During the first lockdown last year, some of Sydney’s best chefs, including Quay’s Peter Gilmore and Firedoor’s Lennox Hastie, rallied together to launch Harvest Bites, a service delivering restaurant-quality meals every Monday. Each meal fed at least 40 people experiencing food insecurity.
It kept up the good work as Sydney slowly returned to its regular rhythms. And now that we’re back in lockdown it’s built on its original offering and introduced Harvest Bites Marketplace, an online store stocked with dinner packs from some of Sydney’s favourite chefs and restaurants, as well as pantry items and fruit and veg boxes.
“Not only is it delicious food but it’s food with a cause,” Ozharvest founder Ronni Kahn tells Broadsheet. “There are many different programs out there you can order food from, but every time you order food through Harvest Bites it means we get to feed people.” She says that Harvest Bites has so far helped the food-rescue organisation deliver more than 150,000 meals to vulnerable Aussies.
Marketplace features a range of meal kits that require only a little heating at home. And unlike the Monday meals they’re not one-offs – you could get the same pack every week, if you wanted. There’s a vego mezze spread by Kepos Street Kitchen. Enough to feed two to three people, the pack includes a vegetarian cottage pie, hummus, eggplant dip, zucchini tzatziki, marinated olives, pickled cauliflower and carrots, za’atar pita, and crudites. The Redfern diner is also doing a hearty slow-roasted lamb shoulder feast for up to four people.
Ho Jiak’s signature Hainan chicken and its Wagyu rendang (both for two or four people) can also be ordered via Marketplace. And if you’re in more of an Italian mood, Fabbrica has a two-pasta pack with rigatoni and slow-cooked Wagyu, and a cacio e pepe, which you can jazz up with 10 grams of fresh Manjimup black perigord truffles for an extra $25.
As well as dinner packs, there’s a selection of pantry staples such as Moon Mart’s XO sauce and The Fermentalists’ habanero hot sauce, and “harvest” boxes filled with locally sourced in-season fruit and veg. Available in two sizes (small for $40 or standard for $65), the harvest box can be bought as a once-off or with a subscription.
Order before 10am each Wednesday for Friday delivery for the Ho Jiak and Kepos Street Kitchen meal packs. Place orders for Fabbrica, Boronia Kitchen, Abhi’s Indian and Ozharvest before Monday 4pm for Wednesday delivery. All deliveries incur a $15 flat fee, otherwise it’s free to pick up from the Ozharvest warehouse.