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XCHC Cafe is a radical concept for a cafe, designed to feature guest chefs and pop-ups; a place of changing foods and a community of people who appreciate hospitality and creativity.

The intention is to connect visitors directly with the person preparing their food and give them a cultural experience, which provides an opportunity to appreciate the art of cooking and hospitality. The menu changes depending the season and local suppliers. Expect seasonal and hearty lunches, including salads, toasted sandwiches and baked specialities.

The cafe first opened in August 2015 under the care and direction of Chef Aliesha McGilligan. She proved how food and inclusive hospitality added to the creative ecology; giving everyone the opportunity to connect, not only those in creative industries. 

Aliesha has moved onto her next venture and the kitchen now welcomes guest chefs, pop-up restaurants, and others who want to trial something while feeling supported and getting feedback from our community.



•Catering available only on weekdays.
•Off-site catering can be negotiated depending on kitchen/staff capacity.

Catering options:

option 1 - Per Person Catering
$15/person catering includes decadent canapé, 
$11.50/person catering with standard canapé
$8.50/person catering with breads and dips

option 2 - Food and drink for sale
The kitchen will have basic cabinet foods and menu items for sale
$25ph for Duty Manager to serve event.*

option 3 -Budgeted ammount 
You provide the budget and number of expected attendees, and our chef will advise what can be done for that amount. Will need to pay for hourly duty manager

*(Please account for 1 hour prep, and 1 hour breaking down after the event.)


We're licensed and serve craft beers and wines at all events

Reference our HOST page for more information on hosting your next event at XCHC.

Because we're open to the the public during the cafe hours, some private events may not be suitable until evening time.

Please get in touch if you feel this is the case.