As you’re probably aware, Winter Scarf Dinners have been running on Tuesday nights at The Grace Darling in Collingwood since June, and there is only one more to go. The trainees and mentors are running the front of house with aplomb, and The Grace Darling’s kitchen team are serving up some really tasty dishes with 2 courses for $45. Tuesday 15 August is very nearly full, so if you’ve been meaning to book in, now is the time.


But don’t despair of you don’t make it this season. Scarf pops up in a new Melbourne restaurant every season. Young people get hands-on experience and real confidence to get real industry jobs. They do it in a space where creativity thrives, individuality reigns and high fives are just part of the process.


There are many young people hungry for hospitality jobs who face barriers to getting them. We brought them together with mentors keen to share knowledge and networks, then mixed in sponsors and restaurants ready to create a new kind of dining experience.


Scarf Dinners allow trainees to put their new skills into practice serving real customers, in other words, you, in a busy restaurant, whilst building their confidence and gaining paid work experience. Lack of confidence and lack of local work experience are two of the main barriers faced by people who are newly arrived (2015 AMES study: Finding satisfying work: the experiences of recent migrants with low level English, O’Dwyer and Mulder).


Scarf Dinners are crucial in breaking down these barriers and equipping trainees to find meaningful employment upon graduating from the program. And the good news is, you can be part of this transformative experience just by having a delicious and fun night out.


Book a Winter Scarf Dinner here.


Scarf Board Positions Available

If you’d like to go beyond the dinners and offer more help and support to Scarf, they are currently on the look out for passionate, experienced and committed leaders to grow our board of directors and lead Scarf into the future. Interested? All the detail is here.


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