The Social Food Project aims to create a more connected food system through interactive food events that have a focus on sustainability, education and story-telling. 

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 Story

The Social Food Project was founded by chef, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin. After working as a chef for more than 10 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. 

In 2016, Ben joined the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance as the Membership Officer and Co-founded the Fair Food Challenge, to promote a more fair, healthy and accessible food system.


Our Goals

The Social Food Project aims to:

  • Contribute to the sustainable food conversation in Australia.
  • 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 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?