Shelley Panton – Dinner in the Studio + Giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 8th March 2012

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

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 8th March 2012


  • Sophie 5 years ago

    Oh wow, it all looks so beautiful. What a treat!

  • katelyn 5 years ago

    great to see the MFWF doing some innovative & creative programming to spread the festival love.

  • renee 5 years ago

    saw some pics on dawn’s blog last night. the table looks absolutely beautiful and the food look totally yum!!

  • Sue 5 years ago

    This looks divine! My husband and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary yesterday but not wiht a dinner like this…what a lovely treat it would be!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    Looks lovely. What a special venue for a dinner – I’m free!

  • Jodi 5 years ago

    Wow, looks like the dinner of a lifetime. What a treat to be able to experience!

  • Janet 5 years ago

    That looks and sounds amazing!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    What a great idea

  • Nina 5 years ago

    An offer too good to miss out on!

  • Christine 5 years ago

    Wow! My sister and husband arrive from UK tomorrow. What a lovely experience to give to them.

  • Bella 5 years ago

    How lovely! I would take my best friend Zoe who is great dinner party fun!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Looks devine. What a great experience.

  • Brooke 5 years ago

    How amazing!! Its our “wedding week” next week!! Married next Saturday! I am doing my own styling at the wedding so would love to go and get some last minute inspiration…..with my man! xx

  • Jo 5 years ago

    Honestly I adore everything Shelley makes and this would be a total blast! My idea of a *great* night out!

  • Carolyn Edwards 5 years ago

    Oh how magnificent….what a treat it would be

  • Eirian 5 years ago

    Too good. Love dawn’s napkin <3

  • Tanya 5 years ago

    Yumbo! Get in my belly!

  • Karen Dean 5 years ago

    all so natural and honest…yum

  • Anthea 5 years ago

    I’m free and will bring a very entertaining friend !

  • Ana 5 years ago

    im already salivating at the thought of this fab dinner!

  • Donina 5 years ago

    Random selection thingy! Please pick me for this lovely dinner :-)

  • ami 5 years ago

    oh my gosh! how fantastic! I have been trying to think of ideas for my anniversary, This would take the cake! fingers crossed xx

  • Kitty 5 years ago

    What a fantastic combination of all things beautiful and good food too. Yum!

  • suzie 5 years ago

    wow what a special treat this would be for my partner and I…mmm…yummy

  • Gemma 5 years ago

    What a fabulous prize! So fantastic.

  • Felice 5 years ago

    I don’t know why, but it make such a difference to me what sort of plate I eat from and what shaped cup I drink from. Even the shape of the fork and spoon change the experience. I love the look of the ceramics in these shots – just the right balance of elegance and weight. Beautiful!

  • Liz 5 years ago

    looks delicious!

  • Michael 5 years ago

    Would love to take my partner along to this – pick me!

  • shka 5 years ago

    this looks AMAZING!

  • lesley 5 years ago

    awesome venue, great foodies on board. well done shelley, love to join you!!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    Oh my!
    This is the best giveaway yet! This looks absolutely stunning!

  • Kristy 5 years ago

    The food sounds amazing and Shelley’s studio looks incredible. Would love to come along to this great event :)

  • Lou 5 years ago

    My husband and I would be overjoyed with this gorgeous treat. What a night out x

  • Jackie 5 years ago

    Looks divine!

  • Joan 5 years ago

    Ooooh, what fun. Yes please :)

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    What a great idea! I would love to be a part of it.

  • JAN 5 years ago

    Inspirational – who says there is nothing to do in this wonderful city!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    beautiful. a potter, shop keeper AND food and wine afficionado? stunning trifecta

  • Micha 5 years ago

    This looks so lovely, a beautiful, local community spirited idea…good on you Shelley!

  • Emily 5 years ago

    Would love to share this with a my mum. We have both just moved house over the weekend (separately) and neither of us have had a real meal all week :(

  • Jes 5 years ago

    This looks like a fantastic event – its would be amazing to be able to be a part of it and experience all it has to offer.

  • James 5 years ago

    I would love the chance to take my amazing very hardworking girlfriend on this dinner, to show her how much she means to me.

  • Marcello Ricciuti 5 years ago

    Wow what a great space! So
    Much color as a total package
    Would be Amazing!

  • theresa 5 years ago

    Yum! book me in!

  • Bec 5 years ago

    What a fantastic idea! yet another reason to love melbourne and the food and wine festival

  • Jess 5 years ago

    Love those napkins!

  • Brenda 5 years ago

    Wow – this looks amazing – I would love to go to one of these dinners!

  • Ags 5 years ago

    What a treat! Good food, good company, what more could you ask for?

  • Emily Tyers 5 years ago

    Heaven!! What an amazing tasty Tuesday treat! Love

  • Penelope 5 years ago

    I would love to treat my mum to this, I know she would love it!

  • Christina 5 years ago

    Wow! I am salivating now (I’ve just had breakfast) just by looking at the pics! Pick me!

  • Christy 5 years ago

    What a super way to brighten my Tuesday!

  • Ange 5 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful event, very exciting!

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    What a lovely and brilliant idea! beautiful handmade homewares with devine cooking and an intimate atmosphere to match. Absolutely Perfect! x

  • Kimmy 5 years ago

    yes please….food and beautiful things in the one room = heaven!

  • Philippa 5 years ago

    How delighful!! What a perfect mix..

  • Jaz 5 years ago

    Ohhhh. YES. PLEASE! xx

  • Camilla 5 years ago

    I love any excuse to visit Shelley’s store!

  • Elisha Blogg 5 years ago

    fabulous idea – fabulous food – fantastic company – I would just love to !

  • Mads 5 years ago

    OH GASP! Yes please x

  • Claire 5 years ago

    What a wonderful concept!! Incredible styling and food. Awesome idea.

  • Nina 5 years ago

    What a lovely concept! bringing the food and wine festival back to what it’s all about – good food, good wine and good company. This sort of event should be all year ’round I say!

  • Hummm… slowly eating my way around Melbourne’s open food doors ….

  • skye rose 5 years ago

    Candied figs and
    Rosemary sprigs
    Candlelit dates and
    Ceramic plates
    Tuesday seems so far away
    To go I’d starve for many a day!

  • Justine 5 years ago

    I would LOVE to win this!!! & I promise to bring a special friend with me.

  • Melanie 5 years ago

    Love what Shelly Panton is doing here guys! What an inspiration. Combining Food and design…. well obviously! Yet so many cant get it right. Must must must get down there next week and try it out. Please please please help get me there. Perhaps this concept could be run on a monthly basis and not just for MFWF? I know a few takers x

  • Linda Anne 5 years ago

    I so need a meal out and this looks absolutely divine!

  • Clementine 5 years ago

    yum yum yum yum!

  • meggsy 5 years ago

    My god what a treat this would be…it’s been to much all work and no play lately, to sit and chill out over a long dinner would be heaven on a stick.

  • Tina Foley 5 years ago

    Wonderful idea, great food and fab designs. I love Melbourne culture!

  • wendy 5 years ago

    Another fabulous idea from Ms Panton … beautiful space for a dinner party & so very Melbourne!
    Would love to come for dinner. ;)

  • victoria McKenzie 5 years ago

    wonderful yum bum

  • emma 5 years ago

    OMG! I will seriously drive to Melboure to attend this :^)

  • Enrico Sanchez 5 years ago

    Love to attend

  • Lauren Lewis 5 years ago

    What beautiful event styling and the food looks divine!!!!!

  • Daphena 5 years ago

    How sublime this dinner would be, those ceramics are so beautiful.

  • Anna 5 years ago


  • Sunshine & Daydreams 5 years ago

    This is my absolute favourite shop in the world! I love her dog, the lighting, the music she plays and of course all her beautiful stock. I have my fingers and toes crossed that you randomly pick me.

  • Elie Klimowitsky 5 years ago

    The food looks amazing and the set up is gorgeous! Would love to surprise my fiance with Dinner in the Studio.

  • Stefanie 5 years ago

    It just looks sooo beautiful. And cultured. And creative. And fun. And I’m craving it. I would love to go !!! Thanks for the post.

  • Cassandra Evers 5 years ago

    this looks so beautiful. I love the glow in the pics and the table settings look stunning. I could see myself purchasing a few little things on the night. eat + shop = heaven! would LOVE to share this with my hubby. *drool* x

  • Jacqui Porter 5 years ago

    This is what I love about the food and wine festival, wonderful food in unique dining spaces. I would adore to be part of this. Thanks

  • Sienna Primrose 5 years ago

    Oh my, what a surprise for my partner this would be. Amazing.

  • Lucie 5 years ago

    What an amazing treat!!!

  • emma 5 years ago

    This would be amazing!! x

  • caz 5 years ago

    oh how wonderful. Please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaaasse pick me!

  • Jess 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful space and event! Gorgeous work – congrats to Shelly and all involved!

  • CJ 5 years ago

    Am so very available!

  • Keryn Hughes 5 years ago

    Shelley’s studio dinner is just the excuse I need to come get my Melbourne fix next week.

  • Jan Mason 5 years ago

    Looks Amazing – i think we should invite the dogs as well… labradors running everywhere might not go so well with the pottery!

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Stunning! Great way to entertain clients, staff, friends, me. I want to try it.

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    Looks amazing. My partner and I visited All Saints estate on our Summer roadtrip and loved it. Rutherglen is such a beautiful place, we can’t wait to get back there.

  • Miriam 5 years ago

    This has been on my wish list since visiting Shelley’s beautiful store and hearing her inspiring life story – if not this time, next MFWF for sure… enjoy!

  • Jenna 5 years ago

    My tummy is rumbling! Delicious!

  • Lee 5 years ago

    What a fabulous giveaway! I’ve been in to Shelley’s store several times and always lusted after her gorgeous ceramics. And what a great way to celebrate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Very ‘Melbourne’.

  • mekalie bird 5 years ago

    Oh my goodie good goodness – this event looks awesome – would love to attend!

  • Sarah Saxty 5 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful store – and I love MFWF!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    ooh, that looks amazing. Good enough to get a babysitter for.

  • Kate Morgan 5 years ago

    ..sorry will be washing my hair that night, (not!) Fingers crossed.

  • Kate O'D 5 years ago

    Oh Lucy, please pretty please! I would do anything to be there! xx

  • Nat power 5 years ago

    Local dinner with a special design. twist, speaks to me directly

  • Em 5 years ago

    What a concept! I love our food and wine festival. There are so many creative events. I’m enjoying the plethora of cheaper options available too.

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Beautiful venue and gorgeous food! What an amazing treat :o)

  • Wendy Fox 5 years ago

    What a great idea, fun, tasty, inspired and great networking opportunity.

  • Brett 5 years ago

    Looks amazing. Would love to join you for dinner!

  • Emma Gallagher 5 years ago

    art food love

  • Karina 5 years ago

    It looks so cosy and tasty!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    I would love to enter on behalf of my wonderful sister and her chef boyfriend! With his profession they LIVE to eat out and Katie is so kind and accommodating to all that she deserves to be appreciated every once and a while.

    Side note: I spotted those wonderful napkins on Dawn’s blog just yesterday they are beautiful! The wonderfully set table I am SURE would improve the meal – visual feast and all that :)

  • Jay 5 years ago

    Great concept combining food and design!

  • Elle Cussen 5 years ago

    Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yummoooo … Loving the concept xoxo

  • michelle sanger 5 years ago

    oh gosh! That looks like a thoroughly inspiring and delightful night. Fingers crossed!!!

  • Kirsty muddle 5 years ago

    I love Lucy Feagins. She enlightens me with culture

  • Sophia 5 years ago

    This dinner looks magical. Would love to attend.

  • Lyn 5 years ago

    oooh a last pre-baby night out, what a fabulous treat!

  • Jelena 5 years ago

    Oh golly gosh! I’m coming to Melbourne next week and that would be a fabulous treat! YUM!
    Love the little touches on that dinner table. Go Dawn Tan!

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Wow, so excited to see this entry on Shelley Paton as I live right around the corner and buy all of my gifts from this beautiful store! What a great idea the dinners are combining both passions of design and food!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    oh lovely! please count me in

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Dinner with Shelley sure beats dinner at home watching Packed to the Rafters!

  • Caroline 5 years ago

    Love the stoneware plates – beautiful plates make beautiful food taste even better!!

  • Carla 5 years ago

    Shelley’s ceramics are pretty beautiful. I would love to win this, fingers crossed!

  • madeleine 5 years ago

    What a giveaway! I would love this.

  • Elizabeth 5 years ago

    Amazing what happens when great minds and tummies think alike!

  • Mimi K 5 years ago

    I’m free. What a treat that would be.

  • Manny Kaiafas 5 years ago


  • Maddy 5 years ago

    Oh ma gosh that looks yummy

  • Nicki 5 years ago

    What a magnificent way to spend an evening. Lovely lovely lovely…

  • Jessica Lowther 5 years ago

    That would be a beautiful way to spend an evening and take my hubby out for our wedding anniversary!

  • Kath 5 years ago

    Trully Inspiring!!

  • Ry 5 years ago

    Those plates are gorgeous!

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Oh wow, this would be amazing.

  • k8 5 years ago

    What a beautiful idea! I would love to win this to celebrate our wedding anniversary (it’s on the 13th too!)

  • Tars 5 years ago

    The food and wine festival is one of my fav Melbourne events. So great to see an original idea.

  • {tinniegirl} 5 years ago

    What an amazing giveaway and a stunning event to be a part of.

  • kim 5 years ago

    love this idea! just jumped over to dawn’s blog too, and the food looks incredible!

  • Jo-Anne Britt 5 years ago

    Very generous giveaway!! Make me number 135.

  • annie 5 years ago

    Oh I would love to win this one! Sounds amazing.

  • Sally 5 years ago

    Wow, I would love to have dinner at Shelly’s.

  • WendyGai 5 years ago

    Looks beautiful, what a lovely place for people to spend time eating and drinking!

  • Neesie 5 years ago

    Oh my….How fabulous…..I’ve got everything crossed!

  • hannah 5 years ago

    oh wow these dinners sound just amazing!!!!

  • Debbie 5 years ago

    Do we get to keep those gorgeous napkins!

  • Effie Bakkalis 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I’d love to attend and surprise my husband!

  • Jessica MacDonald 5 years ago

    Yumo! I would love be there!

  • Amber La Bozzetta 5 years ago

    Mmmmmmmmm my tastebuds are watering as I type!!

  • miss murray 5 years ago

    Shelly and the shop looks totally gorge in those photos. Take me and my bffl along for my bday!! :)

  • Karina 5 years ago

    Oh so lovely! Would be so excited to go! x

  • stephanie darling 5 years ago

    Looks just divine!

  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    Oh of all the things you giveaway this is for me!
    Love it, gotta a girlfriend who will equally stoked.

  • clea 5 years ago

    Miaaaaammm oui please me & my lucky friend!

  • Joe 5 years ago

    Beautiful ceramics enhance a great meal!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Looks fantastic! Fingers crossed.

  • Susan M 5 years ago

    Such an inspired package of aesthetics and taste sensations – love to be a part of it . . .

  • Sian 5 years ago

    Fantastic idea, beautiful plates & yummy food! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Siska 5 years ago

    this would be such a treat!

  • tiffany 5 years ago

    How wonderful!! A feast for all the senses!!

  • Melanie B 5 years ago

    I count my lucky stars every day that I live in such a vibrant city, that I have a birdseye view of the best bits in the Design Files and that there are city dwellers like Shelley to show us how its done. Don’t need the food, the pics inspire all by themselves but I will put the shop on my long list of have to dos.

  • kylie T 5 years ago

    I am so there – I would love to attend such a cool dinner mixing two of my favorite things – food and creativity xxoo

  • Esz 5 years ago

    Did my comment work?? Eep – so hard to tell!

  • Amanda Falson 5 years ago

    Ahh! My goodness! I would love this! I would give it to my brother who is a chef and his girlfriend who is a designer. They have just moved to Melbourne and its his birthday! It would be such a fabulous taste of the collness of our town for them!! (So much trendier than Sydney..!!)

  • Amanda Falson 5 years ago

    I doubt I can leave too comments, but I meant to write COOLNESS, not collness in my previous comment!

  • Kerry 5 years ago

    what a delicious way to high light Melbourne’s talented artists and foodies. I am definitely free tuesday night !!!!!! The photo’s look ever so inviting.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    I have always wanted to go to a dinner in Shelley’s shop! It just looks so beautiful!!

  • Claire 5 years ago

    I’m an architect plodding away and a fresh creative foodie experience is just what my soul needs…how could I not be inspired by such a fine dining extravaganza!

  • Philippa Meakes 5 years ago

    What a beautiful and innovative idea. I would love to experience such a treat and suprise/share it with someone special. Congratulations on producing something truly different for the Festival!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    This looks amazing! Fingers crossed.

  • colleen 5 years ago


  • adele 5 years ago

    mmmm birthday dinner!!

  • cathy green 5 years ago

    So generous. Here’s hoping.

  • Karina 5 years ago

    Looks gorgeous – I’m free for a beautiful dinner and surroundings!!

  • Frances 5 years ago

    This looks amazing – my fingers are crossed!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    Oh golly this would a fabulous evening!

  • melissa 5 years ago

    what a fabulous idea to dine in shelleys studio amongst her gorgeous pieces ,i know the studio well,love it..

  • lauren 5 years ago

    a great idea that beautifully encapsulates the best of melbourne

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Sounds delicious!

  • Talei 5 years ago

    Love all the details !

  • frankie 5 years ago

    please pick me lucy. i am underfed and overworked!!!

  • Helen 5 years ago

    Gimme gimme gimme….

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Sounds scrumptious!

  • Carolyn 5 years ago

    Now that would be a fantastic la-de-da way I would be able to spoil rotten my gorgeous best friend!

  • JULIE 5 years ago

    What a fantastic way of sharing food / ideas / amazing retail purchases / and meeting new people

  • Emma 5 years ago

    This would have to be one of TDF’s best giveaways! Yes please… it all just looks perfect!

  • jasmine 5 years ago

    So many lovely comments! How can I compete? Maybe I could emphasise the fact that I am in terrible want/need of a night out as I am a sleep deprived, regional dwelling housewife/artist/mother, and right now a little win/exclusive dinner/wine/chit chat,{now Im droolin} etc…would be fab-u-lous and timely?!!! Thank you Shelly & Lucy, Please pick me?.

  • Rob 5 years ago

    Sounds great. Count me in.

  • Martine 5 years ago

    PIck me, pick me! I’ve been very good :)

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Shelly’s pottery is gorgeous! Will have to make it down to her shop to buy some!

  • okologi 5 years ago

    wow, this is possibly the only way that Shelley’s gorgeous pottery could be improved on…pick me, pick me!!!

  • gill 5 years ago

    Even though I missed the deadline for the comp, just wanted to say I have been to Shelley’s shop and she is such a friendly person … her dog is great too!

  • Elise 5 years ago

    Just love your shop and hope im the lucky one who gets to come to dinner!

  • Rosa 5 years ago

    Sounds great! Good food & great design- I’m in!

  • Brendan 5 years ago

    This store is so beautiful. how mesmerising. ;)

  • Ellen @ Moyarta 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful napkins. What a gorgeous collaboration. The table looks rustic and welcoming. Love it.

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