The top feature of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival this year is undoubtedly The House of Food & Wine. The doors of this home, which is tucked down a laneway in true Melbourne style, have been thrown open just for you and your closest 14,000 friends. You’re to treat it as your home away from home, and your hosts wish to ply you with the best food, booze & art that Melbourne has to offer.
Morgan McGlone is the brains behind institutions such as Flinders Inn & Belle’s Hot Chicken, and he’s in charge of putting together the ultimate menu of small plates inspired by chefs from past Festivals, which are to be served on 8 styles of hand-made porcelain plates designed especially for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival by Ryan Foote of the R.L. Foote Design Studio
Fred Siggins, a renowned cocktail expert, is responsible for the alchemy behind the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival signature cocktail this year, Mark Protheroe, the winner of more Sommelier awards than I can comprehend, has curated the Victorian all-star wine list and finally Patrick Sullivan, Gippsland’s low interventionist winemaker, has supplied two wines on tap which were created just for the House Bar.
Beci Orpin is in charge of the creative direction of the interior, Alice Oehr created a range of graphic patterns and illustrations which are around the venue, and Anna Vu of Good Food Crap Drawing has created a body of work profiling iconic dishes from the last 24 years, and will also supply a new original work each day based on a Melbourne Food & Wine Festival she attends the day before.
The House of Food & Wine
361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Open daily from 12 noon