Ding Dong Lounge and New Orleans Chef Chris Weysham Welcome GIRL WITH THE GRIS GRIS Kitchen & First Dinner and Show.
The sounds, smells, and tastes of the swamp have landed at Melbourne's Ding Dong Lounge, with the arrival of Girl with the Gris Gris kitchen serving some of the finest authentic soul food the city has on offer, Tuesday through to Saturday nights from 5pm. Already excited about the prospect of serving some of Melbourne’s culture rich patrons, head chef and inspiration Chris Weysham is ready to convert Melbournians to his culinary ways: “I am truly honored to bring my style and passion for Cajun/Creole cooking to this part of the world. My hope is that the lovely people of Australia will embrace my food the way they have embraced me.” In Late 2012, Ding Dong owner Bill Walsh set out on what has become a yearlong journey to open Melbourne's first authentic Louisiana kitchen. The motivated Walsh believes that in addition to sharing a rich musical heritage, New Orleans and Melbourne culture are also closely linked. Bill had purpose built a kitchen then hatched a plan that involved sourcing a real deal Louisiana chef, "I just thought why would I bother attempting to approximate this cuisine, I'm gonna present an opportunity to somebody from that part of the world, sponsor them out here to cook for us!" Direct from New Orleans, Head Chef Chris Weysham, will introduce Melbourne diners and music lovers to his Cajun heritage of home style, Louisiana cooking.
"The restaurant will be a casual affair," explains Weysham. "We'll be serving lunch and dinner, with a focus on home cooked dishes with a modern twist, including, Gumbo, Blackened Fish, Po Boy sandwiches, muffulettas, Jambalaya, crab cakes, and Oyster Pie, and will be using only the freshest seasonal produce available." “I find that New Orleans and Melbourne are actually very similar to each other as far as culture goes. There are three things we love to do in New Orleans; eat, drink and listen to music. From my experience thus far it appears that those three things are also at the top of the list for Melbournites.” Borrowing from Melbourne's cultural heritage, Bill will bring a bit of the old Continental Café style back to the city, by offering a midweek dinner and show experience.
First up is renowned country singer Wayne “The Train” Hancock all the way from Austin Texas. Patrons will be treated to an uninterrupted show, a three-course menu, exceptional service and a true taste of the American south with his Cajun and Creole infused menu. Wayne Hancock Dinner and show tickets are available from $85+BF.
General admission tickets are also available for $45+BF. Doors open from 7PM. Dining begins at 7:30PM. Girl with the Gris Gris operating hours Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm For Bookings contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9514 4577