As our country is ablaze, our industry and our people come together. Here's a few people, businesses and places to help in the recovery efforts.
Empty Esky: Empty Esky Bushfire Recovery is a movement of food, beverage, and adventure enthusiasts to support local business affected by the bushfires. When the fires settle, the time to act and help does not. That is the time to head to fire-ravaged towns with an empty bag, esky, car boot, and fill it up with locally made or sold goods. Spread the word, invite your friends, and support these businesses that rely on tourism as their livelihood. Think and act local, and love our local towns and businesses.
Find out more here.
Bar Bushfire Shake-Up: Hosted by The Made in The Shade Group at The Everleigh, Monday, January 13th will see cocktails from 16 of Melbourne's best bars (the likes of Above Board, Black Pearl, Byrdi, Bar Liberty, and Bad Frankie to start), paired with pizza slices by Ben Shewry, Andrew Mcconnell, Pete Gunn and Shane Delia. Never has there been a better reason to eat pizza and drink cocktails. Monday the 14th, 7 pm until 11 pm at the Everleigh.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
Restaurants for Relief Directory: The list of hospo businesses big and small doing their bit for bushfire victims is well into the thousands. The shared stories on our socials about donations/contributions were starting to get a little overwhelming, and so the Restaurants for Relief Directory was born. Use the website to enter your postcode and make a considered decision around restaurants and cafe's raising money before you go out for your next coffee, drink, or meal. How Good!
Plan your next outing here.
Drink Up at The Mill House:
Five of the best bars in Melbourne will come together on January 19th to Drink Up – an afternoon bringing together good booze and good friends for some good times (in these hard times), with all proceeds from the night going to Red Cross Australia. Heartbreaker, Black Pearl, Ends & Means, The Rum Diary Bar, and Hats & Tatts will each be jumping behind the stick at The Mill House, with each bar serving their signature cocktail for $16, boilermakers for $16 and beers and wine for $9.
Each bar will have one hour to sell as many cocktails as possible.
The staff representing each bar are volunteering their time, and some big-name booze brands such as Four Pillars Gin, Tromba Tequila and Ketel One have jumped on board to help make the event possible.
Sunday 19th January, 3pm - 8pm. The Mill House, 277-279 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Foodbank Victoria's Bushfire Emergency Food Relief Appeal is accepting monetary donations online, and non-perishable donations from their warehouse from 10 am - 5 pm, every day this week. They're located at 4/2 Somerville Road, Yarraville, and items in demand include bottled water, UHT milk, good quality tinned goods (with ring pulls), cereals, pantry staples (pasta, rice, spices), and 'grab-and-go' snacks like muesli bars, nuts etc. If you've got some supermarket shopping to do, then add some extra goods and drop them off today.
Contact them here.
Capitano Vodka Pasta: In a small effort to help out those affected by the current Bushfires in Victoria and with the help of some generous suppliers (Enoteca Sileno, Northside Fruit and Veg, and Complete Food Services), this week, Capitano will be donating all proceeds of every bowl of Rigatoncini in Vodka Sauce to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. All you need to do is eat a bowl of delicious pasta, and team Capitano will do the rest.
Smith & Daughters Bushfire Appeal:- Rockstar chef Shannon Martinez will be joined by Masterchef's newest judge Melissa Leong for three exclusively small masterclasses at Smith and Daughters Deli, where you'll learn kitchen skills for life, eat some brilliant food, drink some brilliant wines, and good times. How to get a seat at the table? Head to @shannon_martinez profile on Instagram on Jan, 11, and the 12th, and bid away! All proceeds will be going to Wildlife Victoria and Animals Australia, caring for sick and injured wildlife who have been affected by the bushfires.