• Sally Weir and Cris O'Brien

    Sally Weir and Cris O'Brien

  • Ross and Lynne Sydney and Tonia Alexander

    Ross and Lynne Sydney and Tonia Alexander

  • Nathan Newman, Hamish Hansford, Whitney Harris and Marina Simoncini

    Nathan Newman, Hamish Hansford, Whitney Harris and Marina Simoncini

  • Luke Austin and Bree Rodgers

    Luke Austin and Bree Rodgers

  • Lisa Howarth, Shelby Higgs and Marilyn Howarth

    Lisa Howarth, Shelby Higgs and Marilyn Howarth

  • Kath and Matthew Milin and Mel Grebowski

    Kath and Matthew Milin and Mel Grebowski

  • Karen Roberson, Evie Cuthbertson, Jess Dahlenburg, Harry Sutton and Noel Sutton

    Karen Roberson, Evie Cuthbertson, Jess Dahlenburg, Harry Sutton and Noel Sutton

  • Josh Nedeljkovic, Bria Sydney, Sarah McCook, Amelia Rich, Charlie Salbador and Abby Clarke

    Josh Nedeljkovic, Bria Sydney, Sarah McCook, Amelia Rich, Charlie Salbador and Abby Clarke

  • Jon May, Ben Aulich and Peter Woodhouse

    Jon May, Ben Aulich and Peter Woodhouse

  • Mckellar Ridge Estate guests.

    Mckellar Ridge Estate guests.

  • Amelia Rich and Abby Clarke

    Amelia Rich and Abby Clarke

  • Louise Redman and Allison Redman

    Louise Redman and Allison Redman

  • Colleen Kelly, Holly Komorowsky and Key Chantharasy

    Colleen Kelly, Holly Komorowsky and Key Chantharasy

  • Barbara and Richard Griffiths representing Foodbank.

    Barbara and Richard Griffiths representing Foodbank.

  • Amy Robibnson, hostess and auctioneer for the fundraiser

    Amy Robibnson, hostess and auctioneer for the fundraiser

  • Sean Smith, James Forman, Luke Riuers, Lex Koh and Kim Huett

    Sean Smith, James Forman, Luke Riuers, Lex Koh and Kim Huett

Parlour Room 'Eat Pay Love' Dinner

16 October 2014

In a week designated ‘anti-poverty week’ on a day labeled ‘world hunger day’ the degustation menu at the refurbished Parlour Room in the new version of the old Hotel Acton took on quite a different meaning to the guests who came to support the family team that operates this venue the Elk and Pea on Lonsdale Street and Knightsbridge Penthouse on Mort Street.

Amy Robinson and her sister Brie Sydney played hostesses with big hearts and supportive industry besties  inviting  friends and regular clients to this degustation dinner and complementary wines then asking them to support Foodbank, the Sydney based food relief agency providing 95% of all food required by our local charities who pick and pack in many venues around Canberrra then supply to an increasing number of people facing the distress and desperation of being hungry. The facts and figures shatter the concept of our perfect city with Richard Griffiths of Rotary telling the story behind the façade. But if this crowd is indicative of our caring then we can spread the word, and contribute to Foodbank, to ensure food, or a pre-paid restaurant meal, gets to those who need it.

Amy Robinson had organized at The Elk and Pea, two sittings and lots of pre-paid dinners for families in need on the Tuesday, with some families who have babies in the neo-natal care unit at Canberra Hospital very appreciative of a night away from the constant of just being there with their tiny babies. Many guests paid forward to ensure others could enjoy a restaurant quality meal too, with Amy getting the help of the North Side Community Service to make it possible. And then the girls backed it up with the Parlour Room dinner on Thursday.

What a superb team effort from the staff who volunteered to make this fundraiser a success, industry food suppliers and McKellar Ridge Wines, and extra support from the Independent Property Group,  showing this  ‘Eat Pay Love’ dinner has started something worthwhile.