Building a fair food community through events, experiences and collaborations.


 

Our vision is to create a conscious food community where people make decisions that enhance resilience, diversity and sustainability.

We think the best way to do this is through food projects!

The Social Food Project manages a range unique food projects where you get to join a community of people interested in learning how to purchase, eat, and live more sustainably.

These projects include communal dinners, cooking workshops, private catering, food consulting, content creation, zero-waste products and interactive presentations.

Check out our upcoming projects HERE

 

What we do

Fancy a night out with delicious food and good people?

We host a range of public events, including community dinners, cooking workshops and demonstrations. 

Do you want to improve your knowledge around food and sustainability!?

We work with restaurants, businesses and educational organisations to communicate ideas about food and sustainability. 

Do you have an event, meeting or social engagement coming up?

From private dinner parties to events of several hundred people, our team of ethical chefs can create the menu of your dreams!


Our Mission

Our experiences allow people to engage with content in new and exciting ways for sustainable behaviour change. 

All of the complex challenges of our work need to be solved with others. Although individuals can have profound impacts on the world, it is through working together with community that real change happens. That is why we are focusing on creating experiences that build relationships, understanding and empathy in the community, so that we can address the challenges of the future together. 

Our mission is to create the conditions for people to have 'light bulb moments'. These moments shake our core assumptions and can drive new behaviours. Our experiences give people the opportunity to rethink their actions and enact more sustainable behaviours. 

The Social Food Project aims to:

  • Create a more sustainable food system.

  • Inspire people to engage with food in different ways.

  • Promote a fair food system for all.

  • Host unique food experiences in the form of dinners and workshops.

  • Cook delicious food for good people!

Our Story

The Social Food Project was founded by chef and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin. After working as a chef for more than 13 years and gaining a degree at RMIT, Ben has realised the power food has at bringing people together and catalysing social change.

Ben has cooked with a number of great social initiatives including the Food Know How project, Scarf Community Dinners, Give a Fork Sustainable Seafood lunch, OzHarvest and more! His work as a food educator has taken him all over Australia presenting at sustainability conferences and community festivals. 

Ben's passion for food and education is matched only by his love of gardening! While at RMIT, Ben started a student project called Greening RMIT dedicated to creating more urban gardens and increasing food literacy on campus. He has hosted numerous gardening workshops and cooking demonstrations for students and staff alike. 

 
 
 

Our Friends

We are proud to be part of an amazing network of inspired individuals and organisations working towards a more sustainable food system in Australia. If we can't help you with your event or cause, we might know someone who can!  

Want to collaborate on an event?