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Foodie Events to Book in December

By Megan Osborne
28th Nov 2014

The festive season is officially here, Listers, and December kindly plays host to a range of delicious foodie things to do in Melbourne! From turkeys to tapas, festivals to fine dining, give the gift of food this Christmas, and don’t hold back! 
Forget the diet, everyone puts weight on over Christmas, so don’t be the sad, sorry sop who deals with food envy, and book one of these great foodie events from some of Melbourne’s best restaurants before they sell out!

Our Nutcrackers Christmas at Prix Fixe

We’re in December, what did you expect? While this spread is definitely festive in nature, it’s not the normal turkey and ham deal. Inspired by the Russian ballet by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, get excited for prawn cocktails—Russian style with melons, avocado and apple. Or the Sugar Plum Fairy course which serves up a compote of cherries, raspberries, basil ice cream and a meringue tutu. Give the gift of food, glorious food this Christmas in Melbourne!
Our Nutcrackers Christmas | Throughout December
Prix Fixe, Melbourne
$49pp for Lunch (2 courses and glass of wine), $89pp for Dinner (4 courses)

Micro Mondays at The Public Bar

Great things come in little packages, isn’t that how the saying goes? Well we here at The Urban List reckon that great beer is made in craft and micro breweries, and Australia has some rippers. Learn about the art of making, drinking, and enjoying great artisan beer at The Public Bar in North Melbourne with their Micro Monday sessions, this week featuring one of our favourite craft beer producers, Kooinda Brewing! 
Micro Mondays | Monday 1st December, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Public Bar, North Melbourne

Christmas in Wonderland at Morris Jones

Enjoy a magically festive degustation at Morris Jones in Windsor, with their Christmas themed four-course dinner! Get excited for a menu filled with playful trickery, and inspired by the Rockefeller Christmas tree, winter wonderland, molecular gastronomy, and family and celebration. Bringing it all together is the wonderful Morris Jones Head Chef, Matthew Butcher, along with Tad Lombardo, Head Chocolatier at Cioccolato Lombardo. Gee whizz. Morris Jones is already one of our favourite foodie spots in Windsor, now you’re adding chocolate to the mix? You’ll be rolling out of this one, Listers, but make sure to book fast, as their first session sold out in just seven hours! 
Christmas in Wonderland | Wednesday 3rd December, 7:30pm
Morris Jones, Windsor
$89pp all inclusive, with surprises!
To book, call 9533 2055 or email 

Les Femmes Forum at Feast of Merit

Join a group of fellow females, while you wine and dine on delicious fare from Feast of Merit. The Les Femmes Forum is all about bringing together like-minded ladies in a relaxed environment, encouraging the sharing of ideas (and of course, the enjoyment of eating!).
Les Femmes Forum | Wednesday 3rd December, 7:30pm
Feast of Merit, Richmond
$70pp for three-courses, glass of wine and gift bags

Flavour Exchange Summer at Federation Square

All of Victoria’s best boutique beers, small batch ciders, sparkling white wines and cheese in the same spot? If that sounds as appealing to you as the start of summer, then head along to the Flavour Exchange summer edition at Federation Square – a hip, two-day long night festival! Stock up on picnic, BBQ and Chrissie feast supplies, while you enjoy the live music on offer at the Flavour Exchange.
Flavour Exchange Summer | Thursday 4th and Friday 5th December, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Federation Square, Melbourne
Prices vary

Sustenance for Change Charity Dinner for Asylum Seekers Resource Centre at the Grain Store

The Grain Store and CERES Fair Food have partnered up to host the ‘Sustenance for Change’ charity dinner, aiming to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Footscray. Sharing a philosophy of only using fresh, seasonal and local produce, one of our favourite Melbourne CBD restaurants, The Grain Store, will offer an environmentally friendly menu, serving up guests three-courses of deliciousness! There are limited seats available, so hurry up and book, Listers, and enjoy an informative and uplifting evening supporting a great cause!
Sustenance for Change Charity Dinner for ASRC | Thursday 4th December, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Grain Store, Melbourne

Patagonian Wine Dinner at Piqueos

Want to be the first in Melbourne to try some exclusive Patagonian wines at one of Melbourne’s best South American restaurants? Yeah, just so you know, that question was totally rhetorical. Brought to you by Piqueos and Exclusive Wines, this Patagonian Wine Dinner will see a scrumptious four-course spread designed to complement the wines in a celebration all about Patagonia. 
Patagonian Wine Dinner | Thursday 4th December, 6:30pm
Piqueos, Carlton North
$85pp four-courses with matching wines
For bookings, please phone 9349 2777 or email 

Cooking Class at Mr Lawrence 

Want to wow friends and family this Christmas? Make sure you attend a cooking class at Mr Lawrence in Port Melbourne then! Hosted by executive chef Ashley Richey, toddle along to this culinary class and learn how to prepare a Middle Eastern feast for Christmas lunch! There aren’t many spots left, so hurry up and book!
Cooking Class | Monday 8th December
Mr Lawrence, Port Melbourne
To book, please phone 9077 4992 or email 

A Night with Vanessa Mateus at Milk the Cow 

We love awesome combinations, and what can be more awesome than the combination of some of Melbourne’s best restaurants’ chefs, cooking their magic at Milk the Cow, one of Melbourne’s best fromaggeries? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Ever. Tonight sees Vanessa Mateus from Pope Joan whip up a five-course menu with matched wines, inspired by—hmm, let’s see shall we, what could it possibly be? CHEESE! Mmm get on board this awesome-sauce train, Listers!
A Night with Vanessa Mateus | Monday 8th December
Milk the Cow, St Kilda
$120 For five-courses with matched wines

Portugal Meets Asia at Northern Light Bar and Eatery

Celebrating the delightful combination of Portuguese wine and Asian inspired food, head along to Northern Light Bar and Eatery in Collingwood for this informative wine dinner. Adam Liston has designed a four-course menu that explores Asian flavours, created to complement different varieties of Portuguese Wine. An unusual, but exciting match!
Portugal Meets Asia | Wednesday 10th December, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
To book, please call 9416 0698 

Choosing Cheese and Wine for Festive Season Entertaining at Spring St Grocer

One of the best things to do in Melbourne is scoff cheese, amirite? So these guys had us at truffled triple cream brie. But if you need more than that, then what about a canapé style tasting session, showcasing three traditional festive cheeses, paired with alcoholic beverages? Learn from cheesemongers how to construct a beautiful cheese platter, and what pairs perfectly with your favourite cheeses! Even better, all orders for the festive feasting season will receive a 10% discount! 
Choosing Cheese and Wine for Festive Season Entertaining| Saturday 13th December
Spring St Grocer, Melbourne
To book, please phone 9654 6657 or email

A Night with Peter Gunn at Milk the Cow 

Lucky, lucky, Listers! This month has got Milk the Cow in St Kilda feeling so festive, they’re hosting not one, but TWO wickedly awesome chefs! Enter, Peter Gunn, from IDES Melbourne, and Sous Chef at Attica, who tonight will be cooking up a four-course storm! Gunn uses a produce-driven approach, and we can’t wipe the cheesy grins off our faces thinking about all that four-course glory. Need. Cheese. Now.
A Night with Peter Gunn | Monday 15th December
Milk the Cow, St Kilda
$120 For four-courses with matched wines

Gin Master Class at Bad Frankie 

Hosted by Seb Costello from Bad Frankie in Fitzroy, head along to a Master Class and learn all about gin! With tastings, informative talks ands a selection of the jaffles that Bad Frankie is famous for, go on, do the whole sneaky indulgence thing, you know you want to!
Gin Master Class | Tuesday 16th December, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bad Frankie, Fitzroy
To book, please call 9078 3866 or email

Aperitivo Danzante Act II at Brunetti

Brought to you by Two Italian Boys, Brunetti and That’s Amore Cheese, Aperitivo Danzante Act II (after a hugely successful first act) will be a celebration to remember at Brunetti, City Square. Think Italian food, drinks and, of course, dancing! With live musicians, enjoy grooving to the tunes, while you munch on a range of authentic Italian pasta, wood-fired pizza, cheese and more! Wash it down with some fantastic vintage Italian Prosecco! Brunetti in City Square is where the party is at!
Aperitivo Danzante Act II | Wednesday 18th December, 7:00pm 
Brunetti, City Square
Tickets on sale soon

Whisky Master Class at Bad Frankie 

Another ingenious Master Class at Bad Frankie in Fitzroy, this time it’s all about whisky. Taste five whiskies while you munch on matched jaffles, and enjoy an informative session covering the whisky making and distilling process. Early Chrissie pressie anyone?
Whisky Master Class | Saturday 20th December, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Bad Frankie, Fitzroy
To book, please call 9078 3866 or email 

St Ali Night Market and Lane Way Party 

Laneways, parties and markets. Melbourne does them all so well, but what about combining all three? Oh-no-she-didn’t! Yes, yes she did. Or St Ali did anyway. From 2pm to 9pm they will be hosting their own unique night market and laneway party to get their festive spirit on, and they’re inviting you along for the ride! Shop for Christmas gifts, check out some live street art production, dance to some DJs, get a haircut or beard trim (calm your farm, you’re not Chet Faker you know! Unless you are, in which case oh haiiiiii), get a TATTOO, or most importantly, eat, eat, and then eat some more. It’s all happening at the St Ali Night Market and Lane Way Party!
St Ali Night Market and Lane Way Party | Saturday 20th December, 2:00pm - 9:00pm 
St Ali, South Melbourne

2nd Birthday at Piqueos

Help one of Carlton North’s best restaurants celebrate their 2nd birthday in Argentinian style! Head down to Piqueos and feast on the asado (Argentinian BBQ) offering, guaranteed to make your mouth water!
2nd Birthday | Sunday 21st December, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Piqueos, Carlton North
For bookings, please phone 9349 2777 or email

Christmas Day

Yup, the big one. Merry Christmas and all that jazz. So that’s all well and good, but what if you don’t have plans today? Or more, what if you WANT plans? What if you can’t be stuffed stuffing a turkey, and you’d rather just sit back and indulge in an extended Christmas lunch at one of Melbourne’s best restaurants? Well, lucky you then, because we made a gift just for you! Check out our article on where to have Christmas lunch in Melbourne.

Geoff Lindsay’s Crab Club Pop-Up 

So you stuffed yourself silly on Christmas day, huh? Well don’t let that put you off paying a visit down the coast to Sorrento, and getting your greasy paws on some crustacean glory from Geoff Lindsay’s Crab Club Pop-Up! Running until the 4th of February, this intimate spot overlooking the Sorrento foreshore is bound to fill up fast. Offering a range of fresh caught crab served up with your choice of sauce. Pick from chilli, black pepper, black bean or steamed with lemon aioli. We’ve got our beady eyes on the soft shell slider, though, and why not wash that down with a crab leg cocktail? Why not, indeed.
Geoff Lindsay’s Crab Club Pop-Up | Friday 26th December
Morgan’s Beach Shack, Sorrento
So there you have it, Listers. Welcome in the New Year with a new diet, but for now, indulge in all the brilliance that the festive season has to offer!

Image Credit: Rock My Wedding

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