Cook Like a Pro this Father’s Day!

For those of you who don’t know Matt Dillow (as close as you’ll get to a celebrity Chef in the Hunter Valley!), he’s both chef and owner of The Deck Café, Gartelmann Wines, Matts Produce and he also runs personally guided food, wine and produce tours to Italy, New Zealand and Tasmania in his spare time.


And for those of you who do know exactly who Matt is – you’ll probably already be acquainted with his fabulous “Degustation to Your Door.”

This very popular service was created when COVID forced the temporary closure of The Deck Café. It became so successful that even when the restaurant is open again, the service is offered at various times throughout the year, including for our upcoming Father’s Day.

Degustation to Your Door is more than just a restaurant-quality takeaway. It is a fully immersible interactive experience that includes live-streamed cooking classes to aid in preparing and serving the food that has been ordered. Check out what’s on offer for Dad….

“Degustation to your Door” Father’s Day Long Lunch

with Gartelmann Wines and Saddlers Creek

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021

Cook a 5-course dinner at home like a PRO!

Matt Dillow from The Deck Cafe Lovedale and Fernando Antao from Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar have put together a 5 course home delivered degustation menu that you at home will put together.

The team have created a lovely menu to bring out the best flavours of Gartelmann and Saddlers Creek Wines and will be easy for you to put together. Check out the “live” Face Book videos for each course on The Deck Cafe Lovedale’s Face Book page showing you how to put each course together.

Why not grab a group of friends together and organise a virtual dinner party.

We will be delivering your degustation packs to “Pick up points” on Friday 3rd September and Saturday 4th September to Sydney, Newcastle, Maitland, Singleton and local areas ready for you to cook up a storm on Saturday evening or Sunday Lunch.

See for pick up points or call 4930 9007



1st Course

FB Live Saturday 5pm/Sunday 11:30am

Haloumi, apple rhubarb compote, crisp pancetta

Saddlers Creek NV Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

2nd Course

FB Live Saturday 6pm/Sunday 12pm

Blue swimmer crab, avocado timbal, tomato, salmon caviar dressing, croute

Gartelmann 2021 Benjamin Semillon

3rd Course

FB Live Saturday 7pm/Sunday 1pm

Confit salmon, olive tapenade, witlof, heirloom tomatoes, snow peas, poached free range egg

Saddlers Creek 2021 Rose

4th Course

FB Live Saturday 8pm/Sunday 2pm

Charred 1kg T-Bone, confit potatoes, truffled mushrooms, Matt’s Produce smokey bbq sauce

Shaved zucchini, rocket, pine nut, parmesan and orange salad

Gartelmann 2016 Jesse Shiraz and Saddlers Creek 2019 Montepulciano

5th Course

FB Live Saturday 9pm/Sunday 3pm

Desserts by “Sabor Dessert Bar”

“Nuts about Dad” Desserts

Snickers Cheesecake

Bueno dome

Gartelmann Ronnies Muscat

Gartelmann Wines and Saddlers Creek 6 pack

Saddlers Creek NV Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Gartelmann 2021 Benjamin Semillon

Saddlers Creek 2021 Rose

Gartelmann 2016 Reserve Diedrich Shiraz

Saddlers Creek 2019 Montepulciano

Gartelmann Ronnies Muscat

RRP $220 …. Degustation Special Price $145

Or Try our Gartelmann Wines


2021 Benjamin Semillon

2015 Benjamin Semillon (Aged)

2021 Stephanie Pinot Gris

2021 Jessica Verdelho

2020 Sarah Elizabeth Chardonnay

2021 Veronica Rose

2019 Wilhelm Shiraz

2016 Jesse Shiraz

2016 Johnathan Cabernet

2016 Georg Petit Verdot

2018Joey Merlot

2016 Phillip Alexander Cabernet/Merlot

RRP $362….. Special $270

Matt’s Produce Special Hamper

Apple Balsamic Glaze

Rosemary and Parmesan Oil

Olive Tapenade

Caramelised Onion

Smokey BBQ Sauce

Preserved Lemon

Quince Jam

Asian Basting Marinate

Fig date and Walnut Roll

RRP $175…. Special $120

Binnorie Hunter Valley Cheese Pack


Triple cream brie

Herb fromage

Marinated fetta

Vintage cheddar

Cacciatore mild salami