28th July – 3rd August 2014

Monday 28th July

  • 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
  • Chefs Lunch at Cecconi’s (61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Cecconi’s Flinders Lane founder and owner Olimpia Bortolotto, one of Melbourne’s most respected chefs/restaurateurs, is thrilled to announce a special lunch to be held in conjunction with William Angliss Institute as part of the William Angliss Institute’s Great Chef’s Program. This is the first time in the 21 year history of the William Angliss Institutes Great Chef’s Program that a host chef will produce a Great Chef Program lunch in their own restaurant.  Olimpia Bortolotto, a former student of William Angliss Institute will be welcoming a number of apprentice chefs and hospitality students from William Angliss Institute to work with her at Cecconi’s Flinders Lane. Together they will produce and serve an Italian inspired three course lunch including wine.  The lunch is $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Chefs at the Cow: Ben Higgs Wild Oak (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 our hero ingredient: cheese. This month, they invite Ben Higgs of Wild Oak to create a Modern Australian menu inspired by cheese, featuring flavours of the Yarra Valley. Dinner with matched wine is $120 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Philippe Mouchel, The Charm of Normandy at Epocha (49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton) – Chef Philippe Mouchel takes up residency at Epocha for a series of dinners during the year. Epocha are both humbled and terribly excited to have this grand chef, who cooks from the heart, in our home. They will be  transforming Epocha into a French restaurant for the evening. Philippe’s hometown, Normandy, is the inspiration for their first dinner, a story of seven courses focusing on his career beginnings. Dinner is $135 for 7 courses including matched wines. Book via genevieve@epocha.com.au or by phone on 9036 4949.

Tuesday 29th July

  • Wines of Germany at Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) - Riesling is king in Germany! With a history of making Riesling wine dating back centuries, Estelle are keen to showcase a range of styles from very dry, sweet, and from different regions. They will also showcase German reds such as Blaufrankisch and other rarely seen varieties. Dinner is $150 a head for 5 courses and can be booked via enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au.
  • Burgundy Dinner at Taxi (Level 1, Transport Hotel, Fed Square) – Taxi invite you to their exclusive 6 course Burgundy dinner with 8 different wines to sample from the Burgundy region. Tickets are $350 per person and you can book by calling 9660 999.
  • Bar Nacional’s Truffle Degustation (727 Collins St, Melbourne) – To celebrate Bar Nacional’s first truffle season, Alex Drobysz has cre­ated a six course tast­ing menu in his sig­na­ture com­plex yet clean style. The menu is a combination of Alex’s per­sonal appre­ci­a­tion of truf­fles, along­side his skilful use of local ingre­di­ents and con­tem­po­rary cook­ing tech­niques. Fea­tur­ing Australia’s world-​class Stonebarn Truf­fles from Pem­ber­ton, this mod­ern and inven­tive truf­fle menu is a fab­u­lous way to indulge in some of our favourite sea­sonal produce. To sweeten the deal, every group of eight guests to reserve a table at this event will receive a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of 2009 Cas­tro Ven­tosa ‘Vin­tage’ Men­cia from Bierzo, Spain to match the sig­na­ture Bun­darra Pork main course. Tickets are $125 per person and can be booked via info@barnacional.com.au
  • Whisky Masterclass at Cafe Ciuccio (13 – 15 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Cafe Ciuccio are holding a whisky masterclass with none other than David Baker of Bakery Hill. It will be held at 6:30pm and will be $10 a head. After you’re  done in the bottle shop, head next door for their $25 offal tapas special. 5 different pieces of offal tapas, the menu for which changes weekly. I can personally attest that this is indeed an amazing lot of dishes. Call 8488 8150 to book your place.
  • Chilean Dinner at Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – Discover the outstanding wines from regions pushing the boundaries of viticultre to the extremes. Join Piqueos for a  4 course dinner with matched wines and guest speaker Stacey Sheppard from Utapped Fine Wines, Specialist South American Importer. Dinner is $120 per person and can be booked via info@piqueos.com.au or by calling 93492777.
  • A Wynns Dinner in ‘the pod’ with Sue Hodder Featuring Black Label Cabernet from 4 decades (177  Bank St, South Melbourne) - Wynns Cabernet is one of Australia’s great wines and Sue Hodder, who has been chief winemaker since 1998 and viticulturist Allen Jenkins have spent the last decade and a half rejuvenating and replanting portions of this famous Coonawarra estate. Prince Wine Store are delighted that Sue will be in ‘the pod’ to present Wynns Cabernets from four decades as well as the 2010 John Riddoch, which was Jeremy Oliver’s wine of the year in 2013. Dinner is $125 per per person, book online here.

Wednesday 30th July

  • Polish Dinner with Head Chef Bryce Bernhardt and sous chef Andrew Gadowski at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) - Bryce Bernhardt has a wealth of different cooking styles and genres, that have taken him from one-hat restaurant Libertine, North Melbourne to one-hat restaurant Church Street Enoteca, Richmond. In between spending 5 years travelling around New Zealand and Europe, Bryce returned to Melbourne and teamed up with David Cristiano to open Jorg Restaurant Bar Events. Andrew Gadowski started his apprenticeship along side Phillippe Mouchel at The Brasserie. After a year of learning fine French cuisine, Andrew moved to the iconic Stokehouse, chefing under Anthony Mussaro. Finishing up his apprenticeship at Long Grain with Ben Cooper, Andrew developed a passion for food and learning new cuisines and cooking styles. Dinner is 5 courses with matching wines for $85 a head. Booking can be made by calling 9482 3002.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Green Street Food – Host a Roast (11 Green Street, Healesville) - Given the cold weather and everyone’s love of a good roast, this month Green Street Food are doing a roast dinner with a difference. And to keep that warm feeling going long after dinner is over, they’re donating all profits to the Royal Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust. Dinner is $65 a head and you can book online here.

Thursday 31st July

  • Oyster Frenzy at Albert Park Hotel (Cnr Montague St and Dundas Place Albert Park) - Sip, slurp, suck and smash your way through the 9th instalment of Melbourne’s longest running all-you-can-eat Oyster Frenzy. With all you can eat oysters, plus seafood canapés, crab, Chandon, wine, beer + cider, it promises to be a great night. I went to the last night in which 18,760 oysters were consummed. Come along and see if you can beat it. Tickets are $75 a head and can be bought by calling 9690 5459.
  • Orient East Taps Out (348 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) - Unless you’ve been hibernating cave-style for the past few months, fellow Melbournians cannot have failed to notice the surge in popularity of Asian food and Craft beer so for one night only, Orient East will be throwing open its doors, firing up its woks and inviting some of the hottest Craft brewers in and out of this great town for an evening of food and beer matches made in heaven. Brewers include, Two birds, Murry’s, Mornington Peninsula and Brookes. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Cocktail degustation at Thomas Olive (300 Smith St, Collingwood) –  The head cocktail guy at Thomas Olive is putting together 5 amazing winter cocktails matched to a French inspired menu created by Saint Crispin’s own Joe Grbac. Come and join them for a degustation meal with a twist. The dehustation is $150 per head and can be booked by calling 9419 2202.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Pikes Wine Dinner at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Pikes pride themselves on producing quality handcrafted wines, that reflect vintage, variety and region. The Pike family have been producing quality wine, beer and aerated waters since 1886 it is a family tradition of which we are proud. The Grand is teaming up with Pikes to bring you a 6 course dinner with 8 matching beers/wines. Dinner is $130 a head ($95 if you’re a member of the Grand VIP club), You can book by calling 9429 2530.
  • Ruinart Champagne Tasting and Matched Food at Bellota (181 Banks St, South Melbourne) - Come and join Ben Thomas wine reviewer with the Melbourne Weekly for a casual tasting matched with small dishes chosen by Sylvain. Tastig and food is $80 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Danny Pasta Truffle Masterclass at Pasta Classica (352 Smith St, Collingwood) –  It’s Truffle season once again, and that means restaurants all across Melbourne will be featuring the ‘black gold’ in special menus and events for the next month. If you’re slightly more hands on, and want to learn about truffles as well as eat them, book yourself in an instructional and interactive Truffle Master Class. Hosted by Mr Pasta himself, Daniel Tonin together with Rachel Truscott from Truffle Distributors Australia, and featuring the finest Stonebarn truffles from Pemberton WA. Danny will show you not only how to make his world-class pasta dough, but share with you some of his favourite ways to cook with truffles. Ending the session with pasta truffle dishes cooked by Danny, and featuring matched wines from their friends at Rathdowne Cellars.  There will also be an opportunity to buy fresh truffles on the day, so you can recreate Danny’s recipes at home. Classes are $95 a head and you can book online here.

Friday 1st August

  • Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass at The Wine Store (133 Queensbridge Rd,Southback) - Join The Wine Store for this very special Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass, featuring top Champagne Houses pitted against other sparkling wines of the world.Learn all about what makes Champagne special and how other famed sparkling producers around the world make their own unique styles of the ultimate celebratory wine. The price is inclusive of 7 wines, tuition and handouts along with gourmet nibbles to match with the wines. Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch  ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 2nd August

  • Game of Thrones Dinner at Goldmines Hotel (49 – 57 Marong Road, Bendigo) - Experience the delicacies of Westeros in a traditional format at the historic Goldmines Hotel. Dinner includes wine matches and is $99 a head. You can book tickets 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 Geelong and Gippsland regions. 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.
  • Pinot Tasting at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – It’s time again for the annual in store Pinot Noir tasting with friends of the The Tasting Table. They just love Pinot Noir with it’s diversity of styles and roots in so many of the worlds growing regions it truly is a fantastic grape. If you love Pinot Noir like they do come along and explore all that this marvellous grape has to offer. There’ll be 15+ producers and 30+ Pinot Noirs to taste with a selection of producers in store to answer a fast array of questions regarding this tremendous grape. There will also be farmhouse cheeses and meats to taste to complement the wines, in true providore style. Entry is free but for $10, you can book yourself a Burgundy tasting glass to take home. Book online here.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 3rd August

  • The Best of Queensland Wines Lunch at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Queensland wines are somewhat of a unknown to people outside of Queensland. Yet, once they’ve tasted them, they realize just how sensational they truly are.Top Australian Wines has recently sampled many wines from the Queensland area and they discovered a number of absolute gems — wines so perfect in taste, nose, body, and colour, they just had to be featured on this menu. Enjoy 3 courses with matched wines for just $115 a head. Bookings can be made online here.
  • Tasmania Unbottled Lunch at Ombra (76 Bourke Street, Melbourne) - Join Ombra in welcoming cider makers from the Apple Isle. In town for the Tasmania Unbottled Roadshow. Reps from Spreyton, Pagan Cider and Franks Cider will be joining Ombra for a familial Italian Lunch that meanders its way through the afternoon. Enjoy a selection of Ombra’s sharing style dishes with some scrumptious cider along the way. Lunch is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9639 1927
  • Tasmania Unbottled Dinner at Pure South (River Level, Southbank) - Oysters & vintage sparkling, pork & pinot, truffles & chardonnay is some of what is on offer at Annual Tasmania Unbottled Dinner. Tasmania’s best wineries will gather at Pure South for what has become a highly anticipated annual event. They will showcase their wares, paired with some of Tasmania’s finest winter produce. You will enjoy a 5 course degustation menu designed by Chef Ashley Davis, matched to 11 excellent wines. Dinner is $145 a head and can be booked by calling  9699 4600.
  • Seasonal Degustation at Temple Brewing (122 Weston St, Brunswick East) – The Temple Brewing chefs have put together something really special to celebrate the season. This is the first installation of their ‘Seasonal Degustation’ series and they couldn’t be more excited. 5 courses, paired with 5 Temple beers served over 2 dining sessions. 1pm for Lunch & 6pm for dinner and there will be vegetarian alternate options are listed under main options. Degustation is $80 a head and can be booked via beer@templebrewing.com.au or by calling 9380 8999.

11th August – 17th August 2014

Monday 11th August

  • 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 12th August 

  • Italian Dinner with Guest Chef Pippa Harry at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) - Pippa Harry began her apprenticeship at the iconic Melbourne establishment Donovan’s. Working her way around each section, Pippa showed excellent potential and as her ambition grew she went in search of further training, taking her on the next stage of her journey, London. After completing twelve months at Angela Hartnett’s one-Michelin star Italian restaurant Murano, Pippa traveled extensively through Italy, spending the majority of her time in Chianti where she gradually honed her skills. Now returning to Melbourne, Pippa is Sous chef at one of the city’s top new restaurants, Fatto Bar & Cantina as well as taking part in Stage is Set, for young and upcoming chefs showcasing their talent. Dinner is  course with matched wines for $85 a head. To book, call 9482 3002.
  • Champagne Masterclass at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - Join in at the Botanical when renowned importer, and Champagne tragic, Rob Walters will present a suite of stunning wines from the very small, but highly regarded estate of Laherte Frères. Across the range, from the Ultradition Brut & Blancs de Blanc through to remarkable single vineyard wines, you will taste Champagnes with true personality & individuality. This is a unique opportunity to discover a rising star of the region at the very beginning of their trajectory! Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 13th August

  • An Evening with the Wine Maker at The Langham (1 Southgate Ave, Southbank) - Book your table and indulge in Melba’s signature grazing buffet, while you enhance your experience with an educational mind to mouth, delicious evening as Andrew Koemer of Blue Pyrenees assists you in selecting your perfect pair. He will observe your course selections at the open kitchens and provide you with expert advice, as well as visit you at your table for your critique.Enjoy our talented Melba chef’s specially prepared dishes for the evening as the 100ml pours compliment each culinary delight. Dinner is $115 a head and bookings can be made via rest.res@langhamhotels.com or by phone on 1800 641 107.
  • Danny Pasta Truffle Masterclass at Pope Joan (77-79 Nicholson St, East Brunswick) –  It’s Truffle season once again, and that means restaurants all across Melbourne will be featuring the ‘black gold’ in special menus and events for the next month. If you’re slightly more hands on, and want to learn about truffles as well as eat them, book yourself in an instructional and interactive Truffle Master Class. Hosted by Mr Pasta himself, Daniel Tonin (Pasta Classica)  together with Rachel Truscott from Truffle Distributors Australia, and featuring the finest Stonebarn truffles from Pemberton WA. Danny will show you not only how to make his world-class pasta dough, but share with you some of his favourite ways to cook with truffles, offer cooking advice, tastings, and recipes to take home, as well as other ways to use your truffles. Ending the session with pasta truffle dishes cooked by Danny, and featuring matched wines from their friends at Rathdowne Cellars.  There will also be an opportunity to buy fresh truffles on the day, so you can recreate Danny’s recipes at home. Classes are $95 a head and you can book online here.

Thursday 14th August

  • Across the Ditch Wine Dinner Aus Vs NZ at Ludlow Bar and Restaurant (6 Riverside Quay, Southbank) - Ludlow will be showcasing the best of Australian & New Zealand Wine & Produce at our ‘Across the Ditch’ Wine Dinner. Menu designed by Ludlow Head Chef Sean Pelizzari with guest speakers Hadyn Petricevich from Mezzanine Wines and James Edwards from Thorn-Clarke Winery. Dinner is $100 a head and tickets can be booked on  9699 1676.
  • Lunch with Peter Graham and Domenica Wines at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) –  At this lunch, discover a new winery that has been many years in the making. After 13 years as assistant winemaker at Giaconda, Peter Graham has quietly released a stunning range of wines under his very own Domenica label. Carefully selected fruit from premium Beechworth vineyards has been crafted into a seductive & beguiling suite of wines that we have no doubt you will be delighted to be aboard for their maiden luncheon voyage! Join us for an exclusive opportunity as Pete unveils these exciting new wines over another delicious lunch in the private dining room at the Botanical. Lunch is $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Coonawarra Roadshow at The Town Hall (90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Get up close and personal with your favourite Coonawarra winemakers during the month of August at the 2014 Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow. This is a rare opportunity to try an impressive range of Coonawarra wines, as they showcase over 100 Coonawarra wines at this celebrated event. With up to 26 Coonawarra wineries represented, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the wines and meet the winemakers and owners behind these famous brands.  Come and visit us this August as we showcase some of the regions finest wines. Tickets are $40 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Penfolds Dinner at No. 8 by John Lawson (Riverside, Crown Casino, Southbank) – As one of Australia’s premier wineries, Penfolds 165 year history includes a complex array of wines, and a discerning group of winemaking teams. Spread across various locations in South Australia, the Penfolds winemaking tradition has been firmly established and well proven over its many years. Join Executive Chef John Lawson for a delicious five course menu that leans perfectly on his quest for regionally sourced produce (see menu here). Dinner is $415 a head and can be booked by calling 9292 5777.

Friday 15th August 

  • Meet the Brewers VIP Dinner at The Cambrian Hotel (200 Arnold St, Bendigo) - Kick off the weekend by enjoying a 3 course meal matched with featured festival beers. Hear from, and take the opportunity to chat with a host of fascinating and knowledgeable special guest speakers from various breweries throughout the night. Dinner is $75 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 16th August 

  • Bendigo on the Hop (various locations around Bendigo) - Bendigo on the Hop is a celebration of Bendigo’s heritage, its amazing venues and Bendigo Beer’s commitment to establish Bendigo as the craft beer capital of regional Australia. It’s a movable event featuring 10 venues over a flat walking course of 1.2km where attendees, holding a Bendigo Beer Passport, meander through historic streets and buildings sampling rare and unique beers from some of Australia’s best breweries. The Passport enables attendees to a free sample of each unique beer on offer, with the option to purchase additional beer tastings. Local produce will be matched to the beers and with live entertainment at each venue, Bendigo On The Hop is sure to be a cruisy, fun and engaging event. Tickets are $45 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • The Alehouse Projects Second Birthday Party (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – The Alehouse Project is celebrating their second birthday and will be putting it on with beer specials, DJ’s, free canape’s and 7 beers brewed specially for this occasion. Free entry and no need to book, just wander on in and sample some of the amazing beers on tap.

Sunday 17th August

  • Wines of Lebanon Gourmet Lunch at Almazett Lebanese Restaurant (208 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North) – You are invited to explore the BEST of Lebanon… from their incredible cuisine to their luscious wines. At Almazett Lebanese Restaurant, enjoy six delicious innovative courses with matching wines. With six scrumptious courses, share a 6,000 year old legacy of wine making with modern Lebanese wines with your group of wine lovers. Lunch is 6 courses with 6 wines for $79 a head. You can book online here.
  • Bomba Goes to Spain Lunch (103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) - The Bomba boys have recently returned from their trip around Spain. Jesse and Shane embarked on their gastronomic journey to find inspiration in the food and wine to bring back home to Melbourne and share it with the public at Bomba, by holding 2 dinners and a lunch that showcase what they learnt and discovered in Spain.Tickets are only $60 for a full tasting menu and include a Casa Mariol, Negre Vermut and a cocktail on the rooftop. To book, email info@bombabar.com.au or call 90770451.

4th August – 10th August 2014

Monday 4th August 

  • Micro Mondays at The Public Bar (268 Victoria St, North Melbourne) - Now and then on a Monday night, The Public Bar are going to bring in a micro brewery, give them one of our taps to plug in something seasonal and have them school us in the art of making, drinking and loving beer! They’re super pleased that our very first Micro Monday will be presented by Mountain Goat Beer! They’ll have a real life Goat brewer in to talk about beer including Goat beer tasting. A great chance for you to ask the brewer anything you like about the process, the ingredients, the styles. You’ll also get 5 pots of Goat brew on tap and if ou finish them, you can move to $3 pots and $6 pints for the rest of the session! Mountain Goat will have a selection of Rare Breed and Standard brews available to buy at the end of the session so you can take some Goat home with you. Tickets for Micro Mondays can be purchased for $15 over the bar at The Public Bar
  • Discover the Cape Mentelle Heritage at No. 8 by John Lawson (Riverside at Crown Casino, Southbank) - With unrivalled winemaking conditions, Cape Mentelle winery has become iconic to the Margaret River region. The ideal combination of maritime climate and ironstone soil has been instrumental in creating elegant, refined and balanced wines- which are celebrated the world over. In celebration of this Executive Chef John Lawson has created a five course menu leaning on his ethos of regionally sourced produce. Dinner is $145 a head and bookings can be made on 9292 5777.
  • Wine Baptisim of Fire Pre-Bottling Tasting and En Primeur Auction at The Savoy Tavern (677 Bouke St, Melbourne) - From three vineyards, six wines have been made by six teams. WBF will hold a pre-bottling tasting and en primeur auction of the 2014 vintage wines to be released in October. Come meet the teams, taste their wines, and give them the thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s wine as a bloodsport. Results of this auction, hosted by Stuart Gregor and Andrew Caillaird MW, will help determine the competition’s winner. The en primeur system of buying wine as futures is popular for great vintages of famous labels where demand is feverish. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for us to do an en primeur auction of our wines harvested in March and to be released in October! Why bother with Bordeaux futures and wait two years, when you can get these wines in two months! Tickets are $10 each and money goes to supporting Second Bite. Buy your ticket online here.
  • CellarHand Public Portfolio Tasting at Prince Wine Store  (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - CellarHand is a wine distribution and marketing company specialising in premium boutique brands they distribute to restaurants and fine wine retailers. This tasting is an annual event and offers consumers the chance to sample the entire domestic portfolio and discuss the wines with winemakers from producers such as; Cullen, Mount Mary, Yeringberg, Wantirna Estate, Shadowfax, By Farr, Balnaves, Frankland Estate, Punt Road, S C Pannell, Chalmers and Arlie will be in store to show their wines. The CellarHand inported portfolio is equally impressive. Producers such as Jacquesson (Champagne), Taupenot-Merme (Burgundy), Dr. Loosen (Germany), Wittman Estate (Germany) & Prager (Austria) to name a few. This is an outstanding event and will be the largest tasting we have ever hosted at the Prince Wine Store. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online here.

Tuesday 5th August

  • Bar Nacional’s Winter Warmer Workshop (737 Collins St, Melbourne) – At Bar Nacional, they’ve been mak­ing a selec­tion of warm drinks to keep you toasty dur­ing the chilly months and they’re tak­ing an opportunity to share two of their most pop­u­lar, deli­ciously warm­ing recipes with you. In this work­shop you’ll learn how to make a show-​stopping Span­ish Hot Choco­late and a modern-​version of tra­di­tional mulled wine, you’ll get to taste both beverages made as they should be by WEB RG group som­me­lier Jeff Salt and the Bar Nacional kitchen will provide some tapas to enjoy dur­ing the class. The workshop is $15 a head and you can book via info@​barnacional.​com.​au
  • Regional Italian Wine Tasting and Pizza Master Match at The Tuscan Bar (79 Bourke St, Melbourne) - Join in for a lively evening of Italian wine and pizza. The evening will include a tasting of 6 wines from some of Italy’s most famous wine regions, food & wine Master Match & Mismatch segment – together with a tasting of Romagnola pizzas, a brief talk on The History of Pizza – information sheet provided, a wine matching with 6 of Tuscan Bar’s most popular pizza’s, Wine & Pizza Quiz – prize for the most knowledgeable table plus prizes to be won! Your host for the evening will be Anthony Nania, food & wine consultant and wine ambassador. Tickets are $25 a head and can be booked via enquiries@tuscanbar.com.au or by phone on 9671 3322.
  • Tasmania Unbottled at Zinc (Federation Square, Swanston St) – Tasmania Unbottled 2014 offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste more than 100 wines, many of which are rarely seen outside Tasmania, as well as meet the winemakers/vineyards behind the labels. Once again, this year’s event will also feature complementary offerings from Tasmania, including cider and touring attractions from a number of boutique producers. The 45 minute public masterclass, from 6.30pm, will guide participants through some of Tasmania’s top tipples, with wine producers on hand to discuss and present their wines. This is an opportunity to hear directly from the innovative and enthusiastic wine producers who choose to craft outstanding premium wines from the cool island of Tasmania. General entry tickets  are $42.00 per person and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 6th August

  • Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) - Growing grapes using organic or biodynamic methods has become much more popular in Australia over the last 3 years, it’s all about using less chemicals and pesticides and allowing as the French would say the ‘terroir’ to  show through. The Tasting Table have always had a good selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines in the shop so thought it would be great to showcase them. From Australian producers such as Lucy Margaux to smaller Spanish & Italian vineyards there’s lots of great wines to explore. There’ll be 8 wines to taste on the nights all matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Saint Crispen’s Truffle Dinner (300 Smith St, Collingwood) - Truffles are one of the finest ingredients in the world. The prized delicacies are only available for a few months a year, so get some in your belly while you can. To celebrate the season, we’re hosting a Truffle Dinner featuring Perigord from Tasmania - the first company to harvest Australian truffles. Dinner will be 5 courses including matched wines and is $190 a head. To book, email info@saintcrispin.com.au or call 9419 2202.
  • By Land and Sea at Taxi Kitchen (Federation Square, Melbourne)  - Taxi Kitchen and Executive Chef Tony Twitchett present the By Land and Sea Dinner. 5 Courses with matched wines featuring Huon Salmon and Cape Grim Beef. Dinner is $140 per person and you can book by calling 9654 8808.

Thursday 7th August 

  • Champagne Degustation at Vue de Monde (level 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne) - Join Champagne Expert, Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame and talented chef Shannon Bennet at Vue de Monde as they create the quintessential champagne degustation dinner with the ‘wine of Kings’ perfectly partnered with each spectacular course – an unmissable event for champagne and food lovers alike. To further highlight the wonderful gastronmic virtues of champagne, this dinner will not only explore the partnership of champagne with cuisine… but to further delight the senses, champagne will be intricately and discerningly interwoven in each course by Shannon Bennet and the Vue de Monde team. Dinner is $320 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Anima Negra: A Taste of Mallorca Island at La Chinesca (71 Collins St, Melbourne) - Made from indigenous grape varities once on the verge of extinction from the Spanish Island of Mallorca, the legendary Anima Negra Winery crafts honest and distinctive wines of the highest quality. These wines are extremely rare.  Anima Negra and La Chinesca would love you to join them for the opportunity to taste these outstanding wines.  Tasting is $45 per head for 7 wines and some light refereshments with wines available to buy on the day. to book, email info@lachinesca.com.au or call 9663 8333.
  • Danny Pasta Truffle Masterclass at Fifteen Pounds (21 Railway Place, Fairfield) –  It’s Truffle season once again, and that means restaurants all across Melbourne will be featuring the ‘black gold’ in special menus and events for the next month. If you’re slightly more hands on, and want to learn about truffles as well as eat them, book yourself in an instructional and interactive Truffle Master Class. Hosted by Mr Pasta himself, Daniel Tonin (Pasta Classica)  together with Rachel Truscott from Truffle Distributors Australia, and featuring the finest Stonebarn truffles from Pemberton WA. Danny will show you not only how to make his world-class pasta dough, but share with you some of his favourite ways to cook with truffles, offer cooking advice, tastings, and recipes to take home, as well as other ways to use your truffles. Ending the session with pasta truffle dishes cooked by Danny, and featuring matched wines from their friends at Rathdowne Cellars.  There will also be an opportunity to buy fresh truffles on the day, so you can recreate Danny’s recipes at home. Classes are $95 a head and you can book online here.
  • Beirut Street food at Bayte (56 Johnston Street , Collingwood) - Beirut Street Food is making a comeback in August! Bayte love the rustic dishes and the flavours cooked up by the humble street food vendor and believe that in Lebanon, as in many other countries around the world, street food is the heart and soul of cuisine. The chef will be putting together a 5 course degustation for the evening. Expect to see a few new dishes and maybe one or two favourites from the last event – fingers crossed for the Beetroot Falafel! Dinner is $55 a head and includes a drink on arrival. To book, call 9415 8818.

Friday 8th August 

  • Wagyu Beef, Truffle & Red Wine, Japanese Whisky Night at Northern Lights (102 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Join Northern Light for a night of Wagyu Beef / Truffle & Red Wine / Japanese Whisky.  They invite you to enjoy 6 courses of David Blackmore Wagyu which is highly regarded internationally and considered Australia’s most premium grade Wagyu with and W.A Truffles. Each course will feature a different cut and will be matched with wine and whisky. Dinner is $79 a head and you can book by calling 9416 0698.

Saturday 9th August

  • Pinot 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 Pinot’s on offer. Lunch is $69 a head. For more more details and to book, jump online here.

Sunday 10th August

  • Lindt Excellence Chocolate and Wine Matching at The Park Hyatt (1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place, Melbourne) – This fun and interactive event features a range of Lindt chocolate from milk, white and dark to the flavour sensations in the Excellence range carefully matched to a stellar line-up of Australian wines with delicious results!This masterclass focuses on: chocolate production and history; the five senses; flavour perception and wine matching principles. You will then have the opportunity to experiment with these principles as you combine an ascending range of wine and chocolates. Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Witches Falls Wine Lunch at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Join in the fun at The Grand Hotel in Richmond for a magnificent feast and the James Halliday five star rated Witches Falls wines. The perfect Mount Tamborine, Queensland wines. The perfect setting and cuisine in The Grand Hotel. The perfect wine lunch. Plus, rumour has it that the winemaker may actually attend this event! Tickets are $115 a head and can be booked online here.

 

25th August – 31st August

Monday 25th August

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

18th August – 24th August 2014

Monday 18th August

  • The Stage is Set at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy) – Join The Stage is Set for one of their quarterly dinners at Jorg featuring some of Melbournes best and brightest new chefs from restaurants such as Attica, The Commoner and Estelle. You get 6 courses with matched wines for $95 a head. To book, email dining@jorgrestaurant.com.au or call 9482 3002.
  • Bomba Goes to Spain Dinner(103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) -The Bomba boys have recently returned from their trip around Spain. Jesse and Shane embarked on their gastronomic journey to find inspiration in the food and wine to bring back home to Melbourne and share it with the public at Bomba, by holding 2 dinners and a lunch that showcase what they learnt and discovered in Spain.Tickets are only $60 for a full tasting menu and include a Casa Mariol, Negre Vermut and a cocktail on the rooftop. Click here for the full menu. To book, email info@bombabar.com.au or call 90770451.

Tuesday 19th August

  • Bomba Goes to Spain Dinner(103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) - The Bomba boys have recently returned from their trip around Spain. Jesse and Shane embarked on their gastronomic journey to find inspiration in the food and wine to bring back home to Melbourne and share it with the public at Bomba, by holding 2 dinners and a lunch that showcase what they learnt and discovered in Spain.Tickets are only $60 for a full tasting menu and include a Casa Mariol, Negre Vermut and a cocktail on the rooftop. Click here for the full menu. To book, email info@bombabar.com.au or call 90770451.
  • St Hallett Wine Dinner at Meat Market (53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf) –  Join Meat Market down stream as they celebrate St Halletts 70th anniversary. Hosted by chief wine maker Stuart Blackwell, you can enjoy 3 courses matched with 5 delicious wines as Stuart talks you through why the Barossa valley produces such great wines. Tickets are $85 a head and can be booked online here.

Thursday 21st August

  • Spanish Regions Wine Dinner with Coriole at Bohemian (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – Join Bohemian for a culinary tour of northern Spain as they go back in time to the renascence period and cook with the traditional methods of the time. With all 5 courses to be match with McLaren Vale’s finest Europen style winery, “Coliole” including their iconic “Lloyd” shiraz, it is sure to be a great night. Dinner is $85 a head with bookings to be made on 9682 0566.

Friday 22nd August

  • Sausagefest at The Royal Standard (333 William St, Melbourne) – As SausageFest 2014 is all about meat and beer, The Royal Standard will be hosting an evening of indulgence with an almost unlimited amount of sausage available to feast on.There will also be a full range of Bright Brewery beers on tasting as well (6 x 50 ml tasters) as well as a full glass of beer or wine with the meal. With the meal there will be chips, saurkraut, bread, gravy, mash, and a full compliment of mustards and sauces. Dinner is $50 a head and you can book online here.
  • Dinner with a Difference at Locale Restaurant (58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek) – Enjoy a rustic dining experience at De Bortoli’s pop up shed at Locale restaurant for communal dining at its best. Enjoy platters of antipasto followed by shared platters of roast suckling pig with winter vegetables, washed down with a selection of De Bortoli wines. Dinner is $85 a head and can be booked by phone on 03 5965 2271.

Saturday 23rd August

  • The Lamb, The Goat and The Shiraz Dinner at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – The Botanical invite you to join us for an indulgent winter warmer dining experience inspired by The Lamb, The Goat and their best paired partner, The Shiraz! A selection of the best Shiraz in Australia and around the globe, from their award winning wine list, will be available at amazing prices on this night only! These wines will be matched with 5 courses from The Botanical’s kitchen. Tickets are $69 a head and can be booked by calling 9820 7888.

Sunday 24th August

  • The Very Big Bottle Dinner at Hell of the North (135 Greeves St, Fitzroy) – Hell of the North are opening the BIG BOY! An 18 litre bottle of Bressan Schioppettino, from Friuli in Italy. Schioppettino is the grape variety. The notes say, ‘Distinct white pepper with an understated Indian spice profile, abundant pink flowers , black loamy earth, tobacco, cognac, sweet black cherries & berries, ethereal beauty, fine & soulfully satisfying, wine to wonder at….’  The bottle will be served along side a five course shared feast, Italian inspired, featuring wild beast, sea creatures & recently foraged wonders. With an aperitif to start, a glass of wonderful white, half a bottle (375ml) of the BIG BOY Schioppettino, & a glass of sultry sweet wine with dessert. Dinner is $195 a head and can be booked by calling 9417 6660.