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Moon Under Water teams up with Brotherhood of St Laurence

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One of the event highlights of the year was a fabulous lunch at Brotherhood of St Laurence in Brunswick sponsored by Gertrude St restaurant Moon Under Water and chef Josh Murphy.
Jessie Truscott the Events Manager at the Brotherhood of St Laurence invited The World Loves Melbourne to this event related to the Winter Appeal. Members of The Coolibah Centre aged care facility and major donors were treated to a fine dining meal from top restaurant Moon Under Water.
The two course meal (plus canapes) was designed by Josh and well received by all. The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed connecting with residents and staff of The Coolibah Centre and kudos to Moon Under Water for the excellent event.
The Winter Appeal is raising money for disadvantaged elderly Australians. Josh Murphy and the team at Moon Under Water designed a special menu for the members and donated all food, cutlery and staff for the event!  

Coolibah Centre members were treated to a fine dining experience they would not be able to have without the generous support of Moon Under Water. The Brotherhood's major donors were also treated to an experience that demonstrated social inclusion in action. Sitting at my table was local resident Eve, who said she thoroughly enjoyed the meal, especially the dessert. Eve told The World Loves Melbourne she visits The Coolibah Centre most days and has seen many changes in Brunswick over the years.



Josh Murphy, Head Chef, Moon Under Water at the Builders Arms Hotel, pictured above, prepared lunch for the Coolibah Members and a small group of major donors were invited to share the experience. The meal featured top notch canapes and the entree was an equisite offering, described simply as "cheese biscuit".


The main of Beef short rib, gremolata, pearl barley and saffron was a song on a plate. The beef was cooked two ways, braised and grilled - the two portions perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth.


Dessert consisted of Chocolate tart & buffalo milk yoghurt, a crowd pleaser with rich chocolate and creamy yoghurt. We've become partial to buffalo yoghurt of late.


The simple menu item of Mandarin was also a hit, and we still don't quite know how Moon Under Water produced the big flavour of the mandarin.


Altogether 45 people enjoyed his wonderful food.



Coolibah Centre

Did you know our Coolibah Centre in Fitzroy has provided hot meals, secure housing, welfare advice and social activities to local seniors since 1946? This week, The Brotherhood OF St Laurence launched its Hero For A Day Coolibah Calendar, where supporters can sponsor a day at the Coolibah Centre for $350 and be a hero in the lives of disadvantaged seniors.




Group General Manager of Brotherhood of St Laurence,  Rob Hudson, talking to local resident Eve (at back of the photo)...


Michelle Eunson the General Manager of Communications & Development gives a short speech thanking Josh and his team from Moon Under Water and welcoming members, donors and other guests to the luncheon.



Jessie Truscott and Deb Morris, Communications Manager from Brotherhood of St Laurence were hospitable and engaging, this being a standout event.


For The World Loves Melbourne this event was one of the highlights in a busy calendar, with donors and members in wonderful interaction over a high class meal.


Bio for Josh Murphy

Josh Murphy approach to cooking is one that is both restrained and considered and where the produce itself is championed. He was first introduced to this approach working in 2006 working at Circa, from which he went on to work his way up to become head chef at the celebrated Three, One, Two restaurant in Carlton. In 2008 Josh was selected to head the kitchen team for the opening of McConnell’s hugely successful and frenetic-paced Cumulus Inc. in Flinders Lane.

Josh was awarded Young Chef of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide 2012; a major industry award that recognised his poise, professionalism and the commitment he has shown to his craft. This award has provided the opportunity for travel and further development of his knowledge and skills.

In April 2012 Josh joined forces with partners Anthony Hammond and Andrew McConnell to revive the Builders Arms Hotel on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. The landmark public house offers a bar, bistro, garden and smart dining room Moon Under Water. Opening to early acclaim, the dining room was named hottest restaurant in Victoria by The Australian Hot 50 restaurant awards. Named after the George Orwell essay, Moon Under Water is a beautiful dining room for Josh and Andrew to present their acclaimed food.