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 with an expanded menu and room for punters to eat in as well as take away.

KDPO threw the opening party for the new store, bringing together a fun mix of friends, family, suppliers, hospitality figures and influencers, including renowned photographer Kristoffer Paulsen, author and Melbourne treasure Gabriel Gaté, Tobie and Georgia Puttock, author and cook Julia Ostro and George Eats’ Georgia McDermott.

At the opening party, Anthony catered for a kilogram of cheese for each guest. This took the form of a series of cheese stations including That’s Amore pulling fresh mozzarella, a DIY raclette station and mini copper pots full of melted camembert.

Melbourne obviously loves its cheese because coverage came thick and fast, including exclusives for Good Food and Broadsheet, plus stories from the Herald Sun, Urban List, Time Out, Domain Review and Concrete Playground. Maker & Monger’s breakfast bruschetta also scored the cover of Good Food’s annual Cheap Eats edition.

Images by: Ruby Clark