Would you take a stranger out to dinner? Social enterprise Two Good Co is inviting Melbourne residents to pay it forward with its annual equiTable event, where every ticket sold creates a seat at the table for a woman in need.
The event comes to Melbourne for the first time this year for an evening at Rockpool in Alfred Place with Australian-born chef Skye Gyngell of London restaurant Spring attending the dinner and providing recipes for the menu.
“We believe that food is more than food,” Rob Caslick, co-founder of Two Good Co, says. “It’s a powerful way to connect, demonstrate worth and to show love.”
One hundred guests will sit down to dinner at equiTable, but there are only 50 tickets on sale. The idea is that every ticket purchased also buys a ticket for a guest who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
In keeping with Two Good Co’s mission of working with women who have experienced domestic violence, the dinner features an all-woman cast, with Rockpool chefs creating a menu of Skye Gyngell recipes, Two Birds Brewing (founded by two women) providing beer, and wines from the women-led Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale. Gyngell won a Michelin-star for her first London restaurant Petersham Nurseries before going on to open the successful Spring in Somerset House.
Two Good Co was founded in 2007 as a cook-out and, later, soup kitchen for the homeless population of Kings Cross in Sydney. Today, it operates on a delivery-friendly model where every meal purchased also buys the same meal for a woman in need. Guest chefs including Andrew McConnell, Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry and more have all created recipes for the Eat One, Treat One program.
The equiTable dinner is a chance to see the model in action and share a meal with some of the women Two Good Co work with.
“equiTable dinners are a place where everyone is welcome and equal,” Caslick says.
What are you waiting for? Snap up a ticket and treat someone to a special night out.
equiTable Melbourne, Tuesday 4 June, 6:30pm, Rockpool, 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne, $100 for three courses, wine and beer. Tickets available online.
By Emma Breheny