Mention Bib & Tucker, and images of classic Indian Ocean summer sunsets and Sunday brunch probably come to mind—but this quintessential Perth eatery is upping its winter game this year with a series of special, curated dining events ranging from a vegan degustation to a ‘nose to tail’ dinner.
Head Chef Scott Bridger has designed six menus this year, each one showcasing different and unique produce and a penchant for something inventive. According to owner Eamon Sullivan, “these events allow the chefs to really fire up their creativity and use their training and passions to provide fun and exciting food for our customers.” And he’s not wrong.
The most recent dining event, ‘Rooftop & Garden’, showcased an incredible array of vegetables from Bridger’s own garden—all specifically planted, cared for and harvested with the night’s menu in mind—as well as honey from the Bib & Tucker rooftop, including a delicious Golden Honey Ale produced in collaboration with Nowhereman Brewing. The result was surprising, incredibly flavoursome and downright fun to experience.
But don’t worry—there are still four dinners to come and some pretty exciting ones at that. The next cab off the ranks is a ‘Nose to Tail’ dinner on Tuesday 10 July, in which diners will enjoy an eight course tasting menu of Western Australia’s finest local produce focusing on the whole animal from nose to tail, paired with matching wines. With a menu encompassing things such as a ‘pigs head burger’, crispy pork hock and whole roasted pork loin, this one’s for the true meat lovers. “Our goal for this event is to have guests walk away knowing that there’s more to the animal than just bacon,” says Bridger.
Also coming up as part of the series is ‘Truffle & Cheese’ (we can barely hide our excitement for this one) and a very special ‘Fervor x Bridger’ collaboration in which one of WA’s most exciting young culinary talents, Paul Iskov, will bring his pop-up dining style and knowledge of working with native ingredients to Bridger’s kitchen.
Iskov’s pop-up dining concept Fervor has delivered unique dining experiences in places as remote as the Ord Valley and islands off our state’s southern coast. Sullivan is excited about bringing Fervor to Bib & Tucker because “so many of his events are in hard to reach places, and it’s hard to find the time to get there to experience”. By bringing Fervor to their little pocket of Perth, Bib & Tucker provides a platform for Iskov to share his food with their customers. Expect a six course dining experience that’s uniquely Australian, plus insight from both chefs into the different ingredients and processes used.
In news that will be music to the ears of vegans everywhere, the series will conclude on the 11 September with an eight course vegan degustation paired with natural wines. If the creative use of vegetables at ‘Rooftop & Garden’ is anything to go by, you can pretty much bank on this being a vegan meal unlike any other you’ve experienced before.
If winter is starting to get the better of you, this is certainly the antidote. Bookings are essential and we recommend getting in early—you don’t want to miss these.
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