One of the few silver linings of lockdown (look, we’re trying to stay positive, okay?) is how much easier it has become to get restaurant-quality food at home. You can get takeaway from the city’s top chefs, groceries straight from restaurant kitchens and cocktails delivered right to your door. And with the launch of online retail hub Co-Lab Pantry, your kitchen cupboard is about to get a serious upgrade too.
Founders Danielle Lebon, Natasha Buttigieg and Avin Chadee decided to launch the online store to bring together some of their favourite Victorian venues and brands in one place. The result is a drool-worthy virtual supermarket aisle with a Victorian all-star lineup that includes Chotto Motto, Drumplings, Fancy Hank's, Gingerboy, Meatsmith, Messina, Piccolina, Four Pillars and the Everleigh.
Pimp your pantry with Lello pasta, Meatsmith bolognese, Entrecôte herb and butter sauce, Fancy Hank’s BBQ sauce, Negroni marmalade from Four Pillars, Chotto Motto chilli oil and Tuck Shop’s jalapeño hot sauce. Had a crappy day? It’s nothing a roll of Piccolina cookie dough, a jar of Messina hazelnut spread and a bottled cocktail from the Everleigh can’t fix.
In addition to fridge and pantry items, there are also some ready-made meals available including mac ‘n’ cheese dumplings from Drumplings, dan dan noodles from Lagoon Dining, and oven-ready pizzas from King and Godfrey. Plus Co-Lab has teamed up with some of the vendors to offer virtual cooking classes; upcoming sessions include a coffee-brewing class with Market Lane and a pasta workshop with Prestige Pasta.
Getting hungry? Visit the Co-Lab Pantry website to start a seriously enjoyable shopping spree.