We're excited about going out, but staying home still has some perks.
Shane Delia launches Providoor
Taking direct aim at the delivery giants, Shane Delia is drawing on learnings from lockdown to launch a premium restaurant delivery service for the home.
Following the success of the finish-at-home model adopted by some high-end restaurants, including Maha, he has recruited the likes of Tipo 00, Cumulus and the Everleigh to offer chilled dishes and drinks that diners can finish in one or two steps for achieving as close to restaurant quality as possible.
Delia believes it will cater to those rediscovering dinner parties, and is happy to give restaurants an extra revenue stream that cuts out delivery giants. In coming weeks, they will add service to the offering, so you can get restaurant dishes and service in your home, up to 30 kilometres from the CBD. providoor.com.au
Commemorate COVID with silver sourdough
Shouldn't there be some kind of prize to reward you for your sourdough efforts? How about a silver sourdough necklace or a gold croissant. Jewellery maker Ada Hodgson usually bases her pendants on nature, but after catching the iso-baking bug she is now using flours instead of flowers as her muse.
If you're looking for a carb-free way to commemorate your time in lockdown, she has cast a series of silver sourdough breads and gold croissants. Find the crusted collection at adahodgson.com.
ASRC is doing meals
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre would typically be catering large events at this time of year. The catering arm of the group employs refugees who are excluded from much government support and the funds go towards the centre's many programs.
With events still in the distance, you can now buy heat-and-eat meals for the home from $13.50, and for each East African curry or spicy Ethiopian tikel gomen purchased another is paid forward to families in need, while keeping workers employed. Order through meals.asrc.org.au.
Qantas hampers support top producers
If you have Qantas points burning a hole in your pocket, consider eating them. The airline is selling hampers to support some of Australia's top suppliers who are still struggling after the long restaurant shutdown.
You can get Woodside cheese packs, meat hampers from Sydney star butcher Vic's Meats or seafood platters featuring prawns, oysters, and Moreton bay bugs delivered fresh to your door from George Lucas' Ocean Made seafood. Each pack comes with matched wines. wine.qantas.com
Make gin at home with Bass and Flinders
There are so many Australian gins on the market, you might as well have one with your name on it. The Red Hill distillery has packaged up its popular blending classes for the home. You'll receive a pack with distilled Australian botanicals and instructions on how to blend a classic style, or make a signature of your own.
You'll end up with a 500ml finished bottle and Bass and Flinders can keep your recipe on file to send you a new batch whenever you run out. Packs are $165. bassandflindersdistillery.com
Something has to go right in 2020 and it's truffles. The season has kicked off early and it's looking ripe. The truffle festival usually revolves around restaurant dinners, but there will be more at-home options this year, with all products (including whole black truffles for $30) available from the pop-up at Queen Victoria Markets from 10am on market days.
You can also buy oils, honeys and book truffle hunts for later in the season via trufflemelbourne.com.