The ‘R U OK? Dinner, presented by Merivale’ was held on September 8 in the Ivy Ballroom.
The event was hosted by comedian Paul McCarthy and renowned food writer Joanna Savill, and featured a live performance by singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke.
Captained by Jeremy Strode, executive chef of Merivale’s Bistrode CBD and The Fish Shop, the line-up of chefs formed groups to collaborate on a set course. The result was a seventh-course feast all prepared by chefs who donated their time.
Moët & Chandon Impérial
Absolut Blue Cocktails by Trolley’d
Beer by Lord Nelson Brewery
David Swain – Fino S.A. – Pristine Oysters, Wakame and Brown Rice
Morgan McGlone – Belles Hot Chicken, Mel.– Hot Chicken Wingette, Ranch Cream and Pickle Powder
Dan Pepperell – 10 William St – Calvolonero Chip, Young Garlic Cream & Anchovy
Richard Purdue – The Ivy – Cured Petuna Ocean Trout, Roe and Rice Wafers
Bread from Iggy’s bread of the world
Butter from Pepe Saya
Water from S.Pellegrino
2012 Crawford River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Hently, Vic
Cultured Butter Potatoes with Roasted Yeast, Shiitake Broth, Sweet Potato Leaves and Smoked Potato Skin Salt
Ben Shewry – Attica, Mel.
Darren Robertson and Mark Lebrooy – Three Blue Ducks
2013 Garagiste Merricks Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
Lime Cured Hervey Bay Scallops, Squash, Togarashi and Herbs
Danielle Alvarez and Ben Greeno, Paddington Arms
Jonathan Barthelmess, Apollo and Cho Cho San
2011 Curly Flat Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Vic
Poached Inglewood Chicken, Broad Beans & Mint
Spouts and Seeded Mustard Dressing
Kipfler Potatoes and Sauerkraut
Colin Fassnidge – Four in Hand and 4Fourteen
Ian Curley – The European, Mel.
Graillot Syrah 2013, Heathcote Vic
O’Connor Beef Short Rib Cooked Over Night with Smoked Eel and Mountain Pepper
Seeds and Green Things
Dan Hunter – Brae, Vic
Thomas Lim – Goldies, L.A.
2013 Muscat du Cap Corse, Antoine Arena, Corsica, France
Willowbrae Goats Cheese, Quince, Grappa & Pane Carasau
David Lovett – Ucello
2013 Jean-Claude Lapalu ‘Aléotoire’ Petillant Naturel, Beaujolais, France
Strawberries, Cream, Fennel and Borage
Brent Savage – Bentley, Yellow and Monopole
Filtered Coffee by Cross Eatery
Salted Caramel, Coconut and Chocolate Slice
Jane Strode – Bistrode CBD