The Peninsula Pioneers - SOLD OUT

One region, two families, 35 years of excellence…

Two of the Mornington Peninsula’s pioneering families of food and wine bring together a celebration of soil and sea. The De Santis and Crittenden families pay homage to their regional community to bring you this exquisite feast using local produce, wines and the combined talents of their respective teams including head chef at The Rocks, Xavier Nalty.

Julius Caesar restaurant in Mornington, owned by De Santis matriarch Mirella De Santis, was in the early 1980s the go to dining offering on the Peninsula. The Crittendens were frequent diners, going so far as to have a regular Friday night booking. Fast track 35 years and although the dining landscape in the region has changed, The Rocks, established by Mirella’s son, Rob, is again one of the Peninsula’s premier dining destinations.

The early 80s was also a time that Crittenden Estate was being established by patriarch Garry Crittenden. A pioneer winery for the region, today it continues to flourish under the hands of Garry’s children Rollo and Zoe Crittenden, with the ever-enduring Garry watching on as Rollo produces the quality artisan wines that the winery is known for.

The De Santis and Crittenden families have succeeded in their pursuits due largely to the support of their community; their suppliers and of course customers like yourselves who champion what they do. Join us for this five-course dinner in the Crittenden Wine Centre with Crittenden wines carefully matched, as these two well-known food and wine businesses showcase the Peninsula along with the local talent and produce that abounds.


Further Information

Wet Weather Contingency

All weather event.

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Venue Directions

No public transport options – Uber or Taxi recommended.

Allocated Seating

Shared Tables

Further Event Details

Dietary restrictions may be able to be catered for. Please email with dietary queries.

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This event is not ticketed by MFWF.
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DateSat 17 Mar
Time6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
VenueCrittenden Estate, Dromana
Crittenden Estate 25 Harrisons Rd, DromanaMap of Crittenden Estate
  • Gift card not redeemable
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dietary requirements not available
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