With Melbourne locked down until 11.59pm on Wednesday, August 19, there's no chance to get out into regional Victoria. So the next best thing is to bring regional Victoria to you. Here are five highlights.
When considering how best to serve the Red Hill community and keep her restaurant team in work, chef Brigitte Hafner figured "rock-solid home cooking" was the way to go. Her $195 lockdown survival boxes change weekly, and star house-made preserves and fresh produce, feelgood meals such as pea and ham hock soup and beef and onion pie with cream pastry, and fresh bread and dessert pulled from the wood oven plus a bottle of wine. This week's menu draws on Hafner's German heritage, with apple strudel using the neighbour's apples and traditional stretched pastry to finish. They'll be delivering some boxes to Melbourne this Friday. Place orders by Wednesday (numbers are limited) at email@example.com.
It may be a while before you can buy Western Port Bay blue mussels direct from Flinders Pier. The next best thing is to have Michael (Harry) Harris bring them to you. Minimum order for delivery is two kilograms and they're $12 a kilogram, plus $5 for delivery. Melbourne orders are delivered between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday and to the Mornington Peninsula on Thursday. Details: flindersmussels.com.au
During the first lockdown, Yarra Valley's Seville Estate kept its home fires burning with regular meal deliveries. This time, the restaurant team has been flat out pruning grapevines. But they'll return to the kitchen this week to prepare a three-course meal for delivery on Friday, July 31. The menu ($100 for two) comes with recipe cards and photos so you can replicate the restaurant's plating, plus with a bottle of Estate wine, and includes delivery. Orders close Wednesday, July 29. Details: sevilleestate.com.au
French bistro classics from Bianchet Winery and Bistro. Photo: Supplied
Bianchet Winery and Bistro
Bianchet's Paul Cooper has been busy over the past few months renovating his Chirnside Park restaurant, developing a range of ketchups, tending a new kitchen garden and providing home-delivered meals daily. He's offering a choice of four French provincial menus (vegetarian/vegan, seafood, French roast and grill) that are ready to reheat and eat. The three-course menus, which use Yarra Valley produce, range in price from $55 to $65 (includes delivery). Details: bianchetwinery.com.au
Locked-down beer lovers, rejoice. Bright Brewery's orange delivery van is rolling into town, home-delivering growlers of fresh draught beer. Order before 5pm Wednesday, and they'll pour 1.98 litres of beer into a reusable amber glass growler and deliver free within 40 kilometres of the Melbourne CBD on Thursday or Friday. Beers ($39-$49) include Hop Burst Red IPA, the American pale ale-style Blowhard Pale and Maple x Chocolate Porter. Return the growler and the second order is cheaper. Details: brightbrewery.com.au