For ultimate brownie points this Valentine's Day

It goes without saying that romance and food go hand in hand. So instead of buying that last minute bouquet of overpriced roses we suggest treating your partner (and yourself!) to a special ‘once in a lifetime’ foodie event. Here are some swoon-worthy suggestions:

Randall Grahm winemaker dinner at Union Dining
Explore the mind and the palate of legendary Californian winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon to discover the world of biodynamic wine, hosted by wine writer Max Allen.

Massimo Bottura chef dinner at The Press Club
Soak up the rich thinking of this new generation Italian chef and renowned food philosopher as he joins The Press Club as a special guest to share his thoughts on the future of food.

The Winner Dinner at Pope Joan
Matt Wilkinson will create a special menu showcasing fantastic produce from Victorian winners of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, matched with trophy-winning wines from the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

Marilisa Allegrini winemaker dinner at Merchant
Veneto’s famed producer of Valpolicella, Marilisa Allegrini will join Melbourne’s own son of Veneto, Guy Grossi, for an evening of culinary passion at the Merchant.

Sweet Discovery at The Commoner
The sweet wines of Jurançon will challenge your preconceptions of dessert wine with a French-inspired dinner lovingly made with seasonal Victorian produce at The Commoner.

Liquid Lounge ‘Cocktails of the Highest Order’ at Boatbuilders Yard
Michael Madrusan from The Everleigh, Melbourne raids the pre and post-prohibition liquor cabinets with fellow liquid devotee Matthew Rees. Together they reveal the scandalous distillations and witty libations that shaped a nation – and how they influenced the resurrection-style cocktail trend of today.

Liquid Lounge ‘Drinks of the Goldrush Era’ at Boatbuilders Yard
Cocktail historian Sebastian Reaburn and Der Raum meister Matthew Rees join liquid forces to bring the past to life with their encyclopaedic knowledge of drinks from the Victorian gold rush era. Expect wizardry, nostalgic innovation, perfect ice and damn fine classic cocktail-making.

Play Dough
Let our experienced chefs teach you the art of making wood-fired pizza: dough-kneading, tossing and cooking, before eating your own creations matched with boutique beers.



Ladies let not forget that Valentine’s Day is for the blokes too. Add some sizzle with the following events:

Dario Cecchini chef dinner at Grossi Florentino
Eighth-generation Italian “butcher to the stars”, Dario Cecchini will fire up Guy Grossi’s Florentino for a truly nose-to-tail celebration.

Meatopia at Middle Park Hotel
A Melbourne first but it’s simple really: an interactive street party celebrating the best rare breed meat, fire and beer.

Californication at New Market Hotel
A wicked love affair with tequila and Latin street food bringing the best of SoCal to St Kilda. Sizzle on vinyl and on the grill.



Or what could be more romantic then a weekend away to one of Victoria’s amazing regions?

Festa Della Vendemmia at Gareffa’s Vineyard, The Murray Region
The vines will be heavy with fruit and harvest will be underway when Slow Food Mildura presents a “feast of the grape harvest” with a dinner under the vines.

Botanical Gardens High Tea, Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Goldfields Region
Castlemaine’s doyennes of high tea have relinquished the espresso machine and its soy lattes to starch the linen and bake the scones for a day of indulgence in the Gardens.

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