Cheesemonger Anthony Femia is one of many Prahran Market operators still open for business. But with Victoria now in stage-three lockdown, Femia’s popular self-proclaimed “chapel of cheese”, Maker & Monger, is taking advantage of the market’s new free home-delivery service, while doing its best to support micro-dairy suppliers through this difficult time.
The cheese shop’s cabinet is now accessible online, plus there’s a brand-new Dairy Essentials Pack, which includes milk and yoghurt from Gippsland dairy Butterfly Factory, a stick of salted French butter, sourdough, leeks, and a range of topnotch cheeses imported from around the world.
“We’ve put it together to support the micro-dairies from around the world that we hold dear to our hearts,” says Femia.
“In these troubled times, it’s something you can eat all day, from breakfast all the way through to midnight snack.”
There’s 200 grams of haloumi, 300 grams of comté, 300 grams of clothbound cheddar and 400 grams of Parmigiano Reggiano. That’s more than a kilo of cheese.
“There’s enough there to last people a few weeks, plus the bread and leeks we use for our toasties. With that amount of cheese and bread you can smash out easily eight toasties,” says Femia.
To make it even easier to replicate one of Maker & Monger’s toasties at home, Femia’s posted the recipe online. (He’s named it the Bunker-Down Toastie.)
Delivery is contact-free and there’s no fee for orders to suburbs within five kilometres of the market, meaning Richmond, Cremorne, Toorak, Burnley, Malvern, Caufield North, Elwood, Elsternwick, St Kilda, Prahran, Albert Park and Middle Park.
Oh, and you get a free Maker & Monger tote bag.
Maker & Monger’s Dairy Essentials Pack costs $150 and can be bought online.