We often hear about what inspires fashion designers’ creations and whose clothes they like to wear if they’re not wearing their own designs. But what about the sustenance that keeps them going throughout the working week? We thought we’d ask a few local designers what they like to eat and where they source their groceries to fill the cupboards each week.


Cath Hope - Designer

Where is your favourite place for fruit and vegetables and why?
The Preston market. I love it and I have been going there since I was a child. There is a huge choice, it’s very multicultural, colourful and vibrant, and you can make an outing of it with lunch from the golzeme van, or have coffee and canoli.

What's the one food shop in Melbourne you can't do without and what do you buy from there?
Babka. I could seriously go there everyday and have a rhubarb Danish. The corned beef sandwich is the best in Melbourne.

What are your top five pantry staples and where do you buy them?
1. Great pasta from Marias IGA in station street, Fairfield (fantastic Italian IGA).
2. Soymilk and Madura tea: supermarket.
3. For tinned tomatoes, tuna, pesto, deli bits and so on, I stock up at the Mediterranean Wholesalers, Sydney Road Brunswick.
4. Apple juice, soda water: Aldi.
5. Meat, fresh fruit and veg: Preston Market


Anna Thomas - Designer & Director of anna thomas

Where is your favourite place for fruit and vegetables and why?
Reliable Fruit & Vegies at Prahran Market. Joe has great quality produce and is always good for a laugh! The kids love ‘helping’ Mum shop for fruit and veggies and love being offered a banana or carrot from the friendly staff for their efforts. For me, shopping is all about the quality of the produce and the service. A friendly experience is essential.

What's the one food shop in Melbourne you can't do without and what do you buy from there?
Prahran Seafoods at Prahran Markets. We buy fish from Maria at least twice a week and cannot live without beautiful fresh flathead. Simple and easy to prepare midweek, and always delicious for the kids and us. Great service and they feel like family to us.

What are your top five pantry staples and where do you buy them?
1. First-grade aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Years of living in Reggio Emilia near Modena in Italy has taught me only the best will do, from Angelo and the team at The Cheese Shop Deli at Prahran Market.
2. Fish sauce and soy sauce from Asian grocer at Prahran market. My favourite food to cook is Thai or Indian, as Asian food was so much a part of my life growing up with a South Indian father.
3. Coriander and various other spices for curries from Asian grocer at Prahran Market.
4. Coconut milk and jasmine rice.
5. Fresh baguettes from Toscano’s in Hawksburn.


Misha Hollenbach - Artist/Designer Perks and Mini

Where is your favourite place for fruit and vegetables and why?
My parents! They grow, and have forever, all types of seasonal fruit and veggies. Even their suburban front yard has succumbed to the 25kg pumpkin, 20 plus varieties of tomato, peas, various cabbages and lettuces, pomegranates, and purple sprouting broccoli. Why? Organic, homegrown and straight from garden to mouth. We sometimes skip the plate!

What's the one food shop in Melbourne you can't do without and what do you buy from there?
Tofu Shop in Richmond. We buy lunch from there, and tofu, and house-made soy ice cream, and the occasional fresh fruit offering.

What are your top five pantry staples and where do you buy them?
1. Martelli pasta.
2. Ortiz anchovies.
3. Organic virgin coconut oil.
4. Premium nori sheets.
5. Baker D. Chirico bread.

We buy them from wherever’s close. The Vegetable Connection, Bill’s Farm, Prahran or Vic Market, Toscano’s, Naturally on High, Baker D. Chirico (and soon his new Carlton shop).


Stockists

Preston Markets, Cramer and Murray Streets, Preston
Cardamone IGA, 143 Station Street, Fitzroy
Mediterranean Wholesalers, 428 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Aldi, Northcote Plaza, High Street Northcote
Reliable Fruit and Vegies, Shop 102 Prahran Market
The Cheese Shop Deli, Shop 703 Prahran Market
Toscano's, 547 Malvern Road, Toorak
Veg Connection, 255 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Bills Farm, Shop 17-18/ Queen Victoria Market, North Melbourne
Naturally on High, 697 High Street, Thornbury
Baker D. Chirico
Tofu Shop
Babka