Summer Camp Cookouts

Posted On:20th November, 2017



Dinners Tuesday to Friday from 6pm
~ Tuesday 5 December – Friday 22 December ~

Since last year’s Summer Camp Cookouts ended, you’ve been emailing, ringing and holding us up by the proverbial collar, screaming, “When you going to do this again?!” Well, we’ve listened (and been a bit scared not too) and the wait is over.

That’s right, Matt and the team are bringing back the BBQ and stoking the firepit, ready to serve up more seasonal dishes than you can poke a firestick at. Naturally, there will be awesome booze-y bits and bobs too.

Dine under the stars in our back garden (or inside if the weather’s gnarly) on the tippy top produce of the season. Think chicken parfait, local mussels with smoked tomato Romesco saucecalamari, lamb, smoked local seasonal veggies, and peach, lemon verbena and raspberry pie. You know the deal, though – if it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu.

Pope Joan’s Summer Camp Cookouts

Dinner from 6pm, Tuesday to Friday
Tuesday 5 December to Friday 22 December
In the garden at Pope Joan
77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Bookings recommended ~ Walk-ins accepted
To nab your spot, give Morgan a hoo-roo: or 03 9388 8858.

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A dinner with Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Posted On:13th November, 2017


November last year, Matt was in Japan eating soybean ice cream and miso doughnuts for breakfast with Nancy Singleton Hachisu, one of the country’s most beloved chefs. They’d been introduced before in Oz by Michael at Fino Foods, and now Nancy was showing Matt the organic Yamaki Jozo’s farm outside of Tokyo — where soybeans become soy sauce and tofu, and rice turns miso. He’s never been quite the same since.

This month, Nancy and Matt are teaming up to cook a one-off sharing feast of epic Japanese proportions over an open flame in Pope Joan’s back garden. Think sake martini on arrival, moromi of Shoya on toast with carrot leaf cheese junket, sea urchin glazed flounderflowering greens in sake-soyschichimi chicken, and heaps more.

Plus, Matt’s called on of some of his favourite producers and chefs to help make this a truly exceptional evening: custom pickles from Sharon at The Fermentary; soybean ice cream from award-winning chef Jo Barrett of Oakridge; tofu from The Tofu Shop in Richmond; and, Biodynamic rice from Slater Farms.

Thursday 23 November 2017
6:30pm | $120 per person
Dinner with Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Four-course feast of epic dishes

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Nancy’s game-changing books, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food on the evening and Nancy will be signing them.


Wilko says, “any crazy cook, stalker-person has to have Nancy’s Preserving the Japanese Way“. Right’o then…


Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s

Posted On:13th September, 2017

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Matt and his better half, Sharlee, have teamed up for Mr and Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home (Hardie Grant), a behind-the-scenes-cookbook, showing us what really goes on their dinner table.

It turns out to be over 100  seasonal, fuss-free, nutritious and creative recipes for when their two hooligans – Finn and Jay – are running a-muck, work’s crazy or friends are coming over for a last minute shindig. Ya know, just a normal day.

PRE-ORDER your signed copy of Mr and Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home ($49.95)
~ Collect at Pope Joan from 27 September or shipped within Victoria for $10 ~
~ Before it hits bookshops on 1 October ~

Mr and Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home has everything from one-pot wonders to weeknight staples, picnic food to lunchbox treats and weekend feasts for every occasion.

Here is a little sneak peek of what we’re tipping to be the prettiest book of the year!

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A Dinner with Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Posted On:1st August, 2017

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We’re so thrilled to announce the next of our special book dinners is with Julia Busuttil Nishimura, founder of brilliant blog Ostro and author of the soon-to-be-released book of the same name.

Join us on Tuesday 5 September as we celebrate the release of Ostro, together with our friends at Plum BooksBooks for Cooks and Fowles Wine. We’ll enjoy a shared three-course feast of some of Julia’s favourite recipes from her book, prepared by our legendary kitchen team.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura has gained a strong and loyal following for her generous, uncomplicated, seasonal food. Her interpretations of dishes from Italy and the Mediterranean feel both timelessly familiar and altogether fresh and new. This is modern Australian eating with respect for the past – simple food that is comforting and generous in spirit.

Julia is a Melbourne-based Italian teacher and food writer, and create of Ostro – an online space where she shares her recipes, images and stories. Julia is a regular contributor to The Design FilesDesign Sponge (USA) and Assemble Papers, teaches sell-out cake workshops and is regularly commissioned to create spectacular cakes.

Tuesday 5 September 2017
6:30pm | $95 per person
Dinner with Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Three-course feast of delicious dishes from Ostro
Tickets include matched wines from Fowles Wine

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Ostro on the evening and Julia will be doing a book signing.



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A Dinner with Mike McEnearney

Posted On:6th July, 2017

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Get your diaries and pens ready folks! On Thursday 27 July we’re welcoming chef Mike McEnearney into the fold for a special dinner to celebrate the release of his new book: Real Food by Mike.

Together with our friends at Books for Cooks and Hardie Grant, we’ll enjoy a shared three-course feast — with matching wines — of recipes from the book. 

Real Food by Mike reminds us of the age-old truth that we are what we eat. Everything we put in our bodies has a profound effect on our wellbeing and long-term health. But this doesn’t mean it can’t also be extraordinarily delicious, diverse and indulgent. Over four chapters spanning the seasons, Mike harnesses the best produce available to bring you fresh, wholesome recipes you will want to cook and eat over and over.

Mike McEnearney is executive chef and owner of No. 1 Bent Street by Mike and Kitchen by Mike, both in Sydney. Mike began his career in 1990 at Sydney’s internationally-renowned Rockpool, before moving to London, where he worked at the Michelin-starred Pied á Terre among others. After returning to Australia, he opened Kitchen by Mike in 2012 and was swiftly awarded Best Cafe in the Time Out Sydney Food Awards. 

A strong belief and trust in simplicity, generosity and sustainable wholefoods form the foundation of everything Mike does. The joy of eating real food, in its purest form, is at the helm of all of his endeavours. His first book, Kitchen by Mike, was named ‘Best Cookbook written by a chef’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Thursday 27 July 2017
6:30pm | $95 per person
Dinner with Mike McEnearney
Three-course feast of delicious dishes from Real Food by Mike 
Tickets include matched wines

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Real Food by Mike on the evening and Mike will be available to sign your copy.



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