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Rita Erlich: Gusto! Interview

Speaker(s): Rita Erlich

  • Date recorded: 24 Jul 2012

  • Duration: 6:29

'Collecting menus became a terrific way of checking year to year how prices had changed, how menus had changed, and how dishes had changed.'

- Rita Erlich

About this video

‘A time of gorgeous excess’ is how food writer Rita Erlich recalls the Victorian food scene of the 1980s and '90s.

As a writer, reviewer and editor of The Age Good Food Guide, Rita’s work has taken her all over Victoria.

Relish in the nostalgic delights of her famous Melbourne restaurant menu collection, and take a journey back in time to when the Melbourne ‘foodie’ scene was just taking off.

You’ll also discover the important role the wine industry has played in the revitalisation of food in regional Victoria.

This interview is one of a series of videos commissioned for our Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria exhibition. To view pictures from this exhibition, visit our online gallery.


Rita Erlich is a writer, reviewer and editor of The Age Good Food Guide. She writes about every aspect of food – restaurants, recipes, nutrition, history, culture, agriculture, wine – in newspapers, magazines and websites.