Fighting Fire with Fire

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Photograph: Anna Kucera

Time Out says

A fundraising feast and a fond farewell share the stage for this bushfire relief banquet

With much of the fire season still to come, the full extent of the bushfires’ impact on everyday life is hard to imagine. However, the food and drink industry is likely to be one of the sectors hardest hit. Livestock farmers have been among the producers most devastated by the ongoing catastrophe, but the restaurateurs who champion their produce are ready to rally behind them.

As a gesture of solidarity with the farmers they work so closely with, the Argentinian barbecue maestros at Porteño are doing what they do best to raise money for charities offering relief to those affected by the bushfire emergency. A four-hour fundraising feast at its original Cleveland Street premises will feature the restaurant’s signature charcoal-grilled fare, straight from its custom-built, open barbecues and wood-fired ovens, with every cent raised pledged to the relief efforts.

Your $195 ticket also includes all drinks, and given the stature of Porteño’s stacked wine menu, featuring many top NSW vineyards, the evening is sure to be one Bacchus himself would approve of. 

Of course, all of this drinking and making merry is for a serious cause, with all proceeds from the event to be split between multiple charities including the Red Cross, Vinnies, Salvation Army, NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES.

In fact, the event is bittersweet in more ways than one. Due to the sale of the Cleveland Street building where Porteño opened its first eatery, this will be one of the final events held at the venue. So come get your fill while doing your part for the bushfire relief effort, and farewell the original Porteño on January 13 from 6.30pm.


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