A Trilogy of Takeovers at Lumen People

Think of this series like a back-to-back DJ set, where a chef and wine pro team up to create one-off food and vino pairings.
Andrew Zuccala
Published on June 14, 2024


Lumen People recently joined a growing trend in the Melbourne cafe scene, deciding to transform into a wine bar a few nights a week. This is a big win for North Melbourne locals who have plenty of neighbourhood pubs to choose from, but a much smaller number of wine bars.

And even though it already has a banging evening menu, Lumen People's decided to switch things up a little this June by inviting some of the city's most creative food and wine talents to take over the menu for a three-night event series.

The first, running on Friday, June 14, sees Love Shack Brewery's Joe Baylon (ex-Aru and The Moon) running the pass from 6pm. Baylon will be serving up French-inspired eats that Foreign Fruits' Ibrahim Khudeira will pair with a specially-curated list of wines.

Lumen People food and wine takeovers

Then, on the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, Capitano Head Chef Ryan Hodgson (ex-Bar Liberty) will be cooking up some southern soul food. Expect a heap of reimagined Sunday lunch classics that are "vaguely inspired by the Atlantic coast". Matt Kingsley Shaw (ex-MoVida and Ombra) from Portuguese wine importer Tasty Things will be providing the matched drops for this takeover.

Rounding out the docket is Dora Mazzeo (ex-Bar Liberty and Hope St Radio), who has most recently been overseeing kitchen takeovers at Rathdowne Street fave Florian. She'll be slinging creative eats on Friday, June 28, alongside a curated wine list by Max Helsing from wine importer and distributor Halle aux Vins.

These three food and wine takeovers are a great excuse to check out Lumen People's transformation into a wine bar, and to treat yourself to a little winter warmer.

Images: Hugh McDonnell.


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