What’s up Buttercup? Amazing events + happy hours.

Hi all,

Another week gone and another week closer to that special hell we only have once a year, my birthday (oh and I guess there’s that Christmas gig too). In an effort to not think about it I have been turning to wine but as the What’s up Buttercup swear jar is running low (note to self: must swear more in the new year) I have been trading on the kindness of happy hours and as I like to pass a kindness on, I thought I’d pass along a few gems that I have come across in the past lately…you’re welcome! Missed you favourite? Add it to the comments…you know, for research purposes…

The Imperial South Yarra – Went here for the first time last week and all I can say is $6 for all drinks (well not the verve but all the rest) between 5pm-7pm Monday to Friday plus $10 pizzas. Seriously. I had a lovely time drinking Chandon for 6 bucks a pop and they also have free wifi which is why I now intend to hold all my meetings here during the afternoon.

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 Stokehouse City – I was in town around 5ish looking for somewhere to spend some time between appointments and wandered into the Stokehouse and was immediately happy that I did. Not only was the service delightful but they had a lovely Italian Pinot Grigio for just $7 a glass. If that’s not your thing, you can get a Pizini Prosecco for $5, an Aperol Spritz for $10, a James Squires 150 Lashes Pale Ale for $4/$8 or a Birra Moretti for $5. Add oysters for just $1.50 and you have one of the classiest happy hours in town. Happy hour is from 4pm-6pm, Monday to Saturday.

Bistro Vue – This happens to be one of my old favs, the Bistro Vue happy hour runs from 5pm-6.30pm every Monday to Friday and gives you 50% off all pints of tap beer including 1664 and house wine (very nice house wine as well, much nicer than my house) all served up in a relaxing French bistro setting.

Junction Beer Hall – Some people think that all we do is gallivant around the south and CBD, sipping champagne and eating oysters. This is untrue, sometime we go west and when we do, The Junction Hotel in Newport is one of our favourite spots. The Junction has a beer hall (with proper beer) and a wine bar and between 5-6pm, Monday to Friday they have $5 pints, wines and vodka. With some of the best craft taps in the west, this is an amazing bargain.

What’s Coming Up

The Adelphi Hotel are opening up their roof top for a once a week, summer long, pool party spectacular. Have a dip in their famous pool then sit back with a fabulous cocktail or 3. Bring your towel and let them sort the rest. More info here.

Cafe Vue is hosting it’s last ever Mixology event this Friday and they are taking it out in Christmasy style with the theme. Fictional Christmas. $95 for 5 course and 5 cocktails, this is an absolute bargain (been 3 times, loved every time) and it’s your last chance to try it! More info here.

DuNord are giving you a chance to have a very Swedish Christmas eve. Dinner is just $65 a head and you also get a Christmas cocktail to kick the night off!. Booking information here.

Also updated are the New Years Eve and Christmas pages so don’t forget to check back and see if there is anything you fancy!

Have an eventful week!

What’s Up and What’s New

Hi all

As you may have noticed, What’s up Buttercup has changed a little. Gone are the long weekly posts filled with text and in its place is the brand spankin’ new calender! This will be an easier way to reference and find events around Melbourne and beyond. In addition to this, the weekly post that used to contain the information that is now in the Calender will become more like a newsletter highlighting major upcoming events you may have missed, new openings around town, some of my favourite old places, drink specials, happy hours, competitions and the like. I you have anything that you would like to hear about or have any feedback regarding the changes, please feel free to comment at the end of the post or email admin@whatsupbuttercup.net as I would love to hear what you think.

Happy Eating,

Melissa

Picks of the week

  • The Botanical are having a lunch on 9/12 to celebrate what has been the end of an amazing year in wine. They are cracking out some of their top wines for you to drink along side a 3 course lunch all for just $95 a head. All info here.
  • Boccaccio Cellars in Balwyn are hosting a Champagne Masterclass on the 10/12 with all your favourites (ok, they are my favourites) on pour for you to try. The Masterclass is $75 a head and you can find details here,
  • Nieuw Amsterdam are partnering with Trophy Wife Nail Art to bring you Tips and Sips on the 14/12. An afternoon dedicated to glamour, sophistication and of course, booze. Tickets range from $80-100 and all details can be found here.

Coming Up…

Tis the season and all and if you’re still in a pickle about where to go for your Christmas Lunch or for your New Years Eve celebrations, make sure you check out my handy dandy guide to what’s happening in Melbourne. You’ll find Christmas here. and New Years here.

With December being such a massive month, January is looking a bit quiet but this all changes in February with GABF, the Geelong Craft Beerfest and the Riesling Riot for Riesling Down under, just to start. Make sure to check back regularly for new additions.

 

8th December – 14th December 2014

Monday 8th December

  • IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – IDES a movement by Peter Gunn Jnr. sous chef of Attica, which is ranked #32 of the list of San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World. Hosted at Persillade in East Melbourne, serving a tasting menu reflecting their take on produce, technique and flavour. IDES is crafted by the minds of today for a concrete tomorrow, in pursuit of creation not perfection. Dinner is $100 a head, $150 with matched wines and you can book by emailing eat@idesmelbourne.com.au or you can book online here.
  • Chefs at The Cow, A Night with Vanessa Mateus from Pope Joan (157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda) – Join Milk the cow in December when they welcome Vanessa Mateus of Pope Joan for a five-course cheese-inspired menu with matched wines. Vanessa is the night-time head chef of Pope Joan, and was one of five finalists this year for The Age Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year award. Tickets are $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 9th December

  • Bridge Road Brewery Tap Takeover and Dinner at The Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick) – Join Bridge Road’s head brewer, Ben Kraus, for a 6 course degustation dinner matched with 6 Bridge Road Beers selected from the range on tap. Dinner is $80 a head and can be booked by calling 9387 1218.
  • Meet the Maker at Pope Joan (77-79 Nicholson St, East Brunswick) – Pope Joan are thrilled to welcome one of their dearest friends to Hams and Bacon for the next Meet the Producers event. Preserving doyenne Caroline Grayof of Cunliffe & Waters will bring Nanna’s copper pot and show us how to make spiced cherries and strawberry jam. Plus, every participant will take a jar of each finished product home to enjoy on Chrissy Day. Tickets are $15 a head and can be purchased online here.

Wednesday 10th December

  • Outside the Cote Burgundy Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – Everyone knows the wines of Burgundies Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune but often little is known about the wines produced from the larger Burgundy subregions of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise and last but not least Chablis. Although not the most famous of regions, these areas produce some great wines at much more affordable prices. Join The Tasting Table for an evening enjoying the wines produced outside the Côte and find out just how great the wines of Burgundies subregions can be. There’ll be 8 wines to taste matched to delicious farmhouse sharing cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Thursday 11th November

  • BYO? Challenge the Bartender at the Everleigh (Upstairs 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy) – Introducing BYO?: Challenge The Bartender, a new monthly event unique to The Everleigh and the first of its kind in Melbourne.  In a throwback to the traditional speakeasy, they invite parties of 1-6 people to bring a bottle and challenge the bartender to concoct a selection of drinks to suit their tastes over a two hour sitting.  Had something special gathering dust for too long because you don’t know what to do with it? Let your own personal bartender bring it back to life using a variety of different classic drink styles. Located in The Elk Room, The Everleigh bartenders join you on the floor, making drinks at your table from traditional drinks trolleys fully equipped with citrus, syrups, liqueurs, bitters, ice and garnishes.To make things a little more interesting, the bartenders will call half time 1 hour in, giving parties the opportunity to switch their mystery bottles with another other group’s. Tickets are $45 a head and can be booked by calling 9416 2229.

Sunday 14th December

  • Tips and Sips at Nieuw Amsterdam (106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne) – Nieuw Amsterdam is partnering with Trophy Wife Nail Art to bring you Tips’n’Sips this summer! It’s an event where friends can get a custom manicure with delicious cocktails, music and entertainment. They’ll be showcasing three fab cocktails as part of Tips’n’Sips, including the Salted Caramel Negroni and a new cocktail created just for this event. Tickets are $80 (a feature nail mani & cocktail tasting – 1hr) or $100 (custom mani with 5 designs & cocktail tasting – 1.5hrs). To book, email bookings@nieuwamsterdam.com.au with subject line ‘tipsnsips’ and your contact details.
  • Grand Afternoon Tea at the Vue Grand (46 Hesse Streeet, Queenscliff) – It is said that class and style are things to be savoured, enjoyed and never rushed, so why not savour and enjoy your afternoon among the majestic confines of the Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff.  Enjoy a glass of Pimms or sparkling on arrival as you venture through into one of the last remaining Victorian era Grand Dining Rooms and savour their delicious array tasty treats (both sweet & savoury) they will have on offer. The afternoon tea is $65 a head and can be booked by calling 03 5258 1544.

1st December – 7th December 2014

Monday 1st December

  • Chef Selected Dining at Northern Light (102 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Come and join Adam and the team at Northern Light for an exclusive 5 course ‘Chef Selected’ dinner with matched wines – showcasing the most popular dishes from the kitchen’s repertoire. They have created an exclusive experience of food and fun. You can look forward to a chef selected five-course menu paired with the perfect wine. Accompany this with some chef interaction and table side theatrics and you’re in for a great night. Tickets are $89 a head and booking can be made online here.
  • Domaine William Fevre Masterclass with Didier Seguier at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – The star of Domaine William Fevre has been on the rise in recent years and the 2012 vintage wines are the best release from the estate and among the top wines released of the vintage. This masterclass will feature a range of wines from the domaine. The Prince are delighted to host winemkaer Dider Seguier to offer his insights to the great wines of William Fevre and the great terroirs of Chablis. The class is $60 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Micro Monday with Kooinda Brewery at The Public Bar (238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne) – Now and then on a Monday night, The Public Bar are going to bring in a micro brewery, give them one of the taps to plug in something seasonal and have them school them in the art of making, drinking and loving beer! This month they are very pleased to be welcoming Kooinda to come and show off their wares! Tickets are $16 a head which gives you beer knowledge plus 5 pots of Kooinda. You can purchase tickets online here.

Tuesday 2nd December

  • From Victoria to Vittoria at Mr Bianco (285 High St, Kew) – Fresh from her recent trip working vintage in Sicily, Tennille Chalmers thinks she knows the beautiful and culturally rich Italian island better than chef Joe Vargetto, who actually is Sicilian. Tennille’s told Joe what to cook, and is bringing a boot load of Chalmers, Montevecchio and Occhipinti wines to match. Come along to Mister Bianco to this fun, tasty, journey to Sicilia Bedda. Enjoy a 5 course dinner with matched wines for $95 a head. To book, call 9853 6929.
  • Gourmet Traveller NV Champagne Tasting at City Wine Store (161 Spring St) – Join Gourmet Traveller and City Wine Store as they taste through 20 of the best NV champagnes as selected by the tasting panel from Gourmet Traveller Wine.  They can’t reveal what’s on tasting, as the December/January issue has not yet hit the shelves (due for release on 4 December), but you won’t be disappointed.  From the grand marques and familiar names through to grower champagnes, these standout bottles of bubbles have been selected based on merit alone. Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked by calling 9654 6657.
  • Wine Night at The Steam Packet Hotel (13 Cole Street, Williamstown) – Wine Nights are always fantastic, with great wine, food and company for you to enjoy! Grab a few friends and enjoy the start of the festive season with The Steam Packet Wine Night! With cheese platters, wine for tasting and for buying at an amazing price, it promises to be a great night. Tickets are $45, email thepacket.michelle@gmail.com or reservations.

Wednesday 3rd December

  • The Great Red 2012 Burgundy Wine Dinner at Bellota (181 Bank St, South Melbourne) – This dinner features three bracket of 2012s ranging from village to premier and grand crus and from a terrific range of producers including Gerard Raphet, de Vogue, Joseph Voillot, Jean Trapet and more!  Places are limited for this four course meal that will feature 12 red burgundies and from seven producers not to mention the two 2012 Corton Charlemagnes from Jean-Marc Pillot and Pierre Yves Colin-Morey that will kick the dinner off. Dinner is $295 a head and can be booked online here.

Thursday 4th December

  • Flavour Exchange Summer 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 $32.50 a head pre paid or $37.50 at the door and can be purchased online here.
  • Sustenance for Change Dinner at The Grain Store (517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) – In conjunction with CERES Fair Food, the Grain Store are proud to host a Charity dinner in support of the wonderful work the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) do on a daily basis to ensure new Australians are made to feel welcome, safe and supported. Share and enjoy a seasonally delicious dinner on communal tables, whilst hearing about the fabulous success stories of how CERES Fair Food provide many employment opportunities to Asylum seekers and how you can get involved to support the ASRC! Dinner is $80 a had and can be booked by calling 9972 6993.

Friday 5th December

  • Flavour Exchange Summer 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 $32.50 a head pre paid or $37.50 at the door and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 6th December 

  • Unearthing the Wines of Portugal (817 High Street, Armadale) – Long considered the undiscovered jewel in Europe’s viniferous crown, Portugal is making waves in the wine world. Freshness, vibrancy and finesse are the signatures of this exciting region. This, combined with the wealth of indigenous varieties, has resulted in a reputation for over-delivery in terms of value for money. Undiscovered to many, and very much an “insiders” wine, this courtyard tasting offers an opportunity to expand your wine horizons. Wines will be paired with delicious fare from Bouzy Rouge. Tickets are $25 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Behind the Rind: Cheese 101 at The Spring Street Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Behind the Rind – Cheese 101 is a short cheese workshop that is both fun and informative, aimed at revealing each main style of cheese and the story of their different rinds.  Also discussed will be common questions such as what to serve with your cheeses, and which cheeses are suitable for pregnant women and people with a lactose intolerance. Tickets are $30 a head and can be booked by calling 9654 6657.
  • High Tea with Make Beer at The Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon Street, Brunswick) – Join Make Beer brewers Steve and Dan as they present 4 beers from their High Tea Series along with a selection of high tea snacks – think scones and lots of them, mmm scones! Tickets to high tea are $40 a head and can be booked by calling 9387 1218.

24th November – 30th November 2014

Monday 24th November

  • Some Young Punks at Ladyboy Dining (394 Bridge Road, Richmond) – LadyBoy Dining and winery Some Young Punks bring you a night of Thai food and wine. The banquet features the season’s premium produce combined with LadyBoy’s signature Thai spices and aromatic flavours. Winemaker Colin McBryde explains the wine matches. Dinner is $100 a head and can be booked by calling 9421 3206.
  • Beyond Blue Dinner at Beer Deluxe (Fed Square, Melbourne) – Some of Melbournes up and coming chefs are coming together to support Beyond Blue with an 8 course dinner at Beer Deluxe. Hosted by IDES Malcolm Meiers, the night promises to be a blast with auctions, give aways as well as a bunch of entertainment. Dinner is $120 a head or $170 with matching beverages. To book, call 9663 0166.
  • Celebrate Australias First Cookbook at The Builders Arms (211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – This year marks the 150th anniversary of Australia’s first cookbook by Edward Abbott Esq- ‘The English and Australian Cookery Book’ and the first time that it has been reprinted since 1864. Join Builders Arms and Books for Cooks for the Melbourne launch of this sesquincentenary edition with a dinner inspired by the book, featuring presentations from its publishers Bernard Lloyd and Paul County. The dinner is $125 per head and includes drinks. To book, call 9417 7700.
  • A Beer with Sat Bains at The Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) – Sat Bains is a British chef best known for being chef proprietor of the two Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms in Nottingham.  In 1999 Sat Bains won the Roux Scholarship and worked in France and Spain developing his own technique, before returning to the UK and opening his own restaurant.  Bains was also one of the winners on the BBC show Great British Menu in 2007.  His restaurant has also been awarded five rosettes by the AA. Join Books or Cooks in having a few beers & a chat with Sat in the Beer Garden at the Estelle and get him to sign a few cookbooks. Sat’s beautiful cookbook Too Many Chiefs Only One Indian will be available. This event is free with drinks available at bar prices. You can book you spot online here.

Tuesday 25th November

  • Spice Smackdown ‘Round 2′ at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) – The sequel to last year’s no holds barred Spice Smackdown. The ring is set at Maha, where five signature moves leaves one chef tapping out and the other grabbing the glory. Benjamin Cooper and Shane Delia go head to head, packing their flavour-filled punches with sweet, salty, sour and spice. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked by calling  9629 5900.
  • Aromatic Wines at Longrain (40-44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne) – The Wine Depository brings you a fabulous night of aromatic wines matched to Longrains amazing Asian style food. There will be 6 wines to try ranging from whites through to reds. Dinner and wine is $125 a head and you can book online here.
  • Bass Phillips Wine Dinner at Matteos (533 Brunswick St, Nth Fitzroy) – Join Phillip Jones for a 5 course feast (menu here)at Matteos where you will be able to sample 17 of the 2012 wines from the Bass Phillips Collection. Tickets to the dinner are $195 a head and you can book your ticket online here.
  • Hot and New- A Wine Dinner with William Downie at Woodland House (78 Williams Rd, Prahran) –  At just under a year old Woodland House is one of the newest restaurants in the Melbourne dining scene, creating buzz with their pared back styling and innovative, produce-based cuisine. Chefs Hayden McFarland and Thomas Woods will be joining forces with one of the most talked about winemakers of the moment, William Downie for this exclusive food and wine event. William’s philosophy is to produce wines of purity and detail that reflect their place of origin. It is this sense of place that binds the Woodland House chefs and Downie together. Using the finest local produce Woods & McFarland will compose a provenance driven menu to perfectly compliment William Downie Pinot Noir and Thousand Candle wines. Dinner is $195 a head and can be booked by calling 9525 2178.

Wednesday 26th November

  • Gnocchi Festa at Cafe Italia (56-66 University Street, Carlton) – Celebrate lucky gnocchi day at Cafe Italia. At the end of each month, having little money or food left, Italian families would cook up what they had left into a gnocchi feast. Folklore had it that travelling missionaries, in thanks for sharing their gnocchi, would leave gold coins under their plates for the families. It became known as lucky gnocchi day and is still celebrated at the end of each month. In the same spirit, Cafe Italia is offering an all-you-can-eat feast of five freshly handmade gnocchi flavours. Dinner is $20 a head and can be booked by calling 9347 0638.
  • Spanish Galician Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – Situated in the North West of Spain just above Portugal on the Atlantic coast, Galicia’s winemaking history dates all the way back to the Romans and then looked after by the monks throughout the middle ages. Today Galicia is best known for Albarino and the region in which it is made; Rias Baixas but there’s also a lot of other great wines being made in Galicia’s other classified areas; Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Monterrei and Valdeorras. Join The Tasting Table for an evening exploring the diversity of Galicia’s wine regions, there’ll be 8 wines to taste matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $35 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Meet the Makers Dinner at The Corner Store (1 Swanston Street, Mentone) – Meet some of Australia’s most talented winemakers and brewers over an engaging, informative and fun dinner. Head chef Andrew Bruggeman and his team prepare a five-course meal, including spicy tuna roll with a miso and ginger dipping sauce, kingfish ceviche with asparagus and salsa verde, smoky beef short ribs and more, matched to beers and boutique wines. Dinner is $85 a head including drinks.  To book, call 9583 6462.
  • Yabby Lake Block Wines Dinner with Tom Carson at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Join Winestyles for the eagerly awaited Yabby Lake Single Block Releases Dinner with winemaker Tom Carson. These exceptional wines have swept all before them, with the previous vintage being the first Pinot Noir to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy, and these 2013 wines take it to another level. Tom will lead you through the development & evolution of these outstanding wine and there will even be a sneaky back vintage or two to compare. A delicious menu has been created to complement the wines and a night of ultimate wine & food indulgence beckons! As always, exceptional value at only $135 per head. To book, call 8644 4040.

Thursday 27th November

  • An Evening with George Calombaris and Sat Bains at Press Club (72 Flinders Street, Melbourne) – The Press Club presents an exclusive eight-course degustation menu created by George Calombaris and renowned Michelin-starred chef, Sat Bains. The chefs go head to head to create a one-of-a-kind degustation menu with drinks to match. Dinner is $295 a head and can be booked by calling 9677 9677.
  • Vinifieds Top Wines of 2014 at Swan Street Social (177 Swan St, Richmond) – Join Vinified for an introductory master class and wine tasting. Vinified’s Luke Campbell will guide you on how to taste, what to drink and what to put in your cellar while tasting his top five wine discoveries of 2014. Enjoy an evening of sensory pleasure, education and fun. Wines will be expertly matched to food. Tickets to this event are $69 for 1 or $120 for 2. You can book your spot online here.
  • Chablis Dinner at Flower Drum Restaurant (17 Market Lane, Melbourne) – MW Wines are delighted to present an outstanding dinner showcasing some fantastic Chablis producers, including the great Domaine Francois Raveneau, all matched with a stunning seafood dinner at Flower Drum. Some of the highlights will undoubtedly include the Grand Cru bracket of 2008 Raveneau Les Clos, 2008 Laroche Les Clos and 2009 Patrick Piuze Blanchots (en Magnum) matched with Flower Drum’s crayfish with ginger and egg noodles. Dinner is $295 per person, including a $50 credit on wine purchased on the night. For bookings, call 9419 6990.
  • Movember Annual Dinner at The Turf Club (131 Queen St, Melbourne) – The Turf Club are holding their annual Movember Dinner with is a 5 course meal with a glass of Redbank wine or a Pint of beer. Dinner is $50 per person with $20 of that going to the Movember charity (menu here). To make a booking call 9670 1271.
  • Le Concours des Vins de Victoria 2014 at The Medallion Club at Etihad Stadium (Level 2, Gate 8 – Docklands) – The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry proudly presents the Air Liquide 2014 Concours des Vins de Victoria, a celebration and recognition of the diversity and quality of Victorian wines and ‘terroirs’. Approximately 150 wineries in Victoria take the opportunity to present their wines to the judging panel’s French palates, and showcase their finest drops during the Awards Presentation and Wine Tasting Event. Tickets to the tasting are $90 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • A Kraken Thanksgiving at Trunk (275 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Trunk Diner are teaming up with Kraken Spiced Rum and spreading their red, white and blue wings for a Kraken Thanksgiving, a wonderful day on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets and this time, Kraken greases the wheels. Armed with your Kraken cocktail on arrival, revel in your 6pm license to not stop ’til you pop at Trunk’s overloaded table; a plethora of Trunk’s spin on traditional dishes, crowned with a Thanksgiving Turkey basted in Kraken – drawing on the true sharing (drinking) spirit of the celebration. The sweet finish to the feast? Chefs Ori Cutuli and Mo Al’Khatib have prepped a Kraken Rum ‘n’ Raisin Ice Cream that is, well, kraking. Tickets are $55 a head and can be purchased online here.

Friday 28th November

  • Moo-light in the Jardin (Royal Botanical Gardins, South Yarra) – You are invited to join the launch of a collaboration between Shannon Bennetts Jardin Tan and Tasmanias Moo Brew. Enjoy a night of entertainment with spectacular projected art, DJ’s, light instillation, canapes, moo brew plus the launch of the new banh mi bikes. Tickets are $90, all inclusive with a cash bar available after 8.30pm. To book, call 9021 2111.

Saturday 29th November

  • A Reymond Family Feast (32 Commercial Road, Prahran) – Renowned chef Jacques Reymond takes you through a five-course lunch featuring some of his famous classic French dishes. With a rotisserie taking centrestage in the open kitchen, diners can watch Jacques work his magic again. Lunch is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9939 7870.
  • 4 the Love of Riesling at Longrain (44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne) – This event, now in it’s 3rd year will showcase the best Rieslings in world. Come and taste local heroes, global icons and experimental Riesling from across the country. Your ticket includes canapés from Longrain and bucket loads of Riesling to help kick off the Summer of Riesling in the Southern Hemisphere. Tickets are $55 and can be booked online here.
  • Willy Beer Fest (82 Nelson Place, Williamstown) – The Williamstown Heritage Beer and Cider Festival is back for its second year on Saturday November 29, 2014. It will be held at Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown. There are over 20 different Beer, Cider makers and Wineries that will be on hand to showcase their portfolio’s. That will mean around 70+ products for you to try. Tickets start at $44.90 a head and go to $85.70. You can book tickets online here.
  • Election Day Tasting at Armadale Cellars (817 High St, Armadale) – Armadale Cellars cordially invites you to complete your civic wine duty!  Wines to be voted upon include Giaconda, Wild Duck Creek, Levantine Hill, Paradigm Hill, Mitchelton and many more of the finest Victorian producers will be showcasing their wares in the Armadale Cellars courtyard. No empty promises, no kissing babies, no policy filled speeches, just good wine and a healthy competitive atmosphere!Taste the range, find the gems and cast your vote for the “best in show”. Tickets are $25 a head and include a Riedel glass. You can book online here.
  • Noisy Rituals Urban Winery Launch (3 Council St Clifton Hill) – Noisy Ritual is Melbourne’s first interactive winemaking experience. They’re out to demystify the winemaking process and have a heap of fun doing it. To bring the experience to the most people possible, they’re crowdfunding an urban winery where you get to make the wine. Come along to the launch off this amazing event. There will be live bottling of wine and also live  music, a bar with some fantastic drops, and food to buy. The evening runs from 6PM-11PM with all welcome.

Sunday 30th Sunday 

  • Urban Hangi at Meat Market (53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf ) – Come to a New Zealand hangi with an urban twist on the banks of the Yarra. Chefs apply traditional cooking practices to the finest Victorian produce, including seafood, boar, sweet potato and fernheads, for a memorable cultural and culinary experience. Dinner is $75 a head and can be booked by calling 9008 8953.
  • Druncheon at Trunk (275 Exhibition St, Melbourne) – You’ve already downed a bottle of champagne and your pesky social inhibitions are beginning to feel like a thing of the past. And it’s only midday. You must be at Drunch. Lucky you. Building on the sold out success of Druncheon numero uno, Trunk are back with the 2nd installment of the overwhelmingly approved fusion of brunch and drinking for those who want to let their hair down without the 5am price tag. Tickets to The Druncheon include an open sharing selection of seven brunch classics, Aperol’s Venetian Spritz whilst you crawl/float/c-walk your way through the doors at 10am, a glass of Kirin Cider with brunch, then a glass of Paul Louis Champagne and DJsSpinClub to kick the party into second gear once food is finished. Throughout the day? Fill the garden and your glasses with stellar sponsors Kirin Beer on tap. Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Tips and Sips at Nieuw Amsterdam (106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne) – Nieuw Amsterdam is partnering with Trophy Wife Nail Art to bring you Tips’n’Sips this summer! It’s an event where friends can get a custom manicure with delicious cocktails, music and entertainment. They’ll be showcasing three fab cocktails as part of Tips’n’Sips, including the Salted Caramel Negroni and a new cocktail created just for this event. Tickets are $80 (a feature nail mani & cocktail tasting – 1hr) or $100 (custom mani with 5 designs & cocktail tasting – 1.5hrs). To book, email bookings@nieuwamsterdam.com.au with subject line ‘tipsnsips’ and your contact details.