A one-off fundraising feast for India by a team of Melbourne chefs

Published on 18 May 2021

Photo: Tom Sarafian, Tony Tan, Anou Khanijou, Mischa Tropp (Credit: Leah Traecey)

Seven great Melbourne chefs join forces for a one-off feast to help provide urgent relief to those affected by India’s COVID crisis. 

India is experiencing a devastating second wave of COVID. As the total number of cases surpasses 24 million, a profound healthcare crisis has left many hospitals and health centres with a shortage of beds, essential drugs and medical services. 

Despite being thousands of kilometres away, a team of Melbourne chefs is giving you the opportunity to help in the form of a delicious long lunch. Mischa Tropp of We are Kerala has joined forces with Anou Khanijou from PR and event agency Anouconcept to create Daawat Fundraiser for India, a fundraising event in support of a cause close to both of their hearts. 

Seven chefs from across Melbourne will come together on 6 June to host a Sunday lunch at North Melbourne’s Two Ton Max, to raise funds to support the purchase and delivery of vital medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators.

Chefs Mischa Tropp (We Are Kerala), Tom Sarafian (Bar Saracen), Nabil Ansari (Sunda), Helly Raichura (Enter Via Laundry), Matt Wilkinson (Montalto, Four Pillars Gin), Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka, Coda), and Shannon Martinez (Smith and Daughters) will all be donating their time and resources to the event. 

The lunch will be hosted by renowned chef and food writer Tony Tan and Pat Nourse, creative director of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. 

Daawat is the hindi word for feast or celebration and true to its name, the long lunch will see diners feast on a three-course meal from celebrated Melbourne chefs, accompanied by drinks from Avani Wines, Bodriggy Brewing Co, Four Pillars Gin, and Capi that will be available for purchase on the day. 

All proceeds from ticket sales, as well as drink sales and donations on the day, will go through the Victorian Indian Community Charitable Trust to Khalsa Aid, an international NGO mobilising a global response to the ongoing crisis in India. 

Many Melbourne and Victorian businesses have also generously donated products or resources to support the event, including Pt Leo Estate, St David Dairy, North Carlton Meats, Ocean Made, Senselle Foods, Dann Event Hire and Refresh Hospitality. 

Daawat – Fundraiser for India, 6 June from 1pm to 5pm at Two Ton Max, 124 Langford St, North Melbourne. Three-courses, $120 plus booking fee, tickets on sale now at dgtix.app

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