Cookes Food Friday Fire Sale
When Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions tightened suddenly, Cookes Food – one of the city’s top events caterers – was forced to cancel or postpone more than 20 events on the spot.
Owner Sophie Storen was left with a surplus of restaurant-quality fresh produce, including $2500 worth of beef rib eye from Fitzroy’s Largo Butchers. So, intent on not letting any of it go to waste, she’s going direct-to-consumer with her Friday Fire Sale.
Pick up whopping 1.2-kilo rib eyes – aged, marinated and served with horseradish cream – for just $50. (Storen says they usually go for around $75.) You can also shop 600-gram ready-to-cook whole baby snapper for $22, and 500-gram lamb shoulder for $25.
The company – known for its elevated and comforting dishes – is also offering ready-made meals (that just need reheating) as part of the sale.
There’s cheesy eggplant parmigiana for two ($16), family-sized chicken-and-vegetable pot pie ($45), chard-and-ricotta ravioli ($17), roasted spiced carrots with freekeh and smoked yogurt ($16), and steamed broccoli with anchovy-and-herb butter ($12). Plus, more snacky items such as pork sausage rolls, spanakopita pie and cheese boxes for two.
For dessert: syrupy rum baba with double cream ($14), and apple-and-quince crumble ($15).
You can also add booze to your order. There’s wine from local producers such as T’Gallant, Little Rara and Plot Wine from $15, a zero-alcohol wine alternative from Non, and Peroni sixpacks for $15.
Pre-order online before Thursday at 12pm for delivery or pick-up at Cookes Food HQ on Friday from 10am to 5pm.