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This Week in Food: Bridge Road, Beer and Bomba Bar

Kate Stevenson

THIS WEEK IN FOOD

Don’t have you own private sommelier? Hang on, yes you do! Lovers of wine can have their own cellar curated by the sommelier team from Andrew McConnell’s wine bar – Marion, who have created The Deadman’s Dozen. It’s a monthly changing selection of wines with a diverse mix of styles and origins, that are basically their favourites from the month, and they’re seriously good value at $270 per dozen (or $22.50 per bottle). More info: www.marionwine.com.au

Endless options. #marionwine #mondaywines

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In an explosion of alliteration, Bomba Bar is celebrating the return of Babu Ji and Bibi Ji’s Jessi Singh to Melbourne for a visit. Jessi sold his popular Melbourne venues back in 2015 and headed to New York where it’s fair to say he’s been a bit of a sensation. He’s back with Rajat Parr for a one night only event with Jesse Gerner and special guest Matt Wilkinson at Bomba. The menu looks fantastic – think Bibi Ji’s oysters with green mango pickle butter; Babu Ji NYC’s famous Indo-Chinese Cauliflower; Matt Wilkinson’s mini butter chicken pie and Bomba’s whole fish. It’s all happening Tues 17th April, $120 will get you five fabulous courses and matched wines. Bookings https://bombabar.com.au/

After a successful foray last year, Bridge Road Richmond will again be running their After Dark Gathering on the first Wednesday and Thursday in May (that’s the 2nd and 3rd). So, there are six specialised gourmet tours on offer, basically food and drink crawls, each with its own guide. They’re divided into four geographical precincts – River, Town Hall, Burnley and Richmond Hill. Think “Sip, Savour, Salsa” which involves craft beer at Burnley Brewing, an entree at Amora, Iberian hospitality at Bouzy Rouge; and dessert and a cocktail at Niche on Bridge. Find out more about all the tours on offer at bridgeroadgathering.com.au

Good Beer Week is fast approaching, but remember, it’s not all about brews, there’s plenty of food on offer too. They’ve got a special “Foodie” stream of events for those of us who like to drink responsibly by stuffing ourselves silly at the same time. Degustations, demonstrations, food and beer matchings, or barbeques – there’ll be a Mega Dega (station) of female chefs and brewers to take place at a secret location on the 16th May; Or there’ll be a Perfect Match even a Milk the Cow in Carlton, guiding you through a history of artisan cheeses and boutique beers and how they can work together. It’s all happening the 11th – 20th May, full event listings at https://www.goodbeerweek.com.au/

Kate Stevenson
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