Gourmet Traveller pop-up restaurant 2015

Photography: John Laurie

Join team GT for lunch on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula as we join forces with Gertrude Street Enoteca and Avani Winery.

Last January we got together with chef Brigitte Hafner and our friends from Melbourne's Gertrude Street Enoteca to present a pop-up eatery at Avani Winery at Red Hill in Victoria, and we had such a good time that we thought we'd better do it all over again, bigger and better, this year.

"It's all about long lunches and awesome wines," says Gertrude Street's James Broadway. "Brigitte just cooks with whatever great produce she finds. It's very simple - you just come, we feed you and it's fun."

Expect genuinely produce-driven dishes in the style of spaghetti with mussels, chilli, zucchini and pangrattato, roast suckling Berkshire pork with apple, mint and wild fennel salad, peach and amaretto trifle and other favourites from last season, but with a more pronounced Italian flavour this year courtesy of guest chef Francesco Rota, a native of Modena and a veteran of Da Noi and Tea Rooms of Yarck.

"It's very much a collaboration of creative people," says Hafner. Her friend Lisa Gorman and her husband, Dean Angelucci, are helping dress the site. "Dean's bringing stylish furniture from his shop, Angelucci 20th Century in Smith Street, and Lisa will be bringing her gorgeous prints and colour."

Gertrude Street Enoteca at Avani Winery presented by Gourmet Traveller, lunch prix fixe $65, Wed-Sun from 4-31 January. For further details and bookings, visit gertrudeenoteca.com.

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