Solotel have launched “Plate for a Farmer” - an initiative designed to support the ongoing drought relief. By ordering an empty plate from Solotel and Matt Moran venues during lunch and dinner, Solotel will match each contribution, dollar for dollar, to help a drought-affected farmer.
While recent August rainfall has provided a more positive outlook for some regions, the drought still continues to negatively impact farmers across NSW. According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW continues to experience drought conditions, with 99.8% of the state being recorded as in a state of either “Drought Affected, “Drought” or “Intense Drought” at the end of August 2018. As a hospitality group that relies heavily on cattle farmers across the country for their product, Moran and the Solotel team are hoping the initiative will highlight the ongoing need for Aussie support.
As part of “Plate for a Farmer”, Solotel diners will be encouraged to add an “empty plate” to their order to help put food on the table of the farmers and suppliers who are currently devastated by the drought conditions. Guests can purchase an empty entrée plate for just $5 or a main plate for $10, every dollar of which will be matched by the venue and donated to Rural Aid to support their mental health counseling and other drought support programs.
“Throughout my career, having access to the very best produce in Australia has been a joy, but the drought conditions that now shroud our countryside are having a devastating effect on our rural suppliers. As both a chef and a very proud fourth-generation farmer, this is heart-wrenching.” says Moran. “Our Aussie farmers’ hard work and innovation have enabled the team and me to bring wonderful seasonal menus, year after year. It’s now time for us to step up and help them.”
Participating venues include Aria Sydney, Aria Brisbane, Bea at Barangaroo House, Chiswick Woollahra, Chiswick at the Gallery, Paddo Inn, North Bondi Fish, Opera Bar and Chophouse.