The Alphington Social is a family-run Italian eatery in an old bank with an entire wall dedicated to cheese.

Four Pillars’s new Sticky Carpet Gin is a dedication to the Espy (and it’s more delicious than it sounds).

• Hidden away in a Brunswick warehouse, Theodore’s is a family-friendly diner doing hotel-buffet-inspired brunches and nutritious speedy dinners.

Get two hours of unlimited fried chicken (or cauliflower) for $20, plus access to an on-site prosecco fountain on Wednesdays in Prahran.

Celebrated Turkish chef Coskun Uysal on growing up gay in Istanbul, and how food became the vehicle for his escape.

Lift your AFL snack game by smuggling this gooey cheese fondue onto the ground. All you need is a thermos.

Broadsheet Kitchen is transforming Leonardo’s Pizza Palace for one night only.

These are the best new bars, cafes and restaurants staying open on Grand Final Day.

• St Kilda’s Prince Dining Room is going meat-free on Mondays, with a four-course vegetarian menu (including a pumpkin tagine with sumac yoghurt, and stuffed peppers with haloumi) for $60. More info online.

• Over two hours, get unlimited gnocchi for $30 at this Brunswick trattoria.

Burger Project is doing $5 burgers all day on Wednesday (that’s less than half-price) for National Cheeseburger Day.

• Also on Wednesday, chefs at The Merrywell are teaming up with the cheesemakers at That’s Amore to create ultra-indulgent choose-your-own-cheese burgers using truffle-infused cheese, chilli-cheese and more.

• Stomping Ground Brewing Co has launched a refined new beer range called Into the ‘Wood, which will be paired with dishes by Andrew McConnell on Wednesday at Marion.