Two Good Co
Sick of your usual Tuesday lunch fare? The idea behind Two Good Co is simple: order a Two Good salad or soup, and the same meal goes to someone in a domestic violence shelter or sleeping rough. Women from the shelters are also employed to make the lunches. Founder Rob Caslick says the response to the lunches has been humbling. “We got an amazing letter from someone at the shelter who said how wonderful it is to get something nice after being told that they’re worthless for so long. There’s this little jar of goodness.”
Order the Friday before and your food will be delivered the following Tuesday. There’s a minimum order of ten, so these guys are perfect for the office. With some of Sydney’s top chefs coming up with the recipes (Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry, Matt Moran and Mitch Orr are among them), you’re not only giving a helping hand, but nabbing a pretty epic lunch as well. WWW.TWOGOOD.COM.AU.
Indu pays homage to owner Dr Sam Prince’s Indian and Sri Lankan heritage, serving up dishes from the subcontinent that locals would offer in their own homes. The idea for the restaurant came to Dr Prince after he did aid work in remote villages in the region. “The patients couldn’t pay us, so instead they would actually take us to their homes, they would make us these feasts, often from the produce in their village, from recipes that were handed down from generation to generation.” In honour of them, Indu gives back through the Village to Village program, partnering with the grassroots organisation Palmera to fund employment and educational schemes in Sri Lanka. 350 GEORGE ST, SYDNEY 2000. 02 9223 0158. INDUDINING.COM.AU. MON-FRI NOON-LATE; SAT 5PM-LATE.
The Welcome Dinner Project
This initiative opens doors, literally and figuratively, by pairing newly arrived Australians with established Aussies for dinners held in homes across Sydney. Equal numbers of established and newly arrived Australians are invited, and each guest brings a dish that’s culturally meaningful to him or her. You can nominate to host a dinner, or just come along as a guest. Either way, you can form new connections and learn to appreciate the richly cultural melting pot that Australia really is. JOININGTHEDOTS.ORG/ THE-WELCOME-DINNER-PROJECT.
This pop-up dinner project gives migrant, refugee and asylum seeker women the chance to gain practical experience in the hospitality industry. Maggie Lloyd, Director of Mazi Mas Sydney, first heard about the dinners while in London in 2010 and brought the idea back home. “Mazi struck me as something that was universal in one sense, a way to recognise and reward the work women do behind the scenes all over the world, but also something we needed in Sydney.” The dinners are a celebration of the women’s cultural and culinary backgrounds, and money from ticket and alcohol sales – Diageo are event partners – is used to pay participant’s wages. “They are incredibly skilled, hard-working and generous people who have a lot more contribute to our community,” says Lloyd. WWW.MAZIMAS.COM.AU.
The Two Wolves: Community Cantina
This not-for-profit, student-friendly cantina near Broadway is staffed by volunteers, and all profits go to the Cardoner Project, a Jesuit endeavour that sponsors youths to volunteer in developing nations. The menu reflects the countries where the Cardoner Project operates – from Mexican burritos to Vietnamese noodle salad. Read Time Out’s review on p48. 202 BROADWAY, CHIPPENDALE 2008. 02 8039 3595 THETWOWOLVES.COM.AU. MON-FRI NOON-LATE.
The Bread and Butter Project The Welcome Dinner Project The Two Wolves: Community Cantina