Wednesday, Feb 06 2019



Heart of Hall is a cooking school, cafe and retail space in the heart of Melbourne’s west. Located within 10km of Melbourne’s CBD, Heart of Hall’s aim is to bring the best food straight to Newport’s doorstep. Local suppliers, food heroes and cooking experts are all showcased in Heart of Hall’s classes, where people can connect in an entertaining atmosphere while learning and engaging with good, gourmet food.

Heart of Hall Cooking School

More than 800 students have attended Heart of Hall’s classes since it opened one year ago. With chef Kate McKay at the helm of the cooking school, classes vary from Spanish paella to Vietnamese pancakes, French banquets and Italian pasta making. There are also many technical classes on offer such as cheese making, knife skills, fermentation and creative kombucha home brewing.

Heart of Hall Cooking School Communal Dinner


This year will be the first time the team at Heart of Hall get to participate in the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, with owners Stacey Krbaleski and Nicole Walker eagerly looking forward to being part of 2019 lineup: “We just missed out on applying for last year’s festival with our doors opening late January; there just wasn’t time to submit a concept. But now with a year of classes under our belt and a strong community following, we are so excited to contribute to this year’s program.”

Working with local businesses who are equally community-minded is a high priority for the Hall Street traders. “We are particularly proud to be partnering with Gem Pier Seafoods who are a Williamstown family owned and run business. What better way to showcase our amazing corner of Melbourne.”


Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March 2019 6.30PM

17 Hall Street, Newport Vic 3015

Ticket portal: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/program/the-drunken-sailor-7261

Tickets: $153 includes a three hour cooking class, communal dinner and three cocktails

Smooth Seas Never Made a Skilled Sailor.

Newport has a long-standing reputation as being one of Melbourne’s most beautiful, integral bayside towns, and as a community, we are proud of the love and connection we have to the sea.

Keeping with this year’s theme of Community, Heart of Hall Cooking School will be teaming up with Williamstown's Gem Pier Seafoods to execute a Drunken Sailor Cooking Class! A class filled with impressive, delicious tapas and delightful cocktails with a rich nautical history, to celebrate the seafaring soul of this gorgeous part of town.

During this hands-on cooking class, guest will learn how to clean, prepare and cook seafood for tapas and to make nautical-inspired cocktails that speak to Newport’s seafaring soul.

Eating and drinking what you’ve just made is heartily encouraged and may even answer the perennial question: what will we do with a Drunken Sailor?


Spicy IPA fish taco bites with rum soaked pineapple
Smokey bloody mary prawn cocktail
Gin cured ocean trout on blinis with watercress and dill sauce
Latkes with caviar and champagne crème fraîche
Coconut and rum ceviche shooters
Boozy buttered seared scallops
Fried calamari with smokey bourbon aioli
Gin and tonic granita oysters with cucumber and dill

Gem Pier Seafoods




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