Randomly, one of Kate (and Henry) Dyer's catering company, Dish's first ever jobs was a Bar-B-Q I hosted the day after my wedding. The food was a little late (as they were brand new!), but our friends talked about that yummy spread long after the compliments on my dress ended (dammit!).
More recently our kids have been at nursery together and I've been mooning over their sun-kissed, yoghurt advert style, simple style from afar there for a couple of years now.
Melbourne Kate's daughters are Lily (3) and little Olive (1.5), who are sweet little, happy muffin bakers. Kate moved here as cabin crew and did a stint in marketing before setting up the popular events caterers. I was slightly disappointed to hear that I am by no means the biggest fan of Dish's Ripe market piella, "People send drivers to collect boxes of the stuff as the stall opens every weekend!" Kate told me. They win.
Most excitingly, Dish is about to open its first ever Dish pop-up restaurant in the SPM gallery in Al Serkal Avenue during Ramadan. 'Ramadan Nights - a Contemporary Iftar' offers guests a 3 course contemporary Middle Eastern menu every night for 30 days. "It is something Henry and I have always wanted to try and we have teamed up with the guys at SPM who have offered a unique and dramatic space. We are also partnering with award winning Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja, whose movie 'The Neighbour' will be screening in the Museum's own mezzanine cinema. Its a fantastic collaboration and the menu is so so tasty, I can't wait" she says of the venture.
Their line 'Dish Kids', which offers wholesome, nutritious meals with a gourmet touch to children in schools such as King's, Swiss International Scientific School and Arcadia Preparatory School is also going great guns and set to continue expanding.
Scan through Jen Stammer's gorge photos of the three and Kate's plans for more kids(?!), online inspiration, personal and interiors style, neighbourhood and kids entertainment tips.
“Lily is a real people party-person and more cautious, Olive is very independent and funny. The girls are 20 months apart but the gap is closing now, they go on little adventures together and play hide n seek. Lily is generally happy and obliging as long as sheis 100% in control and Olive is always in hot pursuit of whatever Lily is up to!” - Kate
“On a good day I’d have three more kids! I do like the thought of perhaps one more (Henry's going to freak!)” - Kate
“For now Dubai is home, we love where we live and what Dubai has been able to give us in terms of work but also the fabulous lifestyle it offers for families. In the future Henry and I see ourselves in the Mornington Peninsula, the wine region of Victoria, growing our own food, preparing feasts and drinking wine with friends and family - fingers crossed!!” - Kate
“The girls love the Toca Boca app on my phone. It goes as far as Instagram, Pinterest, Airbnb and Buddihfy for me. My online browsing is mostly be food related - eating it,cooking it, styling it, photographing it. Im always surfing the net, getting lost looking for food and recipe inspiration. Some long time faves are gourmettraveller.com.au (for recipes and restaurant research), The Design Files (for home-snoops and good weekday dinners) and at the moment I'm into bayandorellana.com (fantasising about their food styling retreats inItaly, every photograph I just want to dive into).” - Kate
“Going from one to two was a bit of a shock! Lily slept well from early on, I felt it was all pretty cruisey (this could be a case of rose-tinted retrospective glasses???), but Oli was sick when she was born and kept us on our toes. The transition was tough, but it’s much more fun now.” - Kate
“In my personal style, again I like simplicity, I don¹t accessorise a lot and I like to be comfortable. I tend to be under dressed rather than overdressed. I shop mostly online or stock up when I¹m in Australia. I love MiH, Bassike, Gorman, Acne and Zara for me; Zara, Indikidual, Mini Zimi, Country Road for the girls.” - Kate
“I love the villa’s big circular windows that let in lots of natural light. I don’t like lots of clutter so its all pretty minimal and simple, a mix of old and new. We have collected bits and pieces from all over the place, but lots from Australia.” - Kate
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