A feast for the senses

Photo: Paint to Plate, Latrobe Regional Gallery

Melbourne is a city globally renowned for its rich culture. We have a thriving music scene, hugely successful home-grown fashion labels, well-appreciated art and, of course, some of the best food and wines in the world.

But what happens when you take these essential Melbourne elements and combine them?

This year, we’ve carefully curated a series of Quintessentially Melbourne events guaranteed to fire up each and every one of your five senses, thanks to one-off collaborations with cultural institutions from across the city and beyond.

Tonight, avant-garde milliner Richard Nylon and chef Philippa Sibley will weave together food and fashion for a theatrical evening at Prix Fixe’s Designer Bites, in association with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Next week, step into the quirky world of Andy Warhol’s mind at the Jewish Museum of Australia. Experience dinner as only Andy could, inspired by his preference for solo-dining and unrealized dream of opening a chain of vending machine restaurants. Leave your preconceptions behind you to enjoy an edible interpretation of the artistic followed by an exclusive showing of Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses and Warhol Now. Blonde wigs optional.
BookWednesday 11 Marchor Thursday 12 March.

Head along to hear Wine writer and State Library creative fellow Max Allen tell the story of a remarkable 19th century friendship between Aboriginal leader, William Barak, and the de Pury family of Swiss winegrowers in the Yarra Valley.

Not Forgetting Yous at All: The Story of Barak and the de Purys, Thursday 12 March, free, register here

Finally, art and gastronomy will collide at Paint to Plate, at Latrobe Regional Gallery where chef Lewis Prince of Neilson’s in Traralgon crafts a dinner ripe with Gippsland produce, based on elements of E. Phillips Fox’s painting ‘The Arbour’. The painting is on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria for this exclusive event.

Paint to Plate at Latrobe Regional Gallery, Friday 13 March. To book, call (03) 5128 5700.

This wonderful series of one-off Quintessential events in this year’s program would not be possible without the ideas, inspiration and creative genius of: Bendigo Art Gallery, Jewish Museum of Australia, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery of Victoria, Open House Melbourne, State Library Of Victoria and Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

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