Read the Story of King & Godfree

It’s one of Melbourne’s OG food businesses; an institution that has been trading on its prominent corner of Lygon and Faraday Streets in Carlton for more than 150 years.

Yes, we’re talking about King and Godfree, the Italian-hearted deli and grocer. After all these years it has plenty of tales to tell, which makes it oh-so-appropriate that December saw the launch of its first ever cookbook.

As beautifully designed as K&G itself, King & Godfree: The Corner Grocer, brings together stories and recipes from the store’s long history, highlighting the ingredients and produce that have become synonymous with K&G over the decades. It’s the kind of book that will please the newcomer to cooking, fans of the brand and culinary enthusiasts alike.

KDPO was thrilled to organise a glittering book launch held on the K&G rooftop, otherwise known as Johnny’s Green Room, and threw ourselves enthusiastically into curating and managing the guestlists and organising the music, photography and audio production.

As the sun went down over Melbourne’s skyline, a guest list of industry, friends and family came together for an evening of food made from recipes in the book and festivities provided by a line-up of Melbourne’s best musical talent.

Partygoers included chefs Karen Martini and Adam D’Sylva, musician Harvey Miller from Client Liaison and influencers like Jess Ho, Alice Oehr, Bobby Clarke and Maxine Wylde.

The book has already attracted fans, receiving coverage in Delicious, Melbourne Food and Wine, Vogue Living Australian Arts Review, Broadsheet, Time Out, and the Herald Sun.

Photos by Arianna Leggiero