Champion of Change Elizabeth Grossi-Rodriguez

December 2015

16 Days Against Violence Campaign Day 9 

Elizabeth Grossi is best known for her involvement with her family’s business, the Grossi group of restaurants. But behind the scenes of her hospitality career, managing dining rooms and helping to build the Grossi restaurants’ worldwide reputation, Elizabeth is also passionate about ending family violence and homelessness.

She is a keen supporter of McAuley Community Services for Women, bringing her extensive networks of influential women to learn more about and support our work. Elizabeth Grossi recently became one of our inaugural Champions of Change, marking her commitment to ending family violence and homelessness.

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, next year she will once again host a luncheon to raise awareness about the link between homelessness and family violence, our work, as well as to celebrate women.

“Many of the stories I have heard from McAuley highlight to me the extraordinary resilience of women who have been through extraordinarily tough times and survived. These are stories to celebrate, take note of and share,” she said.

Next year too Elizabeth will be working with McAuley, Open Family and other groups to bring attention to homelessness in Melbourne during Homeless Person’s Week in August.

“I am passionate about Melbourne and its people,” Elizabeth said.

Along with her commitment to charity, Elizabeth is dedicated to her city and its food culture. She is the co-founder of the Melbournese movement, an initiative to bring a multicultural food focus to Melbourne city and the Lemonade Budget dinners held at Grossi Florentino are designed to share knowledge and offer support for those new to the hospitality industry.

With her brother Guy Grossi, she co-founded The Melbourne Tomato Festival, an event structured to highlight Melbourne’s rich multiculturalism and delicious produce. She and Guy are also actively involved in HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training).