Eating Out, Eating In: A conversation with Hana Assafiri, Khanh Nguyen and Dani Valent


34 Little Collins Street

Level 7
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)

Wheelchair accessible

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Image by Ben Shewry

It could be argued that good food—and an exceptional dining experience—make Melbourne’s heart beat. So how have pandemic-induced changes to the restaurant industry affected the rhythm of our city’s dining culture?

Join two of Melbourne’s most beloved restaurateurs, Hana Assafiri of Moroccan Soup Bar, Khanh Nguyen of  SUNDA _ and food communicator Dani Valent for a very special panel discussion that will illuminate the trials and triumphs experienced by restaurateurs throughout lockdown. 

While reflecting on the ways that COVID-19 has affected their own iconic businesses—both professionally and personally—Hana, Khanh and Dani will also offer their insights into the pandemic’s effect on the restaurant industry, their thoughts around lockdown approaches taken by other restaurants, their guesses at the impact of COVID-19 on dining in the future, and their feelings about the role that food plays in our lives.

The conversation is followed by a DJ set by DJ Martin Frawley.

*Please note: Attica chef Ben Shewry was originally scheduled to participate in this event. Due to unforeseen circumstances he is no longer able to join us in the conversation.

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