Spring Racing Carnival: Entertain guests with three impressive packs from Conservatory, Nobu and Bistro Guillaume
With trackside events being capped, we'll be celebrating Spring Racing a little differently this year. Whether it's having guests at home, or a dolled up picnic lunch, Crown has three impressive offer, from Nobu, Conservatory and Bistro Guillaume, that take the stress out of entertaining:
In celebration of International Seafood Day (Tuesday, October 19) the 2021 Great Australian Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), have launched, marking the start of the search for the country’s best fish and chip businesses.
“In every town, across every state and territory, people spruik their fish & chips as number one, so let’s put them to the test and crown Australia’s best fish & chippers,” SIA CEO Veronica Papacosta said.
It's exciting news that Great Ocean Road Gin has opened a restaurant – The Gin Kitchen – as part of their offering alongside their Tasting Room on the Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet. Great for the region and great for those of us from Melbourne keen to visit this foodie destination.
Red Pepper Indian Restaurant in the Melbourne CBD is famous for it's affordable and authentic Indian dishes, but it also boasts a quality Drinks Menu to complement the delicious food. As Red Pepper prepares to open up again on November 5th after lockdown, the dine-in experience will return with the same excitement and sensory offering that has delighted diners since 2006.
Negroni lovers rejoice, as the team at Vero (Italian for "real") have created the perfect classic Negroni in a bottle, that can be enjoyed without any mixing. Simply pour, garnish and serve. We were #gifted with Vero Negroni and were highly impressed with the high quality of the Negroni, using exceptional ingredients of Campari, Cinzano Rosso Vermouth, and Gin. The simplicity of enjoying a refreshing Negroni without having to worry about mixing the ingredients!
True Italian Taste Fresh Pasta Hands-On Class by @iccimelbourne was a sensational (sold out) and convivial evening, bringing the best of Italy to Melbourne. The perfect tonic in lockdown. I'm confident I can repeat the recipes we replicated, but also engaging with the Italian experts and personalities was a highlight of the event. A tip from us is that any event associated with ICCI Melbourne is always a hit. There were 3 main aspects to the masterclass.
Melbourne dumpling institution, Oriental Teahouse, who we know and love, has launched a premium range of handmade restaurant-quality dumplings at select Coles Local stores nationally. We were invited to try some of this premium range at home.
With Father's Day likely to be spent at home this year, we have rounded up some of the best at-home offers for the big day this Sunday:
Brunetti Classico, formally known as Brunetti Carlton, is offering their famous celebration cakes, sweet packs, savouries to include home made pizza and pasta online to buy at brunetticlassico.com. Brunetti Classico are delivering within 50km of the Melbourne CBD (available everyday) and we were #gifted with a top notch cake delivery. The perfect gift for friends and family during lockdown.
Chef and restaurateur Paul Cooper and his wife Jaclyn, have taken on the much-loved Fergusson’s Winery in the Yarra Valley. The couple, who already own and operate Bianchet Bistro and Winery, also in the Valley, bought Fergusson’s and opened quietly with their first service on Saturday July 5.
Red Pepper Indian Restaurant has joined a growing alumni of Melbourne’s small business community in being awarded the prestigious Lord Mayor's Commendation. The program celebrates each individual small business owner, in this case the exceptional talents of Owner/Chef Jagjeet Kaur, an icon of Melbourne.
Taka is an indigenous-owned and native ingredient inspired gin that is fast gaining popularity. Native ingredients are a welcome infusion to gin alongside the normal gin botanicals, for a unique and exciting gin. Taka means “taste” in the Gunditjmara language.
Taka is unique in that not only does the gin feature native ingredients but the company is also indigenous-owned. We were sent a copy of the gin to experience, and we are highly impressed.
Red Pepper Indian restaurant is known for its authentic and affordable Indian dining, and it now offers a fabulous upstairs space for your next function, birthday, special occasion or dinner with a large group. Set in the desirable Parliament end of Bourke St, Red Pepper is a Melbourne institution.
With Modern Australian cuisine, a fusion of international flavours and a focus on fresh local produce, Industry Beans Chadstone is more than a coffee shop, it is a space for fine dining. We attended a fabulous degustation with paired wines at Industry Beans Chadstone, located in a desirable up market precinct of the shopping centre.
Finally, 22 July celebrates the opening of SOCIETY, restaurateur Chris Lucas' game-changing new restaurant with creative culinary partners Chef Martin Benn and Vicki Wild. Located at the prestigious landmark 80 Collins precinct in Melbourne, SOCIETY is three years in the making. The fated 2020 opening is finally realised and marks a new dawn in Melbourne. SOCIETY marks a shift in temperature for the city as we step into a future of reconnection and possibility.
The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards will return in 2021 after a hiatus last year, with award winners - including the prestigious Restaurant of the Year - to be revealed at a glittering awards dinner on October 27 at Gimlet at Cavendish House in Melbourne.
Applications for the next Masterchef Australia series are open. Are you a budding amateur cook who would like to take your dream further? Are you indeed the next Masterchef? Masterchef Australia are looking for great amateur home cooks and foodies, who may want to learn more about food or take their life in a food-driven direction! Hope you’ve been enjoying this season!
Red Pepper Indian Restaurant in Bourke St Melbourne CBD is popular for its Indian street food Starters and snacks, as well as it's more expansive Thali lunches and Dinner Set Menu. We have highlighted the amazing Thali lunches and Dinner Set Menu at Red Pepper, and the Indian street food Starters and snacks also deserve special mention. Taste and texture, as well as aromas are to the fore, with Red Pepper bringing a truly sensory experience. Red Pepper offers a stunning range of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Starter dishes.
Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi, supported by the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government, will safely continue this Winter, celebrating the very best of the capital’s dining for the eighth sensational year.
Due to recent Covid-19 restrictions, there have been some changes to this year’s programme which will no longer see Featured Events taking place. Good Food Month is committed to supporting the Melbourne dining scene and has worked with some of Melbourne’s best restaurants for Friends of Good Food Month.
Now in its 8th consecutive year, Truffle Melbourne, a seasonal festival that seeks to educate and celebrate all things truffle kicks off the truffle season with a two day free-to-enter festival at Queen Victoria Market on Saturday 10 (9am- 5pm) and Sunday 11 July (9am - 4pm).
Due to popular demand, this year’s festival, the largest truffle celebration outside of Europe, will be held in an expanded space in the J and K sheds of the market at the corner of Queen Street and Peel Street. Plus, the festival is held under cover to mitigate Melbourne’s variable weather and attendees can relax in the knowledge that strict Covid 19 safety measures are in place.
Chefgood is a healthy chef-made meal service delivered straight to your door! We have experienced several weeks of gifted hand crafted, calorie & portion controlled meals, containing no hidden sugars and that use only natural, fresh and seasonal local ingredients. Chefgood in-house nutritionists create the menus that change weekly offering 35+ new menu items every single week. Michelin trained Head Chef Tim leads the kitchen ensuring all our meals are extremely delicious and at the highest level of quality. Take advantage of our special code MELB50 for our readers to get $50 off (total) with Chefgood, $30 on their first box, and $20 off second box valid until 31 July.
Dumplings are a feature of the Melbourne dining scene, and there is no better exponent of the Xiao Long Bao (or XLB's for the dumpling educated) than newcomer Yulongfu on Bourke St. We were invited to experience this new dumpling and Chinese restaurant sensation.