Arts Centre Melbourne has moved its range of dining experiences into the spotlight as part of a quest to become the leading dining and function destination in Melbourne’s Southbank Cultural Precinct.
In 2012, Arts Centre Melbourne has embarked on a new direction with its food and beverage offering. Having brought its catering operation in-house from July 1, it has put in place a new in-house culinary team, a series of signature products created in collaboration with local producers and chefs, a special program of artistically inspired food events, new dining and tour experiences at Hamer Hall, and an expanded functions offering through its Celebrations + Events team.
”Our position at the forefront of Melbourne’s performing arts has given us great opportunities for creatively rewarding collaborations, and we are now taking this approach with our food and beverage operation,” said Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Judith Isherwood
“Our broader commercial goal is to make Arts Centre Melbourne and our services more accessible to a wider audience, creating great food and beverage venues that can become destinations in their own right, while servicing the needs of our existing patrons,” said Ms Isherwood.
“The underlying concept of our new direction is that ‘Food is Art’ – that we should take advantage of our unique conditions and make our dining experiences feel more like part of the show by creating relationships between wining and dining and what happens on our stages.”
New developments and initiatives include:
New culinary team to create and roll-out changes over the coming months, led by Executive Chef Sean Keating (Matteos, Jimmy Watsons and The European), working alongside Culinary Consultant Jan Gundlach (recipient of Michelin Star as Chef de Cuisine at Bakkarat, Hannover in Germany).
New Signature Series of products made specifically for Arts Centre Melbourne and created in collaboration with leading local producers, including Yarra Valley Chocolate Company, Nicolas Poelaert (formerly from French restaurant Embrasse, now heading up the kitchen at Brooks), Yering Station and Genovese Coffee.
New Celebrations + Events team created to deliver functions and events in 23 unique event spaces ranging from superbly equipped private rooms capable of accommodating 16-500 people, to a truly immersive experience for 380-2,000 people in the Fairfax Studio, Playhouse, State Theatre or Hamer Hall.
Festival of Food – a series of unique seasonally focused foodie events designed to complement the mainstage and exhibition program held in Arts Centre Melbourne’s unique public spaces including the foyers, forecourt, Café Vic and Riverside Bar.
Aperitivo, a new behind-the-scenes tour through Hamer Hall which concludes with guests being served Arts Melbourne Signature Series canapés accompanied by a glass of Australian sparkling wine.
New Riverside Dining Experiences – Signature restaurant Trocadero from celebrated restaurateur Frank Van Haandel which has just opened a new terrace dining area; stylish contemporary Japanese restaurant Saké Restaurant & Bar, the new Melbourne counterpart to high profile venues already established in Sydney and Brisbane.