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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


An area of knowledge, activity, or experience, defining not just our physical positions but also our historical and cultural influences of past and present: coffee in Melbourne is familiar territory – distinct, local and genuine – inherently ‘Melbournese’


Territory Melbourne Coffee raises the coffee benchmark creating something that is distinctly Melbourne while proudly referencing Italian influence. 


With ‘Melbournese’ as its territorial identity, it sits amongst Melbourne’s coffee elite as an accessible everyday luxury for coffee enthusiasts worldwide who appreciate – and are excited by – Melbourne’s renowned coffee culture.


The name “Territory Melbourne Coffee” acts as a descriptor for the environment, people and the land, and it pays homage to its origins. It encapsulates Italian heritage and how this has shaped Melbourne coffee culture while embracing progressive practises of roasting, sourcing and brewing.


The combination of Guy’s devotion to taste and provenance of product and Small Batch’s celebrated roasting and sourcing expertise has resulted in months of working closely together in coffee selection, blending, roasting and tasting. The collaboration has inspired a unique blend with a distinct flavour profile using quality-focused Colombian producers, Alvero Pedermo (Finca Providencia) from Acevedo, Huila and Jorge Alfonso Chavarro from Timana, Huila.


Territory Melbourne Coffee is a fresh and thoughtful hand crafted product that captures the essence of origin, produce and person. It has consistent quality as its core, driven by fresh, seasonal coffees. The collaborative process of selection, blending and roasting will be repeated at every blend change, promising an unmatched hand crafted product that is uniquely Melbourne artisan. This process clearly reflects on the values and the ethos of how Guy Grossi and Small Batch choose and prepare their product.


Territory Melbourne Coffee will be available within Grossi Restaurants – Grossi Florentino, Merchant Osteria Veneta and Ombra Salumi Bar as part of our ongoing devotion to deliver personal experiences of uniqueness and quality.




A Fair & Regenerative Food System for Australia Workshop with Presentation by Joel Salatin
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Joel Salatin is a full time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley where his farm services more than 5000 families and many retail outlets and restaurants. His models aim to encourage emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises.

Monday, 27th April

Workshop Program:

9:00am History of US Legal Defence Fund

9:30am 3x Victorian Producers present their stories of issues 

with regulations 

10:00am Q and A for producers

10:30am Morning Tea 

11:00am Interactive exercise 

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Joel to discuss how to move forward from here:

• Develop a statement of purpose

• Develop a set of principal services/terms of reference

• Form a working group/call for nominations

• Discuss a name

• Governance

2:30 pm Questions/discussion

3:30pm Closing drinks

4:00 pm Concludes

(Program is subject to change)

$150 per person including lunch and a 1 year membership to the future Australian Farmer to Consumer Legal Defence Fund. 

For bookings: email or call Heidi on 03 9662 2414

If you have questions for Joel, please let us know when you book. We will endeavour to have Joel answer them; however, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered.

The food system in Australia is not solely focused on servicing global commodity markets or corporate-scale value chains. A growing number of family-scale producers and food industry enterprises are opting to support the escalating demand of consumers for directly-sourced local produce. Regulatory frameworks unfortunately have not kept in step with the changes in the profile of the food system and serve to favour industrial scale operations. These market conditions are increasingly restrictive and a more balanced set of frameworks and approaches are required. 

Regrarians, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and the Grossi family are hosting this workshop to initiate the establishment of a Membership for the Australian-based producer, food industry and consumer-supported 'Legal Defence Fund'.  This Fund would seek to support and defend the interest of its members towards a fair and regenerative food system for Australia. 


Melbourne Farmers Markets
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Your new, weekly farmers’ market is right in the heart of The University of Melbourne Parkville campus, positioned on Union Lawn and South Court. It's central, shady and a wonderful space for the many students, staff & the general public to meet regional Victorian producers and shop direct. Each Wednesday 11am – 3pm. Launching Wed 4th March and through to the end of May

Click here for more info about the upcoming farmers markets 


Melbourne Tomato Festival
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne Tomato Festival 2015

The Melbourne Tomato Festival brought together agriculturalists, cooks, producers, growers, families and the community.

The day began with a welcome to land by Wurundjeri elder Ian Hunter followed by an official opening from the Honourable Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Industry, Energy & Resources and Guy Grossi, of Grossi Restaurants. 

Well over 2000 people gathered as soon as the gates opened to enjoy food from some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and traditional food makers with offerings from cannoli to mozzarella and lamb skewers.

Gelato Tino made its debut amongst the orchids serving a variety of ice-cream flavours to suit every age.

Festival shopping bags filled all day with produce from farmers including strawberries, passata and tomatoes.

There was plenty to do all day with cooking demonstrations, gardening, and learning.  Gathering produce from the farmers, eating and drinking and lying around in the orchids under a perfect blue sky, all seemed to be popular while traditional Italian folk music played. There seemed to be quite a bit of singing and cheering to be heard across the lawns from the passata making but I guess that’s what it’s all about.

This was a true celebration of the harvest bringing people together to preserve culture, traditions, community and the future of food.

A special thank you to all who contributed in the making of this event. Without the time, energy, expertise, hard work and encouragement of these people, the national Italian day – passata-making day would never have come out of the garage and become The Melbourne Tomato Festival.


Recipe: Carciofi alla Romana
Monday, September 29, 2014


12 Globe Artichokes 
1 Lemon 
½ cup flat leaf parsley chopped
2 tbsp Sage chopped
2 tbsp Mint chopped
1Clv Garlic chopped
125g Grated Parmesan 
375g Bread Crumbs
5gm Chilli chopped 
800ml Olive Oil 
Pinch of Salt and Pepper 
250ml White Wine 


1 Preheat over 180degrees. To prepare the artichokes, cut approximately 1cm off the top of the artichoke. Peel the outside layers of the artichokes away until reaching the light greener inner part of the artichoke. Cut the stalk of the artichoke leaving 2-3cm of stalk attached. Peel base of artichoke and stalk using peeler.

2 Place the trimmed artichoke in the bowl with the water and lemon to prevent discoloration. Repeat with the remaining artichokes.
3 Combine the chopped herbs, Parmesan, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, chilli and 300ml of olive oil in a bowl season with salt and pepper and mix in well.

4 Drain the artichokes and stuff each one generously with the breadcrumb mixture by separating the leaves and pushing in the stuffing. Arrange the stuffed artichokes in a baking tray so that they are tightly packed in. Drizzle with the rest of the olive oil, pour in the white wine and enough water to just cover the artichokes. 

5 Cover with foil and bake for about 40 minutes or until the artichoke centre’s are tender when pierced with a skewer.



Monday, September 08, 2014

MELBOURNESE defines our place, where Italian and Australian heritage come together

and where food culture and traditions are ingrained as part of our identity. 

Rooted from generations before us, Italian culture is one that reflects its regions, produce and its

people and their lifestyle. Melbournese is a movement, which preserves the strength, and

pride of our Italian culture while evolving to create new traditions that respect our

current home.

And this is who we are – Melbournese. An expression of our heritage, a preservation of

our traditions, influenced by our environment and produce and the people who which we

share these experiences with.

Keep up on information regarding special “Melbournese” events, classes and community

based food experiences by visiting our social media pages.

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They call it Salami Day_We like to call it Melbourne Italian Day
Thursday, June 13, 2013


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Team winner of the 2012 Best Salumi at the Melbourne Salami Festa

Hard at it making their prized Salumi last year



Friday, March 08, 2013


The "Home Make It" team have an all-hands-on-deck approach to their family's "Passata Day" .

 Passing this tradition on to the younger generations is what it's all about, as is sharing quality time with family and friends!


Dom Marzano - Head chef at Grossi Florentino Cellar Bar
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This is Dom Marzano with his prosciutto.