Yesterday I joined 300 others to raise funds for The Big Issue, an organisation that helps homeless and disadvantaged Australians. The Big Issue says it's purpose is to provide "opportunities for people from all walks of life to earn an income, build confidence and re-engage with their community in a meaningful way."
One of the major fund raising events is The Big Lunch held at the Central Market.
According to their own literature, they also run "educational workshops for school and corporate groups, a street soccer program for homeless and disadvantaged people and a magazine subsription iniative providing work opportunities for vulnerable women."
At the Big Lunch, local artists were tasked with creating a scene from the lunch to be donated as part of a silent auction.
Artists, Fran Callen, Andrew Clarke and Laura Wills created these pieces over lunch.
Celebrity chefs Callum Hann, Simon Bryant, Lloyd Cremer and Bree May all donated their time to make a course each.
We started off with canapés by Callum - roast pumpkin and blue cheese with toasted pecan, and roasted medley of beetroot, horseradish creme fruit, vanilla and chervil.
The soups by Simon were cheddar and parsnip soup with oven baked wake, crispy mushroom bits and sour dough; and dirty sunset red masoor dal spiced sambar with fried okra and peppered pappadam.
Main courses by Lloyd included Seafood platter with spinach, poached celery, saffron potatoes courgette ribbons, fennel and sauce Jacquelin.
Roast beef with pan gravy served with roasted root vegetables and mustard with creamed horseradish and Yorkshire puddings.
And for the vegetarians, Barcelona vegetables paella with smoked almond gazpacho, kale, sugar snaps and piquillo mix.
Desserts by Bree included upside down quince and semolina cake with honey and orange labneh; and dark chocolate custard tart with earl grey and thyme poached pears.
Triple cream brie, cheddar and piccato.
The lunch has raised more than $100,000 over the past 5 years. Please consider buying a copy of the Big Issue next time you see it being sold on the street. Selling the magazines brings hope and dignity to people.