Trunk transforms into the Italo-American place of your dreams
Hospitality

Pepe’s Italian & Liquor opened its doors revealing the epic transformation from the original Trunk Restaurant & Bar on Exhibition Street.  Owner Nick Kutcher drew inspiration for the Italian-American style menu from his time living in New York, which celebrates Italian immigrant cuisine, starring classic pizza and pasta dishes, as well as family-style shared mains.…

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When two great brewing nations unite

Asahi Premium Beverages (APB) launched its new easy-drinking beer Two Suns, a collaboration between two brewing nations: Australia and Japan. To celebrate its launch, we held an intimate event at a stunning private residence in Vaucluse, Sydney. Moth Design injected the Two Suns yellow throughout, and furnished the home to create an eye-catching and impressive…

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Sparkling MIFF lunch

Yarra Valley-based winery Chandon celebrated their sponsorship at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival with a lunch in August at one of KDPO’s second homes, Agostino Wine Bar in Carlton. King & Godfree general manager Anthony Mussara designed a four-course menu matched to Chandon wines for a starry guest list that included actors, artists, foodies…

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Maker & Monger gets permanent

Our fave cheese guy, Anthony Femia, has had a serious upgrade in his lodgings, swapping his cute but humble antique cheese cart for a bells-and-whistles permanent stall at the Prahran Market. The new store features a state-of-the-art maturation room (fitting for one of Australia’s best affineurs), a seven-metre-long cheese cabinet and a dedicated toastie kitchen…

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The Westin (feat. Willy Wonka)

The Westin Melbourne loves a collaboration. Last time around it was all about the cheese when the hotel joined forces with our favourite cheese shop and toastie technicians Maker & Monger. Now they’ve joined forces with crazy dessert alchemists Burch & Purchese for a dessert and cocktail themed bar to celebrate the Melbourne season of…

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Charity burgers
Hospitality

Melbourne food truck king and owner of Brunswick’s Beatbox Kitchen, Raph Rashid staged a 24-hour burger flipping marathon for charity in August to raise money for the Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS). FLIP-A-THON ran from 11am on Saturday 17 August to 11am on Sunday with all purchases made over the 24 hours going to…

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Raes & Perrier-Jouët get arty

Byron Bay’s iconic luxury boutique, spa and restaurant Raes added another string to its bow this year when it kicked off its inaugural Artist in Residence program. The program, a collaboration with champagne house Perrier-Jouët, offers artists the opportunity to call Raes home for a month, experience every room and then create art inspired by…

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Party like Peroni

Peroni has climbed aboard the party train to celebrate its first significant global brand overhaul in more than a decade. The brand update, which includes a stylish new bottle shape and a revamped logo, was celebrated in style at a party Peroni hosted at Sydney’s Smoke Bar, overlooking Sydney Harbour at beautiful Barangaroo House. A…

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Yoga afloat
Hospitality

Arbory Afloat, Melbourne’s hottest (and longest) floating restaurant and bar swapped spritz and pizza for Namaste and downward dog when it hosted Yoga On The Yarra for International Women’s Day. More than 100 women turned up and rolled out Lululemon yoga mats for a 90-minute morning session, led by Amy Dunstan, senior instructor at Armadale’s…

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Boozy buffet brunch
Hospitality

Boozy, buffet and brunch are three words we can all get behind. Put them all together and they’re even better as Adam Wright-Smith is currently proving at Half Acre, his bar, eatery and events space in South Melbourne. Adam used to live in New York City and spent many of his weekends at Soho House…

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Chin Chin Melbourne event space
Hospitality

Following the phenomenal success of Chin Chin Sydney’s underground event space Chii Town, the Melbourne Chin Chin mothership now has its own dedicated space. Sitting directly above the Flinders Lane restaurant, this beautiful space not only offers the chance to host an amazing sit down dinner for up to 48 guests or a banging cocktail…

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Veggies are the new black

Something like a phenomeno(m) It’s what most parents dreams are made of. The answer to getting kids to eat (and love!) their veggies. The secret? Well, it’s a Phenomenom. Yep, you heard, Phenom-e-nom with an m. It’s a first of its kind food education program that’s broken things wide open when it comes to kids,…

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Bucha, a cut above the rest

When you wake up with your brain rinsed into the size and texture of a dry sponge, it’s easy to start hatching clean living plans (that start tomorrow). We’ve embraced a simple way to improve our health and doesn’t involve broken promises.

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Cocktails and brunch? It’s only natural

CAPI released a new range of carbonated beverages that are completely free of artificial flavours and sweeteners. In other words, they’re good for you. Some might say cocktails for breakfast are bad for you. But if you make those cocktails using natural cucumber or lemongrass & ginger-infused CAPI then everything evens out. Probably.

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Karla Dawes
Team

When Karla was born her great aunt and uncle misheard her dad and thought her name was Kahlua. She’s been energising and intoxicating people (with charm) ever since.

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Ziba Mackinnon
Team

When she’s not thinking outside the box at KDPO, Ziba is usually found placing toys back inside their box and chasing around two little daughters.

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Mimi Gibson
Team

No one knows Mimi as Amelia, but she kind of likes that. She also loves seeing a brand’s vision come to life, which places her perfectly in the KDPO team.

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Clementine Donohoe
Team

As a kid, Clem was obsessed with current affairs. While her friends were still happily watching Spongebob fit into his square pants, Clem was busy sitting too close to the TV screen taking notes about the latest scandal on Today Tonight.

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