Sunday, 8 September 2013

A round up of this month's hottest foodie news

Zumbo pops up
Gramercy welcomed Adriano Zumbo last week with a pop-up "stand" at the restaurant featuring his famous sweet treats. Zumbo is set to open his latest patisserie on north Chapel Street this month, cementing South Yarra as Melbourne’s hottest new food destination.

Spring Graze

Weekends in September just got better. Spring graze is back. Here are some of our top spots to get your graze on:
Ayatana celebrates Spring Graze with a delicious five course modern Thai feast prepared with fresh, local Victorian produces sourced from some of Prahran Market's star traders. Also partnering with Oakdene, each course is perfectly matched with one of the winery’s wines
When: Tue 24 Sep from 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Phone: (03) 9533 8813
Where: Ayatana 97 Chapel St, Windsor
Pricing: $95.00
This September, La Svolta welcomes Spring through the marriage of Italian cuisine and authentic flavours with local ingredients with a Spring Graze menu.

When: The Spring Graze menu is available on Sunday, September 22nd from 11.30am - 4pm 
Where: both La Svolta venues
How: Call (03) 9510 3001 to book. 
Price: $30 which includes two courses (entree and main or main and dessert) and a glass of Di Stasio Wine (either Chardonnay or Pinot Noir). 

Spring Graze specials will run across Albert Park, Middle Park and Newmarket Hotels while Circa will feature a stunning menu of wood BBQ king prawns, spring lamb and a bitter chocolate mousse to finish. Call (03) 9536 1122 to book. 

Royal Saxon heralds the arrival of Spring with ‘The Venetian Connection’; a three course seasonal dinner inspired by the Italian region of Veneto. The Venetian Connection will take place on Wednesday 18th September and tickets are priced at $50 per person. For tickets contact phone (03) 9429 5277 or email 

Beef Experience @ Steer

If you love a good cut, Steer Bar & Grill at The Olsen have introduced something for meat lovers the 'Beef Experience'. A plate to share for three, the chefs will select the finest fare available.

Weekend rotisserie @ ASC

Acland Street Cantina is heating things up with their weekly rotisserie. Each weekend will feature a different roast. You might see 12 hour roasted lamb with ancient grain salad, quesco oaxaca and blue corn tortillas, all for $20pp. Available for lunch and dinner both Saturday and Sunday. 

Mount Mary Wine Dinner @ Circa
Mount Mary, a family owned winery established in the Yarra Valley in 1971 is joining Circa, The Prince on September 17 to showcase their wines alongside the stunning food from the Circa kitchen. 

Wines like their 2011 chardonnay will be paired with hay smoked quail with new season morels and asparagus, while the evening will be rounded off with a Cabechou style goat's cheese with quince marmalade and hazelnut toast, paired with the Mount Mary 2011 Quintet. 

Tickets are $150 for four courses with paired wines. Booking essential. Call (03) 9536 1122 to book.

Melbourne Market Awards, the results are in! 

Last night Melbourne's market community gathered together to celebrate the inaugural Melbourne Market Awards. Presented by Lee Chan of Coxy's Big Break and My Kitchen Rules, Melbourne's Favourite traders as voted by their loyal customers from the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne, Prahran and Dandenong Markets, came out in style as the city honoured them. 

The awards were presented by the expert panel of judges including food writer Hilary McNevin, Chef Nicky Riemer from Union Dining and Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association was represented by his colleague Garry Terrill. 

And Melbourne Best Market Traders for 2013 are...
Padre Coffee of South Melbourne Market

Curds & Whey of Queen Victoria Market

Georgie's Harvest of South Melbourne Market

The Chicken Pantry of Queen Victoria Market

Gary's Quality Meats of Prahran Market

Happy Tuna Seafoods of Queen Victoria Market

Peanut Market of Dandenong Market

The Pet Grocer of South Melbourne Market

Tick off the weekend checklist, Mexican style!
What: 2013 Mission Mexican Festival
When: Sunday 15 September, 10am-6pm
Where: Federation Square

Read more here.

Market Week returns this September to celebrate Melbourne’s Markets' iconic status

Market Week returns this September . For more than 120 years, Prahran Market, South Melbourne Market, Dandenong Market and Queen Victoria Market have each been cemented as iconic symbols of food, trade and community. This will be the first time Dandenong Market has joined in the celebrations, making them even bigger than previous years!

The Markets of Melbourne Market Week kicked off on September 7 and will run through to Sunday September 15 at Prahran Market, South Melbourne Market, Queen Victoria Market & Dandenong Market. Here's a summary of notable events upcoming: 

The Great Icon Giveaways will be a memorable highlight of Market Week with iconic produce being given away absolutely FREE during selected times and dates (while stocks last). There is sure to be some manic, freebie madness ensuing! 

  • South Melbourne Market Dim Sims: Friday September 13, 10am - 11am.
  • Queen Victoria Market, Hot Jam Doughnuts from the American Doughnut Kitchen: Saturday September 14, 9am - 10am. 
  • Dandenong Market, assorted nuts and spices from Peanut Market: Saturday September 14, 9am - 10am.
  • Prahran Market, Cupcakes from Mr Nice Guy Cupcakes: Sunday September 15, 11am - 1pm, Fruit & Veg Hall.
Prahran Market - Foodie Event: Traders Tuesday. 

Tuesday September 10, 10am - 4pm.  
See some of Prahran's star traders in action including Damian Pike, Gary McBean and Terry from Theo and Son's Seafood demonstrating their trade and favourite cuisines in the Blanco Kitchen. FREE.

South Melbourne Market - Kids Play at the Market: Bike n Blend. 
Wednesday September 11, 10am - 2pm. 
Saturday September 14, 10am - 2pm. 
Make your own smoothie using pedal power. Healthy, great for the environment and quite a spectacle. The kids will love it. Cecil Street. FREE. 

Dandenong Market - Tastes of Dandenong, Indian Street Food at The Kitchen.
Friday September 14, 1pm - 2pm. 
Take a food journey through Western India with resident chef Russell Bald and Chaat Corner chef Chintan Shah. Watch them demonstrate techniques to conjure the delectable flavours of this region. The Kitchen events always draw a big crowd. FREE.

Queen Victoria Market - Spanish Churros Eating Competition. 
Sunday September 15, 1.30pm - 2pm. 
The annual Market Week eating comp is back! Last year it was oysters, this year we're embracing all things Spanish with a Churros eating competition! Also known as Spanish donuts and usually dipped in chocolate sauce, these fried sticks of doughy goodness have people forming long, orderly queues every Market day. If you're a fan - prove it! Register on the day!

Taste of Melbourne 2013
Melbourne’s premier restaurant festival Taste of Melbourne arrives for 2013, once again gracing Pelican Lawn at Albert Park, November 14 – 17. The food and wine celebration sees Melbourne’s favourite restaurants return, as well as new movers and shakers on the dining scene; Taxi Dining, Longrain, Burch & Purchese dessert restaurant, MoVida, Albert St Food & Wine, The Smith, and Huxtable, with more to be announced shortly. 

Taste of Melbourne 2013 endeavours to bring many new attractions and visitor learning opportunities to enrich the festival experience including Tasmanian Pavilion, Lurpak Cookery School, an impressive line-up of local and international chefs who will host free skillery sessions across all four days and a Beer Hall where festival goers can taste local and imported beers, meet the brewers and participate in the free masterclass.

Now in its 6th year, Taste of Melbourne is firmly established as an annual ‘must attend event’ that celebrates the city’s ever evolving food, wine and dining scene. Learn more here.

What: Taste of Melbourne 2013
When: Thursday November 14- Sunday November 17, 2013
Where: Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake
Price: Tickets start from $25.00 from Ticketek

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