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In a city of food-lovers and avid consumers of world-class hospitality, lets delve into the world of emerging and exciting food & beverage businesses in Melbourne.
Join us for an evening with some of our local legendary food & liquor industry rule breakers, creators and innovators and find out how to make it in the Melbourne hospitality scene.
Each speaker will share their top tips on how to create a unique product, service or brand that's pushing the boundaries of what we all thought was possible.
Come along, learn how the world of food, brews, innovation and entrepreneurship collide and be inspired by all of the great things happening right here in Melbourne. There will also be mini ice creams from Piccolina plus free drinks on the menu!
Salvatore has been very fortunate to be involved in the coffee industry since 1993. He is the founder and current owner of Sensory Lab Coffee Roasters, Clement Coffee Roasters and Plantation Coffee. He has found his spiritual home at St Ali South Melbourne.
Sal has also worked with muilt-nationnal companies such as Nestle, Spotless, QIC and others in various roles as a conceptualist, creative director and retail specialist
Other career highlights include a short stint as a lawyer at Gadens, a lecturer at William Angliss Collevge, a co-founder of fashion label Rubric, co-founder of Rhodes Corporate Travel (now CMT travel), co-founder of Prologic Solutions and is an angel funder in numerous other projects.
Gail Donovan Donovans Restaurant
There aren’t many restaurateurs like Gail and Kevin Donovan. Most recently recognised as legends of the industry at the Age Good Food Guide Awards, they are an irreplaceable part of the fabric of Melbourne’s hospitality scene.
Gail’s passion for the industry began in the 1970s, and her unwavering enthusiasm for service and food has continued throughout her decades of restaurant experience. Her welcoming approach and eye for design are trademarks at St Kilda’s iconic Donovan’s restaurant, which attracts fans from all over Victoria to visit.
Matt Lane Mamasita
Born and raised in Melbourne, Matt Lane began his hospitality career at an early age through his family’s involvement in inner-city and rural Victorian hotels. His love affair with Mexican cuisine first began whilst living with a Mexican chef in Spain, and when a position came up to manage La Esquina in New York City, Matt embraced the opportunity.
During this time, he travelled frequently to Mexico, learning more and more about the techniques and flavour. After nine months, Matt returned to Melbourne in 2009 to open Melbourne’s favourite Mexican restaurant, Mamasita, and in September 2016 opened Smith Street tostaderia, Hotel Jesus.
Sandra Foti Piccolina Gelateria
When Sandra Foti was a young girl, her Nonna affectionately called her “piccolina.” When she opened a gelateria many years later, Sandra chose the name Piccolina, to pay homage to her much loved Nonna and these happy memories.
The gelato here is made using time-honoured, Italian recipes that have been handed down through generations – Sandra practiced many of these recipes when she started making gelato with her dad about 15 years ago. The result is gelato that is entirely natural, made from fresh cream, milk, sugar and a selection of raw ingredients.
Cam McKenzie Four Pillars Gin
Cameron is the distiller, operations guru, educator, locavore, and still shiner at Four Pillars Gin. He is, quite simply, the heart and soul of Four Pillars. Before throwing his lot into the production of craft spirits, Cam was a 15-year veteran of the wine trade, having made, sold, marketed and judged many of Victoria’s best known wine brands.
Cam is also an Olympian, having run in the 4x400m at the 1996 Games. He is now regarded as one of the best distillers in Australia, and has a passion for Australian botanicals and creativity in all things gin.
Levi Aron Deliveroo
Jonette Wilton (Moderator) Smudge Publishing
With a whirlwind career in journalism and marketing Jonette is now at the helm of Smudge Publishing. She has traveled far, written on most topics and, now, brings her passion about food, wine, coffee and travel to the table, producing over 25 travel books about cities and other destinations throughout the world.
Not one to sit still Jonette has Hong Kong, New York and London in her sights and is also a keen to publish a Southeast Asian culinary destination magazine in the near future. She has put together numerous e-books and is delighted with the progress of Smudge's digital platform and newsletter – SmudgeEats.com.au
Smudge Publishing is what happens when food, wine & coffee-loving minds collide. Seven years ago, Jonette Wilton and her daughters Daniele and Kaitlyn, saw an opportunity to create beautiful books that shone a spotlight on Australia’s culinary scene. Since then, it has grown from a small three-person business to a bustling and respected print and digital publisher.
As native Melburnians the team has a strong presence in their home city. With an in-house team of designers, editors, photographers, videographers and writers, and an award-winning collection of past publications, Smudge creates engaging and entertaining content in both the print and digital spaces.
Get amazing food from an incredible selection of local restaurants delivered in an average of just 32 minutes.
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