If you have been to an urban Melbourne wedding within the beyond five years, probabilities are you have eaten the feasts of Sam and Celeste Gant, the couple at the back of catering and occasion groups Pot & Pan, Gather & Tailor and Pepper Sprout Hire Co.
In mid-July, the duo will open 90-seat Gathered Cafe and Eatery in the former Lonely Planet headquarters in Footscray.
Set at the Maribyrnong River inside the history-listed purple brick warehouse known as the Dream Factory, the cafe will serve up European-influenced, Ottolenghi-fashion dishes – think massive, colourful salads and proteins together with slow-roast lamb shoulder or porchetta – for breakfast and lunch.

British-born chef Olivia Oldfield-Beechey (ex-Transformer), who has laboured at Pot & Pan, is going for walks the kitchen. There may be a broad takeaway providing plus some extra refined alternatives to be had to devour in, such as raclette on steamed potatoes or seasonal vegetables, or a spaetzle pasta dish.
There will also be a sharp breakfast menu featuring dishes such as house-made creamed corn with Kassler (a slice of thick-reduce German bacon), crispy kale and a poached egg.

The layout, a collaborative attempt between the Gants and designers Ewert Leaf (responsible for Asado, Hanoi Hannah and Neptune Food & Wine, among others), functions huge metallic home windows, wooden and touches of leather-based. They’ve also hooked up a boardroom, which may be hired by nearby agencies or utilised by the Gants for smaller occasions.
MATTOON — Ronda’s Catering lately started out serving meals to the public a few days each month on the Mattoon American Legion, wherein the catering service is based.

Owner Ronda Woodrum of Toledo is also continuing to prepare meals for business meetings, reunions, weddings and other unique occasions as part of the brand new catering provider that she started the final 12 months.
Woodrum, who formerly cooked for D & W and Pagliacci’s in Mattoon, stated she has enjoyed working in an eating place placing and serving the public once more at the Mattoon American Legion, 1903 Maple Ave.

The submit’s dining room is open to the public while Woodrum is cooking at eleven a.M. To two p.M. Each Friday, five:30 to 7:15 p.M. Each Tuesday, and 6 to 7:30 p.M. At the fourth and fifth Friday of each month. Woodrum said she serves a selection of sandwiches and entrees, which includes all you can devour fried fish and shrimp at lunch on Fridays.

Woodrum said she had been satisfied to increase her partnership with the Legion after having used the put up’s kitchen for her enterprise and catering special activities on web site there for several months.

“We help each other out, so it works out for each people,” Woodrum stated of the Legion.
Woodrum began Ronda’s Catering after Pagliacci’s eating place closed remaining summer season. Before cooking at Pagliacci’s and staffing its catering carrier, she worked at D & W and its predecessor A & W restaurant. Woodrum said she discovered loads at D & W approximately cooking from the late Dorothy Hurst and from Dave Spain, who nevertheless enables along with her catering service.

The Ronda’s Catering menu gives broasted fowl, hamburgers, steaks, lasagna and other pasta, an expansion of casseroles, and more significant. Some of the aspect dish alternatives encompass inexperienced beans, mashed potatoes, and scalloped potatoes. Woodrum said chocolate, coconut, and lemon pies are among her maximum famous cakes.
“I sincerely have a wide variety of factors on the menu,” Woodrum said, including that she takes requests for preparing off menu catering objects.