A collection of foodie news & events that caught our eye this month!

World class foodie destination set to open in CBD
Emporium Melbourne, a world class shopping and foodie destination will be opening its doors on the 16th of April.

In the heart of the CBD, this revitalised Melbourne icon will offer seven levels and 48,000 square metres of retail space - that’s equivalent to over six football fields.

The distinctly cosmopolitan café court will offer over 30 Melbourne food icons from fine dining to casual quick service and seat 1100.

Celebrity Chef George Calombaris will launch new concept souvlaki bar, Jimmy Grants, and bringing their signature dishes will be South Melbourne Dim Sims, St Kilda eatery Chinta Ria Soul and I Love Pho.

Coming to Melbourne for the first time will be John Mano’s Becasse Bakery and his premium burger joint Charlie & Co, as well as Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar.

A fresh and stylish concept in shopping centre design, Emporium Melbourne will be the shopping and foodie destination.

Champagne Degustation @ Meat & Wine Co 
Enjoy a four course menu exclusively prepared by Meat & Wine Co's Head Chef, Peter Popow.
Each dish features Moet Imperial Champagne as the key ingredient. Check out the menu here.

When: Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th of May from 6.30pm
Where: The Meat & Wine Co Hawthorn East
Cost: $80 per person; Matched wines $50 per person
Bookings: 03 9882 8728  or  email: thebank@themeatandwineco.com

Match made on the Hill - The Grain Store Partners with Trinity Hill Winery
Partnering with award winning New Zealand Trinity Hill winery from the North Island’s Hawkes Bay, The Grain Store Executive Chef Ingo Meissner has curated a menu that complements the tasting notes of the wines on offer for the evening.

The Trinity Hill Wine Dinner is being held on Wednesday 30th April at 6:30pm, and will serve a five-course menu including canapés and drinks on arrival, two entrees, and mains of Wagyu beef with savoy cabbage, carrot puree and truffle remoulade or blue eyed cod, calamari ragu, vanilla leaks, kale and tangerine beurre blanc. The meal will conclude with a cheese and dessert platter. All courses have been been purposely matched to highlight and complement the flavours of the Trinity Hill wines being served with each course.

When: Wednesday 30th April 2014 @ 6:30pm
Where: The Grain Store, 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Cost: Five courses with matching wines - $100 per person

Wine dinner @ Bistro Vue with Lethbridge wines

Easter Long Weekend @ Royal Saxon
THURSDAY April 17 ~ Kick off your long weekend! - DJs upstairs 'till late

GOOD FRIDAY April 18 ~ Open from midday 'till late - $5 Heineken Schooners 

EASTER SUNDAY April 20 ~ Spins & Spits Easter Edition

Read more about Royal Saxon here.