Since 2014, annual Food for Thought Dinners, around Australia, have showcased a unique collaboration of emerging and talented hospitality professionals to create exceptional experiences for a higher cause.


100% of proceeds are committed to leading charities that are having the greatest impact on dealing with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety – both of which are synonymous with the hospitality industry.


We believe the stigma of mental health can be dismantled through positive social engagement. Venues, Chefs, Waiters, Suppliers and Supporters are unified in their commitment to supporting open conversations that change lives. 


2018 events in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have been preceded by a hugely successful debut in Auckland, New Zealand.


In the years ahead, we anticipate extending our reach to include supply lines, which will truly effect positive change from paddock to plate.


To date, Food for Thought has raised more
than $93,000  through events held across Australia. We're also proud to have successfully hosted our first international event in Auckland.

Mal Meiers, RUOK? Ambassador and founder of Food for Thought started his career in cooking 12 years ago at a humble family Italian restaurant in Sydney’s inner western suburbs.


He gained experience in great restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne, England, Europe and America, culminating in a 9 month popup restaurant tour across Europe, England and Japan in 2017 with his own business, Food + Wine popup.


In 2014, he started annual Food for Thought charity dinners to foster a unique collaboration of emerging and talented hospitality professionals. Exceptional dinners for a higher cause. The concept continues to evolve and grow, supporting mental health awareness and starting the conversation, particularly in hospitality.


We are currently preparing for our three major events being held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in November.

Interested in attending one of our upcoming events or supporting the cause? See the Event listings or feel free to make contact.


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