Food & Drink

Culinary Experiences Sweep Through Melbourne In June

Warm up your winter nights this June with Rockpool Dining Group, featuring pop-ups, cocktail classes, specialty dinners and a one-night-only return by an ex-chef.

Rockpool Bar & Grill is popping up at Alfred Place, Spice Temple is sharing the secrets behind its Zodiac cocktails, Rosetta is exploring all things Tuscan, and a former Rockpool chef returns to the fold for a one-night culinary experience as part of the group’s Melbourne Producer Series in June.

Rockpool Dining Group Culinary Director Neil Perry said the aim of the Producer Series is to hero the finest culinary experience.

“This is our DNA: using the best produce, supporting the finest suppliers and delivering exceptional experiences,” Neil said. “The premise behind our June Producer Series is no exception and our teams are rolling up their sleeves in anticipation of the wonderful winter produce they will be working with.”

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Create and partake at Spice Temple Melbourne on Saturday, June 16 with a masterclass sharing the magic behind its Zodiac cocktails. Guests will learn to make two cocktails and enjoy snacks from the yum cha menu between 3pm and 5pm. Tickets are $75 per person. Book Tickets here.

Rosetta Ristorante is bringing a unique Italian experience in a Tuscan dinner on Thursday, June 21 at 6.30pm. Head Chef Angel Fernandez has designed a four-course menu of traditional Tuscan favourites, including smoked swordfish carpaccio, rye maltagliati pasta with quail ragu and braised beef short rib in red wine. Head Sommelier Lisa Cardelli will take guests through wine pairings, sharing stories from famous names such as Antinori “Tignanello”, and discuss the much-loved wine style, Brunello, in the beautiful setting of Rosetta’s private dining room. Tickets are $290 per person. Book Tickets here.

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On Friday, June 22, Rockpool Bar & Grill will cross the Yarra River and pop up at the Alfred Place events space in the CBD for lunch. Grab premium Rockpool dishes for around half the price, including a choice of entrees ($19), such as freshly shucked oysters with mignonette; mains from the wood fire oven ($29), including Cape Grim scotch fillet with veal jus and porchetta with aged balsamic, and fish with green olive butter; hand-cut chips and other side dishes ($6) and Rockpool’s legendary passionfruit pavlova ($12). Wines are also available by the glass, carafe, and bottle. It pops up after midday. Read More here.

Rockpool Bar & Grill will also welcome back its former chef Robbie Bell, from City Larder, on Tuesday, June 26. City Larder is home to some of Melbourne’s best hand-crafted terrines, patés, rillettes, and charcuterie. This dinner, commencing at 6.30pm, will showcase Robbie’s finest produce alongside Rockpool Bar & Grill Head Chef Zac Nicholson’s signature dishes, all paired with exceptional wines. Tickets are $150 per person. Book Tickets here.

 

Also on Tuesday, June 26 at 6.30pm is an exclusive omakase menu at Saké Restaurant & Bar Flinders Lane. In Japanese, omakase means ‘leave it up to you’ – the honoured tradition of letting a chef select a menu. Executive Chef Yosuke Hatanaka’s hand-picked selection will hero beautiful, seasonal sushi, as well as a careful balance of ingredients, textures, and flavours. Tickets are $125 per person. Book Tickets here.

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