Top Melbourne chefs join forces in support of India

By Our Reporter
Daawat Fundraiser for India. (From L-R) Tom Sarafian, Tony Tan, Anou of anouconcept, Mischa Tropp. Photo Credit Leah Traecey

A collaborative team from across Melbourne’s hospitality industry have joined together to host a long lunch at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne, catering to up to 200 guests on Sunday, 6 June. All proceeds from ticket sales, as well as on-the-day donations, will go through the Victorian Indian Community Charitable Trust to Khalsa Aid, an international NGO—in support of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in India.

The event has been spearheaded by Mischa Tropp of We are Kerala, who has joined forces with Anou from anouconcept to create this fundraising lunch in support of a cause very close to both their hearts.

Participating chefs donating their time, skills and resources include:

  • Mischa Tropp (We Are Kerala)
  • Tom Sarafian (Bar Saracen)
  • Nabil Ansari (Sunda)
  • Helly Raichura (Enter via Laundry)
  • Matt Wilkinson (Montalto & Four Pillars Gin)
  • Kay-lene Tan (Tonka, Coda)
  • Shannon Martinez (Smith and Daughters)

Tropp, who spent most of 2020 in Mumbai, witnessed firsthand the devastating impact the pandemic has had on India. “As the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly, I have felt compelled to do something. I feel privileged to be in the situation that I am, where I am able to combine forces with the Australian Indian community and support a very worthy cause,” he said.

For Anou, “The escalation of the pandemic in India currently is particularly close to our heart at anouconcept.  As an Australian Indian company, the heartbreaking events that are transpiring have affected friends, family and members of our community. It is a privilege to be able to reach a helping hand to our community.”

Daawat – Fundraiser for India will be hosted by legendary food-writer and chef Tony Tan alongside Creative Director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Pat Nourse.

Calling upon everyone to support this cause, Tony Tan said, “Covid 19 is causing shocking devastation throughout India and I couldn’t just sit by and watch those suffering without trying to do something about it. The hospitality industry has always been so generous and caring which is why we’ve banded together to support this cause. We are encouraging as many people as possible to support this lunch, share delicious food, but also help out those in need.”

Daawat is the hindi word for ‘feast’ or ‘celebration’ and true to its name this long lunch will see diners feast on a three-course meal with entrees, mains and alternating desserts from celebrated Melbourne chefs, accompanied by drinks available for purchase from  Avani Wines,  Bodriggy Brewing Co, Four Pillars Gin and Capi, amongst others.

All proceeds from ticket sales, additional donations and any money raised at an on-the-day auction will be donated to Khalsa Aid through the Victorian Indian Community Charitable Trust (VICCT). Khalsa Aid are using donations towards vital medical programs to support vulnerable communities and people across India.

In addition, many Melbourne and Victorian businesses have generously donated product or resources to support the event including Point Leo Estate, St. David’s Dairy, North Carlton Meats, Ocean Made, Senselle Foods, Dann Event Hire and Refresh Hospitality.


“Daawat—Fundraiser for India”

  • Date: Sunday 6 June 2021
  • Time: Doors open 12:45pm, 1pm seated
  • Where: Two Ton Max, 124 Langford St, North Melbourne
  • Cost: $120 + booking fee per person—includes welcome drink, shared entrees, mains and alternating individual desserts. Drinks available for purchase, with proceeds going to the charity.
  • Tickets: Tickets are limited to 200 guests. Bookings can be made at

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