When speaking with Michael Madrusan, owner and manager of famed Fitzroy bar The Everleigh, about the upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, his excitement is palpable. For Madrusan and his team, who last year presented a seminar on Everleigh-style cocktails at MFWF, the stakes have been significantly raised this year.
Deciding not only to take his ideas outside, but put them onto a moving vehicle, Madrusan and his team (along with their two trusty trolleys), will be taking the iconic Melbourne trams on a classic cocktail odyssey. "The trolleys will be wheeled to each table and the drinks made in front of the guests," explains Madrusan of the event, which will run over three nights during the festival in March.
But the team aren’t about to stop there – Madrusan has also organised a soundtrack for the evenings, so as not to lose the classic romanticism synonymous with The Everleigh.
"I'm not sure how the trolleys are going to go when the tram is moving – perhaps the patrons will be watching the bartenders hold on! It could get interesting," says Madrusan with a laugh. "It's all about recreating the tram experience for people and adding our style to that, which I think compliments it really well."
Seating 36 people per night and covering the well-known City Circle route, the tram will also be serving dishes from the Tram Car Restaurant. But really, food is but a second thought when there are world-class cocktails on offer and iconic scenery passing you by.
The Everleigh Tramcar
March 11–13, 5.45pm–7.15pm