Situated in the old bank opposite the train station, the Melbourne hospitality fraternity officially welcomes ‘Heart of Hall’. Stacey Krbaleski and Nicole Walker are the brains trust behind this inspiring concept which offers an exquisite café experience, a shop in store selling all manner of culinary wonders, and most importantly, an evening cooking school.
Stacey and Nicole met in the school yard 10 years ago when their daughters were starting prep and their passion and love for food, family, cooking and hospitality helped spawn a wonderful friendship and business partnership. It’s this very philosophy that underpins their mantra at ‘Heart of Hall’ which is to foster and build a ‘culinary hub which brings people and food together in practical and entertaining ways’.
The cooking school is their piece de resistance and will incorporate a diverse and exciting array of workshops every week. These classes will be both educational and entertaining with a focus on learning and developing new skills in the kitchen. Upcoming classes include Cheese Making, Pasta 101, Spanish Feast, Vegan and soon to host kids cooking classes.
The café menu is inspired by the classics and the focus is to do simple food which is done well. Head Chef Danni Perryman has worked at some of Melbourne’s classics, which include Harvey’s and Campari and Walters Wine Bar. While resident cooking instructor, Kate McKay cut her teeth working in Jamie Oliver’s restaurant ‘Recipease’ as both the Breakfast Chef and Cooking instructor.
Coffee is courtesy of Small Batch Coffee and Heart of Hall is very proud of this working affiliation and cites their ethical and organic approach to sourcing their beans as a main reason why they joined forces.
‘Heart of Hall’ is a carefully considered project of love and owners, Krbaleski and Walker have curated a space where people can enjoy food made from family recipes that celebrate local produce.
Location: 17 Hall St, Newport
Phone: 03 9939 5819