Almanac Lunch: Odd Friday Lunch with Alec Epis

Odd Friday Lunch with Alec Epis


Friday March 9, 1.05pm
North Fitzroy Arms, 296 Rae St, North Fitzroy
$35 for 3 courses – drinks at bar prices

Bookings: Phone the pub  directly 94864501


Entree – Potato Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables & Pecorino Cheese.

Mains – Parmesan & Herb Crumbed Veal with Rocket, Pear & Walnut Salad Balsamic Vinaigrette or Grilled Swordfish with Braised Zucchini Triffolata and Bagna Cauda.

Dessert – Tiramisu.


Alec (Kooka (Kookaburra)) Epis is an 80 year old Essendon great. He is most respected and respectful of others, with high moral values. He values customs and his Italian traditions.

He is Australian born but from strong Italian heritage via an Italian gold mining family from Boulder, WA. He played 180 games for Essendon (no. 28) between 1958 and ’68  for 4 grand finals and 2 premierships. A tough half back flanker, he never took a backward step and was a bit of a showman. He gave a bit of lip along with being an incessant chatterer. He became great mates with John Coleman after an early altercation. Alec played on Alex Jesaulenko in his final game, the ’68 Grand Final. He has been a successful club person and businessman, and also did 23 years as a voluntary social worker at Pentridge prison. He was also a great mentor to young Essendon players. Alec lives between his old Essendon precinct (Moonee Ponds) and his Woodend winery.


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