This August, celebrity chef, television presenter and international restaurateur Sarah Todd will join Crown Melbourne to host an unmissable pop-up series of events, as part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s (MFWF) debut Winter Edition.
Todd will host two special evenings on Friday, 20 August and Saturday, 21 August within Evergreen at Crown Melbourne. Following extensive culinary adventures living and travelling throughout India, Todd has curated a fragrant five-course banquet menu alongside matched wines, inspired by the country she calls her second home.
“I’m so excited to be taking over Evergreen’s open kitchen for this year’s MFWF Winter Edition. Given travelling overseas is a distant memory for many right now, I’m looking forward to transporting diners to India with a creative interpretation of its traditional fare and bold flavours,” says Todd who promises this will be an Indian feast like no other.
“Australian produce is truly some of the best in the world. A huge focus for me will be showcasing those beautiful ingredients and creating a fine dining celebration of modern Indian cuisine which most people don’t get to experience outside of India.”
In addition to the Sarah Todd series, Chef On Saengyojanr of Ging Thai will also host an interactive masterclass as part of the MFWF program, sharing her knowledge on authentic Thai ingredients, flavours and recipes. Chef On’s interactive masterclass, aptly named School of Wok, will be followed by a banquet-style lunch featuring an abundance of tasty delights, including Thai spicy pork with mixed herb salad and crunchy rice, Mummy On’s green chicken curry with jasmine rice and more. Recipe cards will also be available to all guests, ensuring they can easily recreate her signature Thai dishes at home.
During a time when international travel has been restricted, Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager of Food and Beverage, Enda Cunningham, says he’s proud to continue Crown’s efforts to hero Melbourne as Australia’s food capital and bring international culinary experiences to Victoria.
“We are the culinary capital of Australia and our voracious appetite for diverse dining experiences has been somewhat inhibited over the last 12 months. We are determined to play our part in rebuilding Melbourne as the food capital of Australia by bringing world-class talent and interactive, innovative experiences to our venues,” Cunningham says.
Tickets across MFWF’s Winter Edition events at Crown Melbourne are now on sale.