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The Feed | The Melbourne Food And Drink News You Need To Know About

By Simon Cassar
16th Nov 2021

The food news has been coming in thick and fast in Melbourne, to make sure that you're on top of all the tasty things happening we've wrapped up everything that you need to know:​​

  • Messina and Cocktail Porter are at it again with another cocktail kit, this time with Messina Martinis, with the gelato stalwart's choc hazelnut twist, no less. You can get these DIY cocktails delivered to your door, starting at $80 which will make six; or for those hosting a large group of booze-hounds, the XL kit at $145 will serve up a hefty 16 cocktails. Order up here.
  • New Guernica was a pillar of the CBD’s nightlife offering, tucked away off a laneway in the centre of town it was one of Melbourne’s most favoured haunts for a good time. After a brief hiatus, the club destination has landed a new spot on Collingwood’s Smith Street; just at the bottom of Gertrude. There’s already plenty on the cards across the summer including gigs featuring Melbourne all-star’s DJ Jnett, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Toni Yotzi and more. Opening Thursday 25 November, the all-new Guerns is giving you the chance to score free drinks by signing up to their newsletter—head over here to get the low down.
  • It doesn’t really get more Melbourne than combining small-batch gin with the Royal Botanical gardens but that’s exactly what you’ll get with ‘Florescence’. The special-made spirit is a collaboration between Melbourne-based Anther Distillery and The Royal Botanical team who’ve selected plants and flowers to use in the creation process.  Alongside the traditional botanical ingredients, Florescence also includes native plants such as alpine pepper and violet kunzea giving it a very floral and aromatic taste. All proceeds from the sale of the gin go towards maintaining the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s landscapes, scientific and horticultural research and public programs, so order up a couple here.
  • Craft & Co is bringing back their Gingerbread Christmas Gin for the silly season. The stuff has taken out a bunch of awards locally and across the pond, but the only selling point you really need to take note of is how quickly it sold out last year. Get it direct from the source and packaged up in a nifty gift box here.
  • Hawthorn just got tastier. Yes, a pint-sized European style bakery has just opened. Breadwinner is the new flour-child from Andrew Skoullos of Gabriel and chef Emma Jeffrey the mind behind LeviGilson and Mammoth. If you’ve ever been to any of those hubs, you know that this is a duo to be reckoned with so our expectations of Breadwinner are pretty damn good. The pastry and bread haven is takeaway-only and features a selection of Melbourne’s best-baked goods from spots like BabkaPenny for PoundFive & Dime and many more. Among that selection, there’s also some house-made heroes and even some gluten-friendly options. We definitely can’t wait to try the Biscoff basque cheesecake or a vegan pistachio and yuzu bundt.
  • Tis’ the season, and we’ve got another reason to celebrate with the return of the Craft & Co’s gin market. The festive-themed botanical soiree will be kicking off from Tuesday 2 December until Thursday 5 December and tickets will run you from $25 to $45 per person; which includes free tastings as well as a dedicated Craft & Co show bag. On the gin front, you can expect a slew of distilleries including Heathcote Gin, Noble Bootleggers, Cape Byron, as well as Artillery and the host-spirit, The Craft & Co. Head over here for more details.
  • If you take tea over coffee you’re in for a real treat; the soon-to-open Yugen Tea is an accelerated take on the antiquated high tea experience. Taking up residency in the Capitol Grand in South Yarra, the uber-modern space has an almost dystopian feel with dark stone benches, strip lighting, and chic ceramic and glassware. Here you’ll have a chance to taste tea from all over the globe with their very own tea sommelier, Thibaut Chuzeville. As well as the loose-leaf there's also expertly crafted pastries and cakes from executive chef John Demetrios, a pairing you just have to experience. Yugen Tea opens on Wednesday 17 November. It’s still quite clandestine, you can only get in by emailing and securing a spot, nab yours here.
  • Yep, it has finally happened, Fancy Hanks, the low and slow specialists have finally bottled up some of their secret sauces and are shipping them out. The CBD-based bbq joint has just released a collection of their signature sauces from banana ketchup, classic tomato sauce, and a  spice-driving pineapple reaper. Order up here.
  • The Dough Co is a choc-chip filled venture that was born out of lockdown. The father-daughter led operation from Amy and Mark Silver came about when  Mark’s commercial catering kitchen was left unused through COVID. The now cult-famous operation delivers ready-to-bake cookie dough right to your door; all you’ve got to do is unwrap, slice them up, and throw them in the oven. Flavours are varied and range from your staple choc chip to choc mint, orange; they even have a plant-based golden oat cookie and a gluten-free choc chip version, so everyone can get stuck in. Get a batch here
  • How much do you love bacon? Saltsmith has put out the call looking for dedicated bacon testers to help them create the most perfect rashers in Australia. The team are on the hunt for twenty people to taste test and rate their handmade, free-range bacon; each participant will receive three different types of bacon including Saltsmith’s streaky bacon. They’ll then have to cook all three types and reveal their salty evaluations across social media with the hashtag #SaltsmithBaconTester. What do you win? Well aside from three different bacon varieties landing on your doorstep— you’ll also go into the draw to win a three month’s supply of Saltsmith Bacon. Head over here to actualise your bacon career. 
  • Bagnum is the collab between local legends Built To Spill and Urban List. Think easy-to-pour bagged wine that is every bit classic as it is boujee. Each Bagnum holds a whopping 1.5L of juicy Aussie wine from Sparrow & Vine with three wine varietals on offer: a Bagnum Sangiovese Rosé, a citrusy Semillon Bagnum (white) and a Nero D’Avola Bagnum (red). 
  • If you’re looking for a good drop, Bahama Gold has recently set up shop online. The Melbourne-based retailer has a serious arsenal of quality drops; specialising predominantly in natural wines, you’ll find a range of sparkling, reds, whites, orange, fizz and rosé as well as one-litre growlers of everyday wine perfect for the mid-week. 
  • Nothing quite hits like an espresso martini. Mr Black coffee roasters have just swung in with their perfectly blended martini. Coming in an extremely convenient 200ml can; all you have to do is give it a shake and you’ll be right on your way. Available in four packs they’re perfect for a picnic and the ultra-aesthetic graphic cans even provide something for the mantlepiece. Order up some here
Did you hear about the new 2000sqm bowling alley and beer garden coming to Melbourne's
inner north? Check it out here

Image credit: Cocktail Porter

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