Dining Galleries – Tale of Two Gardens

Wed 8th May 2024 at 7:00 PM


Gardens are always special. And to chefs, deeply attuned to the seasons, their importance is amplified. Enter Justin James and James Henry – both celebrated for cooking that helps us see ingredients anew. They share technical prowess, sure, but it’s their curious, whimsical take on the day’s harvest that has proven so compelling. Let them tell you a tale.

Justin found his way to Adelaide after time at leading international kitchens, among them Noma, Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Then Australia captured his imagination. A stint at Melbourne’s Vue de monde was first, followed by a move to Adelaide in 2020. The city’s botanic garden was already home to an acclaimed fine diner; Justin made it his own. Restaurant Botanic was named Australia’s best by Gourmet Traveller, holds three hats and has been praised by critics taken with both its menu and wider experience.  

The northern hemisphere beckoned to James. He left Melbourne for work in Paris – turning heads at Au Passage and Bones – before embarking on six-year project to shape a country restaurant, guesthouse and farm. Le Doyenne is the result. Its potager uses regenerative agriculture to nurture heirloom vegetables, which feature both on site and across other leading eateries.

Now, for Tasting Australia, this duo will draw from treasured gardens to share stories of provenance. Hear direct from the duo as they explain their style and vision, crafting a meal unlike anything else. 


  • Food: two snacks, two entrées, two mains, dessert
  • Beverages: paired beverages with each course


Our menus utilise regional produce at the height of its season and take months of careful planning. Many of the dishes featured will not be adaptable for particular dietary requirements. This event can cater to vegetarian, vegan and coeliac dietary requirements, although the menu may not be designed or executed by the visiting chefs. For any other requirements please contact the event organiser prior to purchasing.

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From $450 to $450