VenuesLive and Scott Pickett Group Join Forces to Elevate Old Melbourne Gaol’s Event and Dining Experiences

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has today announced VenuesLive, in collaboration with the Scott Pickett Group, as the new catering partner for the iconic Old Melbourne Gaol.

This exciting partnership promises to enhance the dining and event experiences at one of Melbourne’s most historic venues.

Old Melbourne Gaol, a site rich with history and intrigue, has long been a favourite for visitors and event hosts alike.

With its unique blend of historical significance and architectural grandeur, it offers a truly distinctive setting for a variety of events, from corporate functions to weddings and private celebrations.

VenuesLive, renowned for managing and delivering world-class event experiences, brings a wealth of expertise to this new partnership. Awarded the prestigious title of Caterer of the Year at the National Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence in November 2023, VenuesLive’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the event industry will ensure that every occasion at Old Melbourne Gaol will be executed with the highest level of professionalism and creativity.

Partnering with VenuesLive is the Scott Pickett Group, led by one of Australia’s finest chef-restaurateurs. Known for their exceptional culinary craftsmanship and dedication to using the finest local ingredients, the Scott Pickett Group will deliver bespoke dining experiences filled with the theatre and progressive talent they are known for. Each event tailored to the unique ambiance of Old Melbourne Gaol, delivering the flavours of a truly Melbourne dining experience.

Old Melbourne Gaol has been an integral part of Melbourne’s history since its establishment in the mid-19th century. Today, it stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage, providing a compelling backdrop for events that demand both elegance and character.

With this exciting new partnership, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) continues its commitment to preserving and celebrating the historical and cultural significance of Old Melbourne Gaol, and ensuring it remains a premier destination for exceptional events.

Philip Martins, Interim CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), said: “This partnership with VenuesLive and the Scott Pickett Group marks an exciting chapter for Old Melbourne Gaol.

“Their combined expertise will enhance our heritage site and deliver extraordinary experiences for all our guests.

“This collaboration ushers in a new era for the National Trust of Victoria, where heritage is seamlessly integrated into the modern Melbourne story.

“The National Trust is committed to being progressive and visionary, showcasing that our rich history provides a terrific foundation for immersive and unforgettable events. We believe VenuesLive and the Scott Pickett Group are the partners to help deliver this goal.”

VenuesLive Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, said: “We are delighted to partner with Scott Pickett, one of Australia’s finest chef-restaurateurs, to bring to life one of the nation’s most unique and spectacular dining venues.

“Old Melbourne Gaol is a building of great significance and a famous Victorian landmark. Working closely with the National Trust of Australia, our commitment is to deliver world-class restaurant-quality experiences in this unique and amazing function and event setting.”

Chef Scott Pickett, said: “I’m a pretty bold guy and that runs through my food philosophy. I love to present bold events that are truly memorable.

“At the Gaol, I’m excited to work with Daryl and the VenuesLive team to present restaurant-quality food with a focus on locality.

“The best bit is that we get to do what we love with the National Trust as an amazing landlord in an incredibly unique venue, with VenuesLive’s strong event pedigree and catering expertise to help bring our vision to life.”

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