Newcastle foodies raise money for Soul Cafe

HUNTER Street came alive in Newcastle’s East end yesterday, with foodies dining on a long table in the middle of the road to raise money for charity.

The wine and music flowed, as eight of the city’s top chefs served more than 1500 dishes for 200 people.

Those in attendance paid $150 a head, with about $20,000 raised for Soul Cafe.

The cafe provides 800 meals a week to disadvantaged people.

Andrew Towns, who volunteers twice a week, was there with business partners. Mr Towns, of Honeysuckle, said working at the cafe was ‘‘all about giving back with like-minded people and being part of a team’’.

Bocados Spanish Kitchen chef Kenny Vandevelde said the event was a chance to get involved with the charity and meet other chefs.

Mr Vandevelde said chefs had a drink together and did some taste-testing as the event wound down.

Chef Lesley Taylor, who organised the event, said about $20,000 was raised.

‘‘It was a good time for people in the East end to get together and do something for a local charity,’’ she said.

Cafe volunteer Nathalie Gentle said it was a good way for foodies to enjoy themselves and help others. 

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