Restaurants deal with hungry people on the daily. But this Saturday some of Brisbane’s best are getting serious, coming together for World Food Day and fighting against food insecurity in Queensland.
The event is in aid of Foodbank Queensland. Il Centro, Cha Cha Char, Jellyfish, Moda and 1889 Enoteca will join forces for a cocktail evening to support the state’s largest hunger relief organisation.
Il Centro restaurateur Andy Georges came up with the idea after visiting the Foodbank Queensland warehouse in Morningside, from which some 50 tonnes of food is distributed statewide every day to 300 charities and 200 school breakfast programs.
“We thought it might be a good idea to get four or five high-profile restaurants to donate their time and product,” Georges says. Four of the restaurants will serve canapés and fork dishes, including Il Centro’s signature sand-crab lasagne and Enoteca's salumi and cheese table. Drinks will be supplied by the Newstead Brewing Co., Möet & Chandon and Robert Channon Wines.
It will be a laid-back affair, Georges says. Radio announcer Ian Skippen and Channel 9 personality Natalie Gruzlewski will host the event. Latin-American band Havana will provide the tunes.
The cocktail evening will be held at the Foodbank Queensland warehouse to showcase the organisation’s work. Foodbank works with major retailers such as Woolworths and Coles, manufacturing companies and farmers to rescue food from wastage.
Food insecurity is an ongoing problem for two million Australians, says Foodbank Queensland’s general manager, Ken McMillan. “In Australia, we produce enough food to feed 60 million people. We export one-third, we consume one-third, and we throw one-third away,” he says. “What Foodbank is trying to do is rescue that resource and pass it on to someone who’s hungry.”
Foodbank Queensland’s World Food Day event will be held on Saturday October 15. Tickets are $150.