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Eat all the desserts and help bushfire relief? Yes you can.

You know what’s better than gorging on bespoke desserts and quaffing ambrosian mocktails paired with said desserts? How about four courses of desserts – and canape desserts – individually crafted for a one-time event this Saturday by Pastry Prince, Rod Shokuhi? How about proceeds going to bushfire relief? Yesssss.

Commence your intermittent fasting plans, people, because it’s happening. It’s happening in leafy Eltham and it’s happening this Saturday arvo, February 8, and it’s all part of a global campaign, @desserts4difference, to assist those affected by Australia’s catastrophic bushfires.

This is important, so we spoke to Rod.

What inspired you to create the event for Desserts 4 Difference?

A few weeks ago @desserts4difference contacted me on Instagram regarding a global campaign to raise money for victims of the recent catastrophic bushfires. Feeling pulled towards the cause, I strongly felt I had to contribute as best as I could. So I came up with a concept I share through Sixtene Melbourne (@sixtenemelbourne) and Intertain Australia of a mini dessert degustation menu. I was aware that the bigger the mountain you climb the more resources you need, so I inducted the help of my fellow hospo family to contribute towards the evening, therefore creating a unique sharing and contributing experience that all people can benefit from morally and professionally. 

How much preparation has gone into the event?

Within a two-week period, a lot! From the time I had the first conversation with Andre Sandison from Desserts 4 Difference until now, only a few days from the event, we have organised raffle donation from the likes of Intertain Australia/Anther Gin/Beaute Facial Destination vouchers/Bread Club Bakery goodies, guest pastry chef Santiago Cuyugan (Bibelot Melbourne) with the venue donated (and mocktails made) by Miss Pryor Cafe in Eltham, live music by Fluid Live, and so much more. It is absolutely incredible that when your ‘WHY’ is big enough and is in line with peoples values, time is of no essence. Only contribution!
What do you hope to achieve from the event?

Quite simply, to do my part and bring some level of community back to people’s lives. This event had a global impact, not because we watched the news, but because we are all connected to each other and through the power of empathy and love we can truly be human.

Nice guy, right? So, time for the lowdown: Tickets are just under $20 (yep, $20) and can be brought here and you can find out more here. And if you want to click the links later, but need to know the lowdown rn, then here you go:

Date And Time

Sat., 8 February 2020, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT


Miss Pryor, 1 Pryor Street, Eltham, VIC 3095

What’s on the menu?


  • Melon & Juniper Verrine.
  • Yuzu, Yoghurt & Pressed Rice Tart
  • Mango Espuma / Pistachio Textures / Kataifi / Cardomon Crunch.
  • Spiced Babka Croissant / Toasted Honeycomb Custard / Creme Fraiche.
  • Chocolate Coconut Mousse / Chocolate Cake / Coconut Sphere / Buckwheat.
  • Mascarpone Cremeaux / Valrhona Earth / Cordycep Savoiradi Gelato / Espresso.
  • Pistachio & Chai Spiced Mango Lassi
  • Espresso Martini
  • Market Juice Melon & Citrus Martini

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