We do love the idea of packing a picnic. But the reality? Let's just say it never quite ends up how we hoped (assembling a picture-perfect cheese plate takes real skill, people). So when the kitchens of five of Melbourne's best restaurants offer to take care of the catering, we say, pass the menu.

That's exactly what's happening at Gourmet Cinema, a festival that combines the best of food and film at Caulfield Racecourse from March 2-6.  Each night, a Melbourne restaurant will devise a three-course menu inspired by the film that's screening: modern European favourite Epocha kicks things off with food inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel (we're already salivating at the thought of a real-life Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat); followed by super-slick Le Bon Ton taking on The Big Lebowski, Italian joint Baby doing arthouse flick The Great Beauty; Mamasita dishing up for Chef and lastly, The European crafting a French menu for Midnight in Paris.

The dishes will be available from popup stalls on the night and can be purchased separately from the $19.50 ticket price, so if you're not tempted by Mamasita's picnic menu (who are you?), you can always BYO. Get tickets here.

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