We don’t know about you, but we’re finding it almost impossible to get a Saturday night dinner booking these days. Between dining restrictions, the warmer weather of spring and a city full of people ready to get out there and live their best lives, our favourite venues are filling up weeks and advance—and while it gladdens our heart to see it, it does make planning an outing a little hard.
Well here’s a solution for you—on Saturday 17 October, we’re hosting Isolation Degustation, a massive virtual degustation that will see an incredible four-course dinner from Gathar delivered right to your door, no COVID-19 check in required (though you will need to grab tickets in advance here).
Curated by Danielle Dixon of MasterChef fame and happening across Brisbane, Sydney and our friends in still locked down Melbourne, this four-course extravaganza is just $98pp and comes with everything you need for an epic fine-dining experience at home, including two hours of live streamed entertainment and music—and all you need is an oven. And trust us when we say that what’s on the menu is far better than your usual Saturday night cooking attempts…
With everything pre-prepared and cooked by Gathar’s expert team of chefs, all you’ll need to do is serve it up, and maybe pop one or two things in the oven. It all starts with seared ruby tuna accompanied by creamy Australian Avocados, yuzu puree, marinated Victorian tomatoes and wild rice puffs, before moving on to a second course of hay smoked chicken with corn custard, black quinoa and burnt onion jus.
Third course is a dessert of bavarois made with Melbourne’s iconic Koko Black chocolate, strawberries, pepperberry and hibiscus syrup, but cheese lovers will want to save room for the final course of Fromager d’Affinois double cream with carrot apricot marmalade and buckwheat crackers. There’s also a vegetarian option for each course—you can scope that out here.
Now we’re not going to leave you to eat in front of the telly, oh no—we’ve made sure there’s going to be plenty of live-streamed laugh-out-loud entertainment. You’ll tune in to an epic line up of Australian musicians, artists and creatives, including the likes of flamboyant comedian Frock Hudson, who’ll be hosting a wickedly funny drag trivia session, and zero waste living activist Joost Bakker, who’ll be chatting to Urban List's Melbourne Editors Ben Tyers and Rick Stephens about his latest Greenhouse project situated at Melbourne's Fed Square.
To get the party really going, international party DJ YO! MAFIA will be hitting your screens with her signature mash ups of hip hop, RNB, electro and grilled cheese bangers, while Australian DJ Claire Morgan of Berghain fame in Berlin will bring the dance vibes with a set exclusively by Melbourne artists. Throughout the night, you’ll also hear from the chefs on how the meals all came together, and learn about the Victorian and Australian produce that has been used to create this epic meal.
While you watch and dine, you’ll want to keep our friends down in Melbourne at the front of your thoughts, who will be on the final countdown to coming out of lockdown at last. Our final partner, Australia’s first carbon-neutral accredited telco Belong, this dinner is a symbolic reminder that we have the power to do better together, and as we get back to our lives we should do so more consciously.
So tune in and feast in with us—and maybe even gift one to your Melbourne mates for one final Zoom date. Tickets are just $98pp but they are limited. First in, best fed.
Snap up your tickets here before they sell out.
What: Urban List Isolation Degustation
When: Saturday 17 October, 7–9pm AEDT
Where: Your place
Find out more and get yours here.
Read what our Melbourne editor had to say about the night here.