It might be mid-winter, but that's no reason to be hibernating indoors when there are so many delicious offerings around town this month. Be brave, rug up, and head on down to some seriously good chow. Here are our foodie picks of what's on in Melbourne this July.
VIVE LE FRANCE AT PRIX FIXE
Extravagant set menu restaurant Prix Fixe, on the city's Alfred Place, will be coming over a little French for the duration of July, drawing as its inspiration Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables and sweeping through Bastille Day on the 14th. Phillippa Sibley will be presenting a four-course meal taking a contemporary twist on French classics including onion soup, duck à l'orange and egg bourguignon.
Vive Le France
$79 per person
Book via the website
JULY SAUSAGE FESTIVAL AT THE BUILDERS ARMS HOTEL
Stuck for fun things to do in Melbourne this July? Might we suggest a sausage fest... If you can't get enough of sausages, and particularly if you start drooling at the Alsatian method of sauerkrauting them up, choucroute garnie, then get yourself down to Gertrude Street's Builders Arms Hotel. Their Sausage Festival will see grilled Lyonnaise sausage with roast rack of pork and house made mustard on for both lunch and dinner during the first week of July.
For details, go to the website
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS AT HAMMER & TONG 412
Simon Ward, head chef of Brunswick Street's Hammer & Tong 412 in Fitzroy, will once again hand over his kitchen to the young guns with the second round of Friends With Benefits during July. First up, on July 2nd, is The Age Young Chef of The Year 2013, Mark Briggs, formerly of Vue de Monde and The Sharing House, now at Dig A Pony in Yarraville. He'll be followed by ex-Woods of Windsor and current Nieuw Amsterdam chef Nick Stanton on July 16th, then BBQ-guru Rick Person on July 30th. Each chef will whip up a four-course tasting menu.
Friends With Benefits
July 2nd, 16th, 30th
$70 per person
Call 9041 6033 to book
PERUVIAN DINNER AT PIQUEOS
Carlton North might be a fair way away from the mountains of Peru, but Rathdowne Street's Piqueos will lay on a five-course diner inspired by that fine country's cuisine, after a recent trip there exposed them to several flavour sensations. There's the option to match the meal with South American wines too, which is sure to bring out the Latin spirit in you during this cold winter.
$85 per person (extra for wines) | 7pm
Call 9349 2777 to book
Image credit: Vue de Monde.
BLACK DIAMOND DINNER AT VUE DE MONDE
At the top of town, in other words the 55th floor of Rialto, the jewel in the crown of Melbourne's best restaurants, Vue de Monde, has two big events going on this month. As part of the annual Truffle Melbourne Festival, they'll stage a Black Diamond Dinner with VDM"s Joachim Lim teaming up with Chicago's Curtis Duffy for a five-course dinner celebrating the snuffly wonders.
Friday July 4th
$295 per person | 7pm
Call 9691 3838 to book
EUREKA 89 POP UP BAR
For one night only, Eureka 89 will be the site of Melbourne's highest pop-up bar, serving up Fourth of July-themed cocktails and Laurent Perrier champagne as you disembark from the lift and settle in for canapés set to live music, with a tapas-style menu including smoked beef sliders and spiced pork ribs with apple radish salad.
$25 per person | from 5pm
KRUG DINNER AT GROSSI FLORENTINO
If you're short on five star things to do in Melbourne and feeling particularly flash with the cash this July, why not dine with Olivier Krug, the man behind one of the world's most exclusive champagnes, in the swish surrounds of Bourke Street's Grossi Florentino? He'll be on hand with plenty to say about the much sought-after champagne during an intimate four-course dinner that will showcase some of Krug's finest vintages within one of the best restaurants in Melbourne.
$500 per person | 7pm
Call 9662 1811 to book
THE MORTADELLA SESSIONS AT OMBRA
As part of the Melbourne Salami Festa, Ombra Salumi Bar in the CBD will host two mortadella sessions this July, aiming to boost its rep compared to its far better known cousin, salami. Ombra chefs Dom Marzano and James Vardis will lead a mortadella masterclass while homemade equipment specialists Home Make It will also show you how to make capocollo and pancetta. The session will run for five hours and lunch is included, of course.
The Mortadella Sessions
July 5th, 26th
$160 per person | 10am
Book via website
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WHISKEY COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS AT SAIGON SALLY
With ex-Der Raum and Lui Bar mixologist Michael Forbes behind the bar at Duke Street Windsor's Saigon Sally, this cocktail masterclass highlighting whiskey is sure to be spot on. Glenmorangie ambassador Mick Formosa will be on hand too, and they'll take you through three whiskey cocktails to make and drink, with canapés from chef Adrian Li.
Whiskey cocktail masterclass
$60 per person | 2.30pm
Call 9939 5181 to book
EXPLORE MOET & CHANDON'S GRAND VINTAGE COLLECTION AT NO. 8 BY JOHN LAWSON
Moet & Chandon's chef de cave Benoit Gouez will fly in to Crown's No. 8 restaurant to unveil their 2006 Grand Vintage as the showcase at the heart of No. 8 chef John Lawson's celebratory four-course dinner that will include Jicam crab roll with finger lime, butter poached lobster and Old Bay spiced lemon chicken with white polenta and hazelnut jus.
Explore Moet & Chandon's Grand Vintage Collection
No. 8 by John Lawson, Crown
$165 per person | 6.30pm
Call 9292 5777 to book
MEET THE MAKER AT BROOKS
What's on for wine lovers this month? Meet the Maker at Brooks is a magnificent gathering of some of the city's best winemakers at one of Melbourne's best restaurants. Brooks' sommelier Matt Brooke, who produces his own vino Athletes of Wine, will bring together a crowd of innovative young Victorian winemakers, including Two Blind Mice and Thick As Thieves, both from the Yarra Valley, Athletes of Wines' Central Victorian neighbours Katoa and Rorschach Wine from the Mornington Penninsula. Just to make sure you don't; get too boozy, chef Nicolas Poelaert is putting on a five-course degustation menu with wines matched by Matt.
Meet The Makers
$150 per person | 6.30pm
Book via website
THE HUMBLE TUMBLER WINE COURSE: ADVENTURES IN FOOD AND WINE
Foodie and boozy guru Clare Burder is on a one-woman mission to deliver unpretentious and informative courses exploring the finer sides of culinary life with The Humble Tumbler. Her latest four-week introductory course to vino kicks off this July, split into lessons on red, white and bubbly with an intro course. No more will the walls of fancy labels at the bottle-o scare you. There will be lovely cheese on hand to help the wine go down and you get a handy wine book too.
The Humble Tumbler Wine Course: Adventures In Food And Wine
July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
$300 per person | 6pm
Book via the website
Image credit: Voila.
VOILA AT THREE BAGS FULL
Awesome Abbotsford cafe Three Bags Full's two French chefs, Fab and Nico, are hosting regular French dinners, with the next session on July 10th. They'll be plating up radis beurre, navy beans with Parmesan ravioli and chicken done in lemon verbena and ginger. Bon appetite.
$59 per person
Call 0421 349 474 or 0467 481 796 to book
TRUFFLE MELBOURNE BANQUET AT GG RESTAURANT
Winter is the season for truffles, and the guys at East Melbourne's Euro-loving GG Restaurant on Clarendon Street will be dishing up a five-course celebration of the gourmet treats that includes wild barramundi fillet with a truffle crust, prawn and black truffle chanwan-mushi and truffle Fromage de Meaux. There's even truffled ice nougat for dessert. French chef extraordinaire Philippe Mouchel will be in the kitchen alongside Nobu guru Christopher Shane Chan Yai Ching and GG's own Paul Dunlop.
Truffle Melbourne Banquet
$190 per person | 7pm
Call 8415 0411 to book
BASTILLE DAY DINNER AT BISTRO VUE
Melbourne is flush with fun things to do this Bastille Day, but this just might be our pick. Francophiles will rejoice at Bistro Vue's Bastille Day Dinner, with head chef Chris Bonello taking his own spin on the cuisine of French master Paul Bocuse that includes Jerusalem artichoke and truffle soup, coral trout with nettles and pigeon with Brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms.
Bastille Day Dinner
Monday July 14th
$155 per person | 7pm
Call 9691 3838 to book
BASTILLE DAY AT ALBERT ST FOOD & WINE
Excellent Brunswick restaurant Albert St Food & Wine on Sydney Road will play host to a celebratory dinner of all things French for Bastille Day. There will be a red wine-marinated boar, complete with an apple in its mouth, dished up with handmade buckwheat crozets, a specialty of the Savoie region. There will be hors d'ouvres galore, yummy cheese and hazelnuts, waffle and salted caramel ice cream for dessert.
$75 per person | 6.30pm
Call 8354 6600 to book
Image credit: Charlie Dumpling Facebook.
WINE VS SAKE AT CHARLIE DUMPLING
Prahran's Charlie Dumpling on High Street has called in The Humble Tumbler's Clare Burder in a battle royale with wine going up against sake. The idea is simple but brilliant – five different dumplings will be presented, and each one will be paired with both a glass of wine and a glass of sake, so you can taste test both and decide which you prefer.
Wine Vs Sake
$95 per person | 6.30pm
Email for a booking form
TRUFFLE DINNER AT NO. 8 BY JOHN LAWSON
Lawson will also be celebrating another delicacy, Western Australian truffles, at his riverside restaurant this July. His five-course degustation meal packed with scrummy sounding dishes like a charred leek salad with truffle may and pickled shitake mushrooms, wild mushroom and truffle risotto and New Zealand blue eye cod with truffled celeriac puree and pig's tail crust.
Truffle Dinner At No 8
No 8 by John Lawson, Crown
$160 per person, plus $70 wine match | 6.30pm
Call 9292 577 to book
SHANE DELIA MASTERCLASS AT HOBBA
Maha owner/chef and SBS Spice Journey presenter Shane Delia will be teaming up with culinary training outfit Steps Australia this July, showing off his culinary wares and letting his fans in on his secrets too. If you want to learn how to whip up the finest Middle Eastern cuisine and learn more about spice, get on board for this one-off event at Prahran's Hobba.
Shane Delia Masterclass at Hobba
$169 per person | 6.30pm
Call 1300 178 377 to book
OYSTER FRENZY AT ALBERT PARK HOTEL
A firm favourite on the foodie calendar, the Albert Park Hotel's Oyster Frenzy returns for its ninth outing this year, with a decadently delicious smorgasbord of oysters for you to guzzle. Clamms Seafood and Chandon are on board and they're aiming to beat last year's record of 18,760 oysters consumed, with the finest from Bateman's Bay to Bruny Island, St Helen's to Smokey Bay. The price includes all you can eat plus plenty of sparkling, wine, beer and cider.
$75 per person | 6.30pm
Call 9690 5459 to book
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