Mother’s Day Guide 2014

Brown Brothers long tablesNo denying, mums have a tendency to do a hell of a lot for us over the years, and it’s nice to give back at least once a year.

While flowers and a card is a solid effort, we’re thinking something a little more involved this year. We’ve rounded up some of our picks in our Mother’s Day Guide for treating mum right – where you can all join in the fun.

Wining and dining

Lunch or dinner is a great way to spoil mum, and get a seriously good meal out of it. A lot of restaurants will be putting on something special. A three-course meal, a glass of bubbles for mum on arrival, you know the drill.

Fatto Bar & Cantina is hosting the Fatto’s Festa Della Mamma, a three-course meal ($60 a head), with views of the river to match. Think seared tuna with beans, tomato, green olive, potato, and anchovy, followed by grilled sirloin, chili, porcini, and aged balsamic, topping lunch off with a chocolate cannoli with hazelnut parfait and candied orange. Five options for all courses are available.

Did you know that haha-no-hi, means Mother’s Day? Well the team at Mr Miyagi in Windsor does, and they are opening at midday especially for lunch just for mum. The Tamagoyaki a rectangular rolled omlette will be appearing, just for Mother’s Day.

If High Tea and feeling down right fancy is more her thing, you can’t go past high tea with The Stables of Como which will be in the ballroom of Como House. For $80 a head, there will be a glass of Mumm on arrival – how fitting – followed by an assortment of treats including happy chicken mini pies, rose frosted vanilla cup cakes, and Aggies Lemonade scones with Chantilly cream and Bonne Maman jam. 

Stables of Como – Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra, (03) 9827 6886

Mr Miyagi – 99 Chapel Street, Windsor, (03) 9529 5999 

Fatto Bar & Cantina – River Terrace, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, (03) 8698 8800

Mainly just wining

Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to escape the city, and head north. Or North East to be exact.

The King Valley is bursting with passion, great wine makers, family history, and of course amazing food and wine. Take the weekend or the day and head to Dal Zotto Wines to try some of the best Prosecco coming out of Australia, then head to Pizzini Wines and taste some of the finest Nebbiolo in the north. Brown Brothers Winery is just a stone’s throw away where you can sample their newest Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine range that is part of the new generation of Browns taking the reigns.

Brown Brothers – 239 Milawa Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, Victoria, 3678

Pizzini Wines – 175 King Valley Road, King Valley

Dal Zotto – 4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road Whitfield Victoria

Get walking

Are you an active type? Does mum prefer getting outdoors? Well, the Mother’s Day Classic is on again, raising money for breast cancer. The day has a special air about it as 50,000 people take to the streets of Melbourne to walk or run for the great cause. You also get a little medal at the end. You feel like you’ve won. Seriously.  

Sunday May 11, from 6am – 12pm Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track, Melbourne

A glass of bubbles

If you’re planning a lunch at home, or won’t be able to take mum out for the day, a gift can go a long way. And the gift of bubbles goes even further. Treat mum to a bottle of something special. The NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve, ($90) is a seriously good drop, while the NV Lenoble Cuvée Intense ($65) is a fruit and well-crafted choice. For more every day drinking go for the Laurent-Perrier champagne, from the oldest Champagne house in the world. The Laurent-Perrier’s Brut ($59.99) is fresh and elegance while the Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose ($116.99) is a little bit special. For something a little more affordable, the Paul Louis made in the Loire Valley in France, found just outside Champagne, is a fruity drop at just $22.99 a bottle. 

Happy Mother’s Day ladies!



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About the author

Yoga teacher, writer, blogger, and marketing whiz – it’s safe to say Amy Collins is a busy little lady. Her idea of a stellar evening is yoga class followed by a glass of wine. Her favourite quote: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”


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