Some of Melbourne’s best chefs will serve meals for $1 in one crazy hour on Saturday, March 5 – all to reduce food waste.
The list of big name chefs includes Bomba‘s Jesse Gerner (right), who’ll be using up offcuts to make his famous Jamon Croquettes (below right) and selling those tasty little morsels for a buck during Yume Hour.
So what is Yume Hour? It’s your chance to snaffle a bargain during a one-hour fundraising campaign at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It’s run by Yume – a revolutionary app giving restaurants the chance to sell surplus food direct to the public at a discount, or donate it. All dishes will be cooked using surplus ingredients that would otherwise be chucked away, and all proceeds go to Melbourne’s food rescue organisations (such as Five of the Best’s official charity FareShare). With dozens of chefs participating and only an hour to eat, where do you start? Five of the Best asked Jesse Gerner for some hot tips (and of course he recommended his own croquettes, but we want to know his other favourites). Here are Jesse’s top five Yume Hour meals…
19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne, 9662 4556
I’m a massive fan of South American fare and Alejandro Saravia at Pastuso never disappoints! I love that Alejandro has chosen to use offal in his Yume Hour dish – Pastel Choclo (a hearty Peruvian Shepherd’s Pie filled with slow cooked, smoked pork neck and alpaca heart topped with sweet corn and potato off-cut purée). Offal is something we as a society should be eating more off. It’s nutrient dense, affordable and delicious – it just makes sense.
2. Pope Joan
77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, 9388 8858
Let’s face it. Anything that Matt Wilkinson touches seems to turn to gold and I’m sure his smoky soft serve ice cream with freeze-dried raspberries won’t be any different. I love stopping by Pope Joan on the weekend to grab a coffee and a bite with mates. It’s meant to be a warm day this Saturday so I reckon this icy treat will be a winner.
3. San Telmo
14 Meyers Place, Melbourne, 9650 5525
Who doesn’t love meatballs? Paired with polenta and pecorino fries, I can’t wait to get my hands on this dish (pictured top). I seriously doubt I’ll be able to stop at just one. San Telmo also has a fantastic vibe – a great place to grab a beer and some tapas.
4. 400 Gradi
99 Lygon St, East Brunswick, 9380 2320
Johnny Di Francesco and his team at 400 Gradi are best known for their pizzas, but they also happen to make a mean gelato. You’d be crazy not to head down to their Brunswick store for a late lunch of pizza this Saturday and top it off with a one dollar scoop of fig and mascarpone goodness.
80 Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 1811
Guy Grossi’s Cassata Gelato made with surplus candied orange peel will be delicious. Guaranteed.
Yume Hour runs from 3pm-4pm on Saturday, March 5 as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. If you want to get the $1 deal, download the YUME app through Apple or Google Play, order your food online and collect it from a participating restaurant during the hour. All funds raised during Yume Hour will be donated to Melbourne’s four main food-rescue initiatives: FareShare, Foodbank, OzHarvest and SecondBite.