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Hospo CheckIn

Hospo CheckIn: Oliver & Lisa Shorthouse

Vegetable farmers, Oliver and Lisa Shorthouse were hospitality professionals for years - Oliver was General Manager of Andrew McConnell's restaurant group (now known as The Trader House Restaurants ) and Lisa was Andrew's PA - before they moved to the Dandenong Ranges to establish Ramarro Farm. They grow a diverse range of fresh

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Hospo CheckIn: Vanessa Briody & Kate Kirkpatrick

  Mass gatherings, events, festivals...what will they look like in a post-COVID-19 world? We chat to Vanessa Briody (pictured left) and Kate Kirkpatrick (R), Directors of award-winning annual Grampians Grape Escape to get a snapshot of what they're managing, at the moment and into the future. 1. Grampians Grape Escape (GGE)

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Hospo CheckIn: Tracey Lister

  Chef Tracey Lister opened Brunswick Kitchen in late 2019 with its core aim to be a cooking school.  All that changed with the pandemic, so we checked in to see what's been happening in her world.   How has Brunswick Kitchen had to change since March this year? When

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Hospo CheckIn: Jodi Clarke

Greg and Jodi Clarke - of Great Ocean Ducks - farm free-range Aylesbury ducks on their 16-hectare property overlooking Port Campbell, near the Twelve Apostles and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. They supplied many leading restaurants pre-COVID-19 and have had to shift their business model (yep, trying to avoid the word

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Hospo CheckIn: Alex Wilcox

Ordering alcohol online has boomed during COVID-19 lockdowns but wine and drinks retailers thrive on tastings and getting people into their shops to talk booze. We checked in with Alex Wilcox (pictured right with business partner Michael McNamara) - one half of Prince Wine Store - to see how they're

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Hospo CheckIn: Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh, publican of Fitzroy's Commercial Club Hotel since 2006, is leading his team and community during the Melbourne lockdown. Like all hospitality businesses, the popular pub has taken a hit but he's got his team helping around the historic building (its original incarnation established in  the 1850's) and is

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Hospo CheckIn: Melissa Bauer

Melissa Brauer - aka The Prosecco Queen - managed to hold her annual Prosecco Festival in February before lockdown happened in March. She  has started online Prosecco classes (I can recommend them) and is launching a new delivery business, Oyster + Wine Co. We checked in to see how she's

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Hospo CheckIn: Russell Shields

The Community Grocer operates 'weekly affordable fresh food markets to support healthy connected communities' across Melbourne. With the Grocer's profile and importance growing - especially during the pandemic - the group's founder, Russell Shields (left), was instrumental in coordinating fresh food deliveries earlier this week to the towers in lockdown

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Hospo CheckIn: Andrew Joy

We checked in with Andrew Joy (right in picture with business partner Travis Howe ), co-owner of Carlton Wine Room. He and his business partners made a swift decision to close their popular Drummond Street venue when lockdown first kicked in and stay on their own path. They've reopened with

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Hospo CheckIn: Anther Gin

As a gin distiller who was - almost - only available through the hospo industry, Anther Gin lost most of their sales overnight when COVID-19 kicked in. They didn't let that stop them. They've opened their 'forever home' in Geelong and have diversified the way they get their gin into

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