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Did you know that every year, 2 million Australians will experience hunger? But, over the same period, we’ll also waste 200kg of food for every man, woman and child in the nation.  Doesn’t make sense, does it!

Barry Iddles creator of  Skinny Duck raised $130,986.95 supporting FareShare 30 January this year.  In turn, this creates 260,000 meals for Melbourne’s underprivileged. Children who would normally go to school hungry, will be able to eat, and that’s what feeding our community is about. We are all better people on a full stomach.

Each person on the Skinny Duck Team voluntarily offered themselves for a service on this project and for this reason, it makes Skinny Duck all that more special of an achievement.

Inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Skinny Duck is a group of Victorians led by Chef Barry Iddles from Sorrento Catering, who through their passion of food and community spirit are staging a gala fund raising cocktail event to help underprivileged Victorians.

To top off the night Heston Blumenthal donated 2 golden tickets to The Fat Duck to be auctioned, along with a guest appearance. Holding onto such information was a bust, we could not mention it until late the day before the event. The news spread quickly and whilst the event was close to sold out this news tipped us over the edge, to a sold out event.

On the night of Friday 30 January, the inaugural Skinny Duck Cocktail Party was held at the St Kilda Town Hall, and Heston appeared as promised. There was great excitement when he arrived, he was sincere, genuine and down to earth, he remained composed and a true gentlemen through the entire process.

All proceeds from the night were be donated to FareShare, Melbourne based charity aimed at rescuing surplus food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses to be redistributed as cooked meals.

The cocktail menu will consisted of 14 decadent canapes, (including vegetarian/gluten free), plus beverages. Canapes were prepared by Melbourne’s leading chefs, with the help of our guest celebrities. Together they will be creating specialised dishes for all to try.

Adam d’Sylva – Coda
Jacques Reymond – Jacques Reymond, International Restaurant
Tony Twitchett – Taxi
Scott Pickett – Estelle & Saint Crispin
Daniel Wilson – Huxtable

The entertainment line-up included:

Music from Melbourne’s own Henry Wagons and Dukes of Debonaire
plus appearances from our guest celebrities including the very funny Dave O’Neil.

We are looking forward to Skinny Duck 2016 and hope that you will join us for a sit down event, that will rise above this years efforts. I’d like to thank Barry Iddles of Sorrento Catering  for asking me to be a part of the Skinny Duck team and participate in such a worthy cause.

If you’d like to donate, to Fareshare, please click here

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