Buy one, give one
Fine diner Chiswick Woollahra has teamed up with social enterprise Two Good Co to help get meals to domestic-violence survivors living in women’s shelters in Sydney and Melbourne. Until December 24, simply add an “empty plate” to your order for just $7.50 and Two Good will serve a meal to someone who needs it.

Check, check
If you’ve been putting off a skin-cancer check, a new sun-safe education hub in Bondi might be your saving grace. A collaboration between not-for-profit Skin Check Champions and skincare brand La Roche-Posay, the hub is offering free one-on-one skin checks until January 31. It will also help educate the public on sun protection and the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, and hand out samples of La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ sunscreen. The lab is open from Thursday to Sunday at 1 Beach Road, Bondi.

See ya later, lactose
South-west NSW cheese brand Coolamon Cheese Co has launched a handcrafted, lactose-free cheese range. The five fromages include a blue vein, a soft blue, a double brie, a feta and a haloumi, and have been made using natural lactase enzymes, which break down lactose. Handily, the lactose-free range is set at the same price point as Coolamon’s regular selection.

A very happy hour
Hospitality group Australian Venue Co will get off to a spectacular start in 2021 with the launch of a month-long happy hour. Every day in January, from 5pm to 6pm, it’s offering 50 per cent off all food and drink orders at eight of its Sydney venues. The deal is available at The Winery, The Rook, The Loft, Cargo, Bungalow 8, Untied, Manly Wine and Beer Deluxe on King Street Wharf, and there’s no limit to how many happy hours you attend.

Opera is back
Opera Australia returns to the Opera House after a nine-month hiatus, with its first show of 2021 – an opulent production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow – opening on January 5. The performance, which presents art-deco-era France in all its glory, stars Julie Lea Goodwin and Alexander Lewis. They’ll be leading an all-Australian cast in the show, which follows a wealthy widow who becomes the most coveted woman in town.