On Sacred Ground – the show goes on!

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Margaret Eunice Reid (Maggie Diaz) c1940s

It is with great pleasure that I announce an indefinite extension to the current exhibition at Graze on Grey.  We’re loving it so much, we don’t see any point in taking the photographs down. Maggie and I adore wandering in “next door” to catch up with friends or just have a quiet cocktail.  Now that Neil Perch (Co owner at Graze) has created ‘The Lady Diaz ‘ cocktail, we’re celebrating with an on-going launch, so let us know when you’d like to join us. 

We’ll be at Graze on Grey @ 101 Grey Street, St Kilda, this Saturday the 1st of June from 3-5pm if you’d like to come along!


We are also creating quite a stir with our Table for 18 dinners – a partnership with chefs, Neil Perch and Mohammad Ahmat. 
So far we’ve had the chance to dine with Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier – no one will forget the preview of their ‘Stories of Ghosts’ album, which made it an extraordinary night.  Dave Graney’s tales of St Kilda via Adelaide with some classic  tunes, a mini guitar lesson and a few revealing lines about the life of a rock star cowboy and song-writer, poet was super cool.  Brian Nankervis made us all feel like we were at Rockwiz – gave us the back story, recited some classics, quizzed us and then gave us tix to a Rockwiz taping! 

Robert McClosky -one of our guests, enjoyed the night so much, he posted this review on Face book:

Last night, Brian Nankervis was a genius mix of court Jester and Bard at the table for 18 at Graze on Grey where the Bedouin Kitchen used to camp.  The South American grain and tomato terrine with basil sauce, the lamb slice in pastry with pea purée and the Pavlova were delicious.  The ambience was comfortable.   The Table for 18 functions are a logical entrepreneurial reaction to a room and a table in an intimate restaurant and the human need to enjoy a dinner party with booze, art and entertainment.  If you like the Crimson Goat evenings at Moubray hall you may really enjoy the smaller evenings at Table for 18.  Brian has the mental capacity to burn someone’s self confidence to death with acidic comments but he was charming, funny and inspiring with not even a skerrick of malevolence. Richard Mitchell was deft and positive as MC and kept the enjoyment moving all night. The likable waiters at Graze on Grey kept the delicious food coming, the wine flowing and water in my glass as soon as it emptied.
I have to give acknowledgement to the good company of the other 17 though the evening was marred by 9 of them beating my team in a quiz by one question and winning standing room tickets to Rock wiz. I am deeply suspicious that the last question was fixed like a European soccer match but at the moment I have no proof other than inferential reasoning; how can someone recognise a 40 year old song from one note?

Table for 18 is a fabulous combination of fine food, good company and amazingly intimate performance surrounded by Maggie’s photographs.  And if you happen to buy one on the night, your dinner price is automatically refunded!

Our next event will feature a man who had one of the biggest hits of all times around the globe.  I’m tempted to call it – ‘Shaddap and Eat!’

Table for 18 –

Joe Dolce &

Lin Van Hek

Stories, songs, poetry and fine food


Thursday the 27th of June at 7.30pm

3 course meal with French bubbles on arrival

Limited number of tickets available at $100 per person

Graze on Grey, 103 Grey Street St Kilda 

To book this event, please go to http://www.trybooking.com/CVZK For further enquiries, please call Neil on 90770421 after midday Tues-Saturday or neil@grazeongrey.com.au

Any Diaz print purchases will have their ticket price deducted and 5% of sales go to Sacred Heart Mission.

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Joe Dolce with that Monkey, by Maggie Diaz c1990

Joe is most famous for his number one hit in 1980, Shaddap You Face, which remained the most famous successful Australian-produced single in Australian history for over 30 years and is one of the biggest and most covered hits of all time.  Joe’s most recent album, The Wind Cries Mary, was named Album of the Year in 2007 by Radio Melbourne.  An established poet and essayist, Joe won the 25th Launceston Poetry Cup in 2010 and appears in regular publications, including this months’s Quadrant Magazine, which features Joe and his partner of 3 decades, Lin Van Hek.

Lin Van Hek and Joe Dolce created a folk music group in the 1990s, called Difficult Women, which paid tribute to legendary (and often forgotten) women of the past.  This is in stark contrast to their collaboration in the 1980s, which saw them responsible for the theme song ‘Intimacy’ created for the classic science fiction film, Terminator!


Lin Van Hek by Maggie Diaz c1990

Lin Van Hek is a dynamic performer, published author, poet and artist, with work currently showing at Busy Bird Publishing Gallery.  She has also recorded a solo album, River of Life – which features the songs of New Zealand writer, Kath Tait.  Lin has worked for over two decades with a group of women in North Vietnam designing, manufacturing and trading in ethical, non-exploitative, hand embroidered silk garments and textiles.  She is an advocate of  hand made houses and divides her time between the city and a stone house on the Brass Knocker Creek.

Lin and Joe have revealed to me that the week of our event is actually their 33rd anniversary, so they’re saving up the celebration for us.  It will be a night of passion, celebration and YES Joe will sing THAT song – with a couple of extra verses thrown in! Places are limited, so book now! 



One Response to “On Sacred Ground – the show goes on!”

  1. Gabrielle Dewan Says:

    Hi Gwen will see you and Maggie this afternoon. The post looks great



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