WINTER AT ARBORY INCLUDING 4 JULY CELEBRATIONS
This winter Arbory Bar & Eatery will warm the cockles of Melbournians hearts, amping up its heating facilities and introducing a new, warming menu. Opening in March this year, Arbory is a lively all-day outdoor bar and eatery that sits amongst a line of iconic plane trees between Platform 11 at Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River. As the venue heads into its first winter, the team at Arbory has added a wide range of heating facilities to keep patrons warm.
“Being a mainly outdoor venue we wanted to ensure that people felt comfortable heading to Arbory over winter, so we have installed an army of mobile gas heaters, a series of custom designed 44 gallon fire drums, a multitude of fixed electric heaters, extensive weather protection including custom umbrellas, linked enclosures and, similar to Scandinavian countries, complimentary blankets for customers to hire supplied by Waverley Wool Blankets in Tasmania, “ said General Manager, Scott Markworth.
Arbory Executive Chef Nick Bennett has also introduced an exciting new all day menu that has been developed for the colder months and consists of Sandwiches & Burgers, Smaller and Larger Plates, Sides and Cheeses & Desserts. Get down to try the already well-known Double Cheeseburger, Bacon, Pickles, Tomato Relish & Crinkle Cut Chips, or the Southern Fried Chicken Burger with Coleslaw, Chipotle, served with Crinkle Cut Chips or Grilled Flinders Island Lamb Cutlets, Pork & Rabbit Terrine, Apple Chutney & Toast or Mushroom and Cheese Croquettes or Wild Mushroom & Taleggio Pie or for the more health conscious a White Bean and Oat Soup with Chicken Meatballs. Desserts include seasonal favourite Fried Apple Pie or Bennett’s much loved Popcorn & Salted Caramel Sundae.
Arbory also celebrates 4th of July with an Progressive Wine lunch inspired by American wines from Oregon and California. Kicking off from 12:30pm for a 2 course meal and wine for $75, it’s an exciting way to celebrate independence day. For tickets click here
In addition Arbory will have DJs playing throughout the afternoon on the deck with a range of American wine by the glass, DJs include Vince Peach (Soul Time, PBS) playing 2-6 and T-Roy Brown djing from 6-late. The Itchy Feet Pep Band will also be doing a performance on the bank of the Yarra and on the deck from 5.15 – 6.15pm.
CLOUDY BAY PINOT & DUCK TRAIL
The Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Trail, celebrating one of the all-time great wine and food matches, is in full flight and will return by popular demand this winter.
For the month of July, some of the best restaurants around the country will pair their signature duck dishes with the recently released Cloudy Bay Pinot 2013. With an inviting, smoky nose of plum and black cherries and overtones of baking spices and leather, the 2013 vintage is a result of good winter rains followed by ideal spring conditions, leading to great vine balance.
The Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Trail will see the fabled pinot’s delicious earthy berry and red fruit flavours matched with an exciting array of duck creations; including Peking Macedon Ranges Duck leg and breast with caramelised parsnips and burnt orange jus, Duck two ways with braised red cabbage, orange and carrot gel and parsnip puree, Binchoutan smoked duck breast with Jerusalem artichoke, faro and hazelnuts and Clementine Teriyaki Duck.
Restaurants around Australia have taken to the trail like ducks to water. Those who will plate up they culinary creations together with a glass of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2013 this year include Hotel Centennial, Sokyo and The Gantry at Pier One in Sydney as well as The Botanical, Saigon Sally, Sake in Melbourne, Sails in Noosa, Gambaro Seafood in Brisbane and Bather’s Beach House and the Hyatt in Perth.
Dedicated duck hunters can track their trail on and access all information about participating restaurants, menus, pairings and special deals on the Cloudy Bay website or via the Cloudy Bay Facebook page.