CREATIVE KITCHEN: Helpers providing the good food at Halcyon House's community dinner.
CREATIVE KITCHEN: Helpers providing the good food at Halcyon House's community dinner. Contributed

Top chefs help feed the needy

THE region's top chefs gathered at Cabarita's Halcyon House on Tuesday to help raise more than $8000 for food charity OzHarvest.

More than 60 of the Tweed's high society gathered at the boutique hotel to share in delicacies prepared especially for the night by chefs from four of the region's top restaurants, including Paper Daisy, Harvest Cafe, Fleet Restaurant and Three Blue Ducks.

All food was sourced locally, and included such delights as smoked mullet with potato and dill, citrus- brined Possum Creek Farm chicken and Rangpur lime sorbet with sherbet.

All money raised on the night - estimated to be more than $8000 - will go directly to OzHarvest, a charity which "rescues” left over food from restaurants, hotels, conference centres and supermarkets.

OzHarvest Gold Coast manager Lee Danahay said she was blown away by the support.

"This is just amazing,” Ms Danahay said.

"We are self funding, we don't receive any government grants, so we have to raise all of our funds to keep our vans on the road.”

Originally founded in Sydney some 12 years ago, OzHarvest has expanded to take in all capital cities and many regional centres, with 35 vans delivering food across the country.

Since opening locally in 2013, the charity has rescued 680,000kg of food, or 1.8 million meals, which are distributed to around 50 organisations who help the needy on the Tweed and Gold Coasts.

Ms Danahay said the organisations they delivered food to included charities, community centres, schools and churches, who deal not only with the homeless, but with victims of domestic violence, youth, needy families and more.

Halcyon House spokeswoman Annissa Bevis said they were delighted to be able to help by raising funds and shining a spotlight on the needy and food wastage.



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