Scarf Pop-Up Dinners will run at RUMI on the follow evenings:

  • Wednesday 15 May
  • Wednesday 22 May (Fully booked. Add me to the wait list)
Update 20/05/2024: Our second and final dinner at Rumi is sold out. We apologise to those who have missed out! If you'd like to support Scarf, please consider entering the Do More Than Dine raffle, or making a tax-deductible donation. Thank you. 

Tickets to these events are $75 per person, covering a bountiful banquet menu cooked by the RUMI chefs, and invaluable opportunities for Scarf trainees, who'll run the front of house. Every diner will also receive one entry (1 x $30 ticket) into the 'Do More Than Dine' raffle, which will be drawn on Thursday 30 May 2024.

There will be two sittings - 6.00pm and 8.00pm. Please note, if you book the 6.00pm sitting, we will need to turn your table after 1 hour & 50 minutes. You may book for a group of any size; these dinners will run in the RUMI events space on communal tables. If you are planning to book for a group of 10+, we'd love you to contact us first via [email protected]
If you have a Scarf Gift Card, please contact us via [email protected], letting us know the date and time you'd like to book for, the amount of guests, and the card number and value of your Gift Card, we'll get you booked in right away! 



What's a Scarf Dinner?
Scarf Dinners are a core part of our program offering, enabling trainees to gain front-of-house paid work experience in a top-notch Melbourne venue. Scarf Dinners allow trainees to put their newly learned skills and knowledge into play in a hands-on, supportive work environment.
More key details about our programs: Whilst we provide "real-world" work experience, Scarf staff, mentors and trainers work within a Trauma-Informed Framework with a strong focus on Trainee Wellbeing and Boosting Job-Readiness. Our parter venues are a key part of Scarf's model, and we proudly pay them to cater Scarf Dinners (to cover costs of produce and kitchen staffing). 
Scarf trainees are resilient young people seeking protection and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are facing barriers to work. Many have experienced long-term unemployment and for most trainees, Scarf is their first taste of paid employment in Australia. The young people working front-of-house during these Scarf Dinners are trainees in the Autumn Scarf '24 10-week Seasonal Program, and will be paid the Restaurant Industry Award wage for their work during Scarf Dinners. These trainees are also currently engaged in weekly paid work experience shifts at Scarf's partner venues including Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall, Square One, Liminal, Starward Distillery, Tippy Tay (Garden State Hotel) and Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. 
Following their involvement in a Scarf program, graduates are provided with up to six months of post-program support from Scarf in order to give them the best chance at securing employment beyond the program. We're proud that 72% of participants from our 10-week Seasonal Programs are in employment within six months of graduating..
Autumn Scarf '24 Trainees. Back row L to R: Ali, Maram, Ndrah, Kimiya, Sahand. Front row: Aida, Ku Hea Paw, Guli. Photo: Roger Ungers. 


A bountiful Middle Eastern banquet menu will be designed and cooked by the experienced RUMI kitchen team. Additional sides and desserts will also be available on the night. Bringing kids? For $30pp, kids will share the first course with adult guests, then during main course will be served Persian meatballs cooked in tomato & saffron, with a side of fried potatoes. Please contact us via [email protected] with any queries on children dining at Scarf.
Most dietary requirements can be accommodated; we can certainly cater to those who are Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-free and Gluten-free; please note these requirements when booking. If you have other specific dietary requirements or allergies, please email [email protected] with details as soon as possible and we will advise on whether the RUMI chefs can make additional menu changes.

 See the menu  


Scarf mentors are hospitality professionals who volunteer their time to play a crucial role during Scarf Dinners. They are paired up with a trainee (generally in a one-to-one ratio) and give guidance and support as the trainees build their skills and confidence serving you, our wonderful diners. Mentors also provide networks into the hospitality industry.


RUMI is wheelchair accessible with ramp entry via the front door. There is a wheelchair accessible bathroom, which will be available for use by Scarf Dinner guests. If you have any queries regarding accessibility, please get in touch with us via [email protected]


We have a great drinks list thanks to generous support from our Hospitality Partners including Unico Zelo Wine, NON, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Home Grown Drinks, Bathtub Gin Co, Starward Whisky, Maidenii, Campari Australia, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co and Five Senses Coffee.
Please note, Scarf Dinners are not BYO.


Trainee Wages
Scarf is committed to remunerating our participants for all work undertaken during Scarf Dinners and associated work experience shifts. Our trainees and graduates are paid Restaurant Industry Award wages, directly by Scarf, and in doing this we show our trainees and graduates that they are valued, and demonstrate what fair working conditions look like in Australia.
Bookings Policy

As per Scarf's booking policy, your prepaid tickets to this Scarf Dinner are non-refundable. This policy was put in place to protect us from last minute cancellations which compromise Scarf's viability as a sustainable social enterprise. If you’re unable to honour your booking, you’re welcome to pass on your ticket/s to a friend. Please communicate this change to us ahead of time via [email protected].

Still debating whether or not to come along?
Scarf Dinners allow you to create serious social impact while enjoying a great night out. Please read our 2022 Impact Report to gain a deeper understanding of how we transform lives through hospitality. You can also read about the impact we made during Autumn Scarf Dinners '23 here and Winter Scarf '23 here


Booking for this event has now closed.