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Measures to slow the spread of coronavirus have completely changed Melbourne’s dining landscape, but our restaurants, bars and cafes are quickly adapting.
Many are supporting their regular produce suppliers by selling boxes of fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables to customers. Some are pre-packing crates full of pantry staples such as pasta and rice, and some give you the option to add on wine, flowers, meats, pickles, coffee, chocolate and more.
These boxes make life in isolation easier, and, at the same time, give us the chance to support local businesses that need us more than ever.
Arepa Days, Preston. This cosy South American cafe has transformed into an online food shop, and is delivering arepas, free-range eggs, milk, chorizo, morcilla, coffee, avocados, limes, pulled beef and Portuguese custard tarts. Order online.
Bellarine Smokehouse, Bellarine. This regional producer sources sustainably farmed and wild-caught fish, and hot-smokes them. It’s newly launched Bellarine Boxes are priced from $99 to $375 and include everything from fancy smoked fish, local cheese, butter and chocolate brownies to gin and wine. There are 10 to choose from. More information here.
Bluebonnet Barbecue, Brunswick East. The Bluebonnet crew is adding its signature Texas-style barbequed meats to pre-packed fresh produce boxes. Meats are cooked and ready to go – just heat them up at home. Choose from brisket; bourbon and apple glazed pork ribs; smoked beef, cheddar and jalapeno sausages; beef chilli and more. The base cost for the produce box is $35; meat add-ons start at $20. More info here.
Earl Canteen, Cremorne. The local cafe chain wants you to keep eating well during lockdown. It’s offering a range of (mostly) ready-to-eat packs for pick-up and delivery. The Favourites Pack ($125) includes meatballs and poached chicken, hummus, a grain salad, sourdough, granola and more. There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free packs available (all $125). Plus, a build-your-own option and a salad-only pack. Order online.
Early N Fresh, Epping. This fruit and vegetable wholesaler has switched from supplying restaurants to home delivery, covering suburbs in Melbourne's south-east. Minimum order $50, but delivery is free. Order online.
The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford. The cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm is now doing small ($65) and large ($110) produce boxes (with weekly subscription options) as well as a breakfast lovers box. Plus, sourdough loaves, free-range eggs, cheese, olives and Aussie beer and wine. It’s all available for pick-up and delivery. Menu and more information here.
Flowers Vasette, Fitzroy. This beloved Brunswick Street florist is amping up its plant and flower deliveries with fresh produce. Boxes start at $50, and while there’s no menu online, we’ve spotted a minestrone, vitamin C and flower box on Instagram that feels pretty timely. Order by calling (03) 9419 4988.
The Flying Zucchinis. This new food-delivery business is offering free delivery on orders across Melbourne’s inner suburbs. There are small ($29), medium ($49) and large ($79) fruit and veg boxes available, as well as weekly subscription option. Plus, sourdough loaves from North Melbourne’s Bread Club, free-range eggs and milk. Order online.
The Fruit Box Group, Melbourne. Ordinarily this delivery service provides fruit for offices. It's now delivering fresh fruit, vegies, milk and other staples directly to your home. No delivery fee, minimum order $70.
Good Times Milk Bar, Bentleigh. Fresh produce boxes come in small ($49) and large ($79) sizes, both loaded with staples such as avocado, broccoli, garlic, apples, mushrooms, tomatoes and herbs. Add-on options include toilet paper, milk, bread and eggs. Order online.
Hagen’s Organics. The Melbourne butcher is doing weekly family-sized packs ($120) with pork-and-fennel sausages, chicken drumsticks, beef mince and more. But you can also get meat-free boxes for two ($50) or four people ($85) delivered to you – they’re stacked up with market-fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. Order online.
Henry Sugar, Carlton North. The team behind this Spanish-Australian wine bar is packing fancy grocery boxes for pick-up and delivery. The Lock Down Party Hamper is $165 and comes with batched cocktails, cheese, bread, bacon, smoked salmon, saltbush and vinegar chips, and whisky ice-cream. More boxes will be added soon. Menu and more information here.
In 2 Food. Melbourne wholesaler In 2 Food is filling boxes with fruit and veg, milk, bread, eggs, orange juice and more, and selling them to local venues at cost price. Support both links of the supply chain by picking one up at city restaurants Coda and Tonka. Prices start at $69.
King & Godfree, Carlton. The Italian deli, bottle shop and espresso bar has returned to its 1884 roots as a grocer. Alongside alcohol and its regular staples – canned Sirena tuna, Val Verde tinned tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, meats and dry pasta – you'll now find milk, butter, eggs and fresh fruit and veg, all of which can be delivered. No delivery fee, minimum order $50. Order online.
Lucky Penny, South Yarra. Now selling a range of groceries including fresh produce, bread, milk, rice, pasta, sauce, eggs and meat, as well as a $20 Survival Box (potatoes, onions, carrots, capsicums, tomatoes and oranges). Minimum order $40, pick up only, must order ahead. More information here.
Maker & Monger, Prahran. Now delivering dairy essentials to homes located within five kilometres of Prahran Market. For $150, you’ll get a pack of unhomogenised milk; pot-set yoghurt; salted French butter; Brasserie sourdough; and a stack of fancy cheeses (including haloumi, Comté, cheddar and Parmigiano Reggiano) in a cute Maker & Monger tote. More info here.
Marion, Fitzroy. Andrew McConnell’s European wine bar has boxes of local vegetables available for pick-up on Saturdays for $60 (March 28 has sold out). Think radishes, heirloom tomatoes, herb bouquets, Japanese pumpkin and more, all from Transitions Farms. Pre-order via DM. More information here.
Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda. Pick up a “Vegan Survival Kit” from the south-side cafe or get it delivered if you’re within 20 kilometres. The base pack has the ingredients for smoothie bowls, porridge and matcha pancakes, plus milk, kombucha and more ($50); or you can upgrade with popcorn “chicken”, gnocchi and housemade vegan cheese ($100). More information here.
Montalto, Red Hill South. Each $100 box includes produce harvested on the Mornington Peninsula winery's four-acre estate (think kipfler potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, apples, pumpkin and Dutch carrots); ready-made meals cooked by Montalto chefs; pantry items such as olive oil, honey or olives; and toilet paper. Pick up only. Order online.
Northside Fruit and Veg, Fitzroy. For $59.99, get a crate filled to the brim with in-season fruit and vegetables from this popular restaurant wholesaler. Home delivery to inner-city suburbs is included in the price. Limited quantities are available daily. Order online.
Oster, Richmond. This new Italian diner is doing a Five Day Bunker Box for $175. It’s full of pantry fillers and other items for cooking at home, such as pasta; passata and other sauces; raw fish and chicken; pickles; olives; yoghurt; sourdough; milk; and more. The Nonna’s Essentials box includes pasta, sauces, some dairy items and coffee for $75. Pick-up only. More info here.
Small Axe Deli, Brunswick. This Italian deli is now doing grocery boxes loaded with pantry staples such as bread; cheese; chorizo; fresh and dried pasta; bottled sauces and more. It’s also doing fresh produce boxes for $50, plus a $10 deposit for the crate (or you can BYO bags). Call ahead to order.
Small Graces, Footscray. The team is packing $65 fruit and veg boxes – “enough to feed a fam of four for four days”. Add-ons include milk (choose from cow or a range of non-dairy alternatives); Dench sourdough; eggs; granola and coffee. More info here.
Smith & Daughters, Fitzroy. Shannon Martinez’s vegan diner is becoming Smith & Stuff by day (it’ll keep doing takeaway as Smith & Daughters at night). Head in for produce boxes, tinned food, flour, alternate milks, cleaning products and more.
Smith & Deli, Fitzroy. Martinez’s deli is still open just over the road, selling vegan sandwiches, wraps, baked goods and ready meals. It’s also added fresh produce boxes for $50 from Northside Fruit & Veg, available to pick up on Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the deli on (03) 9042 4117 to pre-order.
Somerset Heritage Produce, Seymour. The team behind this four-acre vegetable farm has just launched an online store where you can shop heirloom tomatoes, daikon radish, pumpkin, plus herbs, eggs, raw honey, sourdough bread and more. Pick up at the property in Seymour, or in town at either Collingwood bakery To Be Frank or North Melbourne’s Small Batch Roasting Co. More info here.
Scicluna's. This family-run fruit and veg retailer and wholesaler has added a range of seasonal produce boxes ($40 to $60) to its online store. Also available are grocery items such as coffee, eggs, cheese, honey and passata. Get your order delivered, or next-day pick-up is available at the four Scicluna's locations – in Mentone, Tooronga, Sorrento and Dandenong South. More information here.
Tanka Coffee, Carlton. Choose from three fruit and vegetable boxes priced between $25 and $35. Delivery to addresses on the same block as the cafe, otherwise pick up is available. More information in Tanaka's saved Instagram stories.
That’s Amore Cheese, Thomastown. One of Melbourne’s best cheesemongers has launched an online store, which features a new range of produce boxes ($40 to $88). They’re full of cheeses such as ricotta, bocconcini and mozzarella, as well as free-range eggs, fresh pasta, sauce, oil, milk and more. Delivery and pick-up are available. Order online.
Theodore’s, Brunswick. Get fresh produce boxes for two ($49) or four ($79) sourced from Northside Fruit & Veg. Orders are available for pick-up or delivery on Wednesdays on Fridays. Add booze, bone broth, eggs, milk, rice and stacks of other pantry staples as needed. Shop online.
Tivoli Road Bakery, South Yarra. For $75, get the popular bakery's Emergency Kit delivered. It changes daily, but a recent box included sourdough bread, pastries, granola, eggs, St David Dairy milk, Pepe Saya cultured butter, a handful of veggies and a roll of toilet paper. A 10-kilometre delivery radius applies. More details here.
Victoria Whitelaw, South Yarra. This florist is pivoting to produce boxes for home delivery, with the option to add some fresh blooms. Boxes range from $60 for pantry essentials (onions, garlic, chilli, potatoes and more) to $85 for enough fruit and veg to last four people for a week. Order online.
The Windsor, Melbourne. This grand city hotel has pulled together grocery baskets packed full of fresh produce, marinated fish and meats, and ready-cooked meals from its two restaurants, Sunda and Lekker. Pick up for $200, and add $15 for delivery within a 10km radius of the hotel. More information here.
Youfoodz. The ready-made-meal delivery service has added three stacked-up seasonal fruit and veg boxes to its regular offering. It’s $49.95 for a fruit box, $64.95 for a veg box, and $69.95 for a mix of the two – delivered to your door. A “packed-on date” will be included with each order. More info here.