Middle Park shop proprietor and ceramicist Shelley Panton combines great design with great food at her ‘Dinner in the Studio’ series, which kicked off in Melbourne last week. Photos – Laura Manariti.

Beautiful table settings from a bunch of artisan designers and suppliers – ceramics by Shelley Panton, timber serving platters by Arteveneta and custom serviettes by Dawn Tan, printed by Frankie and Swiss.

As we’ve seen all this week, great design + great food really seem to make the perfect combo. Middle Park shop proprietor and ceramicist Shelley Panton combines these two great creative passions in her inspired ‘Dinner in the Studio’ series, which kicked off last week as part of the 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival!

Over four dates Shelley has devised a a series of dinner events, collaborating with a bunch of super talented local chefs, winemakers, artisan suppliers and our fave food illustrator Dawn Tan (!!), to showcase and celebrate all things artisan for the table. Each of the four courses is served on Shelley’s own handcrafted stoneware plates, created especially for these dinners.

The delicious pics you see here document one of these intimate dinners, held just last week, in which Astrid Turner of Loam Restaurant and winemaker Ben Haines joined forces with Shelley to host a fabulous evening in her beautiful little store!

Next Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th Shelley will once again be throwing open the doors for more gourmet gatherings – collaborating this time with Bottega Restaurant’s head chef, Gabriele Olivieri, and winemaker Nick Brown, of All Saints and St Leonard’s wineries in Rutherglen.

There are still a few seats available for both dates next week, and EXCITINGLY, Shelley would love to offer a very special giveaway – dinner for two to one lucky TDF reader next Tuesday March 13th – total value $290. Of course the lucky winner must be available for dinner with a guest next Tuesday 13th March 7.00pm – 11.00pm in Melbourne.  (Note the menu isn’t vegetarian for this one I’m afraid.)

* UPDATE – Congratulations to Jay (comment #109)- we hope you have a fantastic time at ‘Dinner in the Studio’! A big thank you again to Shelley for offering this fantastic giveaway!

TO ENTER simply leave your comment on this post before 10.00pm tonight.  A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow. Massive thanks to Shelley for this super generous giveaway!

Full details about these inspired events are on Shelley’s website and the Melb Food and Wine Festival website!  There is also a beautiful wrap-up of last week’s dinner with lots of ace pics on Dawn Tan’s blog (food looks AMAZING!).

Delicious food by Loan Restaurant at last week’s Dinner in the Studio