Ella Mittas is known for her meticulously organised pop-up dinner events, which create themed sensory experiences for diners around Melbourne. The chef’s latest adventure is Women and Witchcraft: A Celebration of Power, a series of dinners designed to coincide with a witchy exhibition at St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford.
The two events will be held on November 30 and December 1 at Cam’s Kiosk, and showcase art from the exhibition and wine made by local winemakers. Mittas is partnering with Melbourne artist Julia Dunne to curate a design inspired by the Pagan sabbat festival of Beltane, which celebrates pure joy, fertility and the beginning of summer, when the grassy-faced May Bride brings down the “bright fire”. This isn’t your regular dinner party set-up.
Musician Grace Ferguson will perform her own atmospheric compositions between courses, and diners will be immersed in the exhibition’s art, featuring work from an all-female group, including Linsey Gosper, Walkey Award-nominee Eloise Grills, Melissa Grisancich and Celeste Mountjoy. The floor will be staffed by Merchant Road Catering, a company that employs women from refugee backgrounds.
The ticket price for dinner includes five courses of shared food curated by Mittas, with drinks available to purchase on the night.