Alpha Box & Dice is not your average cellar door. It’s a bit like Psycho’s Norman Bates and your nana collaborated on the interior design. The converted, heritage-listed stable is decked out in an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, faded photographs, Buck Rogers and Aquaman pinball machines and a taxidermied armadillo. On June 10, 60 humans will also fill the space for a long-table dinner prepared by Jessie Spiby. It’s a rare chance to see the space after dark.
“We’ve only really done a couple of night events,” says managing director Dylan Fairweather. “Mainly because I feel sorry for anyone that has to live next door to us.”
The McLaren Vale cellar door is best known for big parties thrown in the sun, usually in collaboration with the likes of The Happy Motel or Pizzateca. This time, the setting is indoors.
Spiby, who some will recognise from the 2015 series of MasterChef, jumped at the chance to cook a six-course Asian fusion meal with matching wine.
“I’ve been a fan of their wine for a long time,” she says. “I like the way they have fun with it. Every time my partner and I go to McLaren Vale we like to try different wineries but always end up at Alpha Box & Dice.”
She’ll use Australian native ingredients in her cook-up. “It’s fun food. Bold flavours and generous serves good for sharing.”
The event coincides with the launch of Spiby’s catering business, Jessie Does Food. “It’s a new direction for me,” she says. “When I have a great night it’s always about ambience. Moving forward I want to be doing events and dinners that are more than just feeding people.“
Wine will fuel the good times – and we’re already cheered by Fairweather’s admission that he always gets carried away. “It’s very likely you’ll find me raiding the ‘museum’ to pull out some very special and rare numbers,” he says.