|Ground floor of Greenhouse by Joost for the launch party|
It’s a completely sustainable and eco friendly restaurant made from recycled materials. After a previous spell in Sydney and Melbourne the Greenhouse has now popped up for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on the banks of the Yarra river.
|Strawberry plants line the walls|
Made from old shipping containers, the place looks amazing with strawberry pots lining the walls and huge tin drums filled with herbs everywhere you look. Everything is edible or eco friendly from the shitake mushrooms sprouting from logs by the kitchen to the infamous toilets which harvest urine to power the next Greenhouse (the toilets seemed to be struggling a bit on the flushing front last night but hopefully with less of a crowd they will work a bit more efficiently). There are heaps of amazing things about the Greenhouse including a bio generator that converts used cooking oil and fat into power for the building. The full list of weird and wonderful facts is set out here.
|Americanos served in jars|
There were lots of celebrities like the amazing Stephanie Alexander in attendance and Americanos were served in jars straight from the kitchen sink (the tap on the left hand side actually dispensed the Amerciano). The food was all the sort which you can eat with a drink in your hand, oysters, smoky baba ganoush and quinoa salad served in plant pots.
|Americano’s on tap!|
Greenhouse by Joost is open for 20 days only during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner menu by chef Matt Stone with a truly local menu. The menu will feature wheat milled onsite, herbs cut from the rooftop garden and yoghurt and butter made from organic milk and cream. There are no bookings (except for a few special events) so try your luck at getting a table. It was a great introduction to the festival and has made me pretty excited about the other things on.
I’m looking forward to:
- The Lindenderry Garden Party in Red Hill;
- Food Trucks Unite (all Melbourne’s food trucks in one place); and
- The Sweet Dinner with Guy Grossi dinner at the Immigration Museum.
|Great portrait celebrating the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s 20th year – plus some very Melbourne weather as I headed home for the night|
I wish I had a ticket for the Friday Fire Master Class but it sold out in six minutes. What’s on your wish list for the festival?
I was a guest of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at the launch party.