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This Week In Food – June 30

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MARKET MAN: Scorcher and I were lucky enough to get a preview of Paul Wilson’s shiny new brasserie at Prahran Market on Wednesday night. Wilson & Market has been a long time coming, but the wait was worth it. A stylish interior awaits you, a great view of the kitchen, and the market courtyard as well. The menu is all about great, Australian produce done well. The Petuna ocean trout is devilishly smoky (apt as it’s served with a devilled egg); the Transition Farm roasted heritage pumpkin, and the whole Milking Yard Farm Sommerlad chicken straight off the rotisserie.

BACK TO SCHOOL: We can’t spend the whole winter heading out eating and drinking. How about cooking instead? And doing it with a sublime view? The Winter Cooking Class Series at Terindah Estate has kicked off, classes cover themes like smoking and curing raw foods, the art of pasta making and how to cook simple seafood. They’re held on Friday nights from 5.30pm through to the start of August. More info:

EVERYTHING ENTRECOTE: Steak Frites specialist Entrecote will celebrate Bastille Day eve (Thurs 13th July) in style – starting with Canapés and Champagne on ‘Le Terrasse’, followed by a four course dinner matched with Premium French wines. There’ll be a live French jazz quartet, and prizes including tix to the “Paris to Provence” Festival. More info –

SNUBBING THE SNOW SET: Don’t have a Range Rover to get you up the snow? That’s alright, the snow can come to you! The Imperial Hotel in Bourke St has transformed its rooftop into a cosy Alpine Village Winter Wonderland. Grab a blanket, some complementary roasted chestnuts (quick while they last!), and find a spot under one of their newly installed gas heaters with a mulled wine, hot toddie, maybe a PIMMS Body Warmer. Every Friday night they’re giving away a double pass to Mt Buller.

BENJAMIN’S BOXES: It’s been a while since I reviewed Alphington Thai joint Benjamin’s Kitchen, but by all reports it’s as tasty and funky as ever. For local workers and residents alike, they’ve introduced some great value lunch boxes and bowls – think Mama’s Chicken ribs with small side & rice; or braised pork belly & noodle soup – all for $13.50.