Country Victoria is dotted with towns that have become gourmet destinations in their own right: Beechworth, Bright, Dunkeld, Healsville all fall into this category.
The greatest connection between food and fine wine, however, is probably in the Daylesford Macedon Region - where the culinary revolution was started 26 years entirely by one woman: Alla Wolf Tasker.
The Lake House in Daylesford has long been one of regional Victoria\'s premier destination restaurants - after a decidedly unpromising start. Owner Alla Wolf Tasker and her husband Allan, purchased a piece of debris-strewn land, \"a paddock filled with wrecked cars,\" overlooking a lake to begin building their dream restaurant.
The inspirational Wolf Tasker, formidably knowledgeable about food, is committed to local produce, and it is almost entirely thanks to her that the town has become a gourmet hotspot with a range of café\'s, wine bars, markets and boutique food farmers. The daylesford Macedon Produce group, she formed, now has more than 100 members.
The Lake House remains a focal point with any visit, the restaurant retaining its two hats in the 2010 Age Good Food Guide. It has a 10,000 bottle cellar full of interesting wines, a wine list comprising 700 different offerings, and 33 rooms and suites set on six acres of lake front gardens.
Wolf Tasker describes the food as ‘fine dining with the top button undone\" - an eloquent description of serious dishes served in an ambience that isn\'t.
Head Chef David Green is in fine form, cooking up dishes like smoked eel, Istra pancetta, beetroot remoulade and mustard oil, or poached veal, sweetbreads, mustardy leeks, artichoke fritters and puree.
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