Gelato Messina’s Dessert Degustation Sold Out in About 45 Minutes

Quicker than a festival ticketing morning.

Shannon Connellan
Published on August 11, 2014
Updated on December 08, 2014

A whole meal, made up of desserts. Best Monday news ever. A whole meal, made up of desserts, absolutely sold out. Worst. Monday. News. Ever.

The purveyors of iced confection artistry, Gelato Messina, are running a degustation of just desserts, an entire menu with 20% savoury, 80% sugary goodness (with matching cocktails). Scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at The Stables Sydney, Royal Randwick, the whole 'Mega Dega' ticket thing was over in about 45 minutes after Messina posted their long-teased link this afternoon around 4pm. Entirely sold out by 5pm, many sweet tooths will now have to make their own Messina degustation imitations at home.

Perfecting the balance of savoury to sweet with a 20:80 split, Messina have quite the feast in store for lucky ticket buyers. Messina's ratio will be "just enough 'sensible' to clear your conscience and enough dessert to sufficiently whet the palate," according to the team. With two savoury dishes balancing out the stream of Donato Toce's sweet, gastronomic feats, each dish will be paired with a cocktail by Jason Williams and non-alcoholic palette cleansers. While the actual menu is still clouded in mystery, the night is scheduled to run for two and a half hours of sweet feasting (for a cheeky $199 per person).

Messina have run a degustation like this before, teaming up with the Shangri-La in June for an eight-course evening run by ex-Bathers Pavilion pastry mastermind Anna Polyviou (who helped Serge Dansereau with those super popular cookbooks The French Kitchen, Summer Cooking and Seasons cookbooks). Adriano Zumbo 'grammed the whole thing, a DJ played tunes paired to each course, while Messina owner and chef Donato Toce teamed up with Polyviou and their combined nine chefs to create eight killer courses. This was the menu last time 'round:

Now you're adequately and irreversibly saddened, there's never been a better excuse to drown your missed-out sorrows in Messina scoops. DIY degustation y'all.

Image credit: Not Quite Nigella.

Published on August 11, 2014 by Shannon Connellan
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