Each Monday in August, Melbournes favourite underground dining adventures Private Dining Room will partner with Messer to host a series of special dinners, each catered by a curated team of some of Australias hottest talent.
Each week will feature a collaborative five course menu with paired beverages from a chef, pastry chef and sommelier or winemaker team. Interstate visitors include Chef Paul Farag from Josh Nilands Fish Butchery in Sydney and from South Australia, The Summertown Artologists Brianna Smith and Penny Hill Winerys Chris Chilvers.
Melburnian participants include winemakers Jasmine Wakely (Le Timbre Wines) and Brodie Comer (upcoming Yugen Wines), pastry chefs Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka) and Eigin Ting (LHotel Gitan), as well as members of the Messer home team.
Private Dining Room Founder and Sommelier Tim ODonnell says, Were aiming to promote collaboration and stimulate creativity within our industry, and very excited to see what each team puts on the table.
Now in its fourth year and continually evolving, Private Dining Room is firmly established as Melbournes most cherished underground dining adventures. Each event invites Melbournes dining savvy to a secret venue, revealed on the day, to experience a bespoke six-course menu with matched international and local wines and spirits, curated by Founder and Sommelier Tim ODonnell, who has recently completed a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Since 2015, ODonnells event series has provided a creative outlet for Melbournes most inspiring chefs, stepping away from the confines of their home menu and stepping up to the pass. ODonnells concept supports and nurtures a generation of young talent, at a stage in their careers that can often be disheartening, fraught with tough working hours and highly competitive environments.
Messer Fitzroy | 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy | 7pm-10pm | $150 includes five courses with wines to match, including a glass of Louis Roeder on arrival.
Monday, 6 August
Chef: Chris Chilvers – Pennys Hill Winery, SA
Pastry Chef: Kay-Lene Tan – Tonka, VIC
Sommelier: Tim ODonnell – Private Dining Room, LHotel Gitan, VIC
Monday, 13 August
Chef: Paul Farag – Fish Butchery, NSW
Pastry Chef: Gemma Calleja – Messer, VIC
Winemaker: Brodie Comer – Yugen Wines, VIC
Monday, 20 August
Chef: Sascha Rust – Messer, VIC
Pastry Chef: Eigen Ting – LHotel Gitan, VIC
Winemaker: Jasmine Wakely – Le Timbre Wines, VIC
Monday, 27 August
Chef: Brianna Smith – The Summertown Aristologist, SA
Pastry Chef: Kirra Parsons – Neighbourhood Wine, VIC
Sommelier: Wiremu Andrews – Messer, VIC