The Ideas Feast 2018

An innovative dining experience

Destination Melbourne presents: 

The Ideas Feast

Date: Friday 14 September 2018

Venue: Encore, St Kilda

Individual cost: $165 including GST - online booking fee additional

Book a table of 10 and save 10%: $1485 including GST - online booking fee additional

Held during Melbourne Tourism Week, The Ideas Feast invites tourism industry professionals to come together for a special meal and some valuable networking time with key tourism and hospitality guest speakers.

Hear how local epicurean culture is intrinsically linked with the visitor economy. The local narrative around eating and drinking is what draws visitors to seek out more than just what is on their plate. Our speakers will lead a lively discussion that will motivate you to consider the possibilities for your business or destination. Celebrate the close of Melbourne Tourism week over lunch with us.

In 2017, in front of a sold-out audience, our panel comprised a key chef, restaurant owner and food blogger who discussed how we in the visitor industry can capitalise on our reputation for food excellence. 

This year, we will look further into the importance of epicurean experiences to the  identity of a destination and attracting visitors. Come to the Ideas Feast to listen, learn, eat and collaborate to maximise every opportunity that our reputable food reputation brings.


Guest Speakers

Meet our MC, Wendy Hargreaves 


Wendy is a journalist and presenter who eats for a living, telling food stories in print, on air and on screen. After more than two decades chasing stories for Australia’s biggest media companies (Herald Sun, Gourmet Traveller, The Age, 3AW). You might’ve also seen her opinionated mug talking about the hospitality industry on The Project, A Current Affair or Today Tonight. 

Wendy launched her own online food/travel magazine She’s also a budding filmmaker, and her first short film earned several international film festival nominations. 

In another arm to her business, Wendy runs bespoke dining adventures, opening doors to Victoria’s best restaurants and the chefs who make it all happen. 

In her spare time, Wendy is a proud ambassador for FareShare, Australia’s biggest charity kitchen. 

Alla Wolf-Tasker, Culinary Director & Co-proprietor, The Lakehouse, Daylesford


Alla Wolf-Tasker AM is the Culinary Director and Co-proprietor, of Australia’s much loved and iconic Lake House in Daylesford. Now in its fourth decade, Lake House continues to collect accolades and awards and remains on the significant national “Best Of” listings.

Alla is herself the recipient of a myriad of ‘Contributions to Industry’ awards, has several ‘Living Legend’ awards under her belt and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in the hospitality and tourism areas. 

Stuart Gregor, Co-founder and Trade Director, Four Pillars Gin


Stuart Gregor is co-founder of Four Pillars Gin, Australia’s No.1 craft spirits business, whose gins are now available in more than 20 markets around the world. 

Before creating Four Pillars in 2013, Stu was a drinks industry veteran having run leading marketing firm Liquid Ideas for almost 20 years. 

He has written several wine guides, judged wine shows, made wines alongside Cameron Mackenzie (his chief collaborator in Four Pillars) and advised many of the best known drink, food and travel brands in the world. 

He has been President of the Australian Distillers Association since 2014 and sits on the board of food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Alejandro Saravia, Chef and Owner, Pastuso


Alejandro Saravia is a leading Melbourne chef widely credited with introducing Peruvian cuisine to Australia’s food culture. His restaurant, the popular Pastuso, a cevicheria, pisco bar and Peruvian grill nestled in the heart of the CBD immerses its guests in Peruvian food and culture from the moment they walk through the doors with a creative menu that celebrates the diversity of this fresh and vibrant cuisine. 

In 2017 Alejandro became the official food and beverage ambassador for Gippsland, Victoria. Saravia’s love for the region and support from its producers has driven him to create the new Farmer’s Daughters concept, which will showcase fresh produce, local farmers and how they work with seasons and the land. Dishes will be cooked in the most rustic way to let the ingredients shine, in an elegant, stripped back and delicious dining experience, set to launch in 2018. 

Alejandro’s wealth of experience was gained through cooking in world-class kitchens across continents. From culinary school in Peru at the age of 16 followed by a traineeship in New York to stints in Barcelona, Paris, London and Sydney – including at the esteemed Sails on Lavender Bay – the coveted chef has worked with some of the best, including under Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck (London).

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