April 6 - 14, 2019
Come experience the vibrant food scene of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Melbourne! How better than with a man who owns exciting cafes in Portland AND Melbourne?
Proud Mary Coffee’s Nolan Hirte and Portland Food Adventures are teaming up to offer an exclusive food and coffee experience in Hirte’s home city of Melbourne, Australia, where Proud Mary has its roots.
The trip will feature visits to Nolan’s favorite experiences, from coffee roasters and breakfast spots, to bars and restaurants, over 9 days and 8 nights
The tour, which includes accommodations at a 4-star Melbourne hotel and at least 15 food and beverage experiences carefully curated by coffee expert Nolan Hirte, encompassing his relationships with industry professionals he has developed while operating Proud Mary in Melbourne since 2009. The trip will kick off with dinner at Supernormal, with visits to Proud Mary, Seven Seeds, right to fine dining at Dinner by Heston, with many more stops in between.
We update our itineraries as we go to enhance the experience. This is the minimum you can expect. Some events may change dates to accommodate availabilities..
9 days/8 nights in Melbourne with Proud Mary's Nolan Hirte
Itinerary subject to change:
Arrive Melbourne! You will be transferred to the beautiful Langham Hotel, from where you will be based for our 8 nights and nine days in one of the coolest food cities in the world. We will convene with host Nolan, toast and make our way to Nolan’s favorite cool spot for an incredible dinner serving Korean and Japanese inspired dishes, and of course, excellent wines. Let’s just say this will be extraordinary! (Maybe even supernormal.)
We will convene where else? Breakfast at PROUD MARY where it all started for Nolan in Melbourne as his staff welcomes us for an incredible breakfast and coffee tasting For lunch, we’ll have an insider's tour and lunch at Nolan's favorite brewpup. Then, because this is not your grandmother’s food adventure, dinner at a fantastic wine bar in the Fitzroy neighborhood.
More coffee, you say? We’ll do it up at one of Nolan’s favorite cafes. We’ll have the afternoon off, and then meet for dinner at Dinner By Heston, which has garnered two Michelin stars at its London location. This will be our most formal meal of the trip.
This morning we’ll head to one of Nolan’s favorite coffee shops in Melbourne for a tasting. You’ll be free to roam for a bite to eat on your own, but save room. This is a big food day! We’ll grab some of Nolan’s favorite fried chicken for lunch and then it’s back to Fitzroy for another bar-focused casual dinner.
The day starts at a cafe that may remind you of Portland’s Proud Mary. Delicious and beautiful dishes and of course great coffee to power you through your day, the rest of which is yours to do as you wish. Nolan can make some suggestions, of course.
Ready for another incredible breakfast? Yes, Melbourne is known for its incredible breakfast and brunch scene, and who knows better than our own Nolan Hirte? For lunch a real treat. We’ll head to Lune Croissanterie for some of the best croissants on the planet. We’ll also marvel at a pastry making demonstration while our olfactory sense is teased to no end. Cry mercy, but we’re not releasing you! Dinner will have a Greek twist, and we’ll sure you’ll love it.
You’ve got another great brunch in you, don’t you? From BBQ Brisket Toasty, to Peace in the Middle East, to Smashing Pumpkins, we’ve got a treat for you. That will carry you through to dinner, where, of course we shall have Melbourne’s best Mexican food.
Our final full day. We’re not letting you down easy, But since some of you may have early flights the next day, our finale meal will be a beautiful, memorable lunch. And it will be at one of Australia’s most lauded and unique gems. Want to know where? You’ll have to join us to find out.
Check out and head back to whence you came, just in time to experience the best of Spring.
PLEASE READ WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE SAID ABOUT OTHER PFA TRIPS
.* Itinerary subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, activities may change so that we can provide you with the best trip possible. WE ARE UPDATING THE TRIP AS WE GET CLOSER.
About Nolan Hirte and Proud Mary
Listen to Nolan talk about Proud Mary and our trip on RIGHT AT THE FORK HERE:
Founder and owner of Proud Mary, Nolan Hirte talks COFFEE!
Proud Mary was founded by husband and wife Nolan and Shari Hirte in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. Proud Mary offers products and services that improve the start of your day so dramatically, that it's impossible to go back to the way things used to be.
At our first US location in beautiful Portland, Oregon we aim to provide an amazing and heart felt experience for our customers.
We source coffee direct from origin, and supply coffee around Australia and America. At our retail locations we offer all-day breakfast, delicious lunch, high-end tea, fresh juice, smoothies, cakes and pastries and table-service along our coffee. We love what we do and in true Australian-style we have a genuine, warm, fun and sometimes a little bit cheeky nature and can't wait to spoil our customers!
Like our big sister cafe Proud Mary in Melbourne Australia, the café in the Alberta Arts District offers all the goods things in life. We thrilled to be using fresh, healthy, sustainable, ethically and locally sourced producers.
Our passion for coffee has shaped the company that is the Proud Mary brand. We feel privileged to be part of the international coffee community and this fills us with pride, and offers a sense of fulfilment every day.
We believe that at origin there is a real need to make things better for all those involved in coffee production. It takes years of investing in farmers and committing to buy their coffee year in and year out to work towards better tasting and higher-quality coffee. We strive to create a market to sell more high-end coffees.
We look forward to showcasing some really special coffees and sharing the story behind the bean. We hope that like in Australia our customers feel connected to a real product.
9 days/8 nights
WE HAVE PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR LOCALS IN AUSTRALIA TO JOIN US FOR FOOD AND DRINK EXPERIENCES ONLY. WE WILL ALSO CUSTOMIZE A PACKAGE DEPENDING ON YOUR BUDGET AND SCHEDULE. CONTACT CHRIS ANGELUS FOR PACKAGING!
Full Package Pricing: $5795/pp Double Occupancy DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. CALL FOR A SPECIAL OFFER ON THIS TRIP!
$800 single supplement (see deposit and payment details below)
50% of cost of trip due upon reservation. Then, balance of full cost of trip due by 1/15/19. All payments made after 10/30/18 are non-refundable. Payments other than initial $500 deposit (fees added) may be made by check only. YOU MAY MAKE A $500 PER PERSON DEPOSIT HERE. https://e.sparxo.com/PFAMelbourne2019
While our trips feature smaller groups for maximum enjoyment and interaction, this trip is subject to a low minimum number of guests. Please do not buy airfare until we inform you that the minimum has been met.
WHAT IS/ISN’T INCLUDED: This trip includes accommodations in a beautiful, 4-Star hotel, hotel taxes, all transfers to and from MEL airport on 4/6 and 4/14, all dining experiences cited in itinerary, a welcome lunch in Portland to meet your fellow travelers ahead of time, and transportation to our excursions away from the city. They do NOT include airfare or trip insurance (which we strongly recommend and can be purchased online), tips, mini-bar, incidentals, gratuities and personal expenses.
Lastly, our groups are really fun, and we want to make sure we keep them that way. So, if you’re a flexible, open traveler who appreciates the opportunity to sit back and let us do the planning and the legwork while you eat and drink really well, this trip is for you. If you need to be in complete control of your schedule, and need to know what’s happening months in advance on Friday at 3pm during the trip, this may not be the best way for you to travel. Our guests who put this in our hands report the times of their lives!!
We can help you with excursions before, during and after as well.