1st September – 7th September 2014

Monday 1st September

  • IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – This is your chance to have dinner with some of Melbourne’s up and coming new chefs at their once a month pop up restaurant where you can expect a tasting menu made up of six courses and matched wine $150 a head. This month, they are not providing a menu as most of the dishes will be cooked for the first time on the night with the best ingredients available on the day. To book, email Contact@idesevents.com.au
  • Pei Pop #5: Pinbone at Pei Modern (45 Collins Street, Melbourne) –  Experience this yourself as Pinbone join Pei Modern for one night only. Before settling into their own restaurant in Woollahra, Sydney late last year, Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman worked in some of Sydney’s best kitchens. Their combined resumes include; Oscillate Wildly, Sepia, Buzo, Billy Kwong, The Duke, Berta, Momofuku and Three Blue Ducks. Their complementary working methods and interest in collaborations led them to begin a side project called Pinbone. Their emphasis on creativity, originality and fun landed them in a beautiful split level 60 seater where they have been steadily garnering rave reviews and building a loyal following. Dinner is $140 per head with matched wines and can be booked via reservations@peimodern.com.au or call 9654 8545.

Tuesday 2nd September

  • Bite 3053 Progressive Dinner (first venue 298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – Bite 3053 is a progressive dinner through beautiful Carlton. The tour departing from Piqueos, and participants will enjoy nibbles and splashes at each participating venues including The Carlton Wine Room, and  Epocha. Tour cost is $75 per person which includes food and a drink from each venue. to book, call 9036 4949
  • Gourmet Traveller Wine ‘Bordeaux Beauties’ Tasting at Melbourne Supper Club (161 Spring St, Melbourne) - The red wines of Bordeaux were under the spotlight by the expert panel at GT Wine this month and are now thrilled to be hosting a tasting of the standout performers. When discussing Bordeaux images of grand Château and very high prices often come to mind, however this forms only a small part of the region as a whole. Join City Wine Shop to taste through the best wines under $100 and see the value that can be found. Tickets for the tasting are $55 a head and can be booked by calling 9654 6657.
  • Sher Wagyu Dinner at Steer Bar and Grill (637 Chapel St, South Yarra) -  Sher Wagyu, one of Australia’s leading and most awarded Wagyu producers in conjunction  with executive chef, Shaun Nielsen will create a 6 course journey exploring, comparing and showcasing this revered and luxurious product. He will subject different cuts of this marvellous beast to a variety of cooking methods and styles to craft a truly unique eating experience(menu here).  Steer’s Sommelier team, James Braybrook and David Cosgriff will expertly match wines to complement the 6 courses and to complete this exciting journey. You can book by phone on 9040 1188.
  • Italy’s Famous Reds at The Tuscan Bar (79 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Join The Tuscan Bar for a special “Wine Appreciation Evening” of famous Italian wine stylesThis extraordinary tasting is not to be missed. It is a rare occasion to try some of Italy’s best wine styles and learn why they are so highly sought after and appreciated. It is also a great opportunity to invite friends, business colleagues, or make a small group, relax, have fun and enjoy these wonderful new wines. Tickets to the tasting are $35 a headand can be booked by calling 9671 3322.
  • “From the Urban Garden” at The City Square (44-86 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Join Chef Pete Evans, one half of boutique caterers Baker & Evans and well-known chef, author and wellness practitioner, and Chef Alex Drobysz, Bar Nacional’s Executive Chef  for ‘Fashion & Food – From the Urban Garden’.  An evening celebrating wholesome, healthy eating as part of any fashionable lifestyle. Guests will enjoy 3 shared courses created with a considered approach to wellness and stylish, restaurant-quality dining using the best, locally sourced produce.  Tickets are $125 per person, including beverages and a copy of his most recent cookbook ‘Healthy Every Day’ which Pete will be signing for guests on the night. You can book tickets online here.
  • Henschke Mt Edelstone Pre-Release and Retrospective Dinner with Johann Henschke at Sosta Cucina (12 Errol St, North Melbourne)  - Join Prince Wine & Spirits and Johann Henschke for dinner at Sosta Cucina to celebrate the highly anticipated pre-release 2012 Mt Edelstone alongside a retrospective look of this iconic wine spanning three decades! Tickets for the dinner are $145 a head and can be booked online here

Wednesday 3rd September

  • South African Wine Evening (1219 High Street, Armadale) - Recognised for it’s production of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage (a cross between Pinot Noir & Cinsault) South Africa and their wines, although fairly new to the Australia has a long winemaking history dating back to 1659. The main wine regions of Stellenbosch and Constantia are now recognised for producing some great wines with around 60 classified appellations within the South African Wine Of Origin (WO) system, producing everything from Chenin Blanc (Steen) to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to Shiraz. Join The Tasting Table for an evening exploring the wines of South Africa with 8 wines to taste all matched to delicious cheese and meat boards. Tickets for the evening are $35 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • James Halliday’s Wine of the Year Dinner at The Arts Centre (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – From 9,000 wines James Halliday crowned Margaret River’s Xanadu 2011 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon as the Wine of the Year.   Now, Winemaker Brendan Carr is bringing this and his other highly awarded Reserve wines to Melbourne for one night only.  Brendan will take guests through Xanadu’s new release Stevens Road and Reserve wines which will be matched to a decadent five course menu.  Located in the pop-up Hexadome on the Arts Centre forecourt.  This will be a rare opportunity to enjoy the incredibly scarce ‘Wine of the Year’.   Dinner is $120 a head and includes 5 courses and wine. Please email foodandbeverage@artscentremelbourne.com.au to book your ticket.

Thursday 4th September

  • Damo Presents: Mornington Peninsula Brewery at The Royston (12 River St, Richmond) - Mornington Peninsula Brewery join Damo at The Royston to exhibit their stunning 2013 and 2014 imperial stouts in free back to back tastings. Also featuring two other taps of Mornington goodness, yet to be revealed. Express your interest in attending this event  online here.
  • Flavour Exchange Spring Edition (Fed Square, Melbourne) -Enjoy tastes from artisan food makers, boutique wineries, craft beer and cider breweries. Chat with the producers behind them and buy direct and save, all in the one place, in The Atrium at Fed Square. Tickets are $33.13 a head and can be purchased online here.

Friday 5th September

  • Boatrocker Beer Dinner at Low Price Liquor (118 Main St, Lilydale) – Low Price Liquor have joined with the fella’s from Boatrocker to bring you a 4 course dinner with 4 beers, matched to each course. Boatrocker Head brewer Matt Houghton will host the event, lining up his beers alongside food from the kitchen of the Lilydale General. Among the beers on the lineup will be the Mitte Berliner Weisse, a Belgian Tripel and this year’s Sterk and Donker Belgian strong dark ale. Dinner is $80 a head and to book, call 9735 2066.
  • Flavour Exchange Spring Edition (Fed Square, Melbourne) -Enjoy tastes from artisan food makers, boutique wineries, craft beer and cider breweries. Chat with the producers behind them and buy direct and save, all in the one place, in The Atrium at Fed Square. Tickets are $33.13 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 6th September

  • Dumpling Class at Gingerboy (27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne) - Prepare three distinct dumpling styles in an intimate, fun and hands-on class led by head chef Leigh Power. Every class concludes with a yum cha style meal in the gingerboy dining room where you’ll enjoy a couple of cheeky glasses of wine matched to your freshly made creations.  You will learn three distinct dumpling styles, the techniques and tips for cooking with Asian ingredients and be given an inside look at the operations of a commercial kitchen. There are two classes, one at 10am-12pm or at 12pm-2pm. Classes are $165 a head and can be booked online here.
  • City Cellar Door at Cumulus Up (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Running from 12pm on the first Saturday of every month, City Cellar Door will be showcasing wine makers from the a different Victorian wine region, This month it’s the Macedon Ranges. As a bonus, Cumulus Up will also be roasting a whole pig and offering crispy pork bun rolls. Wine tasting is free with roast pork rolls at $10 a piece.
  • Vic 100 Wine Awards at The Atrium, Fed Square (Fed Square, Melbourne) - VIC100 is a new Wine Awards celebrating the 100 very best wines produced in Victoria each year. You’ll be able to taste the VIC100 wines at a special tasting event at Fed Square. Tickets are $65 a head or $91 with masterclass included. You can book online here.
  • Lungo Pranzo at The Public Inn (165 Barker St, Castlemaine) - Lungo Pranzo translates literally into “Long Lunch” and this year Public INN has invited Douglas Elder, Executive chef at Patricia’s Table the award winning dining room of the Brown Brothers Winery in Milawa, to present his well-travelled and highly experienced love of Southern Italian cuisine. Tickets are $85 per head and  includes three shared courses, Italian inspired aperitif and guests’ selection of a glass of white or red Italian wine. You can book tickets online here.
  • Murray’s Beer Academy: IPA and Curry at The BBC (5 Riverside Quay, Southbank ) –  Whether cutting through a spicy Vindaloo, contrasting a rich Bhuna, or complementing a slow cooked Korma; a sizzling, fragrant curry washed down with a cold crisp IPA is, we believe, a classic combination that when combined creates a sensory smorgasbord! BBC are lucky enough to be gifted with our Chef’s traditional family recipes that perfectly showcase this cuisine, and what better pairing than some of our favourite hopped-up IPAs. Join in for this five beer, five curry Capsaicin* extravaganza that will leave you thirsty for more! Tickets are $65 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Cheese 101: Behind the Rind at Spring St Grocer (157 Spring St, Melbourne) – Welcome to a short workshop on ‘Behind the Rind’; a Cheese 101 course that is both fun and informative, aimed at revealing each main style of cheese and the story of their different rinds. You’ll also discuss common questions such as what are the best accompaniments for the cheeses I have chosen? What cheeses are suitable for pregnant women and I’m lactose intolerant, are there cheeses for me? The idea is to give you a better understanding of  what cheese styles you like and why you might like them, and to encourage you to experiment a bit when you’re planning your next dinner party, or you’re in need of dazzling the in-laws with a recipe that needs that perfect cheese. The class is $30 a head. you can book by emailing info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on  9654 6657.

Sunday 7th September

  • See all your Fathers Day options here.

22nd September – 28th September 2014

Monday 22nd September 

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 23rd September

  • Uruguay Wine Dinner at Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – Discover the best wines you’ve never heard of let alone tasted while a local guides you on a tour of the wines of Uruguay. With guest speaker Lucia Galdona, Untapped Fine Wines Uruguayan Ambassador and South American Manager.Enjoy 4 courses with 6 matched wines presented by Uruguayan wine experts. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked by calling  9349 2777.

Thursday 25th September

  • A Catalan Experience at Bohemian (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) - Born and raised in the Heart of Catlaluna, north of Barcelona, head chef Josep has crafted a menu that encapsulates his beginnings in his parents restaurant and the food that is found all over this special region of Spain. Indulge in 5 delicious courses of Catalan Cuisine, with wine on the night provided by Castell d’encus of Cataluna which follows age old techniques of wine making in carved stone vats dating back to a medieval time. Tickets are $89 per person. To book, call 9682 0566
  • Mikkeller Masterclass with importer Julie Maria Christensen at Prince Wine and Spirit (Cnr Albion and Primrose Sts, Essendon) - Mikkeller began in 2006 in a kitchen in Copenhagen, when a Maths and Physics teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø began experimenting with hops, malt and yeast. His international breakthrough came about through combining French press coffee to an oatmeal stout; the result ‘Beer Geek Breakfast’ was voted best stout on the Ratebeer website. He is now recognised as one of the world’s most creative brewers and has been rated in the top five breweries in the world on multiple occasions. Prince Wine and Spirit  welcome Importer Julie Maria Christensen to pour and discuss an exciting range of new releases, as well as some of the most loved beers from the Mikkeller range. Tickets are $25 a head and can be purchased online here.

Friday 25th September 

  • Cherry Blossom Harajuku Night at Sake (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) - Experience a snippet of neo-Tokyo, with Saké’s cherry blossom themed Harajuku pop up bar. Enjoy a fun night of sakura-inspired exclusive cocktails, izakaya style food and a live DJ all night. Get yourself on the guest list here.

Saturday 27th September

  • Football Free Zone at Campari House (23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne) - Ditch the boys & forget the footy this year! Gather the girls for arvo drinks on the Rooftop and continue the party in the Lounge Room with Mamma Got Soul from 8pm.$15 cocktails all day and booths available to book. Email pippa@camparihouse.com.au for reservations.
  • Perfect Platters at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street Melbourne ) - The sun is shining, the garden is beginning to blossom and there is no better time than Spring to entertain with a cheese platter. Take your next picnic hamper or dinner party platter to a whole new level with this tasting and demonstration. Let cheesemonger, Anthony Femia, guide you through an amazing selection for Spring such as a Loire Valley goat’s milk cheese or new season Holy Goat Brigid’s Well paired beautifully with Spring time fruit and new season Rooftop honey. The class is $50 a head and can be booked by calling 9639 0335.
  • Grand Final Shenanigans Here.

15th September – 21st September 2014

Monday 15th September

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 16th September

  • A Journey Through Tuscany With Rosetta (Riverside, Crown Casino, Southbank) – Neil Perry’s Rosetta Restaurant proudly bring along on a journey through Tuscany, a dinner inspired by the wines and produce o the Tuscan countryside. Dinner is 5 courses including antipasto, each course carefully matched to an Italian wine. Dinner is $150 a head and can be booked by calling 8648 1999.

Wednesday 17th September

  • Southern Italian Game and Wine Dinner at Valentino (517 Hawthorn Rd, Hawksburn) – Due to popular demand, Valentino are holding a second game dinner in conjunction with Bocaccio cellars.Enjoy a 4 course game dinner with matching southern Italian wines, all for just $100 a head. to book, call 9826 8815.
  • The View From Mt Etna at Artusi (Upper level, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank) - The award winning Benanti winery situated on the slopes of Mount Etna has been leading the way in promoting Sicily’s extraordinary wines to the world. Enoteca Sileno are proud to welcome young winemaker Antonio Benanti for this special event at Melbourne’s most exciting new Italian restaurant Artusi, Southgate. In the beautiful setting of Artusi, you will enjoy seven of Benanti’s celebrated Moulit Etna wines • accompanied by a selection of matched dishes by head chef Leandro Pants. Dinner is $120 perperson and can be booked by calling 8199 1033.
  • Cheese and ABW (anything but wine) at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) - Whilst drinking wine is one of life’s more delightful pastimes, pairing it with cheese is not as straightforward as you might think. Quite often in fact, cheeses have a more ready affinity with other drinks. Join  head cheesemonger Anthony Femia and Adam Cotterell of the City Wine Shop as they work their way through 5 cheeses paired to 5 drinks that are A.B.W. They’re sure there’ll be plenty of passionate discussion of the diverse palate of intensity, textures and flavours across cheese in the company of beer, cider, sake, whiskey and sherry. Classes are $90 a head and you can book by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on  9654 6657.
  • Seppelt Icon Winemaker’s Dinner at Lamaro’s (273 Cecil St, South Melbourne) – Seppelt has been at the forefront of Australian winemaking for over 160 years. The great tradition of excellence at the house of Seppelt is driven by a team who continue to shape the landscape of Australian wine. Whilst the name of Seppelt may have had its ups and downs with various ownership issues over the years, the quality at the top end can never be questioned and this is a rare chance to enjoy some of the most iconic brands in Australian wine history with the winemaker hosting over a fabulous 3 course meal created especially to highlight the wines. Dinner is $90 a head and tickets can be purchased online here,

Thursday 18th September

  • Once Upon a Vine at Tippler and Co (58 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) - Tippler & Co is teaming up with award winning winery, Fowles Wine to put on a dinner you won’t forget.  ’Once Upon a Vine’ will be featuring five wines from Fowles Wines and all will be paired with wild game dishes from their kitchen. Tickets to the dinner are $68 per person and you can book online here.
  • Cognac and Armagnac Masterclass with Importer Mikael Gillard at Prince Wine & Spirits (Cnr Albion and Primrose St, Essendon) – The luxury and esteem surrounding both Cognac and Armagnac can be confounding to some, mystifying to others. In either sense these spirits are renowned for their complexity, elegance and deep sophistication, but their variations are not always known. Join Importer Mikael Gillard as we dissect the many subtle differences between the Cognac and Armagnac styles in this informal masterclass. Tickets to the masterclass are $40 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 20th September

  • Maltese Independence Day at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) -Shane’s Maltese ancestry has been one of his biggest inspirations both in his career and life. So for the Delia family, Maltese Independence Day is one of the most important days of the year! For lunch on Saturday 20th September, Maha will celebrate the joys and delights of Maltese culture, music and cuisine. Guests will enjoy a four course sharing feast with matched wine. Lunch is $110 for adults and $55 for kids. Bookings can be made online here.
  • Zwanze Day at The BBC (5 Riverside Quay, Southbank) - For the first time in history, legendary lambic producer Cantillon is bringing their annual Zwanze Day celebrations to Australia. Arguably the most highly regarded annual beer release in the world, only one keg of this year’s yet-to-be-confirmed Zwanze Beer will be landing in Australia and the Belgian Beer Café Melbourne in conjunction with Phoenix Beers are very proud to announce that they will be tapping their Zwanze Day keg. Zwanze Day 2014 celebrations will run from 7pm until late. The evening will play host to a showcase of sour beers, including several exclusive additional Cantillon beers on tap. There will also be live music, food specials and traditional Belgian shuffleboard. Entry is free but to get your taste of Zwanze, you’ll need to prebuy your ticket. Tickets are $15 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Introduction to Affinage at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Affinage (pron. aff-in-ahj). It takes in a lot of small details – roughly, it’s the sum of many parts that the cheesemonger (or affineur) contributes out of respect for the toils of the farmer and the cheesemaker that have created the cheese before them. Cheese gains different textures, aromas and layers of flavour if it’s cared for properly and kept in appropriate conditions. Spring St Grocer have the luxury of specific rooms for storing their cheeses, that are kept at different temperature and humidity levels that are optimum for encouraging those changes in particular cheese styles. This allows us to release cheeses for sale only when they have gained this additional complexity. This course showcases four cheeses at their young age before they enter the caves and then at their ideal character. It’s a fascinating experience that will really open your eyes to the full potential of each cheese showcased here at the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Classes are $30 a head and can be booked by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on 9639 0335.

Sunday 21st September

  • Grand Afternoon Tea at The Vue Grand (48 Hesse St, Queenscliff) - Class and style are things to be savoured, enjoyed and never rushed. Spend your afternoon in style amongst the majestic confines of the Grand Dining Room and let them spoil you with delightful treats and the perfect cup of tea. Enjoy a glass of Pimms or sparkling on arrival and enjoy a selection of both sweet and savoury tastes. Choose from our tempting selection of teas and sit back and relax in the perfect moment. A lovely way to spend the afternoon and the perfect excuse to sit down with friends for a chat, a cup of tea & yummy treats. Afternoon Tea is $55 per person and bookings can be made by calling 03 5258 1544.

8th September – 14th September 2014

Monday 8th September

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 9th September

  • Brash Higgins Dinner at Harry and Frankie (317 Bay St, Port Melbourne) - Brad Hickey, who isn’t brash in any way, returns to H&F after the success of the recent Vale Cru tasting. This time he brings with him his whole range of brilliant modern Vale classics, including the SM/R, the NDV, the ZBO and all manner of other TLAs. Dinner is $85 a head, email tom@harryandfrankie.com.au to book.
  • Calabrian Salami Making Day at Valentino (517 Malvern Rd, Hawksburn) - Learn Riccardo’s family secret of salami making in a hands on class at Valentino restaurant & bar. After the labour of your day enjoy sharing a traditional dinner then take home your finished salamis. Class and dinner is $250 a head. To book, call 9826 8815.
  • Equipo Navarzos Sherry Degustation with Jesús Barquin at Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – It all began in December of 2005 during a visit to a small and antique bodega in Sanlúcar, when these Sherry lovers “discovered” several dozen butts of an exceptionally fine old amontillado that had spent twenty years without running, unsold. Another two selections, still exclusively intended for private circulation, would appear along 2006. The results aroused great enthusiasm among this reduced circle of partners, and limited releases of later selections appeared in the market through several important distributors that had participated in the venture from the beginning. The wines are bottled in limited series, in successive numbered editions of dated releases (the date of each saca or withdrawal has been precisely stated on the label) so that aficionados can deliberately compare different editions of the same solera if they so desire. This also enables a precise following of their evolution, since—like all great wines—these are expected to evolve during their bottle life. This 6 course sherry degustation is $150 a head and can be purchased online here.

Wednesday 10th September

  • Tempura, Riesling & Chablis at Northern Light Bar and Eatery (102 Smith St, Collingwood) –  Come and join Northern Light for a 6 course set menu showcasing the art Traditional Japanese Tempura. The menu will feature premium Australia seafood, ethically sourced meat and organic vegetables matched with aromatic local and imported Riesling and Chablis. Dinner is $75 a head and bookings can be made on 9416 0698.
  • Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - The Oyster Frenzy returns in 2014 bigger and better than the last with live entertainment to keep you entertained and an indulgent evening filled with fine food and wine! Unlimited Oysters with chef’s selection of cold & hot canapes, a glass of Pommery NV on arrival, sparkling, white & red wines plus live jazz music all til late. Tickets are $69 a head and can be booked by calling 9820 7888.
  • Yering Station at The Smith (213 High St, Prahran) – Join the smith team as they host wine maker Willy Lunn for an intimate look at Yering Station’s portfolio. Dinner is 5 Courses with matched wines for $145 a head. To book, email events@thesmithprahan.com.au or call 9514 2444.

Thursday 11th September

  • Melbourne Fabulous Wine Ladies Dinner at The Carlton Wine Room (172-174 Faraday St, Carlton) – Join The Fabulous Wine Ladies and their very special Guest, Leanne De Bortoli for dinner at The Carlton Wine Room. They adore this intelligent, articulate and passionate woman of wine and you will too. Leanne is a third generation De Bortoli, who’s grandparents Vittorio and Giuseppina established De Bortoli Wines in 1928. Leanne and her husband, winemaker Steve Webber, run the Yarra Valley vineyards and cellar door – to huge critical acclaim. Be ready to be impressed by what they’re doing with some of the oldest vines in the area. Tickets to the dinner are $125 for non members and $110 for members. Tickets may be purchased online here.
  • Brash Higgins Wine Lunch at The Botanical (167 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - Brash Higgins is the wine label of Brad Hickey, this former sommelier at some of New York’s finest restaurants  journeyed to Australia, fell in love with the place and basically never returned to the Big Apple. He then took the huge step of starting his own wine label and began making tiny batches of wines from superb old vineyards in McLaren Vale. But not just any wines, innovative blends, ‘new’ varieties (including a stunning Nero d’Avola) and a fresh take on old winemaking styles have quickly seen him make a splash and gain great critical acclaim & create a niche for himself on the best wine lists in Oz. Tickets to the lunch are $75 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 13th September

  • Shiraz and Yum Cha at David’s (4 Cecil Place Prahran) – David’s are laying host to an all you can eat yum cha and Pinot lunch. That’s all the yum cha plus 8 of Australia’s finest Shiraz’s on offer. Lunch is $69 a head. For more more details and to book, jump online here.
  • Taste and Tipple at Campari House (23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne) - Italian chef, Matteo, steps out of the kitchen to reveal Mamma’s secret recipe, teaching you how to make the traditional Italian meatballs. Includes a glass of wine, take home recipes and a sample of meatballs that our chefs will prepare! The class is $25 a head and you can book tickeets online here.
  • Spring Wine Fair at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - New Release Wine Tasting & Sale - Along with the hottest new releases from the best producers on show, we will have over 100 wines on sale & more than 50 to taste. Genuine savings of up to 50% and more. Huge range on tasting, an even bigger range on sale, from the biggest to iconic boutique producers. Premium new releases plus aged cellar stars through to everyday quaffers. All this plus happy hour price in the main bar during the event. Register online now for $15 entry ($20 at the door) including Riedel tasting glass (value $30) & a roast pork & coleslaw roll from the spit. Book online here.

Sunday 14th September

  • Mexican Independence Day at Fed Square (Cr Flinders and Swanston St, Melbourne) - Join the colourful fiesta at Fed Square for Mexican Independence Day! This year’s Mexican Festival has your Sunday wrapped up like a soft shell taco as Fed Square is filled with the flavours, sounds and experiences of Mexico.  Get your dose of ‘Vitamin T’ – that’s Tacos, Tamales, Tortas, Tostadas and more traditional dishes from the Mexican food stalls along River Terrace. Enjoy performances on the Viva Mexico Stage including local Mexican musicians, folk dance groups, mariachis, Zumba dancing, live Salsa band LA 45 and more. Indulge in a drink or two at the Mexican bar, explore a market with handcrafts and jewellery or head inside The Atrium to browse the Mexican artwork display. There’s also dedicated entertainment for the kids at a Kids’ Corner with music, singing, piñata making and painting. Entry is free with more info to be found here.
  • Pizza and Vino at Pinocchios (152 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Wine Tasting Events & Top Australian Wines presents a pizza & vino lunch with top wine tasting & unlimited wood fired pizza after all what’s better with pizza than wine? Now, the perfect marriage of tastes come together for a night of artisan wood-fired pizza and extraordinary Australian wines! Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.

25th August – 31st August

Monday 25th August

  • Chablis’ Domaine Laroche Winemaker Dinner at Bacash Restaurant (175 Domain Rd, South Yarra) -When the Tasting Table were told that the winemaker from Domaine Laroche (Damien) was over in Melbourne they jumped at the chance to do a dinner. Domaine Laroche have been making wines in Chablis since 1850 with the 5th generation of the family Micheal Laroche in charge since 1967. Chablis is one the most complex examples of Chardonnay in the world and one the best matches for great sea food. Damian the Winemaker from Domaine Laroche will be over from France and in Melbourne for 3 days only. This is the only dinner he will be hosting in Melbourne showing wines from 2012, 2007 and 2005.There’ll be 3 flights of 3 wines with 6 Grand Cru’s all matched to 3 courses and a glass of Sparkling on arrival. Dinner is $165 a head and can be booked online here.
  • FAM Pop Up Restaurant at St Crispin (300 Smith St, Collingwood) - Saint Crispin will be hosting one of its own chefs, Can-Asian Mark Singson for a unique pop up dinner event or as he calls it, “just some Vancouver chef trying to make dead things taste good.”  Take this occasion as an excuse to share some food in this way, come down, bring your people and enjoy a casual night of good food, good drinks and good music. Tickets for this event are $100 a head and include food and drinks. To reserve a table please text 0431 427 080 between 9am and 3pm.
  • An ‘Up to Your Elbows’  Hands-On Sausage Making Masterclass and Dinner at Mister Bianco (285 High St, Kew)  - Learn from the masters – Mister Bianco’s Joseph Vargetto, Frank Bovezza from Home Make It and Christian and Michael Dal Zotto from King Valley Dal Zotto wines. Make authentic Italian sausages that are ready for cooking. It’s all about the process and the fun, while you sip on Dal Zotto’s premium Victorian wines and chat to winemaker Michael Dal Zotto. Take home a handful of your very own sausages, a sausage makers apron, a ‘How To’ instruction book with recipes, head to tail knowledge, sausage making supplies details from Home Make It – and lots of amazing skills and memories. Dinner and class is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9853 6929.
  • Chefs at the Cow: Christy Tania from Om Nom (157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Chefs at The Cow is a monthly dinner event where Milk the Cow’s 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 their hero ingredient: cheese. This month, they invite Christy Tania of Om Nom at The Adelphi to create a decadent all-dessert menu (four courses of dessert!) Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 26th August

  • Farm To Fork Dinner at Brooks (115-117 Collins St, Melbourne) -  Join Brooks Restaurant & Bar for dinner where executive chef Nicolas Poelaert will showcase some of winter’s best produce through a special 4 course dinner. They will shine the spotlight on some of the incredible producers that Nic works so closely with.  Nicolas Poelaert’s philosophy on cooking is ‘pure, fresh and simple’, and to achieve this end result on the plate, it all begins with the suppliers that he chooses to work with. On this night, the first of many, they will showcase produce from the guys at Sher Wagyu, Central Highlands Herbs, Sarah Schreur and chocolates from Tad Lombardo. The dinner is $150 for 4 course with matched wines. To book, call 9001 8755.
  • Savaterra Wine Dinner at Estelle (243 High Street, Northcote) – Since 2002, Keppel Smith has made exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Beechworth. Made with excellent balance and ‚finesse, these wines excite the palate and match beautifully with food. Estelle will be showcasing vertical vintages of both red and white on the night, as well as ‚finishing with Keppel’s latest project, his Savaterre Shiraz. Dinner is 6 courses with matched wines and is $150 per person. To book, email enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au or call 9489 4609.
  • EDV Appreciation Society Belvaine Whisky 14 Year Launch (1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne) - Join Balvenie’s Whisky Specialist – Dick Blanchard for an evening to remember as he takes the Eau-de-Vie Appreciation Society through the intricate handcrafted nature of the Balvenie whisky. Dick has teamed up with renowned Eau de Vie head chef Andrew Douglas to match Caribbean inspired canapés to the Balvenie range of whiskies. Dick will also be bringing a special preview bottle of the soon to be released Balvenie 14 year old Carribean cask to enjoy during the evening. Tickets are $70 a head and includes all whisky and food. Reservations and enquiries to melbourne@eaudevie.com.au

Wednesday 27th August

  • Xanadu Dinner with Glen Goodall at Prince Winestore (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) –  This dinner will feature the outstanding wines of Xanadu in Margaret River. Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay’s and Cabernet Sauvignon have over performed for years and the Xanadu  Steven Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was awareded the coveted wine of the year in the recent 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. The Halliday Wine of the Year will feature alongside back vintages of both the Steves Road Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Xanadu cellar. Dinner is $145 a person and can be booked online here.
  • Argentinian Wine Dinner at Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) - Discover the outstanding wines from regions pushing the boundaries of viticulture to the extremes. Be guided through a range of wines from Mi Terruno, a small family owned winery located in the heart of Mendoza. Enjoy 4 courses with 6 matched wines presented by Argentinian wine experts. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked by calling  9349 2777.
  • Allium and Hopkins River Beef Dinner (12-18 Claremont Ave, Malvern) – Join Allium as they prepare for you, a 5 course dinner featuring prime Hopkins River beef designed by Michael Harrison, Head Chef at Allium Food & Wine (menu here). The dinner is $79 a head and to book, call 9576 0356.
  • Stand Out Shiraz Dinner at O’Connell’s (407 Coventry St, South Melbourne) –  Join winemaker Liam Anderson from Wild Duck Creek Estate and Luke Campbell from Vinified for thier inaugural Standout Shiraz dinner.  The Standout Shiraz line up will include 10 standout wines and will be accompanied by a matched 4 course dinner specially prepared by South Melbourne’s iconic O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel. They will be tasting some of Australia’s best examples of ‘Australia’s workhorse variety’ and wine from including some aged examples so you can gain an understanding of how the wines will cellar.  Shiraz vs. Syrah this will be a royal smack down of the top shiraz producing regions of the world, all topped off by a delicious hard cheese platter selected by Harper & Blohm Cheesemongers. Regions to be featured on the night include Heathcote, Rhone Valley (France) & Barossa. Dinner is $125 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Unlocked Wine Masterclass (Carousel, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park) - Featuring 48 generations, 16 regions and a combined 1200 years of winemaking experience together in one room UNLOCKED promises to be a magnificent and unforgettable tasting experience. Taste some of the best Australian museum and new directions wines hand selected and presented by the heads and next generation of the twelve families. Tickets are $300 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Cocktail Degustation at Fall from Grace (477 Collins St, Melbourne) - Evoke your imagination, inspire your senses, be entertained. Hosted by a guest Barman extraordinaire, Sean Baxter, come one, come all showcases brilliant food & innovative cocktails, all to the marvelled theme…circus! Quit clowning around and join in for an enthralling 4-course cocktail performance, plus enjoy a delectable round of canapés, an enticing main & shared dessert Degustation is $80 a head and can be booked online here.

Thursday 28th August

  • Mates on a Mission Charity Dinner at The Park (36 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park) – Have fun and support a great cause with all funds raised benefiting Life’s Little Treasures Foundation - Supporting Families of Premature & Sick Babies. MC’ed by Russell Howcroft and featuring live entertainment, auctions as well as a 3 course dinner, it should be a fabulous night. Tickets are $200 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Fowles Wine Dinner at The Valley Cellar (18 Hall St, Moonee Ponds) - This will be the third of Valley Cellar’s wine dinners. There are only 27 spots available and like the others this will sell out quickly. It will be hosted by Fowles CEO, Matt Fowles. 4 courses  with matched wines for just $65 a head. To book call 9370 2000.
  • Stand Out Shiraz Dinner at O’Connell’s (407 Coventry St, South Melbourne) –  Join winemaker Liam Anderson from Wild Duck Creek Estate and Luke Campbell from Vinified for thier inaugural Standout Shiraz dinner.  The Standout Shiraz line up will include 10 standout wines and will be accompanied by a matched 4 course dinner specially prepared by South Melbourne’s iconic O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel. They will be tasting some of Australia’s best examples of ‘Australia’s workhorse variety’ and wine from including some aged examples so you can gain an understanding of how the wines will cellar.  Shiraz vs. Syrah this will be a royal smack down of the top shiraz producing regions of the world, all topped off by a delicious hard cheese platter selected by Harper & Blohm Cheesemongers. Regions to be featured on the night include Heathcote, Rhone Valley (France) & Barossa. Dinner is $125 a head and can be booked online here.
  • European Winter Dinner at By Jorg with Guest Chef Trevor Perkins (220 Francis Road, Glengarry) – Trevor began his career at local Gippsland restaurant DaNunzios. After being offered an apprenticeship he was taught a passion and respect for fine food that sent his career to Melbourne. Working at Sails on the Bay and at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Trevor states one of his career highlights as working for Phillippe Mouchel at Langtons when it was awarded three-hats. Trevor has since moved back to Gippsland, opening Big Spoon Little Spoon, Warragul. Classed as one of Gippslands best new restaurants, Trevor and his team strive to deliver fine regional cuisine and exceptional service. Dinner is 5 courses with matched wines for just $85 a head. Bookings can be made by calling 9482 3002.
  • Best’s Great Western at Union Dining (270-272 Swan St, Richmond) - Join winemaker Justin Purser from Best’s Great Western for dinner as Union Dining celebrate the release of the 2013 Bin 1 Shiraz. Enjoy a generous five course menu created by Nicky with ingredients sourced from the surrounding region – perfect for a Winter’s evening. Best’s have also provided  the 2010 Bin 1 Shiraz to drink alongside the new release. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn about one of Australia’s oldest family-owned vineyards. Dinner is $95 per person and can be booked by calling 9428 2988.
  • Mi Terruno comes to True South (298 Beach Road, Black Rock) –  Meet the owner of Mi Terruño Wines, Gabriel Biagorra, all the way from Argentina all while enjoying Mi Terruño Wines and True South food. Dinner is 7 dishes, matched to 5 Mi Terruño Wines or just $65 per person. You can book online here.
  • Oyster Night at The Leveson (46 Leveson St, North Melbourne) – Join in the fun at the Leveson’s oyster night. Non stop oysters, with French Champagne on arrival and a two hour package of drinks for $50 a head.  To book, call 9328 1109.

Friday 29th August

  • French Dinner at Bergerac Restaurant (131 King St, Melbourne) – Enjoy a 4 course french dinner with wine at Bergerac Restaurant with their dinner for the Academy Culinaire de France and friends menu. With French music and entertainment provided as well as the fine food and ambiance. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9629 2868.
  • Smoke and Fire Dinner at Café Vue at Heide (7 Templestowe Rd, Buleen) - Come celebrate the annual Smoke & Fire Dinner with Cafe Vue as they honour hāngi, the traditional Maori method of cooking that dates back to the 12th century. This rustic approach screams Heide as they will be heating stones in a large fire pit, placing food baskets on top and covering everything with earth for several hours before the big reveal! Enjoy whole snapper, John Dory, mussels, whole chicken and pork shoulder plus seasonal vegetables wrapped in banana leaves to serve. These veggies have been sourced from their own patch at the burgeoning Burnham Beeches vegetable garden. Dinner is $120 per person and bookings can be made on 9852 2346.

Saturday 30th August

  • Annual Central Otago Pinot Noir Expo at Prince Winestore (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - Central Otago has exploded onto the world pinot scene in recent years, and promising producers are emerging with every new crop of grapes. It’s here, in New Zealand’s most continental growing region, that you’ll find comparatively powerful, intense pinots with deep colors, rich dark fruit flavors, and enticing floral and mineral lift. The best of these wines offer fruit aromas and flavors as close to those of the Côte de Nuits as any non-Burgundies get.  Tasting is free and is on offer from 11.00am.
  • Food and Beer Pairing Dinner with the ANHC (550 Little Lonsdale St, Melboure) - Join four of Victoria’s up-and-coming brewers and the next generation of hospitality professionals for a beer-and-food pairing event unlike any other. the ANHC (Australian National Homebrewing Conference)  has selected a handful of the most highly acclaimed award winning homebrewers  in Australia, and along with the William Angliss Institute, created a series of the most exciting gustatory experiences on a beer lovers calender.Four courses have been designed to pair elegantly with beers from Steve “Hendo” Henderson (BrewCult),  Simon Haylock (Red Hill), Sam Slaney (Thunder Road) and Ian Morgan (3 Ravens), who will introduce you to their beers throughout the evening. Canapes will be served on arrival with beer courtesy of Boneyard Brewing. Tickets are $95 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Young and Jacksons 153rd Birthday Celebration (1-7 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Young and Jackson are 153 years young and to celebrate, they’re having a wee party to which you are invited. Dinner is 3 courses, a 4 hour beverage package, live entertainment all night, giveaways and more all or $99 a head. To book call, 9650 3884.

Sunday 31st August

  • Dutch and Such at The Commoner With Guest Chef  Rob Kabboord From Merricote (122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy) - This month, Jake Kellie and the Commoner kitchen team welcome Rob Kabboord into the kitchen for a true meeting of the minds. Cooking with a tongue in cheek attitude towards the two cuisines that most influence the two chefs: Dutch, because Rob is born and raised in the Netherlands and, as he likes to say “if it ain’t Dutch it ain’t much”, and British due to The Commoner’s traditional European roots and ethos. Jake & Rob have created a menu that artfully showcases both cuisines while taking inspiration from both classic and modern cooking techniques. Dinner is $75 a head or $125 with matched wines and can be booked by calling  9415 6876.
  • From the Vault Wine Lunch at The Smith (213 High St, Prahran) –  The Smith, along with Top Australian Wines will retrieve 9 extraordinary, one-of-a-kind wines. Join them for their most exclusive wine lunch to date. Lunch includes 3 courses and 9 wines and is $175 per person. You can book online here.