14th April – 20th April 2014

Monday 14th April

  • American Craft Whisky Tasting at Whisky and Alement (270 Russell St, Melbourne) – Whisky and Alement are throwing open their doors for a tasting on American craft whisky. They will have 5 different whisky’s to taste. Tickets are $40 a head. For more information and to book, look online here.

Tuesday 15th April

  • Circa Through the Ages (2 Acland St, St Kilda) – Circa is putting together a degustation menu that will bring together some their most celebrated past chefs including Matt Wilkinson and Philippa Sibley with their current with matched wines by Sally Humble. Dinner is $150 per head and you cn book via dining@circa.com.au or by phone on 9536 1122.
  • Gin Day at Bar Nacional (727 Collins St, Melbourne) - Wine and spirit experts Prue and Jeff are back for a delicious discussion of gin. The class will include a tasting of both Spanish and Victorian gins (including the new Yarra Valley 4 Pillars gin), a discussion of typical gin botanicals and a lesson in making the perfect gin and tonic. Practice your new gin skills by infusing your own personal flavour of gin to take home and convert into a your next signature cocktail. (Light refreshments, gin/cocktail tasting, and supplies for your own infused gin are included.) Tickets are $15 a head and can be booked via info@barnacional.com.au or by phone on 252 7999.

Wednesday 16th April

  • Burmese New Years Eve at Burma Lane (118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) - Join Burma Lane  for their Thingyam Burmese New Year Eve 4-course dinner, featuring delicious Burmese food and a glass of wine with each course. Dinner is $89 per person and can be booked by calling 9615 8500.

Thursday 17th April

  • World Malbec Day at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) - Come join the celebration of Argentina’s most famed grape including examples from Australia. Add to this, there’ll be empanadas for you to eat from some of Melbourne’s best Argentinean/South American restaurants and you get to vote for your favourite one.  The winner will receive the ‘GOLDEN EMPANADA’ trophy which will be annouced towards the end of the night. Expect to see the guys from Piqueos, San Telmo, Huxtable, Bellota and El Alamo serving up these tasty treats. Add to this there will be live tango shows, over 80 different types of Malbec on tasting and more! Tickets for this amazing night are just $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • An Evening with Dr Ray at Bistro Vue (430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) - Dr Ray Nadeson, winemaker and originator of Lethbridge Wines in Geelong will host an intimate dinner sharing his knowledge and philosophy as one of Victoria’s great advocates of biodynamic winemaking. This is a unique opportunity to participate in  a fun, terroir driven conversation which is so in tune with our local food philosophy. Dinner is $145 per head and can be booked by phone on 96913838. See the full menu online here.
  • World Malbec Day at Bohemian Restaurant (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) - Join Bohemian for a journey through the grape variety best known in Argentina as they celebrate World Malbec Day for the second year running on Thursday 17 April 2014. Enjoy a five-course feast devised by head chef Josep Espuga expertly matched with different versions of the South American wine. Dinner and wine is $65 per person and bookings can be made by phone on 9682 0566.

Friday 18th April

  • Good Friday at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) - Looking for somewhere special to dine this Good Friday? We will be open and offering a beautiful 5 course fish only meal to mark this Easter holiday for only $70 per person with an optional wine match on the night (menu here).  Bookings can be made via mrandmrs@persillade.com.au or by phone on 9078 4056.

Sunday 20th April

  • Easter Sunday at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) - Join Maha for a family feast on Easter Sunday. Shane will be creating a ‘maltese-centric’ menu featuring some of his family favourites. Lunch is $65 a head for 4 course and dinner is $85 a head for 4 courses. To book, email bookings@maharestaurant.com.au or call 9629 5900.
  • Easter Sunday Breakfast at the Aquarium (King St, Melbourne) - Enjoy an egg-cellent start to your Easter Sunday with a morning of family fun and entertainment at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. The event includes a delicious sit-down breakfast featuring seasonal gourmet delights, including pancakes for the kids, while you soak up the magnificent views of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River. With plenty of art and craft activities to keep even the smallest little fish entertained, chocolate goodies, PLUS all-day entry,there’s never been a be To better time to hop down to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium! Entry is $50 for Adults, $35 for children aged 3-12 and $15 for children under 3. To book, simply fill out this form and email it back to the Aquarium on functions@melbourneaquarium.com.au
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Oakridge Winery (864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream) – Come to Oakridge on Easter Sunday for a day of  family fun with a petting zoo for the kids from 10am to 12pm and their own resident  face-painting fairy. The Restaurant is now booked out for lunch but you can still book for breakfast and the kids are welcome to join in on our famous ANNUAL EGG HUNT at 2pm. Sunday locavore’s breakfast is available at $40 per person, which includes eggs your way, all the trimmings, tea, coffee, juice and a glass of the 2010 Oakridge Blanc de Blancs. Book now for breakfast – (03) 9738 9900 or info@oakridgewines.com.au
  • Easter Feast at The Commoner (122 Johnston St, Fitzroy) -Join the Commoner on Easter Sunday for a special seasonal lunch. They will be putting the Easter Bunny through its paces and serving up a menu featuring rabbit (or wood-fire roasted chicken for the game-free). Lunch is $60 and for that, you’ll get an amuse, entree, main (rabbit or chicken) & dessert. For bookings call 9415 6876.
  • Easter Sunday at Epocha (49 Rathdowne St, Carlton) -The Epocha family invites you and yours to our home this Easter, for a special Easter version of our Sunday Roast. Roast is $58 per person and bookings can be made on 9036 4949.
  • Greek Easter at Hellenic Republic (26 Cotham Rd, Kew: 434 Lygon St, Brunswick) - Celebrate Easter Sunday and Greek Easter all on the same day. This special event will be running at both our Brunswick and Kew venues. Join Hellenic Republic for a 4 course set menu priced at $70 per adult & $40 per child (aged 3-11 years). To book, phone Brunswick on 9381 1222 and Kew on  9207 7477.

21st April – 27th April 2014

Tuesday 22nd April 

  • Bundarra Pork Feast at Bar Nacional (727 Collins St, Docklands) – On the 22nd/23rd and 24th April, Bar Nacional will be offering a very special pork degustation made with the finest free range pork from Bundarra pork. There will be a 5 course tasting menu for $55 per head, $85 with matched wines. Book by calling 9252 7999.

Wednesday 23rd April

  • Rioja Wine Evening (1219 High Street, Armadale) – Rioja is based about 100km from the north coast and just to the west of the French boarder it’s Spain’s most famous and recognised wine region.  Their Tempranillo wines have helped put Spain on the map proving they can make great quality wines with intense flavours and the ability to age. But this is not all that modern day Rioja has to offer, there’s also some amazingly textured white wines and some great fruit driven red blends.You are invited to join a trip through Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja the three main areas of the region in our Riojan wine evening. There’ll be 8 wines to taste from a variety of grapes all matched to delicious cheese and charcuterie boards. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Hendricks Gin Cocktail Class at The Gin Palace (10 Russell Place, Melbourne) – The Gin Palace invite you to join them in a cocktail demonstration featuring Hendricks Gin. The demonstration will be given by Sebastien Derbomez. Tickets for the evening are $25 per head and include 4 cocktails and canapes. For bookings, email functions@ginpalace.com.au or call 9654 0533.
  • Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - The Oyster Frenzy returns in 2014 bigger and better than last year with live music to keep you entertained and an indulgent evening filled with fine food and wine! Join to see who will beat the record for the most oysters devoured in 1 minute!  With unlimited oysters from the best inlets in Austraila served natural, cold & hot canapes, a glass of Pommery NV on arrival, Tyrrell’s selected wines and live music, it’s sure to be a brilliant night. Tickets are $69 a head and to book, email info@thebotanical.com.au. or call 9820 7888.
  • St George’s Day at Hellenic Republic (26 Cotham Rd, Kew) - Do you have a special George in your life? Why not join us at Hellenic Republic Kew from 6pm  for the Feast Day of St George. We’ll be celebrating this name day with live music and a special feast including succulent whole lamb from the spit, priced at $60 per adult and $35 per child (view menu here). To book, call 9207 7477.

Thursday 24th April

  • Degustation Dinner at The Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Join head brewer and winemaker,James Booth for a 5 course degustation served with beers from Black Dog Brewery Beers and wines from Taminick Cellars Wines. Dinner is $100 a head and tickets can be purchased by calling 9387 1218.
  • ANZAC Eve Wine Dinner at Hare and Grace (525 Collins St, Melbourne) - Featuring Greg Malouf, Raymond Capaldi, Matteo, Miss Pearls & Richard Thomas with a Madame Brussels themed cocktails & Champagne from 7.00pm followed by a set banquet style dinner, fun and frivolities. Dinner is $165 per person all inclusive with bookings to be made by calling 9629 6755.

Friday 25th April

  • ANZAC Day Brunch (1 Convention Centre Place,  South Wharf) - Secure your seat at the ANZAC Day match at the MCG. The Brunch hosted by Tony Jones, includes Collingwood and Essendon players and returned Soldiers. This special event includes a two course meal and beverages (alcohol served after 12pm), a reserved seat at the Collingwood vs Essendon match at the MCG, and transfers to the MCG from the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Tickets are $305 per head and can be purchased online here.
  • Garden Tour, Morning Tea and Lunch With Annie Smithers (Annie Smither’s Garden, Malmsbury) - Annie Smithers’ prolific garden is loosely based on the principles of one man, one acre, supplying her restaurant, du Fermier in Trentham, with up to 90% of its fruit and vegetables. Start with morning tea with Annie as she takes you on a garden journey then enjoy a delicious lunch at her beautiful farmhouse prepared with what’s growing best right now. Tickets for the day are $65 a heas and can be booked by phone on 0421 458 891.
  • Worship the Aga at Small Holdings (90 Mollison St, Malmsbury) - Small Holdings is a quirky renovated church in Malmsbury, and whilst the space is small, the love of food and local produce is big. Taking central stage is the huge Aga stove with which Chef Dan gently and lovingly prepares slowly braised meats and locally grown vegetables. Dinner is $49 per head for 3 courses and can be booked by phone on 03 5423 2391.

Saturday 26th April

  • Eat Your Ethics at Jonai Farm (129 Morgantis Road, Eganstown) - Spend an idyllic day on a rare-breed pig farm. Watch how to break down half a pig and learn where your favourite cuts come from. They’ll teach you how to cook them, including how to cook muscle meat compared to tender cuts like loin – no more dry over-cooked pork! Finish with a BBQ of ethical pork with seasonal salad and sourdough bread fresh from the oven. The class is $75 per head including lunch. For bookings, email jonaifarms@gmail.com or call 0422 429 362.
  • Tuki Homestead Dinner (60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton) - Meet the farmer, the chooks, trout, Tukidale sheep and cattle. Catch your dinner whilst enjoying delicious nibbles and magnificent views. Dine in Tuki’s historic barn on farm raised produce trout, pasture – fed lamb and beef, seasonal vegetables, baked bread and local mineral water. Wine can be purchased from the bar. Dinner is $45 per head with children at 1/2 price. For bookings, email info@tuki.com.au or phone 03 5345 6233.
  • Pork and Perry Tasting at Frangos and Frangos (82 Vincent Street, Daylesford) - Chef Euan Apedaile has created 5 incredible free-range pork dishes from Jonai Farms, a local rare breed Large Black pig farm. Each dish is paired with a Henry of Harcourt Perry Cider and cider varieties from Daylesford Cider Company. Learn more from the producers, listen to the importance of preserving their craft and why Perry is in the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Tickets are $65 per head and can be booked online here.
  • Farmers Harvest Dinner at Glenlyon Hall (Daylesford-Malmsbury Rd, Glenlyon) – Join Chef Michael de Jong and Chef/grower Florian Hofinger from Mt Franklin Organics for a five course local produce dinner. Paired with wines by Ellender Estate and Sandy Farm Winery and set in the historic Glenlyon Hall. A little starter with Ellender sparkling will kick off this fun filled evening. Dinner is $95 per person and can be booked online here.

Sunday 27th April

  • Street Feud on The Deck (2 Acland St, St Kilda) - It’s time to settle the sticky finger feud: scoff and score sidewalk serves from Acland St Cantina, Hanoi Hannah, Saigon Sally, Charlie Dumpling, Newmarket Hotel and Fonda. Street Feud invites the public to scoff and score Melbourne’s favourite side-walk serves. Tickets are $39 per head and can be bought online here.
  • KLM Dutch Orange Day (1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank) - The KLM Dutch Orange Day festival is a lively celebration of Dutch culture. Sample Dutch delicacies such as croquettes, poffertjes and Dutch pea soup, or pick up some Dutch groceries. There’ll be activities, Dutch cultural displays and a charity auction for a KLM return ticket to Amsterdam. Come along, dress in orange and join the festivities.
  • Guest Chef Dinner at The Commoner (122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy) - The Commoner kitchen team will be hosting guest chefs Matt Stone and Florent Gerardin from Silo at Joost. Together, they will be putting together 5 courses + amuse for just $75 a head. You can get matched wines for just a bit extra. For bookings, email bookings@thecommoner.com.au or call 9415 6876.
  • A French Farmhouse Cheese Making Day at Mt Bolton (173 Addington Road, Mt. Bolton) – Join Goldfields Farmhouse cheese maker Nardia Baxter-Keene for a true hands-on learning experience. Learn how to make a camembert with cow’s milk; a French farmhouse style goat cheese; and yoghurt. Includes all materials and equipment, morning tea and two-course lunch, farm tour and milking demonstration. Classes are $220 per person and can be booked by phone on 0417 117 800.

12th May – 18th May 2014

Tuesday 13th May

  • Shanghai Chardonnay Dinner at David’s Restaurant (4 Cecil Place, Prahran) - Combine the flavours of Shanghai with the fresh seafood of home and you have the makings of an extraordinary dinner. Add 8 top-shelf wines from Top Australian Wines, 7 of them luscious Chardonnays and your Chinese dinner suddenly becomes an event to appreciate forever. Tickets are $85 per head and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 14th May

  • Rhone Valley Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High Street, Armadale) - Famous for it’s red wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Cornas and Gigondas to name but a few the Rhône Valley also makes some remarkable textural and aromatic white wines, incorporating varietals such as Marsanne, Roussane and blends from the renowned appellations of Condrieu and beyond. Come and explore all that the Rhône Valley has to offer with 8 wines to taste from both the Northern and Southern Rhône. There’ll be a mix of reds and whites all matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $35 a head and bookings can be made online here.

Thursday 15th May

  • Mothers Day Masterclass in Wine (Level 2, 272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (enter through Kodiak Club bar)) - This masterclass has been put together especially to say a massive THANK YOU to Mums around Melbourne. We’ll be pouring thirteen wines over a couple of hours including champagne, rose, a gorgeous selection of aromatic whites and bracket of luxurious pinot noir, all capped off with decadent dessert wine – and matched to a range of delicious edibles. Classes are capped at 14 people, and as with all Humble Tumbler classes we keep it fun, social & interactive. Tickets are $95 a head and bookings can be made online here.

Friday 16th May

  • Brewer for a Day at Bright Brewery (121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright) - The ultimate beer-lovers’ experience. Join the Brewer for a hands-on day brewing a batch of Bright Brewery’s’ award-winning beer. Be there for every step of a real brew day, get your hands dirty whilst learning from an expert as you craft their special brew.You’ll also be treated to a Harvest themed banquet lunch fit for a Brewer! This experience is strictly limited to 4 people so get your skates on. Cost is $360 per person and bookings can be made by phone on 03 5755 1346.
  • Good Beer Week Opening Party at The Foresters Hall (64 Smith St, Collingwood) - You just know the Good Beer Week crew wouldn’t allow the festival to kick off without something spectacular! The newly opened and renovated Forester’s Hall will play host to an epic night of Beer Goodness and live entertainment to start things off! More plans for the night to come so stay tuned! Entry is free so no excuse!

Saturday 17th May

  • A Night To Remember at The RACV Club (Level 17, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne) - Alzheimer’s Australia Vic invite you to attend the 2014 A Night to Remember exclusive charity dinner.  Join us for an exceptional culinary experience that celebrates Melbourne’s reputation as the culinary capital of Australia.  The event will feature five delicious courses with matching wine, each prepared by a world-renowned chef. The event will feature a charity auction of exclusive holiday packages, priceless experiences and other premium items; a silent auction of specialty items; a prize wall; and a raffle. Tickets are $330 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Beer Safari at South Wharf (South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf) - Meander along the bank of the Yarra River trying beer from Spain, Thailand, Mexico, America and of course, Australia. The resident South Wharf Promenade beer enthusiasts are teaming with real life brewers to chat about everything they love about beer. Safarigoers will receive tastings, beer snacks plus six tokens to redeem a beer or food option at any safari stop. Tickets are $35 a head and safari maps and tokens provided on the day. Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • Beer Academy: Taste the Magic at Belgian Beer Cafe (5 Riverside Quay, Southbank) - Since the liquid circus that is Magic Rock burst onto the UK brewing scene in late 2011, their legendary English ales with a twist of Stateside flair have amazed audiences worldwide. Now, accompanied by the Magic Rock Ringmasters for the first time in Australia you can taste the magic for yourself. Enjoy five creative courses of vaudevillian food, paired to the seven leading acts of the Magic Rock range on tap, some of which have never been seen on our shores before. Tickets are $71 per person and can be booked online here.
  • World Hop Showcase at Antique Bar (218 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick) - Luke Scott, Prickly Moses Head Brewer will serve four infused Otway Ale’s with fresh-hop combinations from the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. The tasting paddle will explore the different hops and their taste profile. Beginning with the Original Otway Ale, we then move to our four freshly infused combinations: UK – East Kent Golding and Fuggles Hops, USA – Mosaic and Simcoe Hops, New Zealand – Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka Hops, Australia – Galaxy, Ella and Vic Secret Hops. This event will suit both the novice, and the beer geek. Tickets are $25 a head and tasting and pizza are included. Tickets can be bought online here.
  • The Madness Continues at Rockwell and Sons (288 Smith Street, Collingwood) -  No one throws a street party like Rockwell and Sons and Moon Dog. There will be any number of beasts to eat, oysters being shucked, caviar and some of your favourite fried poultry… What more could you ask for? How about beers from Moon Dog, Rogue and Riverside to wash it all down? Spill out into the courtyard for music and a night you won’t forget. Tickets are $95 a head and can be bought online here.
  • The Cavalier Brewery Open Day (8/2 Derrimut Drive, Derrimut) - Cavalier celebrates one year in our new brewery with an open day beer event. This event highlights the fact that we are all in this together. The brewing community moves together and by offering other fledging brewing companies the opportunities that we were lucky enough to have had by working with us or having tank/s installed to kick start their business’s or to make a limited release batch of beer with no boundaries makes us proud and we want to share the love. We call it the brewery cycle of life, or something along those lines. So we have invited all past and present beery friends who we have worked with along for the bash! 12 breweries, large and small, 24 beers, live music, all you can eat BBQ and salads, beer trivia, giveaways, beer games, fun, beer and more fun. Tickets are $75 a head and can be bought online here.

Sunday 18th May

  • Colonial Vs The World at The Botanical (169 Domain Road, South Yarra) - Enjoy a relaxing long lunch in stylish surroundings at The Botanical, in the fine company of other beer lovers. As Colonial Brewing Companys Head Brewer, Justin Fox, takes your taste buds on a journey with the full flight of award winning beers from Colonial and examples from around the world. Tickets are $90 a head and include 5 Colonial and 5 International beer tasting; plus food dishes to accompany the pairings. You can book online here.
  • Dial +961 at Mr. Wolf (9-15 Inkerman St St Kilda) - +961 brewer, Mazen Hajjar, will be visiting and showcasing his beer from Lebanon for Good Beer Week. Karen Martini will be producing a special menu featuring middle eastern inspired pizzas and dishes that are matched with the range of +961 beers. Mazen will be onsite to discuss his beers with guests while attendees enjoy the special matches. Following the event stay on to make the most of our take on a Lebanese bar experience. Tickets are $43 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Provenance Lunch at Bridge Road Brewers (Old Coach House Ford St Beechworth) – Enjoy lunch with visiting international brewers in picturesque Beechworth. Michael Ryan Of Provenance is one of Australia’s leading chefs and has a soft spot for craft beer. See what he creates to match a suit of high end beer from Europe and Australia. Tickets are $89 a head and can be bought online here.
  • The Duel at Middle Park Hotel (102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park) - An all-mighty battle between Hawthorn Brewing Co. and 3 Ravens who will go head to head to win the title of ‘best beer match’ to a selection of dishes from the Middle Park Hotel. Guests will enjoy a total of 4 dishes, with each dish matched to a flight of beer from both breweries. Guests will then vote for their favourite beer match. Tickets are $45 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Taste Beer and Buds at The Junction Hotel (15 Hall Street, Newport) - The Junction kitchen team has joined forces with Northdown Craft Beer Distributors and some special guest brewers to take you on a sensory journey through the 5 components of taste; Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter & Umami. Each beautiful dish will be paired with a beer which either compliments or contrasts the particular flavour as a fun way to explore how flavours effect each other and how that can be exploited to create exceptionally paired gustatory experiences! Tickets are $37 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Going Large II: Malt Fest at Rockwell and Sons (288 Smith Street, Collingwood) - Last year’s hops left a bitter taste in our mouths… So this year, Mountain Goat is unleashing a series of malt driven beers to pair with a Rockwell multi-course feast of meat. A new year with new beers means a new round of large format meats (and maybe even a few vegetables) to bring out your inner fat kid! Dinner is $85 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Weihenstephan Barbecue at Village Melbourne (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) - Join international guest Frank (head brewer from Weihenstephan) for an afternoon of great German beer and smoked barbecue! Celebrate the history and future of the oldest brewery in the world! Steeped in history, science and tradition, Weihenstephan has been the basis for most beer science, love and appreciation. Frank can’t wait to chat, drink and eat with you and talk about the subject of the week (or life) – BEER! Gourmet BBQ in attendance and a take home Weihenstephan stein makes this. One event to pencil in! Tickets are $45 a head and can be bought online here.

5th May – 11th May 2014

Monday 5th May

  • Torbreck Wine Dinner at Ombra Salumi Bar (76 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Join Torbreck Winemaker Craig Isbel for a comprehensive look at Torbreck’s current line-up of wines, during a very special dinner at Ombra Salumi BarTo give you a hint at the proceedings, the 2010 Descendent and 100-point rated 2010 RunRig are being matched with Ombra’s trademark, overnight-cooked lamb shoulder. Dinner is $140 a head and cn be booked by clling Rathdowne Cellars on 9349 3366 or online here.

Tuesday 6th May

  • An Evening with Ian Curley and Fergus Henderson at The European (161 Spring St, Melbourne) - For one night only Ian Curley will be celebrating the pig with a Nose to Tail degustation. Ian’s good friend Fergus Henderson will be there on the evening to entertain while Ian prepares the dishes we love.Enjoy a 5 course degustation with matched wines for $160 a head. Bookings can be made via functions@theeuropean.com.au or by phone on 9654 0811.
  • Around the World in 6 Wines at Champions Bistro (Springs Rd, Clayton South) – Join Clinton McIver and his team in a journey featuring 6 families of wines from around the world and matching them to 6 different tastes from their ever changing menu. Having eaten Clintons food before and being a massive wine buff, I have to say this promises to be one amazing event. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked 9544 9929

Wednesday 7th May

  • Penfolds Wine Dinner at Ludlow Bar & Dining Room (Building 3, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank) - Penfolds Grange & Bin Release Wine Dinner has been announced. Hosted by Penfolds Winemaker and Global Ambassador Jamie Sach. The night includes tasting of luxury release and icon Penfolds Wines including Grange and St Henri with food expertly matched by Ludlow Head Chef Anthony Caruso. Dinner is $225 per head and can be booked by calling 9699 1676. See here for menu details.
  • Chapman Grove Wine Dinner at The Valley Cellar Door (18 Hall St, Moonee Ponds) – The Valley Cellar Door is presenting a dinner hosted by Ron Fraser, owner of Chapman Grove Wines in Margaret River, who will take your through a selection of his award winning wines. Dinner is $60 per head and inclusive of 3 course plus wines. Bookings can be made by calling 9370 2000.

Thursday 8th May

  • PJ’s Annual Oyster Fest at P.J O’Briens (Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank) - For a shucking good time.  Feast on oysters done a dozen different ways!  The oyster fest is $60 per head and includes Oysters, Beer, Wine, Live Music, Prizes & Giveaways plus Expert Shuckers and Oyster Experts in the House! For bookings email areilly@pjobriens.com.au or call 9686 5011.
  • Taste and Tipple at Campari Bar (23-25 Hardware Ln, Melbourne) - How well do you know your Cabernet Sauvignon? Ron Fraser, wine aficianado and founder of Chapman Grove Winery hosts a blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from two of Australia’s most reputable regions – Margaret River and Coonawarra. Take your guess on where you think each wine is from. Includes Cabernet Sauvignon tasters matched with Campari House signature canapés. Tickets are $25 a head and can be booked online here.

Friday 9th May

  • Whisky Degustation Dinner at Starward Distillery (181 Larkin St, Essendon Fields) -  New World Whisky extends an invitation for you and your friends to enjoy an evening with David Vitale, Founder and CEO of Starward. David will take you on a tour of the distillery, which is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the process of making a hand-crafted whisky – barley to bottle – in one site. You will indulge in five courses of specially designed degustation plates which are designed to complement and enhance the unique flavours of the whiskies showcased. The night will be hosted at the distillery and food will be prepared by Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins of Josie Bones fame.  Their track record in creating great dishes that work really well with beers and whiskies should make this one of our more memorable evenings. Dinner is $150 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 10th May

  • Western Victoria V’s North East Victoria wine region challenge at Union Dining (270-272 Swan St, Richmond) - This is your chance to be a wine show judge for a day with a tasting to be held at Union Dining from 3pm – 5pm. James Halliday, Ralph Kyte-Powell and Dan Sims will make up the professional judging panel and you will get the opportunity to have your say and judge the wines along side them.
    You will be asked to nominate your favourite wine overall as part of your judging experience. All results will then be tabulated and presented at a dinner that same evening in the Union Dining restaurant. Tickets are priced at $150 for the wine show judge and dinner, or, $120 for the dinner only including wine. To book, call 9428 2988.
  • Distillery Tour and Whisky Masterclass (181 Larkin St, Essendon Fields) – Starward distillery which is located at Essendon Airport, an easy 15 min drive from the CBD will be open for your enjoyment.  This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with our production team and view the process of making a hand-crafted whisky – barley to bottle – in one site.  You will get to look around the bond store and maybe hear about the special delights that the production team are in the process of creating. After you’ve completed the tour, you will then be taken through a whisky sensory training program, exploring the world of whiskies.  The event culminates with a guided tasting of our select reserve barrels and a one of a kind take home gift – You get to bottle a 200ml cask strength whisky. The tour and masterclass are $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 11th May

  • Mothers Day Listings to be found here.

28th April – 4th May 2014

Monday 28th April

  • IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – Dinner with some of Melbourne’s up and coming new chefs for only $100 a head for 6 courses, $150 with matched wines. To book, email Contact@idesevents.com.au and do so quickly before the rest of Melbourne work out how amazing this is.
  • Brewing great beans without a machine at Long Shot (727 Collins St, Docklands) - Join resident coffee nerd Manny Fusinato as she shares the secrets to brewing excellent coffee without an espresso machine. From how to select beans, the difference of single origin beans, brewing techniques – aeropress and pour-over – and an opportunity to sample and compare the differences in taste, this course gives you a chance to indulge in the finer points of Melbourne coffee or brush up on your coffee elitist vocabulary. As an added incentive, pastry chef Shaun Quade will be matching delicious kitchen creations with each beverage sample. (Course will include coffee tastings, baked goodies, and an opportunity to purchase Hario equipment and St. Ali beans.) Tickets are $15 per person and can be booked via info@long-shot.com.au or by phone on 9282 7979.
  • Chefs at The Cow: A Night with Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) at Milk the Cow (157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda) - Chefs at The Cow will be a monthly dinner event where the expert cheesemongers let some of Melbourne’s best chefs roam free in their 5-metre cheese cabinet to come up with a four course menu featuring our hero ingredient: cheese. Don’t miss the first one when Milk the Cow let Daniel Wilson, chef and owner of Huxtable and Huxtaburger, take over their kitchen. Tickets to this dinner are $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 29th April 

  • A Wine and Cheese Masterclass at the Prince Wine Store, Essendon (Cnr Albion and Primrose Sts, Essendon ) - This informal masterclass will match six classic cheese and wine combinations selected by Olivia Sutton from Harper & Blohm and Braden Robb of Prince Wine & Spirits. Olivia and Braden will navigate through the Old World classic combinations; Triple Cream with Champagne, Cheddar with Bordeaux, Blue with Fortified and more in a fun and relaxed environment. The Class is $50 a head and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 30th April

  • Cognac and Chocolate Masterclass at Circa (2 Acland St, St Kilda) –  Cognac is rich, rare and misunderstood … with a history equally as rich. The Champagne Dame’s masterclass into Cognac is a supremely indulgent foray into this world. Being held at the exclusive private room of CIRCA Private Dining Room in St Kilda. We will explore a minimum of 5 exceptional cognacs. You will enjoy an exquisite tasting of cognac with perfectly matched handcrafted chocolate. If you were not a cognac lover before, you will be after this class. The ultimate masterclass experience. Places strictly limited. Tickets are $99 a head and can be bought online via the Champagne Dame here.
  • Hop Off Dinner at The Terminus Hotel (492 Queens Pde, Fitzroy North) - Join the 2014 international and local AIBA judges for dinner at GBW’s headquarters The Terminus Hotel, for a delicious 3 course meal, matched to beers selected by two top teams. One representing the AIBA and the other representing Good Beer Week. Both teams will select AIBA Award winning beers matched to a delicious 3 course dinner. Throughout the night, you will get the chance to mingle with the AIBA judges and vote for your favourite beer/food match of the night. This is an evening of friendly rivalry, good food, great beers and of course brilliant beery company. Hosted by everyone’s favourite Beer Bloke; Pete Mitcham, ticket price includes 3 course dinner, 6 matched beer tastings as well as a pre-dinner beer. Dinner is $85 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Pauillac Bordeaux Dinner at Pei Modern (45 Collins St, Melbourne) – Pauillac in Bordeaux’s Haut-Medoc is home to some of the greatest Bordeaux houses of all, including 3 of the 5 Bordeaux premier cru châteaux: Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild and laying claim to 75% of the Médoc’s first growths. Based on the left bank of the Gironde. St-Julien the wines of Pauillac are Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blends with great complexity and an amazing ability to age. Join us for a dinner to remember where we’ll be opening up 6 different wines including Pauillac’s most consistent and long-lived first grown Chateau Latour 1995 worth over $1500 a bottle! The wines will all be matched to 3 delicious courses at Pei Modern restaurant in the city. Full list of wines will be announced shortly. Dinner is $225 per head and is limited to 12 people. Tickets can be bought online here.
  • New Chefs at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) – Head Chef Bryce Bernhardt is pleased to announce the addition of two new chefs to the Jorg kitchen team, Jarrod Amos and Andrew Gadowski. To mark this event Jorg would like to invite all family, friends and guests to welcome Jarrod and Andrew to the team, with the opportunity to attend a dinner featuring a menu created by Jarrod and Andrew showcasing their strong groundings in classic and modern European cuisine (menu here). Dinner is $85 for 5 courses and can be booked online here.
  • The 3 Faces of  Dom Pérignon with Vincent Chaperonn at Vue De Monde (Level 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne) -  You are invited to an intimate evening to discover the 3 Faces of Dom Pérignon with Vincent Chaperon, Winemaker. Dom Pérignon is an act of creation. Every vintage is unique. In 1668 the young monk Dom Pierre Pérignon took up his duty as the procurator and cellarer at the Abbey of Hautvillers, with the dream to create the best wine in the world. Today, with the same visionary spirit, Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon pursue this quest for perfection and design each Dom Pérignon vintage like a piece of art. Enjoy a selection of our signature canapés followed by a bespoke 5 course degustation menu created by Vue de monde Head Chef Cory Campbell to complement each expression of Dom Pérignon. Dinner is $495 per head. To book, call 9691 3888.
  • Poh’s Book Launch at Elements Restaurant and Events (410 Main Rd, Lower Plenty) – Poh Ling Yeoh from Season 1 of Masterchef is launching her book and you’re all invited to help celebrate. The evening will include dinner, a meeting with Poh, a Q and A session, door prizes and signings. Dinner is $85 a head which includes a copy of the book and dinner. To book, call 9439 9941.
  • Trinity Hill Wine Dinner at Grain Store (517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Partnering with Award winning New Zealand Trinity Hill Winery, Executive Chef Ingo Meissner has curated a seasonal five course menu to complement an array of Trinity Hill Wines. Arrival drinks and canapés will be offered with Ingo and Trinity Hill president and founder John Hancock discussing the key tasting notes of the courses and wines. Dinner is $100 a head and can be booked via Melanie@grainstore.com.au

Thursday 1st May

  • The Gin Queen Presents at The Kelvin Club (14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne) - The Kelvin Club will host The Gin Queen, Caroline Childerley, for a gin tasting event showcasing the now internationally recognized range of gins from Australia, guests can absorb the history and stories behind gin, meet some of the Australian distillers making their mark on the Gin world, and taste their beautiful creations first hand. The Gin Queen will showcase four cocktails to be served with canapés on the night. Sourcing botanicals from their own garden, The Melbourne Gin Co will be served as a Dirty Martini, Yarra Valley distillery Four Pillars Gin will be served as a Negroni, Bass & Flinders from the Peninsula will be served as a classic gin and tonic, and finally, Botanic Australia, will served as the classic favourite, into “The Lawnmower” cocktail. Tickets are $65 a head and can be booked by phone on 9525-5082

Saturday 3rd May

  • Seaweed Salon at Movida Aqui (1/500 Bourke St, Melbourne) - Movida head chef and owner, Frank Camora will develop a five course menu. We’ll match each course with wine, sake and maybe even some sherry  -  drawing on special guest Michael Ryan’s passion for all things Japanese and Frank’s well known Spanish connections. Host, Richard Cornish (The Age) will host panel discussions during the afternoon and there will as usual be plenty of time to ask questions and understand the place that seaweeds and plants have in modern cooking, and future nutritional needs. Tickets are $100 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Seasonal Feast at The Town Hall Hotel (166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy) – The Town Hall are once again putting on a seasonal dinner, show casing the best local products. A 4 course feast with matched wines is $95 per head. Bookings can be made by phone on 9416 5055.
  • The Duck, The Pig & The Pinot Dinner at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - Book a table for two or a group booking to enjoy a celebration of fine food and wine! 4 courses featuring duck then pork then duck and pork together then dessert. Dinner is $65 a head and can be booked by calling 9820 7888.

Sunday 4th May

  • Moon Park Meets Moon Under Water at The Builders Arms (211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) - Moon Under Water welcomes Ben Sears and Eun Hee An, chef and owners of one of Sydney’s most exciting and electric restaurants, Moon Park. Preparing a four course lunch showcasing the modern Korean dishes they are famed for. Wines will be matched by our very own Campbell Burton. A fun afternoon exploring everything Korean. The lunch is $140 per head and bookings can be made by phone on 9417 7700.

7th April – 13th April 2014

Monday 7th April 

  • Pasi Petanen and Nic Poelaertat Brooks (George Parade, Melbourne) - Join Brooks for a collaborative dinner that will show the talents of two of Australia’s prodigious young chefs from different backgrounds and how they interpret and contribute to the style that is contemporary Australian food.Join Nic Poelaert and Pasi Petanen for a 6 course dinner at Brooks. Dinner is $140 a head and can be booked by phone on 9001 8755.
  • Savages and Hicks at Circa (2 Acland St, St Kilda) – Brett Savage of Bentley’s Bar and Restaurant joins forces with Circa’s Ashley Hicks to bring you the very best in local seasonal produce. They are putting together a 5 course menu with matched wines for $195 per head.  Bookings can be made via dining@circa.com.au or by phone on 9536 1122.
  • Champagne Bollinger Masterclass at The City Wine Store (enter via Melbourne Supper Club, 161 Spring St, Melbourne) – Guy De Rivoire from Champagne Bollinger is hosting a rare sit down customer masterclass featuring the 2004 La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rose, among other prestige cuvées. The European’s Ian Curley will provide canapés to accompany and there will be a magnum of Special Cuvée to be won on the evening. Dinner is $17 5 per head and you can book by phone on 9654 6657.

Tuesday 8th April

  • Meet the Cheese Maker at Spring Street Grocer (157 Spring St, Melbourne) - Come along downstairs to the Cheese Cellar for another exciting Meet the Maker evening. We’ll be accompanied once again by Australia’s master of cheese, Will Studd, and with him special guest, Giorgio Cravero of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano maturing house based in Piedmont, Italy that has been in his family for five generations. Tickets are $70 a head and can be booked via anthony@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on 9639 0335.
  • Yabbie Lake Vs Oakridge Wines at No 8 by John Lawson (Riverside at Crown Casino, Southbank) – Join Winemakers Tom Carson from Yabby Lake and David Bicknell from Oakridge to experience the best from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. These wines will be matched with four courses by Executive Chef John Lawson (check out the menu here). Dinner is $145 per head and can be booked by calling  9292 5777.
  • Starward Whisky at Bananows Lounge (348 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn) - David Vitale, owner and CEO of New World Whisky Distillery will guide you through some very special whiskies, which have been chosen from barrel by the team at Baranows.  On the evening you will experience, Starward Single Malt Whisky. the first ever Starward single cask release, a Starward Single Malt which has been hand chosen and designed exclusively for Baranows Lounge and only 3 other venues,  Baranows signature Old Fashioned cocktail using Starward Whisky and the  Boatrocker Ramjet stout which has been aged in Starward Whisky barrels. Tickets are $50 a head and can be bought online here.

Wednesday 9th April

  • Bordeaux 2010 Masterclass  including three first Growths,Chateau Mouton, Chateau Margaux & Chateau Haut Brion at Bellota (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - This masterclass will feature fifteen wines over four brackets and is a great chance to taste, side-by-side, a superb range of wines from the 2010 vintage and served with some small dishes from Bellota. he first bracket will explore the regional differences across a range of well priced and affordable Bordeaux. The second bracket will focus on the notion of terroir across the Medoc looking at some comparable wines from the main communes in the Haut Medoc. The third bracket will zero in on the Margaux commune which perfomed extremely well in 2010.  And to finish it all off we are offering a very special chance to taste three of the five first Growths. These wines now sell for over $2000 a bottle.  Dinner is $395 per head and can be booked online here.
  • Italia Vs Australia Wine Appreciation Session at Terra Rossa (87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Discover your favourite wine matched with Terra Rossa’s iconic antipasti platter, for a pre-dinner experience to remember. Hadyn Petricevich from Mezzanine wines will lead the tour between the two lands with the first round being Tuscan vs Victorian Sangiovese and the second & deciding round between Venetian vs South Australian Pinot Grigio.Tickets to this event are $25 and include 4 wine tastings plus an antipasto platter. Places can be booked y emailing office@terrarossarb.com.au or by phone on 9650 0900.

Thursday 10th April

  • Wine of the Month Lunch at The Botanical (169 Domain Road, South Yarra) – Join the inaugural Wines of the Month lunch where winestyleonline.com.au will showcase some of the best 12 wines of the past and upcoming period over a fabulous 3 course meal at The Botanical. They will  launch in style, presenting the brilliant Tolpuddle wines, a couple of the latest highly rated Ben Glaetzer releases and premium imports. Not content with only 12 wines over lunch we will also have a tasting table of other recent & future vinous highlights. Lunch is $75 a head and you can book via wine@winestyleonline.com.au or by phone on 8644 4040.

Sunday 13th April

  • Wild Game Food and Wine Tasting at Wolf and I (152 Chapel St, Windsor) - You won’t have to hunt down the most delectable tastes because they are all found here. Enjoy an evening of adventure and originality as you embark on a journey of new experiences and new tastes. Feast on a lunch complete with a variety of wild game dishes cooked to perfection. Plus, with each course, you get TWO wines…That’s 8 wines total. Lunch is $99 pr head and can be booked online here.
  • Union Dining goes to Curly Flats (263 Collivers Rd, Lancefield) - After two successful years Union Dining are heading back to Curly Flat in Macedon for another Pinot Noir launch. The restaurant will be closed for the day and instead, they will be serving a four course seasonal menu (check out the menu here) to match a flight of Curly Flat wines that includes both latest releases, as well as rare older vintages, all taking place in the charming homestead Vintage Hall. Lunch is $150 a head, for bookings contact Curly Flat on 03 5429 1956 or email mail@curlyflat.com For this event, there is a coach service running direct to Curly Flat from the Woodend train station, please say if you require this service when making your booking.

31st March -6th April 2014

Tuesday 1st April

  • Solo Pasta Night at Osteria La Passione (486 Bridge Road, Richmond) – Osteria La Passione are putting on a dinner for all the pasta lovers out there. 5 courses of pasta with 5 Italian wines  for just $110 per person. To book call 9428 2558.
  • Baron Edmond de Rothschild Tasting at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - This tasting will feature a range of wines across the Edmond de Rothschild portfolio including their excellent Champagnes. Wines from Bordeaux, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand. The tasting is free but bookings will need to be made and can be made online here.
  • A Jaboulet La Chapelle & Chateau La Lagune Dinner with Jean-Luc Chapel at Bellota (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - Alex, Sebastian and Philip visited Jaboulet in 2011 and were highly impressed with the new winery and ethos of this re-invigorated faded icon. La Chapelle is regarded as one of the reatest expressions of Hermitage and Syrah and its star is once again on the rise. This dinner will feature a range of wines produced from both Chateau La Lagune (Medoc) and Paul Jaboulet (Rhone) including back vintages. Dinner is $195 per person and can be bought online here,

Wednesday 2nd April 

  • Imbibe Bar Celebrates Queensland Wine Week (359 Bay St, Port Melbourne) - Wines from Queensland’s Granite Belt and South Burnett Region go head to head with wines from the King Valley in North East Victoria in a blind tasting smackdown that will challenge your perceptions and delight your palate. Wine Valet Catherine Whelan will also be on hand to teach you the ins and outs of Queensland wine. Tickets are $40 per head and includes all wine tastings, plus a share plate of antipasto including dips, cheeses and cured meats, and discount wine purchases on the night. Bookings and enquiries can be made online here.

Friday 4th April

  • The Carnivores Ball at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – This is an event for the discerning meat enthusiast. BurgerMary brings you the Carnivores Ball, a multi-course celebration of meaty delights in a gorgeous setting, with live music and a great time had by all. Tickets are $70 a head and include 3 courses and a goodie bag to take home. Tickets can be booked online here.

Saturday 5th April

  • The Carnivores Ball at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – This is an event for the discerning meat enthusiast. BurgerMary brings you the Carnivores Ball, a multi-course celebration of meaty delights in a gorgeous setting, with live music and a great time had by all. Tickets are $70 a head and include 3 courses and a goodie bag to take home. Tickets can be booked online here.
  • Bite 3053 (first venue 298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – The second Bite 3053 is a progressive lunch through beautiful Carlton. There are 2 tours both departing from Piqueos, and participants will enjoy nibbles and splashes at each of the five participating venues including The Carlton Wine Room, Town Mouse & Cure Bar and Eatery, concluding at Epocha. Tours start at 12pm and 3pm and cost $75 per person which includes food and a drink from each venue. to book, call 9036 4949.

Sunday 6th April 

  • Cabernet Lunch at Mediterraneo (116 Bridport St W, Albert Park) – This lunch will feature the wine-food pairing that tops them all, Cabernet and tantalizing steak. While Top Australian Wines will bring the perfect mix of nine uniquely satisfying cabernets, Mediterraneo brings perfect Certified Black Angus Porterhouse Steak. Lunch is $85 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Swiss Festival at Southbank (1 Queensbridge Square, Southbank) - The Swiss Festival is the main event for Victoria’s Swiss community, and it showcases Switzerland’s unique culture and traditions, as well as those of its European neighbours.  Come along for an entertaining and fun-filled day – think Swiss cheese and wine, Swiss dancers and singers, Swiss chocolate and much more from the Swiss culture.
  • Rockin’ the Hops Festival in Berwick (34 Homestead Rd, Berwick) - Come down to the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick for a day of craft beer and wine tastings made by Australian owned breweries. The day catering to families, offer kids activities and entertainment for all, with live music by home grown performers. Please note this is a cash free event; specialised tokens for purchase are the only accepted currency for tastings, food and activities.  Various food vendors including Sausage sizzle fundraiser for local primary school will also be there, parking available on-site by donation to SES and a shuttle bus between Berwick train station by donation. To  pre buy your tickets and for more information go online here.