Produce to Platter – Mornington Peninsula by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (2010)

Fall in love with one of Australia's best wine and food regions

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Produce to Platter - food and wine lovers' guide to the Mornington Peninsula

Produce to Platter - food and wine lovers' guide to the Mornington Peninsula


Talented mother and daughter team, Jonette George and Daniele Wilton have created Produce to Platter as a celebration of the Mornington Peninsula region with its big name wine producers, award winning cheese and chocolate makers and more than its fair share of renowned chefs.

Produce to Platter takes lovers of gourmet experiences and fans of the region down its winding backroads, through verdant pastures and along windswept coastlines to meet the food and wine producing locals who make up this very special little region.

Full of rich imagery, inspiring quotes, information and recipes, Produce to Platter offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to discover what gems exist and where. Starting with a helpful map, the book is divided up into subregions with articles, images and recipes from each featured business.

Stories leap from every page, showing the calibre of producers, chefs and restaurateurs this region has attracted including:

  • The Kogut brothers of Blue Bay Cheese, who, before establishing themselves in the industrial backstreets of Mornington, between them studied for 16 years in the Ukraine at their art.
  • Zac and Jacqui Poulier of Stillwater restaurant at Crittendens, who prior to taking over the restaurant and cellar door, were personal chefs for Russell Crowe.
  • Guy Mirabella, a talented graphic designer, chef and passionate foodie who owns and creates at Shop Ate – a hidden gem in the mainly suburban region of Mount Eliza, inspiring locals with his recipes and his stunning cookbooks.

One of the newest arrivals on the regional food scene, Main Ridge Goat Dairy has also been included – a place where each of the girls has a name and roams free across lush pastures in between their twice daily milkings, the result of which being a range of handcrafted farmhouse goats cheeses like no other.

The region's famous and more hidden wineries are splashed throughout and the people behind the bottle are brought to life by Jonette and Daniele including industry stalwarts, Nat and Rosalie White of Main Ridge Estate who established the first vineyards in the region in the mid 1970s and who have since inspired and mentored many others.

This the essence of Produce to Platter – it allows the reader an insight in the people and place behind the produce and gives a glimpse into their lives.

In the hearts of many Victorians (and further afield), the Mornington Peninsula holds a special place in their heart – a reminder of ever lasting summer holidays and of lazy weekends spent exploring and feasting. Produce to Platter captures much the best of the region and what it is that keeps drawing people to it again and again. It is sure to inspire daydreams and weekend adventures. Feast your senses.


Produce to Platter Mornington Peninsula is edited and published by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing), RRP A$35.00 plus postage from  It is also available for sale from all of the included businesses and local bookstores.


  • Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

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