Rockpool Dining Group unveils June Producer Series for Melbourne
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.
Spice Temple Melbourne kicks off the June series on Saturday, 16 June from 3pm to 5pm with a masterclass that will share the magic behind its Zodiac cocktails, which reflect the rich harmony between food and drink, balance and taste. Guests will learn to make two cocktails and enjoy snacks from the yum cha menu. Tickets are $75 per person.
On Friday, 22 June, Rockpool Bar & Grill will cross the Yarra River and pop up at the Alfred Place events space in the CBD for lunch, from midday. 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 available by the glass, carafe and bottle.
Rosetta Ristorante is combining Tuscany’s two great pastimes, food and wine, in a Tuscan dinner on Thursday, 21 June 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. Guests will be guided through wine pairings, including famous names such as Antinori “Tignanello” and the much loved wine style, Brunello – by Tuscan born and raised Head Sommelier Lisa Cardelli in the beautiful setting of Rosetta’s private dining room. Tickets are $290 per person.
Rockpool Bar & Grill welcomes back its former chef Robbie Bell, from City Larder, on Tuesday, 26 June. City Larder is home to some of Melbourne’s best hand-crafted terrines, patés, rillettes and charcuterie. This dinner, from 6.30pm, will showcase Robbie’s finest produce alongside Rockpool Bar & Grill Head Chef Zac Nicholson’s signature dishes, paired with exceptional wines. Tickets are $150 per person.
Also on Tuesday, 26 June 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.
Rockpool Dining Group Culinary Director Neil Perry said the aim of the Producer Series is to hero great produce, great food and wine, and Australia’s great artisanal suppliers.
“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.”
More information and bookings: The Producer Series.
**Information & Images Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group/Rachel Lebihan
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