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Boasting 45 rooms of luxury accommodation, a hatted restaurant (Doot Doot Doot), a casual cellar door (Rare Hare) and a futuristic cocktail bar (Flaggerdoot), Hotel Jackalope has well and truly made its mark on the Mornington Peninsula since first opening in Merricks North seven years ago.

To celebrate this auspicious milestone, the esteemed estate is gearing up to introduce an exclusive culinary series, with seven one-night-only dining experiences presented in partnership with Melbourne's most revered chefs and restaurateurs.

A sold-out alchemy dining experience kicked off the program in April, with Executive Chef Michael Wickham crafting a seasonal menu that encapsulated Jackalope’s paddock-to-plate ethos and reflected the seven stages of alchemy.

For part two of the series, Wickham will be joined by Julian Hills of Navi on Saturday, May 18, for a special collaboration that will see native Australian ingredients transformed by rigorous European techniques. Guests will dine beneath the mesmerizing glow of Doot Doot Doot's 10,000-globe chandelier, whilst experiencing a seasonal tasting menu that combines the aesthetics of both restaurants. “Given our shared values when it comes to provenance, seasonality and culinary curiosity, it’s going to be a night to remember for our guests,” says Hills.

Still to come; a series of collaborations with renowned institutions including Lee Ho Fook (Victor Liong), Entrecote(Jason Jones), Tipo 00 (Andreas Papadakis), Nomad (Josh Moroney), as well as the highly-anticipated return of the Jackalope x Yum Cha dining experience. The experience features a collection of classic Cantonese dishes reimagined with a distinct ‘Jackalope’ twist, concluding with a traditional Chinese tile game, Mahjong, to be played post-lunch with one of Flaggerdoot's famed Jasmine Gilmets in hand.

Each of these carefully curated events have been designed to celebrate cultural diversity and weave a culinary journey that transcends time and place. "Jackalope, the only Australian hotel to host two hatted restaurants: Doot Doot Doot and Rare Hare are thrilled to partner with these exemplary dining institutions, on property, embracing different cooking styles and cultures," says Clare Hoffman, General Manager of Jackalope Hotel.

With immersive experiences running from May to October, the series will showcase the sense of luxury, craftsmanship, curiosity and theatre that has cemented Jackalope’s reputation as one of the Mornington Peninsula’s – and indeed Australia’s – top dining destinations.

Reservations are strictly limited and available now via Jackalope’s website.