VU Polytechnic 2023 Charity dinner

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VU Polytechnic proudly presents our Charity Dinner, a dining event delivered in partnership with industry-renowned chefs where all profits are donated to a chosen charity.

A six-course degustation menu, paired with matching wines all prepared by guest chef Alex McIntosh (Sou'West Brewery).

The dinner will also feature a silent auction with all proceeds going towards Reaching Out In The Inner West.


When: Thursday 22 June 2023, 6-10pm

Where: VenU Restaurant, Victoria University Polytechnic, Footscray Nicholson Campus

Cost: $95 per person

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About the chef

Alex McIntosh was raised and completed his apprenticeship in Canada, but has called Australia home since 2006.

Over the past 15-plus years Alex has worked at Melbourne icon Cecconi’s, with Neil Perry at Rockpool Bar & Grill and with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen Melbourne, and at The Atlantic Group as Head Chef. Alex then relocated to Geelong and spent five years as Executive Chef for Sea Change Hospitality Group, overseeing some of Bellarine Peninsula’s favourite venues.

In 2021 year Alex joined the exciting new Sou’West Brewery, housed in the former Quicksilver building in Torquay, as Executive Chef.

Competing in the Bocuse d’Or 2023 was a dream come true for Alex, who is a long-time fan of the global competition. He was a finalist in the Bocuse d’Or Australia 2015, a judge for the Bocuse d’Or Australia 2017, and among the crowd cheering on competitor Dan Arnold in Lyon in 2017. Recently Alex judged the Lamb Platter in the Bocuse d'Or Australia 2023.

About the charity

Reaching Out in the Inner West Of Melbourne provide approximately 400 meals in containers to people in need at their Monday service.

They also provide perishable and non-perishable food items and warm clothing, toiletries and sleeping essentials to people in need.

Their outreach programs in the Footscray community where out networks of local volunteers, community groups and local businesses continue to expand.

We generously donate storage space, which has enabled Reaching Out in the Inner West Of Melbourne to stock and provide a larger amount of donations. This helps achieve their goal of providing for the needy, minimising waste and educating the community of the enormous need that exists.

Visit the group's Facebook page to learn more about their work.

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