Gourmet Cinema is not your average outdoor cinema with a few food trucks. Over five nights in March at Caulfield Racecourse, a top Melbourne restaurant will match food to a different film.
“Creatively, it’s something different and exciting,” says Sascha Randle, head chef at Epocha. “And it makes sense, how many times do you watch a movie and see a character eating a big bowl of pasta and think ‘Oh, I want to eat a bowl of pasta’.”
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect over the five nights:
Epocha x The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wednesday March 2
Mediterranean restaurant Epocha in Carlton will make an “M. Gustave”, a shredded-duck roll with orange, cabbage and fennel salad. The Moustafa Antipasto, featuring a selection of cold meats and preserved vegetables, is named after the film’s hero. A tribute to the movie wouldn’t be complete without an elegant dessert, which Epocha will present as Courtesan au Chocolat.
Le Bon Ton x The Big Lebowski – Thursday March 3
The New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Collingwood will go full Dude. It will serve chilli-cheese fries, onion rings, smoked pork and brisket. And plenty of barbeque sauce.
Baby Pizza x The Great Beauty – Friday March 4
During your existential reflection on life and death with Paolo Sorrentino, you may as well be eating pizza topped with fresh basil, fior di latte, and if you like, smoked ham and hot salami. There’s a slow-braised beef ragu rigatoni, too. And a warm Nutella bomboloni with vanilla gelato to finish.
Mamasita x Chef – Saturday March 5
You’ll want to eat constantly while watching Chef. Mamasita will satisfy with fish or pork tacos; tuna-topped tostadas; and the one-off Carl’s Cubano sandwich, a version of which features heavily in the film.
The European x Midnight in Paris – March 6
Head chef Ian Curley’s menu was inspired by Owen Wilson’s character to make an American-turned-French boudin blanc hot dog. The rest of the dishes available during this screening are French classics. “We could have fancied it up, but Nicoise salad and a croque monsieur are staples,” he says. “Eating a croque monsier while watching these beautiful bar scenes – it’s pretty great.”
Dishes from each restaurant will be available across all five nights of Gourmet Cinema, with the exception of a few one-night-only specials.
Gourmet Cinema runs between March 2 and 6 at Caulfield Racecourse. Tickets are $19.50 for adults, and $14.50 concession. Food costs extra and ranges between $8 to $18.
To avoid missing any part of the film, movie-goers can pre-order 24 hours in advance and have Deliveroo bring their food to them on the lawn. You’ll also receive $15 off the total if it’s your first order through Deliveroo.
See the full menu and program at gourmetcinema.com.au.
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