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Australian Restaurants Giving Back To The Community

Published on 06 Jun 2020
By Ariel Mae

Photo by Attica Website

+Ethical

Australian Restaurants Giving Back To The Community

Published on 06 Jun 2020
By Ariel Mae

Our hospitality industry has been hit hard by the global pandemic. But even though they’re doing it tough, restaurants all over Melbourne are stepping up to lend a hand (and a feed) to those who need it. These are the restaurants in Melbourne looking out for those out of a job and how you can support them. 


The Attica Soup Project - Attica, Ben Shewry

At Ben Shewry’s Attica, fine dining to go isn’t the only thing the kitchen is churning out. Together with food writer Dani Valent, they’re cooking up a soup storm to feed those out of work and out of pocket. In particular, international workers who aren’t eligible for welfare payments. 


So how does it work? Order a serve of Shewry’s Thai Chicken Soup, available for delivery online. The delicate shiitake and coconut broth goes down a treat with shredded free-range chicken and tangy garlic and pepperberry topping. And $5 of the $25 will feed a temporary visa holder. 


Hope Delivery - Rockpool Dining Group, Neil Perry

While our favourite fine dining establishments were shuttered, Neil Perry started work on an initiative to redirect his restaurants’ A-grade produce from diners to workers. Hope Delivery musters an army of head chefs, restaurant managers and volunteers, aiming to feed roughly 2,000 international workers a day. This way, both sides of the supply chain are supported - international workers as well as the producers of meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables who’ve experienced a downturn in demand. 


If you’d like to help, donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Rockpool Foundation.