer and looked to be having a heap of fun raising money for charity.

The Union Dining dinner was a much sought after prize and it was the Richard the barrister sitting next to me who not only bid $5,800 for dinner for eight (at $700 a head - take note Heston) but actually doubled it to $11,600 afterwards ($1,400 a head at his home). Sensational.

Dessert was exceptional with Stawberries & Basil by Lisa Van Zanten - Executive Pastry Chef Atlantic Group. The dessert wine was Winery Dog Rutherglen Muscat.

Here is a photo of the top chefs who cooked and provided the produce for the amazing meals (courtesy of Anglicare Victoria Facebook site). A who's who of the industry. Thanks to all!

A Hyundai car was the largest prize of the night from Ferntree Gully Hyundai, there was also a trip to Dubai up for grabs, as well as artwork and other prizes. Funds raised were significant. Then the band played as the guests hit the dance floor (including The World Loves Melbourne)...

 

What a night! The World Loves Melbourne was glad to be invited by Anglicare Victoria to attend Gastronomique 2014 for a wonderful evening of food and wine, entertainment and fundraising.

Individual tickets were $300 (including a $150 donation for which a tax receipt will be issued). It's such an outstanding night - get on it for next year!

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