Fridays in Richmond just got a whole lot better with The Ugly Duckling’s ‘Oyster Hour’. Every Friday for the month of March, The Ugly Duckling will be serving up complimentary freshly shucked oysters between 5-7pm, provided by Richmond’s own Noir Restaurant.

What’s the catch? Purchase any drink and enjoy an endless amount of oysters. For traditionalists who love the lustful combination of ‘oysters and champagne’, you might opt for a pour of Mitchelton’s Sparkling Curvee, and for those wanting to mix it up, perhaps a Jalapeño Martini from the bar’s classic cocktails list.

Noir Restaurant’s Pacific oysters are ethically farmed and sourced from Coffin Bay in South Australia and will be served with garnish of choice, either a wedge of lemon or the restaurant’s signature topping of champagne granita. Once you’re shucked out, head across the road for a warm and cosy dinner at Noir Restaurant, serving modern French dishes by Head Chef Peter Roddy.

Oyster Hour at The Ugly Duckling will be commencing on Friday 8th of March 2019.

The Ugly Duckling
238 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121


Windsor’s favourite Italian, Tipico, will round out the tomato season with a series of Passata Masterclasses
Classes will be taught by Head Chef Daniele and Pizza Chef Davide and hands will get messy, as both of their nonna’s traditional passata recipes come out to play.
Once cooking away, guests can relax and enjoy a plate of pasta paired with a glass of wine before taking two bottles of passata home, ready to wow at the next Italian dinner party.
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Location: Tipico, 242 High Street, Windsor
Timings: 10pm to 12pm
Tickets: $55pp, via Eventbrite 9 March 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Kisumé will welcome five of the Yarra Valley’s most respected female
winemakers for an intimate dinner on Saturday 9 March. In attendance on the night will be Yarra Yering’s Sarah Crowe, Sandra de Pury from Yeringberg, Maryann Egan of Wantirna Estate, Clare Halloran from TarraWarra, Kate Goodman from Goodman Wines, and Bird on a Wire’s Caroline Mooney.
The five phenomenal female winemakers are taking out time during vintage to present their wines, which will be
matched with a specially curated five-course Kisumé dinner. Kisumé’s General Manager of Wine, Philip Rich, has worked closely to curate their blends with the one of a kind Kisumé offering, and will welcome the women and conduct one on one interviews on the night. Dishes such as gunkan maki, salmon, tuna & yellow tail as well as sea perch with ochazuke and white anchovy will be paired with Chardonnay, Semillon and Roussanne. Meanwhile Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot will be paired with red meat dishes, including Black Angus striploin with teriyaki and beef tenderloin with Yakinuki soy.
With limited seats available this is one event not to miss this Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Where: Kisumé, Level 1, 175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Date: Saturday 9 March
Time: 7pm
Price: $253 (includes booking fee)

At Toorak Park in Armadale, fine food emporium, Toorak Tracktor – an amalgamation of café, restaurant and boutique grocer – has opened, serving early morning lattes right through to pre-dinner wine and artisan food products, seven days a week.

Toorak Tracktor, conveniently located within the Toorak Park precinct and just moments away from Toorak Station, is open from 7am – 7pm. Duncan Conley, Director of Toorak Tracktor, said “I want Toorak Tracktor to be a place of routine where someone can start their day with a coffee and end it with a drink or a quick grocery shop. Real Toorak tractor owners are also most definitely welcome.”

The new café’s Executive Chef Mark Wallen has been amongst the Melbourne food scene for over twenty years, most recently with the STN café group and Duchess of Spotswood.  He has several successful launches under his belt, including Naughty Boy (Carlton), Mama Bear (Flemington), Pint of Milk (Newport) and The Prince Albert Hotel (Williamstown).

The layout blurs the boundaries between retail, cafe and wine bar and offers intimate alfresco and indoor spaces for two, cosy booths for groups and plenty of space at the custom crafted, mosaic communal table.

Locally-driven and seasonally aware and are two of Toorak Tracktor’s guiding pillars, with the third being ‘surprise & delight’. “Locals will be able to view our everchanging menu via their Instagram feed in the morning and see the daily specials. Coming soon, we will also run a food delivery service to Toorak Park residents, and manage pre-orders for coffee on the run, all in our own convenient app,” said Conley.

Recent dishes on the menu have included: rosemary hash with sautéed eryngii mushrooms, kale pesto, mizuna, Doncaster tomatoes and poached eggs; andhouse-made black pudding, corn relish, seared ox tongue, avocado and a fried egg as well as daily pastas, cheese specials and a range of specialty tea and coffee.

Relationships with local farmers and artisan producers means that Toorak Tracktor can ‘tractor’ in some of the finest products and fresh produce from around Victoria and beyond. Trusted brands include St David Dairy, Zeally Bay organic sourdough, and Salt Kitchen Charcuterie.


Toorak Tracktor

Address: 8A Evergreen Mews, Armadale, VIC, 3143


Opening hours: 7am – 7pm daily

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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