Good Food Month 2019 Launches
Good Food Month is upon us again, bigger than ever with an exciting month of top notch events in Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a launch event in South Melbourne at Canvas House to celebrate. We were treated to a spectacular brunch by The Mulberry Group’s (Higher Ground, The Kettle Black, Top Paddock) latest venue, Liminal.
Superb launch event at Canvas House
Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Melbourne with two new feature events and festival favourites Let’s Do Lunch presented by Church Road and Friends of Good Food Month now added to the inspiring program. This year, Melbourne Good Food Month features a multitude of unique events, showcasing the very best of Australia’s restaurant industry over 30 delicious winter days.
Liminal served up a stunning brunch at the launch event.
Two new dining experiences featuring chefs Adam Liaw, Jason Baratt and Nick Mahlook and renowned food photographer Nikki To join the series of unique dining events at Good Food Month’s Restaurant at Custom House, South Melbourne.
Adam Liaw x Keita Abe| Wednesday, 12 June, 6:30pm | $170
Adam Liaw, television host of Destination Flavour and author of five incredible cookbooks, is inviting Melbournians on a cultural and culinary journey, with Keita Abe from Sydney institution, Chaco Bar. Abe is the master of yakitori, cultivating a cult following with his famous meat skewers, inspired by his native city of Fukuoka, Japan. Tickets include multiple courses with premium wines and beer supplied by James Squire.
The Good Food Editor’s Dinner presented by David Jones| Friday, 14 June, 6:30pm | $170
National Good Food Editor Ardyn Bernoth and Chief Restaurant Critic Gemima Cody have assembled the who’s who of the industry, sharing their insights and anecdotes into the wonderful world of food - Jason Barratt, head chef of Halcyon House’s two-hatted restaurant Paper Daisy, Nick Mahlook, whose ocean-to-plate philosophy keeps Melbourne’s The Atlantic Group very busy, and Nikki To, the woman behind the famous food images in the business and the person Australia’s top chefs call when they want to elevate a dish into an icon.
Good Food Month has also announced that food writer, media consultant and radio broadcaster Melissa Leong (aka Fooderati) will be the host of three feature events - An Evening with Marco Pierre White, Osteria Marco & The New Vanguard - and revealed the four young chefs that will be mentored by Marco Pierre White at the Young Chefs Lunch, presented by Citi.
Young Chefs Lunch with Marco Pierre White presented by Citi | Saturday, 8 June 1:30pm
In this special event, Marco Pierre White will host a four-course lunch, prepared by four hotly tipped stars of Melbourne’s culinary scene - Jessica Moore from two-hatted, fire-focused Matilda 159, Ridgley Carelse from seafood sustainability advocate The Atlantic Restaurant, George Wintle from the rigorously regional restaurant at Oakridge, and Tana Rattananikom from two-hatted Melbourne favourite, Cutler & Co. White has been mentoring these chefs along the way to create their signature menu and will be overseeing the preparation and plating on the day. Guests who own a copy of White Heat are invited to bring it along to the event for Marco to sign in person.
Let’s Do Lunch presented by Church Road sees Melbourne’s best lunch offerings at Good Food Guide hatted restaurants for a specially curated price of $45 including a glass of Church Road, beer or soft drink, throughout June.
NOIR |Tuesday - Sunday throughout June | $45
Slick and moody, the hatted Noir is celebrating Good Food Month with a spectacular three-course lunch menu by Michelin-starred chef Peter Roddy.
MAHA |Weekdays throughout June | $45
Guests can enjoy the opulence of Maha as they prepare a two-course Middle Eastern inspired lunch, featuring signature dishes with a delectable selection of sides.
SARDINE eatery + bar |Tuesday to Friday throughout June | $45
This is a wonderful opportunity to not only discover the hatted perfection of dining at SARDINE eatery + bar, but to experience chef Mark Brigg's sustainable seafood ethos, including cooking with lesser-known fish.
EZARD |Weekdays until 14th June | $45
Ezard unveils two new winter courses and a glass of wine for $45 - and in just 45 minutes, providing the perfect lunch break at one of Melbourne's favourite hatted restaurants during the week. Ezard’s menu is available on our website.
MATILDA |Tuesday 18th of June | $45
Enjoy lunch at the two-hatted Matilda 159 for just $45, including a glass of Church Road wine. Matilda is a visual and sensory journey, where the kitchen is fuelled by open fire and hot coals, delivering great food, strong design and a feeling of comfort and warmth.
The French Brasserie| Cassoulet Monday Nights at The French Brasserie | Every Monday in June, 6-10pm | $40
Every Monday night throughout Good Food Month in June, enjoy the signature cassoulet with a glass of red wine to match for just $40 at The French Brasserie.
Burma Lane| Dining in the Dark | Thursday, 27th June, 6-10pm | $109
An opportunity to test the taste buds, with a fun and interactive dinner where guests will start each course blindfolded and sample a selection of mystery ingredients, before enjoying the dish in full sight.
Gin Palace| Scents of Place | Saturday the 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th of June, 12:30 - 3pm | $110
A gin-tastic three-course lunch matched with cocktails, a cocktail workshop, a gin-filled goody-bag.
WG Little Reserve| National Celtic Festival | 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th June, 10am til late | Weekend Adult Pass Online $190
The annual National Celtic Festival will transform Portarlington’s foreshore and surrounding haunts into a bustling winter-wonderland of music, dance and theatre, alongside artisan produce and boutique beverages from Victoria's local vineyards, distilleries and food trucks.
Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale| Low Light, Queenscliff | Everyday throughout June | Varies
Low Light, Queenscliff returns to the Bellarine bringing its finest culinary talents. For Good Food Month, there’s a seafood buffet brunch, a Bordeaux v Bellarine Dinner, Belsize Burgers & Beers, the multicultural Tamil Welcome Feast, The Q Train restaurant on rails, and the Vue Grand Winter Buffet Brunch and Bubbles.
Yagiz | Three-course lunch special | Every Friday & Saturday throughout June, from 11:30am | $40
Enjoy a beautiful three-course lunch at Yagiz throughout Good Food Month in June - $40 per person including a glass of Turkish white or red wine.
Kumo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant | Dinner with the Sake Master | Saturday 22nd June, 6:30 - 9:30pm | $120
Limited to eleven guests only, Kumo owner and certified Sake Professional Andre Bishop presents a special five-course degustation menu matched with sake and drinks on arrival.
Arbory Bar & Eatery | Pork & Pinot | Everyday throughout June, 12pm til midnight | $25
Featuring a plate of roast pork and a glass of Lucinda ‘Premium’ Pinot Noir for $25. Each dish will change daily and will be a celebration of the whole pig - think Porchetta on a Tuesday and suckling pig on a Saturday.
Mister Bianco | Giro d'Italia Long Sunday Lunch | Sunday 2nd June, 5:00pm - 9:30pm | $75
The lunch is a celebration of the famous Italian bicycle race, serving delicious dishes inspired by different regions of Italy. Riders start in Bologna, finishing on 2 June in the beautiful city of Verona. There will even be a fun podium finish at the restaurant with Prosecco spraying.
3 Grains | Good Food Month ‘Inverno’ Menu | Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June | $35
3 GRAINS are proud to be partnering with Good Food Month for the month of June to offer an exclusive ‘Inverno’ menu on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Enjoy a two-course menu of winter warmers plus a glass of wine for $35 per person. One of the best dinner deals in the west!
Mercedes Me | Halliday Sip Series - Spotlight on Cellaring | Thursday 13th June, 6:30 - 9:30pm | $106.54 - $122.36
Halliday Wine Companion invites guests to share a celebration of cellaring, with an unforgettable evening of wine tasting, conversations with awarded winemakers, and more. All tickets include tastings, free-flowing canapes with grazing tables, a copy of the 2019 Halliday Companion and a copy of the Halliday Magazine.
CRU Wine Bar | "Feed Me" Italian Winter Reds Degustation Dinner | Wednesday to Saturday, 3:30 - 9:30pm | $59
Melbournians can escape to Italy as CRU Wine Bar showcases knock-out Italian Reds that are perfect for the chilly Melbourne Winter.
Asado Bar y Grill | Tapas y Sangria | Thursday, 20th June, 5-7pm | $40
Asado is celebrating World Tapas Day with a new Happy Hour campaign "Tapas y Sangria" and bite-sized dishes to devour.
Asado Bar y Grill | Whisky and Wagyu | Tuesday, 25th June, 6:30-9:30pm | $195
Enjoy a beefy, boozy, five-course menu with whiskies to match, hosted by whisky expert and Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador, Nick Edwards, alongside Nick and Vicki Sher from Sher Wagyu.
Palermo | Sunday Asado | Every Sunday throughout June1 12:00pm til late | $50
An afternoon grazing experience of Sunday roasts, the Argentinian way. Featuring items slow-cooked on Palermo’s famous charcoal grill Asado.
Palermo | Argentinian VS Australia Wine Tasting | Monday 17th June, 6:30-8:30pm | $80
Join Palermo for their Argentinian versus Australian wine tasting event with St. Ignatius Winery, who produce South American varietals such as Malbec and Torrontes here on Australian soil. A night diving deep into the fundamentals of the wines while enjoying a three-course meal (and a branded Palermo wine glass to take home).
Massi | North vs South, Polentoni Vs Terroni | Thursday 27th June, 6:30-9:30pm | $96
Join Joseph Vargetto and guest chef Matteo Toffano as they challenge each other for guest votes at the North vs South, Polentoni Vs Terroni dinner at Massi. The event will see an array of delicious dishes paired with matching wines from Veneto and Sicilia.
Gingerboy | Chicken Rib Tuesday | Tuesdays in June, 5:30pm til late | $15
Every Tuesday during Good Food Month in June, Gingerboy will be dishing up some finger-lickin' good chicken ribs with a choice of sauce, for just $15.
San Telmo | Parrillada Sundays | Sundays throughout June, 12:00pm til late | $50
The Parrillada is a traditional Argentinian mixed grill featuring a chef’s selection of the best cuts, cooked to perfection, on the Parrilla grill. For Good Food Month, they have curated a special $50 meat board that serves two people.
Vue de monde | A taste of Vue | Thursdays through Sunday in June, 12-2pm | $150
A celebration of our newly awarded Master Sommelier Dorian Guillon and Executive Chef Hugh Allen, this special event offers guests the opportunity to sample a taste of the ever-evolving menu items. Includes five-courses and a glass of wine.
Vue de monde | Sommelier Sundays at Vue de monde | Sunday 30th June, from 12pm | $350
Vue Group presents ‘Master Sommelier Sundays', celebrating their newly awarded Master Sommelier Dorian Guillon and new Executive Chef Hugh Allen. Guests can enjoy a menu where diners experience a culinary journey of their latest creations, served with a full wine pairing.
Seafood by Vue, Iki-jime | Good Food Month Chef's Lunch | Wednesday to Friday from 12pm | 2 courses with a glass of wine at $55, 3 courses with a glass of wine at $65
Head Chef James Cornwall is celebrating Good Food Month with a delicious lunch menu, designed to showcase beautiful and vibrant flavours.
Seafood by Vue, Iki-jime | Seafood dishes that inspire me; four seafood-centric courses by Shannon Bennett | Tuesday 18th June, 7pm | $120 Food $60 wine matching
Shannon Bennett and head chef James Cornwall will share Bennett’s passion for seafood, with a menu of four dishes that inspire him as a chef, and his signature sweet souffle to finish.
Seafood by Vue, Iki-jime | Chef's Feed Me Dinner Menu - Chef’s Selection | Tuesday - Saturday in June, 6-10pm | $145
The chefs at Iki-jime take guests on a gastronomic journey with a selection of their favourite starters, entrees, mains and desserts.
Bar Saracen | Once Upon a Toum in Mexico | Tuesday 18th June, 7:30pm | $60
Bar Saracen will be throwing a fiesta of Middle Eastern appearance to celebrate the Mexican wave of Lebanese immigration that took place in the 1960s. Chef Tom Sarafian will cook a three-course menu exploring these Lebanese and Mexican flavours
Piggery at Burnham Beeches | What my Mother Cooked | Saturday 29th June, 6-10pm | $100
Good Food Month is proud to launch a new series of monthly dinners at the Piggery Café, where different Vue Group chefs take over the kitchen to cook meals inspired by what their mothers cooked. Head Chef Azil Chabrawill lead the series in what is destined to be a sell-out special food event. Price includes food, matched with beer and wines selected by Vue group head sommelier, Carlos Simoes.
Underground, Third Floor by Miznon | Miznon Warms June | Thursday 27th June, 7-11pm | $150
Miznon are planning a wild night filled with incredible food, pumping music, good vibes, great conversations, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, wine, and wild desserts.
Miznon | Miznon's famous NYC folded cheeseburger | Monday through Saturday throughout June, 12-10pm | $19
Followers of @goodfoodmonth can bring a screenshot of the legendary Miznon pita stuffed with a folded Wagyu cheeseburger, aioli, sour cream, pickles and fresh tomato for a special price of $16.
Midnight Starling | Forest to Plate Lunch | Sunday, 9th June, 12:30pm | $100
French-trained Chef Steven Rogers will showcase the best of local Macedon Ranges wild produce including rabbit, hare and venison, opulently enjoyed over five courses.
Wonderbao | Wonderbao Burger Special | Mondays to Saturday throughout June, from 10am | $10
The team at Wonderbao have created a completely new bao burger - the Katsu Chicken Bao Burger with pickled cucumber, shredded lettuce, tasty cheese, fresh coriander and kimchi mayo, only available throughout June.
Supernormal Canteen | Whisky Business | Wednesday 26th June, 7-10pm | $120
Supernormal Canteen x Nikka present Whisky Business, a one-off dinner that celebrates all things whisky. Guests will be treated to a five-course meal influenced by the cuisine of Kyoto and developed specifically to be paired with whisky.
David's Restaurant | David's Suckling Pig Banquet | Tuesday 11th June, 7-9:30pm | $120
To celebrate the Winter Solstice, David’s is holding a special eight-course banquet that will hero a whole suckling pig, slow-cooked to perfection, and best enjoyed with family around a long table - a style of cooking and eating that is traditionally enjoyed by Shanghai locals.
Citrico | The Citrico Diaries | Thursdays 20th June, 5-10pm | $100
The Citrico Diaries is a little like The Motorcycle Diaries - and is a one-off, four-course degustation dinner being held on Thursday the 20th of June. The dinner will take you course by course on a geographical tour of South America, from the rivers of the South (El Rio), to the Andes mountains (Los Andes), and down to Patagonia and then ending up in the Atacama Desert for dessert (El Desierto).
Rice Paper Scissors Fitzroy & Melbourne | Battle of the Bao | Throughout June, 12-5pm | Free with lunch platter
Guests who dine with Rice Paper Scissors Fitzroy for lunch in June will receive a free tofu or pork bun with every lunch platter.
Rice Paper Sister | Filipino Express Lunch | 12-30pm, Monday - Thursday, 12-5pm Friday throughout June | $30
New to Filipino Feasting? During Good Food Month, Rice Paper Sister’s exclusive Filipino-inspired Express Lunch menu of 5 dishes for only $30 per person.
Stokehouse St Kilda | What Grows Together Goes Together | Thursday 6th June, 6:30pm | $145
For those interested in tradition, technique, seasonality and the paddock to plate ethos, this is food and wine dinner series not to be missed. Head chef Ollie Hansford and group sommelier Gavin Cremming will take guests on an exploration of regional Victoria as they meet with the passionate local producers to understand how their local growing conditions and traditions differentiate their produce.
Stokehouse St Kilda | Stoked Lunch | Monday to Thursday throughout June, 12-3pm | $40
Head chef Ollie Hansford has designed a two-course seaside Stoked Lunch offer as a preview to the full Stokehouse menu - with a choice of two entrees and two mains, including seasonal favourites and new selections available each week.
Fatto Bar & Cantina | Winter Soul-stice | Saturday 22nd June, 8pm | $60
Join Fatto for a night of decadence and feasting as they light up the cold winter night with a candlelit Italian dinner.
Congress | Off-Cuts | Sunday, 30th June, 1:30-5:30pm | $110
Focusing on sustainability and food that is often forgotten, Congress invites Melbourne to a five-course lunch celebrating the under-used ingredients of the kitchen - from pig’s head sangas, barbecue fish collars and sourdough ice-cream. This special Good Food Month menu will be paired with wines from winemakers who are using techniques that focus on minimal impact to the environment.
The Grand Dining Room | Italian Yum Cha | Sundays throughout June, 12-3:30pm | Various
Every Sunday of Good Food Month The Grand’s kitchen will be serving Italian specialties in traditional yum cha style. Imagine beautiful small dishes of to-die-for food being whisked around the room ready for you to choose.
2019 MELBOURNE GOOD FOOD MONTH 1-30 JUNE