The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is always a highlight of the year for The Plus Ones. The program hosts a carefully crafted smorgasbord of experiences, and every now and then – something truly magnificent. Truly Madly Deeply is definitely an event on the magnificent side and stole our hearts last year. When we heard there was a Part 2, we were champing at the bit for another taste.
Truly Madly Deeply embodies high society, and unsurprisingly sold out in quick time. The splendour of the evening is evident from the moment that you walk into the Plaza Ballroom on Collins Street. On our night, the venue was transformed into a degustation of food, wine and entertainment.
Upon entering the ballroom, guests were treated to champagne and cocktails. To keep with the decadent feel the cocktails were served from human bars! We were able to indulge in a couple of Starward Whisky (one of my favourites) whiskey and drys as well as a cheeky gin before being seated to start our food and wine degustation.
The theatre of the event makes it special. However the classy, and I suspect palate savvy crowd, was here to sample some of the best in food and wine that Melbourne has to offer. The event didn't disappoint. A cheeky menu: Tinned Tuna, Cheese and Tomato, Lamb & Sea Shrubs, Peaches & Cream created intrigue. One thing was for certain — we were definitely not getting the standard versions of these.
Tinned Tuna, for example, was housed in tins that were smoking when placed on our table. As we removed the lids, we were greeted by luscious red slivers of melt-in-your-mouth tuna, covered in caviar on a base of smoked tuna jelly. This was definitely not your standard fare.
If the team is creating the event again next year we highly recommend trying to snare a coveted spot. You won't be disappointed!
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.