Duncan Welgemoed’s Dinner Auction for Bushfire Relief

Thu 9th January, 2020 – Fri 31st January, 2020
The Africola chef-owner is auctioning off 10 exclusive dinners for bushfire relief.

Struck by the worsening impact of the South Australian bushfires, Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed has hatched a plan. He’s rallied some of the country’s best chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and bartenders and is auctioning off 10 fundraising dinners.

All proceeds will go to the South Australian Country Fire Service, as well as Tilbrook Estate and Vinteloper, which were severely impacted by the fires. Produce, wine, staff and time will all be donated.

Bidding is open until January 31 and starts at $5000 per dinner. Most are for 10 people and will be held in the comfort of the winner’s home – in Adelaide – at a date agreed upon by all parties. Some highlights include:

The Best of South Australia
This dinner will champion our state’s world-class produce – and chefs. Those involved are Welgemoed, James Brinklow (The Lane), Shannon Fleming (Lot 100), Quang Nguyen (Noi Vietnamese Eatery, Devour Cafe Patisserie, Shibui Dessert Bar), Emma Shearer (The Lost Loaf). On drinks: Mark Reginato (Hellbound), Meria Harel and Nick Ryan.

Tuk Tuk Thai Banquet
If high-end Thai food is your thing, bid on this four-course, wine-matched dinner. On the bill: Ali McCallum (Ferment Asian), Ben Cooper (Chin Chin), Shannon Martinez (Melbourne’s Smith & Daughters), chefs from Golden Boy and Regent Thai, chocolatier Steven Ter Horst and more.

Soul Food Backyard Festival
Fancy a four-course dinner in your backyard? It’ll come courtesy of Morgan McGlone (Melbourne’s Belle’s Hot Chicken), the team behind Low & Slow American BBQ and Quang Nguyen (Noi Vietnamese Eatery, Devour Cafe Patisserie, Shibui Dessert Bar). Ollie Margan (Maybe Mae) and Jonathan Brook are on drinks.

Friends With Benefits
Hosted by new Masterchef judge Melissa Leong, this dinner will feature Victor Liong (of Melbourne institution Lee Ho Fook), Ben Cooper (Chin Chin), Josh Lewis (NSW’s Fleet), Michael Ryan (Victoria’s Provenance) and more.

Dinner at Sparkke
This 18-person dinner, by star chef Emma McCaskill, will be held at Sparkke at the Whitmore and it’ll feature matched Sparkke beer and wine poured by the makers.

Find the full list of dinners and bid here.