Shepparton Art Museum’s café – Elsewhere at SAM re-opens in March 2023

Shepparton Art Museum is delighted to announce that new providers will run the café at SAM. Elsewhere at SAM will launch on 22 March. The new management team, consisting of Ricardo Vilsson Mullor, Alaina Tuckett and Jonathan Chan, will create a unique dining experience in the café that reflects the beauty of its surroundings in the museum and Victoria Lake. 

With over 20 years of hospitality and management experience between the team as well as extensive local roots, the trio will showcase locally sourced products and ingredients, expressing the flavours and agricultural excellence of our region. Visitors to Elsewhere at SAM will continue to enjoy table service and be able to reserve tables and place orders online. The café will extend their opening hours, opening earlier from 8am and closing at 4pm, creating opportunities for early morning diners to purchase their coffee and breakfast on their morning lake walks. 

Alaina Tuckett, Elsewhere at SAM Functions & Events Coordinator, says: 

“We are so thrilled to be extending the experience of SAM by connecting and engaging with our community through food and drink offerings.  Our team brings a wealth of local networks, knowledge and passion to the venture, strongly focusing on people through our commitment to excellent customer service. We will go to great lengths to promote and support the incredible local producers that the Goulburn Valley has to offer, and our attentive service will ensure that your meal is just as enjoyable as the art you came to see. Whether you visit us for a leisurely dine-in experience or a quick bite to eat, we've got you covered. We’re also excited to support SAM in their delivery of SAM at Sunset through our dining and bar services. This will provide an opportunity for our guests to enjoy a relaxing and memorable evening while taking in the beautiful sunset." 

Whilst Elsewhere at SAM transitions into the premises, the café at SAM will be closed for a short period. The café closure coincides with a temporary gallery closure at SAM whilst installation of the museum’s upcoming major temporary exhibition Ash Keating: Elevation and collection exhibition Dance Me to the End of Love takes place. These new exhibitions will open to the public on Saturday 18 March.  

Melinda Martin, SAM CEO, says: 

“SAM is delighted to be partnering with Elsewhere at SAM to deliver a coffee and dining experience that is reflective of our desire for regional and cultural vibrancy. The team at Elsewhere are passionate about creating excellent food and drink opportunities in the Goulburn Valley, and we know that our visitors will love what will be on offer with the team’s fresh and unique menu.” 

An announcement on the menu of Elsewhere at SAM will be released mid-March. All café enquiries can be made via email at and more information can be found on