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!

Tickets are $130 +BF, available here.

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. 

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.

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.

Sep 6

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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'.

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.

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.