COVID-19 Update (Monday 16 March 2020)

Scarf and our fabulous restaurant partner for the upcoming season, Stomping Ground Beer Hall, have together made a decision to postpone Autumn Scarf Dinners until further notice

There's an abundance of advice to practice social distancing to help prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, and this morning Victoria declared a state of emergency which will have huge implications on upcoming public events. At Scarf, it's incredibly important that our staff, volunteers, trainees and diners are as safe as possible during this time of uncertainty, and we want to do our part as a community to ensure we're minimising the risk for those who are most vulnerable. 

We'll be in touch with everyone who has made a booking as soon as possible to make arrangements to either keep your booking on file for future Scarf Dinners (our preference) or to arrange a refund. 

Rest assured that Scarf Dinners will be back up and running as soon as possible! 

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We’re partnering with Stomping Ground Beer Hall for Autumn Scarf ’20.

Scarf Dinners will run on the following nights with Scarf trainees and mentors looking after the front of house and Stomping Ground Beer Hall chefs doing the cooking:

> Weds 25 March     > Weds 22 April
> Weds 1 April         > Weds 29 April
> Weds 8 April         > Weds 6 May
> Weds 15 April       > Weds 13 May

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Book now!

Please complete the 'Initial Enquiry' form below to let us know when you'd like to join us for dinner. If you have any issues with the form, give us a shout: [email protected]. Scarf bookings are managed by our lovely volunteer Mel, who'll be in touch with you in 1-2 working days to let you know if we can accomodate your preferred date and time, or to offer an alternative. You'll then need to book your tickets (or provide details of Seasonal Passes/gift certificates) in order to confirm your reservation. Read our Bookings Policy for more detail. 

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Booking for large groups

If you haven't been to Stomping Ground Beer Hall, let us assure you that it's a perfect venue for large group bookings. We can easily accomodate groups of up to 14 (on one large table) or even up to 28 (seated across two large tables). Stomping Ground also has plenty of small tables, so feel free to book for groups of 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. If you have any queries about group bookings of any size, please get in touch: [email protected].

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Food

The Stomping Ground Beer Hall chefs have designed a $45 two course set menu (entrée and main) which they'll be cooking up on the night. We don't want to give everything away, but entrées include Stracciatella, radicchio, balsamic, pine nuts and sourdough and mains include Twice cooked lamb shoulder, fattoush salad, yoghurt tahini dressing and Poached chicken salad, pumpkin, pine nuts, risoni, cucumber and feta. Expect a fresh, seasonal menu with a lot of flavour, and something for everyone!

NB: there are multiple choices in each course, including vegetarian options. Dietary requirements can be accommodated, please make a note on your booking. Email [email protected] with any queries. 

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Drink

There's also a fabulous drinks list with wine from our soon-to-be-announced new seasonal wine sponsor, cocktails from Four Pillars, Starward, Campari, Aperol and Casa Mariol, mineral water and soft drinks from the legends at Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co. And of course there'll be plenty of Stomping Ground beer flowing! 

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More detail

The Autumn Scarf ’20 season will see another eight young people participate in training, mentoring and paid work experience with Scarf. The knowledge, skills, confidence and connections they’ll gain will greatly assist them in moving into mainstream employment. To date, as 243 young people have graduated from Scarf programs since 2010 and 72% of them have moved into meaningful jobs within six months, at places like Garden State Hotel, Siglo, Two Birds Brewing, Free to Feed, Bibendum Wine Co, Cumulus Inc. and Super Ling. For more information about Scarf's social impact, head here

Scarf trainees are resilient young people seeking protection and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who’ve faced barriers to employment. Throughout their 10 weeks at Scarf, they’ll be trained in a range of hospitality and other job readiness skills, preparing them for future work in hospitality or other industries. When the 10 week program of training and Scarf Dinners is over, Scarf provides up to six months of post-program wellbeing and job readiness support to new graduates. 

During a season of Scarf Dinners, trainees are paid Restaurant Industry Award wages to put their newly learned skills to the test in real, busy dinner services in awesome Melbourne venues. During Scarf Dinners, trainees are supported by Scarf mentors - hospitality professionals who volunteer to share skills, knowledge and networks.

This will be the second time we've run Scarf Dinners at Stomping Ground Beer Hall! Back in Autumn 2018, in the early days of our partnership with Stomping Ground, we ran a very successful season at this wonderful venue.

Find out more about our partnership with Stomping Ground

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Trainee Christy takes an order during Autumn Scarf '18 at Stomping Ground Beer Hall. Yep, we've been here before and we can't wait to come back! Photo: Gareth Sobey

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We look forward to seeing you at an Autumn Scarf Dinner! 

Booking for this event has now closed.