Over 25 of Victoria’s finest chefs united under one roof for Gastronomique, Anglicare Victoria’s gala food and wine charity night which supports vulnerable children to create a unique evening of food and wine.
The chefs donated their time, produce and expertise to cook for over 500 people at the Peninsula, Central Pier, Docklands on November 12. Chefs that took part included Adam D’Sylva from Coda and Tonka, Scott Pickett from Estelle, Joe Grbac from Saint Crispin, Gabriele Olivieri from Bottega, Oliver Gould from Stokehouse, Perry Schagen from The Graham, Colin Wood from Cumulus Inc, Tony Twitchett from Taxi Kitchen, Olimpia Bortolotto and Daniel Kranjcic from Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Barry Davis from Montalto, Mathew Macartney from Eleonore’s at Chateau Yering, Nicky Riemer from Union Dining, Ludo Baulacky from Oscar W’s, Daniel Wilson from Huxtable, Stuart Bell from Ten Minutes by Tractor, Geoff Lindsay from Dandelion, Sonia Anthony from Masons of Bendigo, Andy Harmer from The Point, Matt Germanchis and Emma Bottos from Pei Modern, Brad Simpson from The Smith, Matt Dempsey from Gladioli and Donovan Cooke from The Atlantic Restaurant.
We were fortunate enough to be seated at a table catered by the famous Echuca restaurant, Oscar W’s where we were fed incredibly well by Ludo Baulacky. We loved the delicious elegant entree and the more rustic and hearty mains. It was absolutely splendid.
The charity auctions added some fun and excitement to the night. We were delighted to see Richard (a QC) do the legal profession proud by winning his bid for a dinner for 8 by Nicky Riemer from Union Dining for $5,800 and upon winning the bid, doubling his contribution for the dinner to $11,600!
Gastonomique is a special event where Victorian chefs unite for Victorian children. It was a memorable night for people who love food, wine and want to support the State’s most vulnerable children. Gastonomique is Anglicare Victoria’s major annual fundraising event and one of Australia’s biggest charity nights. Previously known as Dinner with the Angels, the gala evening included signature dishes, fine wine and entertainment.