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This Week in Food: Out of Africa, spring seafood + an Italian festival in the Yarra Valley

Ross and Kate

SAY IT, SISTER: As we mentioned last week – Rice Paper Sister is hosting the last of their collaboration Sunday lunches next weekend, with Ben Cross and Stephen Moore in town from Bali.

Eight courses, with matching drinks, just $140 a head – if the Ides lunch was anything to go by, this will be a cracker ricepapersister.com.au

OUT OF AFRICA: African inspired Melbourne bar polēpolē, is now offering two levels of relaxing food and drink – full service dining downstairs and a fun watering hole upstairs.

They still have their rotating special menu featuring African inspired Game dishes – scarcely available outside the Serengeti (think crocodile, roasted buffalo or char-grilled wild-boar). See what’s on offer this week at – http://www.polepole.com.au/

SPRING SEAFOOD: Want to dress up and enjoy fine food and drink for Cup Day but don’t want to battle the Flemington crowds? Then head to The Atlantic restaurant at Crown for an exclusive three-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Nick Mahlook for an afternoon of ocean-to-plate indulgence, sweepstakes and giveaways. For $110 per person, you’ll get some of the most popular new seafood dishes from the new Spring menu, like pan-fried scallops with butternut pumpkin, guanciale, and sunflower seed dressing. Plus, there’ll be $10 espresso martinis on offer! theatlantic.com.au

BUONGIORNO, YARRA VALLEY: Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao is an Italian festival taking place over a whole month from November 2 across the Yarra Valley. Think long lunches under vine-draped arbours, traditional Italian varietal wines, platters of succulent cured delicacies and condiments, and a sun-drenched view of vineyards against the backdrop of the Yarra Ranges.  More details – visityarravalley.com.au/ciao-yarra-valley-ciao

Ross and Kate
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