As we approach the holiday season, we’re barraged with reminders that it’s a time of giving – but only a handful of those voices take action on such charitable spirit. However, local gastronomic rebels Park Bench Deli, street culture kahuna OBEY Clothing and Rishi Naleendra, Chef at the Michelin-starred Cheek by Jowl, are teaming up to “Break Bread Not Backs” this festive season with a charity event that’ll leave everyone smiling.
Taking place on Saturday, 16 December at Park Bench Deli’s Telok Ayer hangout on, the event will see Chef Rishi taking over the kitchen and switching up the menu with an assortment of Sri-Lankan street food, with roadside favourites like chicken kottu roti, fish cutlets and mutton rolls, and complemented by Adelaide, Australia-based brewer Pirate Life Brewing doing the “SA Great” slogan proud with their craft suds.
In a continuation of their social awareness efforts, OBEY has teamed up with local illustrator Kristal Melson, who has once again brought her unique artistic flair to an international apparel brand, for two specially designed tees retailing at SGD 49 each. All profits from the food, drink and apparel sales will go directly to Happy People Helping People, an organisation that supports our country’s often-ignored cardboard collectors – a social issue that content agency Click2View is shedding light on as a partner of the event.
“The idea for this event came naturally by a combination of relationships and circumstance,” shares Park Bench Deli Creative Director, Andrei Soen. “PBD has our very own ‘Uncle’ whom we take care of, and who in turn has become the unofficial guardian of our little sandwich shop. He’s a pretty hard man himself so we wanted to find ways to help him and understand his story better.”
Break Bread Not Backs takes place on Saturday, 16 December 2017 3pm-10pm at Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street. For more info, visit the official Facebook event page.