Restaurants launch national initiatives for temporary visa workers

Chef Joe Cavallo from Sydney's Bella Vista Hotel filming a pasta class with his daughter for the Help Out Hospo website.
Chef Joe Cavallo from Sydney's Bella Vista Hotel filming a pasta class with his daughter for the Help Out Hospo website. Photo: Supplied

Over the Easter long weekend, Melbourne CBD restaurants Daughter in Law and Mrs Singh left their takeaway and delivery services in the more-than-capable hands of international students and temporary visa holders. Any staff member not eligible for the federal government's JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments was invited to participate, with all sales divided among workers.

Across town in Ripponlea, Ben Shewry is encouraging diners using Attica's take-home and delivery service to add a jar of broth to their order – that in turn allows Attica to donate a broth to someone in need.

In Sydney, Matt Moran and Neil Perry have teamed up to launch a donation website to provide emergency financial relief for hospitality staff affected by COVID-19. The interactive non-profit Help Out Hospo website has a growing library of cooking and bar video demonstrations allowing home cooks and mixologists to upskill in quarantine with a donation starting at $10.

Thali tray of curries,
-Daughter-in-law- Jessi Singh opens his first Melbourne restaurant since 2017. 31st July 2019 The ...
Thali tray of curries, -Daughter-in-law- Jessi Singh opens his first Melbourne restaurant since 2017. 31st July 2019 The Age News Picture by JOE ARMAO Photo: Joe Armao

And Brisbane initiative A Good Beer Always Helps is a national campaign that aims to give something back to essential services workers, sending a free four-pack of beer straight to the workers' home from their local craft brewery. Anyone can register to send an essential worker a nice cold beer, along with a few words of encouragement.