I know, I know….how many truffle events can we have? (Answer: as many as possible!)
I’m so excited about this event that I did a “happy dance” when I got off the phone from Mathew Macartney, Executive Chef at Chateau Yering. Oh yeh! You’re gonna love this one (also vegetarian friendly!).
What: Six courses including wine, featuring Australian winter truffles.
When: Sunday 15 July, 6:00pm start
Where: Chateau Yering, Melba Highway Yarra Valley
(There are bus transfers available for extra fee or 40 mins down Eastern Freeway from CBD or stay overnight at Chateau Yering)
How much: $97 a person plus $0.30 booking fee
Bookings: Online ONLY via Trybooking
This year we wanted to spread our truffle wings a bit … to regional Victoria and to one of the best restaurants in the Yarra Valley – Eleonore’s at Chateau Yering. Executive Chef Mathew Macartney has put together a package so tempting, I couldn’t ignore it – and neither should you. Eleonor’s is rated one hat in the Good Food Guide, and having eaten Mat’s food, and salivated over the photos he regularly posts on twitter I can honestly say that I am really looking forward to this dinner.
From what he’s let me know so far….we’ll be treated to Sher Wagyu, Western Plains pork and matching local Punt Road wines… and of course featuring fragrant, alluring Australian winter. TRUFFLES! Being one day after Bastille Day I get the feeling a little bit of a French feeling will be in the room.
And what a room! Eleonore’s Restaurant is partly the original Dining Room from the homestead, and part conservatory style extension. Comfortable seats – space between tables and thick plush carpet create a charming space for a luxurious dinner.
And the cellar pre-dates the house having been constructed in the 1840s and then extended in the 1850s
Before joining Chateau Yering in 2007, Mat spent 9 years at the Lake House in Daylesford, following from working at the Hotel Sofitel in the halcyon days of Raymond Capaldi, Gary Mehigan and Marcus Moore. Before that he was a Caffé e Cucina in South Yarra. Not a bad upbringing.
This historic homestead is part of the original Yering Station, the source of Victoria’s first vintage of wine in 1845. No biggie. The early days at Yering Station also begat St Hubert’s, Yeringberg, and the land that is now Domiane Chandon. It’s hard to get a more significant site in the Yarra Valley. These days the homestead, built in 1854, houses 5 star accommodation, Sweetwater Café and the multi-award winning Eleonor’s Restaurant.
And some photos from a recent meal I enjoyed at Eleonor’s.