Hospo businesses support bushfire crisis

06 January, 2020 by
Annabelle Cloros

Australia’s hospitality community is rallying together to raise money for the victims of the bushfires.

From tables at restaurants that are usually booked out months in advance to cocktails and feasts, here are some of the businesses doing their bit to help those in need.



A feast will be hosted on 13 January 2020 at the venue’s original Cleveland Street location in Sydney. Tickets are $185 for food and drink, with all proceeds donated to communities in need.


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FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE ! On Monday the 13th were Hosting a Porteño feast at our original Cleveland street location Raising funds to assist people and their communities directly affected by the fires. Having been deeply saddened and shocked by the devastating and tragic fires currently ravaging our country. In true Porteño style, we’re Fighting Fire with Fire, getting everyone together for one last Hoorah. Adan, Ben and Elvis on the Asador and Parilla. Joe, Sarah, Rachael and Adam keeping the drinks flowing. 100% of proceeds will be donated towards all those communities in need. Tickets $185 Link in Bio.

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The fine diner will donate all proceeds from their 7 January 2020 dinner service to The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities, CFA Vic, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and Wildlife Victoria‘s bushfire appeal.

There are four tables for two up for auction for the service, with bidding starting at $600. Email meet@attica.com.au with your best offer; winning parties will be contacted from 9am on 7 January.

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Attica will be donating all proceeds from its first service of 2020 tomorrow, Tuesday 7th January, to the following emergency funds in equal parts – The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities (link to donate in profile), The CFA @cfavic, The Victorian Bushfire Appeal and The Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal @wildlifevictoria Additionally we have 4 tables for two people available that we would like to offer to the highest bidders. Please email meet@attica.com.au with your best offer. Minimum bid is $600 for food only for the table. Top bidders chosen at 9am tomorrow morning, 7th January, and we will call you then to let you know so please add your contact number to your bid email. @benshewry will be here to personally greet you. If you do have a reservation tomorrow night please spend up knowing that every single dollar you spend will go to helping Australia through this crisis.

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Chef and owner Duncan Welgemoed is auctioning off seven events to support SA Country Fire Service, Vinteloper (Adelaide Hills winemakers), Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal and Tilbrook Estate.

Interested parties can register their details for the live auctions, which will include five dinners for 10 people curated by some of Australia’s best chefs, sommeliers and hospitality professionals.

Bidding for each event starts at $5,000 with more details to be released shortly.


CEO Justin Hemmes personally donated $500,000 to the NSW RFS and is asking the public to help Merivale reach a target of $1 million. Donations can be made here.

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My heart goes out to everyone affected by these horrific and unprecedented bushfires. Our beautiful country is in flames – the loss of human life, wildlife, homes and bushland is unfathomable. I saw firsthand the heroic efforts of firefighters who worked around the clock to protect the communities in Berrara and Narooma. They are true heroes who desperately need our help. Thank you to those who have already made generous donations to the organisations that require assistance. I have donated $500,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service to kick start our Merivale fundraiser and help give our heroic firefighters the resources they need to continue their work through this long and devastating summer. If you would like to donate, no matter how big or small, simply click through the link on my profile and help us add another $500,000 to reach our $1million target To the brave firefighters who continue to risk their lives in extreme and terrifying conditions – thank you. You are all heroes. Australia is forever in your debt.In these difficult and heartbreaking times, it is easy to feel helpless – but we can all make a difference. Jus Link in bio Photo: NSW RFS

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The Everleigh

The Bar Bushfire Shake Up at Melbourne’s The Everleigh will see owners Michael and Zara Madrusan collaborate with Ben Shewry, Andrew McConnell and Peter Gunn to raise money for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery. Each chef will design their own pizza which will sell for $10 a slice.

On the drinks front, 16 venues including Black Pearl, The Beaufort and more will sling $15 signature cocktails for an hour at a time.

Tickets are $20 each with all proceeds from the 13 January event donated.

Sydney Cooks for the Bush

Jacqui Challinor from Nomad in Surry Hills is teaming up with 30 restaurants to raise money for the Red Cross. On Sunday 12 January, chefs including Alex Pavoni, James Viles, Andy Bowdy and Danielle Alvarez will come together to create a full a la carte brunch menu. While tickets to the brunch are sold out, a takeaway menu is available from 10am.

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Join us and over 30 of Sydney’s best restaurants to raise much needed money for the @redcrossau and the people and communities affected by the bushfires devastating our country. This Sunday 12 Jan, we are offering a full a la carte brunch menu and takeaway menu curated by some of the best chefs in Sydney. @tioscerveceria are shaking cocktails and coffee by @st_ali. Thank you for all those donating produce, time, money. See below who will be cooking for you! @jacqui_challinor from NOMAD @jamesvilesbiota from BIOTA @alexpavoni from Ormeggio @afropunkoz from Africola (Adelaide) @_nic_wong_ and @alexprichard from Icebergs Dining Room and Bar @chefsamkane from Bert’s @daniellemariealvarez from FRED’S @andybowdy from @saga_enmore @cheftravharvey from @ozharvest @jayjaewalsh from @hartsyard @birdcowfish Alex Herbert @martinboetz from Cooks Coop @chefstefano from The Apollo @jasonwhite91 from Firedoor @chefgraemejh from @chinchinsydney @aaronward88 from Sixpenny @cfassnidge from @mkr and @banksia_bistro @michaelrantissi from Kepos Street Kitchen @michaelnicolian from @continentaldeli @chefhamishingham from Banksii @julianvcincotta from @buttersydney @ibrahimkasif from @stanbulirestaurant @brindles_beard from Ester @maax.smith from Cho Cho San @sujetspiceiamfarm from @spice.i.am @coreycostelloe from @rockpoolbarandgrill @mikemcenearney from @kitchenbymike @chefjoelbickford from Aria We will be auctioning experiences and gift vouchers from restaurants around the city. Watch this space! And please get in touch if you would like to get on board and PLEASE SHARE #cookforthebush #bushfiresaustralia #redcross. Bookings via our website

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Continental Deli

The Newtown location in Sydney is selling slices of blueberry and ricotta cake for $10, with all proceeds donated to firefighters.

Victor Churchill, Vic’s Meats & Vic’s Meat Market Day

100 per cent of sales from all three stores on 11 January will be donated to WIRES, the Red Cross and NSW RFS.

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This Saturday the 11th of January all three of our retail stores @victor.churchill @vicsmeatmarket & @vicsmeatmarketday will be donating 100% of every single dollar our amazing and loyal customers will spend with us on this day to each of the following three organizations @redcrossau @wireswildliferescue & @nswrfs as a small gesture of support and help for the devastating wild fires that have caused grief and wide spread destruction across most of Australia for months now. While money won’t entirely fix what has happened it’s a start and I’m sure will go along way towards helping hopefully rebuild the communities, wildlife and lives that have been decimated. Give as much or as little as you can during this difficult and challenging time for our great Country 🇦🇺

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The Bondi ‘non-traditional’ izakaya is putting all profits and tips to WIRES for the next two weeks.

Latorre & Dutch Coffee

10 per cent of total purchases will be donated to organisations including the Australian Red Cross, NSW Rural Fire Service and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.


Tristan Rosier’s Sydney restaurant are donating 100 per cent of the proceeds of their house spritz to the NSW Rural Fire Service. Sip on a blood orange number for a good cause.

Romeo Lane

100 per cent of tips at the Melbourne bar are being donated to those helping protect the community.

Smith & Daughters & Smith & Deli

Shannon Martinez’s Melbourne-based vegan eateries will host a series of events to raise money for wildlife charities and victims of the bushfire crisis. More details to come.

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Stay tuned.

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Industry Beans

The coffee concept will donate 10 per cent of retail coffee bean sales to the Red Cross until the end of January. Industry Beans has locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Australian Venue Co.

$1 for every schooner and $2 for every pint of Furphy sold in VIC, NSW, WA & SA and every XXXX Gold sold in Qld will be donated to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal.

Available at all Australian Venue Co-owned businesses across the country including The Winery, Untied, The Rook, Bungalow 8 and Manly Wine in Sydney.

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