Experience Locavore Studio’s Homely Charm and Delicious Local Flavours

Drink, Eat, Melbourne, Play, Restaurants / 18 May 2024
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Experience Locavore Studio’s Homely Charm and Delicious Local Flavours

Drink, Eat, Melbourne, Play, Restaurants / 18 May 2024

Tucked away in Lilydale, Locavore Studio is more than a dining destination—it’s a cosy, family-run sanctuary brimming with love and local pride.

Locavore Studio, a multifaceted gem, founded by Jessie Rae Crossley in 2017, embodies the Yarra Valley’s essence with its day-to-night restaurant, providore, and coffee roastery. At Locavore Studio, every detail, from the warm, inviting decor to the heartfelt service, reflects a commitment to community and provenance, making it a cherished spot for locals and visitors alike.

EAT: Heartfelt Dinners and Unmatched Service

Locavore Studio’s dining experience is a celebration of seasonal, local produce. Recently, they’ve extended their service to include dinners, and the response has been overwhelming. The evening menu, crafted by Head Chef Ryan Lynch, is a testament to his culinary creativity and dedication to sustainability. Dishes like Honey & Spelt Cob Loaf with smoked butter and Corner Inlet Rock Flathead with Yarra Valley caviar showcase the best of the region.

The service at Locavore is as warm as the food is delicious. Lynch’s team delivers a humble, heartfelt vibe, ensuring every guest feels at home. Standout dishes include Rocky Point Cobia with kohlrabi and native lime, and Smoked Margra Lamb Rump with burnt carrot and black garlic. Each meal is an experience, enhanced by thoughtful drink pairings like the Ugly Vodka Strawberry Gum Caprioska and Mac Forbes Strathbogie Riesling.

DRINK: Coffee Craft and Perfect Pairings

Proximal, Locavore Studio’s in-house coffee roastery, is where expert roaster Evan Thompson works his magic. Known for the ‘Best Friends’ blend, Thompson sources sustainable beans from Colombia and Burundi, roasting them to perfection. Proximal’s offerings are a highlight for coffee lovers. With bespoke tastings that deepen guests’ appreciation for the intricate world of coffee.

The providore’s bottle shop also deserves a mention. It features some of the Yarra Valley’s finest wines, making it easy to find the perfect pairing for any meal. From a Rare Hare LL Vineyard Chardonnay to a Payten & Jones VV Sangiovese, each selection complements the menu beautifully.

PLAY: Locavore Studio Providore

The Providore at Locavore Studio is a charming farm-style shop offering a bounty of local produce. Fresh fruits, vegetables, deli meats, cheeses, and homemade take-home meals fill the shelves. Daily baked pastries, bread, and cakes add a delightful touch. The providore also features artisanal homewares, artworks, and ceramics from local artists, making it a perfect stop for thoughtful gifts or a weekly shop.

Visitors can enjoy a relaxed, homely shopping experience, with friendly staff always ready to help. Whether stocking up on local delights or finding the perfect homeware piece, the Providore ensures every visit is special.

A Community Cornerstone

Locavore Studio has quickly become a cornerstone of the Lilydale community. Jessie Rae Crossley’s vision of a warm, welcoming space is evident in every aspect of the business. The heartfelt service, the cosy atmosphere, and the commitment to local produce make Locavore Studio a beloved destination.

Locavore Studio makes you feel right at home, celebrating local talent, and enjoying the best the Yarra Valley has to offer. Stopping by for a quick coffee, a leisurely dinner, or a shop at the Providore? Locavore Studio invites you to experience the true heart of Lilydale.