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Beat Eats

With Georgia Spanos

A team of seven respected chefs are cooking an honourable meal this Sunday inspired by a particular ingredient which makes their food even more enjoyable to consume. Concious Deliciousness at Grub boasts sustainability as the holy ingredient in which their entire menu is inspired by. The evening came about through similar ideas on produce suppliers, honouring plants and animals as well as the focus of minimal wastage. The menu will embody the regions of our very own Victoria, using only respected harvests such as organic chocolate from the Daintree forest. The rest is untold and left to our surprise – yet I can promise chef Pierre Roelofs will be serving the famous deserts that he hasn't plated up since December last year, when he concluded seven years of his 'desert evenings'. To make the evening even more delightful, all dishes will be served from an air stream caravan that lives on the corner of Moore and Brunswick streets. Tickets can be purchased via Melbourne Food and Wine festival website.

This weekend we'll experience a huge step up in Melbourne's bread game as Gontran Cherrier releases his exciting workshops as a part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. On Saturday, Gontran will be rolling his ever so delicate croissants in the Collingwood store, and then on Sunday, baking bread for us using a type of imported French flour he swears makes all the difference. We're also able to purchase the first few croissants and loaves from the oven, if we're lucky. Just to rise your appetite a little higher, Gontran's just released a range of special hot cross buns like Macadamia and chocolate, chocolate and hazelnut and cinnamon and raisin.
 
Dinner is about sharing, coming together and enjoying the offerings in front of us as one. Feeling closer upon completion than you originally did before you first sat down. This is exactly what Little Africa down in North Melbourne offers as an unforgettable dining experience. What I love about Little Africa is their dedication to coming together as a group. Their sharing plates come out on colourful woven baskets draped in injera – a tasty Ethiopian bread. On top are variations of curries, salads and vegetables. Together as a table you use your hands to rip the soft textured bread apart and eat the food on offer. Not only is it fun, but dining at Little Africa is exactly what dinners are suppose to bring to life; the coming together and sharing of friends and family. Plus, their fish curry is beyond a dream.