6:30 PM18:30

Wild About Mushrooms



It's Autumn and it's wild mushroom season. We have called in expert forager Jo Corrigan of Mushrooms Anonymous to show us what she has been finding on the forest floor this season. Eileen Horsnell, head chef of Lûmé, will be cooking up a shared menu featuring mushrooms in every course. Yes, even dessert!

Beverages on the evening from - 
Karen Golding Red Hill Brewery
Clare Burder  Eminence
Tessa Brown Vignerons Schmölzer and Brown
Sally Belford Bobar
Kate Goodman Nikkal Wines

We are unable to cater to mushroom allergies for this event. Sorry guys this event is for women only.

Venue: Pope Joan, 77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East
Tickets: $120 pp (includes 4 shared courses and beverages

Wait list available at

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Eileen Horsnell
head chef at Lûmé

Currently running the kitchen of South Melbourne’s mind-bending Lûmé, the ambitious, technique-driven tasting menus she prepares bashfully belies her ethos to compose meals that are ‘humble and capable’.  It is an approach instilled during her career’s formative days at Mondo Organics in Brisbane’s West End, where respect for ingredients extended beyond their substance, but to a deeper appreciation of the hands and forces that helped shape them.  Promoted to head chef at the age of 25, she quickly realised how the relationships fostered with farmers and suppliers inevitably spoke through the flavours presented on the plate.

Over the last decade, Eileen has worked in the celebrated modern kitchens of Urbane in Brisbane, and Biota Dining in Bowral NSW. More recently, at Brisbane’s Pearl Café, she bought this rigorous detail of fine dining to a menu that Gourmet Traveller praised as typifying a ‘no ego, produce-lead philosophy’. It is exactly this ability - to elegantly, honestly and thoughtfully connect the culinary dots of Farm, Market and Table - that has now been so richly rewarded by the enthusiasm and esteem of growers and producers all across the east coast of Australia.

Now at the helm of one of the country’s most awarded new restaurants, she hopes to teach young chefs that cooking is not merely a canvas to paint their own ideas, but rather an opportunity to refract the experiences and passions of the connections that define us. Epicurus suggested that ‘feeding without a friend, is the life of a lion or a wolf’. Perhaps that goes for cooking as well.

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Jo Corrigan
forager at Mushrooms Anonymous

I began my cookery apprenticeship in the mid-eighties at 'Butlers', Potts Point, Sydney. The next few years held more stints in fine dining at 'Bilson's', 'Fine Bouche', The Botanic Gardens etc. Tony Bilson was a valuable early mentor so to be a junior in these restaurants was a shaping experience.  In '91 I made the move to London. After a year of travelling and working at The Groucho Club, I took a position at 'The Brackenbury Restaurant',  Run by Adam Robinson and his wife Katie this place came highly recommended as 'the place' that all London chefs liked to eat and so it was. I worked for Adam for over three years at the end of which he invested in my first business, a Deli/Baker/Catering business in West London called 'Grove Park Deli'. This was a magical 5 years. The business is still there and thriving.

After selling my part of the business to a partner I moved back to Australia in 2003, determined to open a restaurant. After a few years working and learning the Melbourne culture, we opened 'The Commoner Restaurant' which was, largely, an ode of sorts to The Brackenbury. Set in a double story terrace in Fitzroy, 'The Commoner' stood for 9 years in all, going through many changes within from European cafe with 30 seats and a courtyard initially to a renovated and refined 75 seat restaurant later on. Constant features of those years were our love of nature and foraging -culminating in the mushroom tours-, our Sunday Lunches from the wood-fired oven, our feed me menus, chef dinners and events. 

We sold The Commoner in 2016 and made the move out to the Macedon Ranges, a favourite foraging haunt. To live here has been an absolute wish come true. Originally one of nine children from country NSW I was thrilled to make the change. My partner, chef and forager Matt Donnelly, helped me for many years on and off in the Commoner. Matt began his foraging business, 'Mushrooms Anonymous' in 2009 and, since then, it has grown into a rather large and varied affair encompassing travel over three states for a good 7 months of the year.  We absolutely love looking after chefs and restaurants. We know how hard it is. Our hope is that we provide a window for them in the form of delicious and unusual ingredients they can play with. Our main products now include wild fungi, (such as pine mushrooms, slippery jacks, grey ghosts, bluits and, morels), fennel pollen, fermented black garlic and fresh bronze fennel. It is thrilling that we can live out in the country but still have this direct link to Melbourne and the heart of this creative industry.

This year saw yet more growth with the birth of our company, 'Our World Without Walls'. After deciding to pursue our love of growing we realised we wanted to expand our business to include activity every part of the year so we sent out a form letter requesting any spare land in our neighbourhood. We were inundated with responses.  We began leasing land from a beautiful local winery with organic principals, wonderful soil and bore water. We decided to start an organic market garden. This summer we delivered our zucchini flowers and 38 varieties of heirloom tomatoes into Melbourne's restaurants. We have our winter trial crops in the ground now for the first time...khol rabi, gorgeous heirloom beets, cauliflower romanesco and the like. This spring we will be selling Heirloom seedlings. Its a dream come true.



This is a rain, hail or shine event. No refunds are permitted. Your ticket is transferable and you can pass your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. No need to print your ticket we will have a guest list at the door.

The attendees at our events are 100% women.

Please advise dietary requirements prior to the event. For this event, we are unable to cater to mushroom allergies.

Fully Booked Women is not responsible for the food and beverages consumed at our events.  Fully Booked Women acts solely as agent in arranging events for women and does not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, loss or damage due to any act or fault of any company, organisation or person whom we engage to render services or carry out arrangements or by the act of default of any restaurant or venue or its employees.

By booking a ticket/s you agree to the Terms and Conditions as stated above.

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6:00 PM18:00

Women of Australian Distilling - Sydney

In collaboration with Nip of Courage, we are excited to announce a follow-up Women of Australian Distilling event: this time in Sydney hosted at Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery.  Meet, greet and taste with some of Australia’s most talented female distillers including Samantha Stefani (Archie Rose Distillery, NSW), Holly Klintworth (Bass and Flinders Distillery, VIC), Angela Andrews (Fleurieu Distilling, SA) and Genise Hollingworth (Black Gate Distillery, NSW).

Tickets are $60pp and include an arrival drink, distillery tour, a spirits masterclass/tasting and snacks. Book here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Women of Australian Distilling

In collaboration with Nip of Courage, we are thrilled to announce our first ever Women of Australian Distilling event: an epic night hosted at Starward Distillery in Port Melbourne,  where you’ll have the chance to meet, greet and feast with some of Australia’s most talented distillers including Sarah Lark (Kangaroo Island Spirits, SA), Rebecca de Burgh (Margaret River Distilling Co., WA), Rachel Reed (Reed & Co. Distilling, VIC) and Genise Hollingworth (Black Gate Distillery, NSW).

CAPI are helping out with the soft stuff, supplying a range of their mineral waters, mixers and fruit sodas, and Caroline Gray (A Bit of Jam and Pickle) is cooking up a fab Mediterranean-inspired meal to soak up the hard stuff.

Tickets include dinner, drinks and a spirits masterclass and tasting. Sorry guys this event is for women only. 

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6:30 PM18:30

Women of Oakridge

Join us at Pope Joan for a night to celebrate the Women of Oakridge. Star chef Jo Barrett leads the team with her creative twist on local produce and repurposed foods. They are embracing the power of the fire using the wood grill in the courtyard for the night. Joining her in the kitchen are Oakridge chefs Sammy Butler and Louise Daily. Wine service will be led by Bec Webb and front of house we have Annie Colgrave, Stacey Fitzmaurice and Simone Berner.

To round the night out we have Oakridge Wines director Ilana Atlas also joining us to chat about women in business, decision making and smashing glass ceilings. 

Tickets include dinner plus wine from Oakridge Wines and Amble. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Brisbane Meet-Up

We are hosting our first Brisbane Fully Booked Women event in partnership with  Julie Tjiandra of Scrumptious Reads. Come spend a couple of hours with us, connect with like-minded peers in the food and drinks industry, listen to some fab speakers, enjoy cheese from Fino Foods, a shared pot dinner by Danielle Dixon (sous chef, Bucci) and sip drinks curated by Penny Grant (sommelier, The Ghanem Group).

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Vanessa Pollock (Vanessa Pollock Training & Development), Brenda Fawdon (Real Food School) and Ash McLeod (Alfreshco) to share stories of their careers and how working in hospitality doesn't just mean working in a restaurant. The world is your oyster. Come and join the fun.

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6:00 PM18:00

Japanese Ferments

A special evening to introduce you to the world of Japanese Ferments led by fermentation revivalist Sharon Flynn of The Fermentary. Sharon will chat to us about sake lees and its uses plus the magic of koji rice. We also get to mash our own miso to take home and ferment. Following the workshop will be a shared dinner cooked by chef Vicky Symington (Loafer) featuring loads of fermented goodies.

Sharon is about to release her first book Ferment for Good (Hardie Grant), it will be available for purchase on the night. Numbers are limited, if you are at all interested in fermented foods this is the night for you, don't miss out!

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5:45 PM17:45

Tales of Travellers and Food Writers

In partnership with Readings we are delighted to announce our next event TALES OF TRAVELLERS AND FOOD WRITERS. A live story-telling evening held at the Readings Hawthorn store on Tuesday 4 April. Featuring tales from...

Saveur contributing editor and author of Far Afield Shane Mitchell (US)
Writer, eater, cook and author of three Thermomix cookbooks Dani Valent (Melbourne)
Chef, cookbook author and founder of Hanoi Cooking Centre Tracey Lister (Vietnam).

MC for the evening is traveller and creative producer Michelle Wild.
Come join us for wine, cheese and stories. 

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12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with Emiko Davies

Lunch with Emiko will be held upstairs at Gertrude Street Enoteca in Fitzroy. The fabulous Brigitte Hafner, chef, farmer and food writer will be cooking dishes from Acquacotta to suit the mood and the season. After lunch Emiko will share stories of living in Tuscany, writing books and cooking followed by a Q and A, so if you ever wanted to know about the world of food writing, publishing and recipe writing this is the event for you.

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6:30 PM18:30

Indian Summer

It's our last Fully Booked event of the year and a  BIG celebration. Come join us to toast in the summer months with an Indian inspired menu cooked by Laura Neville (The Wandering Chef/Keralas Ways), Laura Morgan (Babajan) and Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka). And spices from Lucy-Ann May (The Hidden Souk).

Our fab guest speaker on the evening, talking about our personal and professional Footprint, will be Alicia Darvall executive director of B Lab in Australia.

Each chef is cooking a couple of dishes each plus we will have wines by Avani and rose by Holly's Garden. Advise dietary requirements prior to the event. Please note the dinner will be shared tables.

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Spice Queen, Rice Queen

These two kitchen queens were last seen on the pans together at Christine Manfield's Universal restaurant in Sydney in 2013. Christine now manages diverse culinary projects including pop up events, mentoring, writing books, teaching and taking food tours around the world. Thi Le is at the helm of one of Melbourne's hottest restaurants, Anchovy.

It is our pleasure to bring them back together for a night of inspired cooking. There will be a bit of hot and sour, lots of salt and sweet and plenty of good times in Anchovy's newly refurbished dining room. Wines from Sutton Grange and a cameo on the floor from Liz Carey.

Dinner will be snacks and three courses plus wines. Advise dietary requirements prior to the event. Please note the dinner will be shared tables with some seating on high stools and backless stools.

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6:30 PM18:30

Ladies of the Vine

We have turned the tables for this dinner...Meira Harel, restaurant manager of The Town Mouse and current The Age Sommelier of the Year made a list of Victorian wines made by female winemakers that she loves. Then we asked the winemakers Sally Belford (Bobar Wines), Tamara Irish (Enigma Variations) and Belinda Thomson (Crawford River Wines) what dish would they cook with their wine. To pull it all together the kitchen team at The Town Mouse will cook their interpretation of the dishes and we will, of course, drink the wines too. 

Dinner will be 3 courses with matched wines. Please advise dietary requirements prior to the event. Please note all seating is on high stools at shared tables.

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to Jul 20

Lunch with Stephanie Alexander

A great opportunity for young women in the industry to hear about life in the kitchen from the legendary Stephanie Alexander. Stephanie will chat about her career... running successful restaurants, writing 16 cookbooks including bestseller, The Cook's Companion and founding the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation which now operates in over 800 schools across Australia.

Lunch will be two courses, served in the garden room at the fabulous Pope Joan in East Brunswick, cooked by chef Vanessa Mateus and the team. DeBortoli are kindly providing wines from their La Boheme label.

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6:30 PM18:30

Dumplings with Angie Chong

Welcome to the first in our series of Fully Booked Skills Workshops, introducing the lovely nimble fingered Angie Chong of The Humble Dumpling to teach us how to make dumplings like a boss!
Angie has a family rich in dumpling tradition with her grandfather William Wing Young a pioneer in dim sim cooking and her mother the legendary Elizabeth Chong. Add to that 20 years teaching Asian cookery and we have a dumpling master.
In this hands-on workshop Angie will show us how to make doughs, fillings and sauces and then we share a dumpling dinner together. Accompanied by Hochkirch wines, a biodynamic winery in Tarrington, south west Victoria.

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9:00 AM09:00

Yarra Valley Road Trip

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
Toot toot!! We are going on a road trip to meet a bunch of cool Yarra Valley chicks.

Depart from Melbourne
First stop is Yarra Valley Dairy for a tasting and talk by YVD founder Mary Mooney. (Those with own transport arrangments meet us here)
Then a quick tipple at Four Pillars Gin, scone and marmalade by Caroline from A Bit of Jam and Pickle.
Settle at Healesville Railway Station for lunch. A long table will be set up on the railway platform with food from Caroline Gray (A Bit of Jam and Pickle) and Georgie & Ceci from YV Refreshments. Drinks will be from our favourite Yarra Valley wine ladies Kate Goodman (Goodman Wines), Caroline Mooney (Bird on a Wire) and Sarah Crowe (Yarra Yering). A few speakers will arise from the table throughout the lunch.
Depart for Melbourne or home...

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6:00 PM18:00

Cocktails and Felicty Watson at Romeo Lane

It's cocktail time and we have joined forces with two of the city's best bartenders Rita Ambroz and Rebecca Baker from Romeo Lane to mix us some fab drinks. Cheers to our friends from Sipsmith who have provided the gin. Sherry and vermouth will be involved as well and to keep the Spanish vibe going we have recruited Maria Kabal, sous chef from Anada, to feed us some tasty tapas. Sharing her wisdom with us on the night will be speaker Felicity Watson, a personal branding and colour consultant, so dress to impress.

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6:30 PM18:30

Italiano with Nicky Riemer and Jenna Abbruzzese

What better way to see in the new year and the first Fully Booked gathering for 2016, than with a Saturday dinner soirée on the terrace at Union Dining. Tuck into a gorgeous Italian inspired menu by Nicky Riemer and her one-time apprentice chef, now official business owner, Jenna Abbruzzese of Our Kitchenette.

We are super excited to get these ladies back in the kitchen together for Fully Booked. Dinner will be four shared courses accompanied by Wines of the King Valley, the Australian home of Italian wine styles. As always we will start off the evening with our intro speed round and later on financial guru Larke Riemer will speak with us about being 'financially healthy'.

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6:15 PM18:15

Movie night with Harper & Blohm

The next Fully Booked event is a screening of the new chef movie Burnt starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Start with a quick snack of Schmucks Bagels in the foyer before the movie commences and grab a choc top for the movie. After the movie, we will take a few steps down High St to Merricote to meet our host, owner Bronwyn Kabboord. Partake in a guided cheese tasting with Olivia Sutton from Harper & Blohm cheese shop, all washed down with a couple of glasses of Tahbilk wines. Taste four brilliant cheeses from female cheese makers including Holy Goat (VIC), Quickes (UK), Carles (FR) and Hampshire Cheeses (UK). are limited, get yours while you can.

Ticket price includes movie ticket, savoury snack, choc top, cheese tasting and wine.

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6:30 PM18:30

Dinner with Jo Barrett

Our inaugural spring event will be hosted at The Green at St Columbs and will feature the menu of the brilliant Jo Barrett. Jo has spent the last few years doing graveyard shifts at Tivoli Road Bakery and Movida Bakery and is now sous chef and head of pastry at Oakridge Winery. Enjoy highlights of the Yarra Valley, shared conversation and lots of fun.

Ticket price includes De Bortoli prosecco on arrival, three courses and wines by Oakridge.

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