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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

2016 March into Merivale preview

Nadine Levy Redzepi and Danielle Alvarez

Nadine Levy Redzepi and Danielle Alvarez

Missed out on Noma? Get your Redzepi contact high instead this March when the other half of the Copenhagen culinary power couple appears as a surprise highlight of March into Merivale. Nadine Levy Redzepi is in Sydney while her husband, René Redzepi, runs the Noma Australia pop-up, and she's keeping busy, cooking dinner with Danielle Alvarez, the Chez Panisse-trained chef opening Fred's this autumn. At Uccello on 17 March the pair present an evening celebrating the wholesome joys of home-style cooking, just one standout in the five-week festival that's known for its unusual and idiosyncratic events.

It's the first time the duo will share a kitchen. They were introduced by mutual friend and Noma alumnus Ben Greeno, who currently heads The Paddington kitchen for Merivale. "Ben thought it would be a good match," says Alvarez. "As Nadine says, she's not a trained chef but a home cook, and I feel a real connection to that. The meal is all about what we would cook for our friends and family, and I'm really excited to see her perspective on things."

While the dinner will showcase simple pleasures, this year's overarching festival theme is guilty pleasures. That means mystery feasts, a kicks-and-chopsticks collaboration by Ms G's chefs Dan Hong and Paul Donnelly, and chocolate masterclasses with the master herself, Lorraine Godsmark.

There's plenty happening on the booze side of things, too. Wash down the excitement with some limited-edition reserve wines poured by Villa Maria's Josh Hammond and group sommelier Franck Moreau, or original concoctions stirred in 16 different cocktail dens at the Establishment on 9 March.

All the fun begins at the launch party hosted at Ivy on 10 February, where Alvarez will be serving her own guilty pleasure - a baseball park-style hot dog.

March into Merivale, 14 February to 20 March. Tickets are on sale now.

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