Thursday, 8 May 2014

A collection of foodie news & events that caught our eye this month!

Lobster Palooza @ Albert Park Hotel
Clamp your claws around lobster bits, bites, buns, bowls and rolls as Chandon and  Clamms Seafood present the inaugural ‘Lobster Palooza’ at the Albert Park Hotel on Thursday 29th May.

An extension of the Albert Park Hotel’s famous Oyster Frenzy brand, Lobster Palooza is a sea-licious standup soiree treating guests to a lobster feeding frenzy with the prized leggy crustacean delivered every which way. Think lobster medallions, dumplings, rolls, salads, BLT, bisque, croquettas, rice-paper rolls. mousse and thermidor. Fellow deep blue inhabitants including oysters, prawns, mussels, clams, crab and Moreton Bay bugs crash the parade to present an all-star lineup of Australia’s highest quality seafood.

Cleanse the briny palate with plenty of Chandon, Little Creatures Beer, Mr Pilkington’s Miracle Cider & wine from Curly Flat, Mac Forbes, Leeuwin Estate and Dalzotto. 

Date: Thursday 29th May, 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 9pm
Where: Albert Park Hotel - 83 Dundas Place, Albert Park
Price: $79 per person
For Tickets: Call (03) 9690 5459 or visit

May @ the Saxon
Our favourite Italian dining spot and watering hole has a number of fabulous events running this month...

Read more about the Royal Saxon here.

Double Happiness Hour Fridays @ Zhou Zhou Bar 
From 5-9pm every Friday, Zhou Zhou bar offers discounted drinks and tunes. Read more about Zhou Zhou Bar here!

Fairtrade's The Power of You campaign 
Fairtrade's The Power of You campaign encourages people to make a difference to the lives of farmers by purchasing ethically sourced product that carries the blue and green Fairtrade Mark. Fairtraide are launching this campaign during Fair Trade Fortnight, 2-18 May.

Fairtrade is calling on everyone to choose and change the world one purchase at a time.

Box of scrolls has a new flavour
The rumours are true... Box of Scrolls are just about to offer a new flavour. Gastrology had the opportunity of tasting this secret new flavour yesterday. Stay tuned for the reveal on our blog ;)

Edit: Read about the new flavour here!

New German beer hall at Southgate
DEXUS Property Group and Red Rock Leisure officially announce the launch of HOPHAUS, in Southgate restaurant and shopping precinct’s iconic space previously occupied by Bluetrain (now on Southgate’s upper level).
The menu at HOPHAUS will feature classic Bavarian favourites with a contemporary Melbourne flair with a big focus on communal shared dining. The open kitchen will showcase low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie.    

The kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner, while a bar menu will complement an afternoon or late night brew.

Winter warming lunch for $30pp @ Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde is taking part in Melbourne Food & Wine's Roast Collection this with a Winter weekend feast called the Fiesta de la Barbacoa (or Barbecue Feast).

Patrons can warm up their Winter bones and spice up their lunchtime dining with a Mexican-inspired feast, featuring Mesa's famous Lamb Barbacoa, seasonal vegies and a delectable, tequila-enhanced mulled wine. Victorian producers and produce feature heavily as it is the theme for MFW's Roast Collection.

This hearty Winter meal is for those upcoming cooler weekends, where lazy long lunches are the best kind of remedy.

What: Fiesta de la Barbacoa
Where: Mesa Verde Level 6, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Price: $30 per head (min. 2 people)
When: Every Saturday and Sunday in June (Lunch only)

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