874 Maroondah Highway Coldstream
From the beginning, Gary Cooper and his partner Tim Sawyer have tried to do things the way they would like them done at a dinner party at home. The restaurant is open for breakfast & lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30am & dinner on Friday & Saturday.
The breakfast menu changes once a month & the lunch menu changes every day with around four starter items, 8 to 10 mains which are all created on the day & cooked to order & around 6 to 12 dessert items are cooked & displayed on the kitchen window ledge.
Gary Cooper & Bella Vedere have become convinced that the best-tasting food is organically grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound, by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has largely determined the restaurants cuisine.
Bella Vedere is trying hard to make diners partake of the immediacy and excitement of vegetables just out of the garden, fruit right off the branch, and bread straight out of the oven.. In doing so, Bella Vedere is also supporting such small artisan farmers as Witchy Proof pheasant & pigeon, Daylesford Partridge, Murramonog Lamb (over the back fence) local apple yard ducks, local road island rooster (for the traditional Coq au Vin). Like Bella Vedere, these farmers are concerned about environmental harmony and how it gives optimal flavour.
There is a profound disconnection between the kind of human experience that our society values, and the way we actually live our lives. Most people submit unthinkingly to dehumanising experiences of food-in work place cafeterias, food courts, and fast food chains. How can one marvel at the world and then feed oneself in a completely unmarvelous way? Is it’s because we don’t learn thevital relationship of food to agriculture and of food to culture, and how food affects the quality of our everyday lives.
Bella Vedere realises that food is the one central thing about human experience which can open up both our senses and our consciences to our place in the world. Eating is something we all have in common. It’s something we all have to do every day and it’s something we can all share.Food and nourishment are right at the point where human rights and the environment intersect. Everyone should have the right to wholesome, affordable food.
Bella Vedere’s devoted relationships with local producers, has naturally formed an evolving menu. Every day the kitchen develops a menu that changes daily supporting as much as possible local farmers, which in turn assures the supply of pure & fresh ingredients.
In three years, Gary & his kitchen team have enjoyed creating 800 new lunch menus. The constant following of diners have been excited by the choice & surprise of ingredients & dishes that have been introduced to them on a daily basis…