Autumn Scarf '23 - Closing Night . Thanks for your interest in attending the closing night (Wednesday 10 May) of Autumn Scarf '23. Tickets are $90 per person and include a three course set menu and a welcome drink. The night will be hosted by Scarf co-founder Hannah, Scarf Programs & Wellbeing Manager Neil and two wonderful Scarf Graduates, Melisha (2016) and Angel (2022). And, there'll be the opportunity to enter Scarf's epic 'Good Stuff Raffle', featuring prizes from lots of our wonderful hospitality partners, which will be drawn on the night! . Add me to the wait list We'll contact everyone on the wait list via email on Tuesday 2 May. Please keep an eye out and be ready to book in, as we're sure that spaces will book out quickly. Update 7/5/23: This event is now sold out. . What's a Scarf Dinner? Scarf Dinners are a core part of our program, where trainees gain paid, front-of-house work experience in a top-notch Melbourne venue. Autumn Scarf '23 has run in partnership with Cassette (399 Macaulay Rd, Kensington), a sustainable eatery powered by 100% accredited GreenPower energy. Cassette offers a hearty, seasonal menu focused on sustainable food practices and operates as a food-waste-free 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). . Trainees 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 '23 10-week Seasonal Program, and will be paid the Restaurant Industry Award wage for their work during Scarf Dinners. 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 '23 Trainees. Top row L to R: Cho, Yousra, Iqbal, Julia. Bottom row L to R: Eh Gay, Sofi, Pema, Arman. Photographer: Roger Ungers. . Food Expect a three-course set menu (snacks, main course and dessert) designed and cooked by Cassette head chef, Laura Boulton, and her experienced team. From championing local farmers and makers to her root-to-stalk enjoyment of produce, Laura’s approach to zero waste cooking underpins the food offering at Cassette. She's created a ‘from the farm’ style menu that responds to local availabilities and that makes the most of the community of local producers and makers. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, please email [email protected] with details as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. . Mentors 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. . Drinks For guests attending the Closing Night of Autumn Scarf '23, there'll be a complimentary welcome drink on arrival. We also have a great drinks list available thanks to generous support from our hospitality partners including Unico Zelo Wines, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Home Grown Drinks, Bathtub Gin Co, Starward Whisky, Maidenii, Campari Australia, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co, The Everleigh Bottling 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]. Accessibility Cassette is a spacious venue with a wheelchair entrance and an accessible bathroom. The venue's main entrance is located at 399 Macaulay Rd and is fully accessible. If you have specific questions about accessibility, please email [email protected] . COVID-19 Safety In line with Scarf's work health and safety policy, all Scarf staff, mentors, and trainees are vaccinated. Scarf and Cassette are working together to ensure COVID-19 safety processes are in place throughout this season of Scarf Dinners. While isolation is no longer a legal requirement for anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, staying at home protects the people around you and the broader community from COVID-19. If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting a PCR test result, please do not attend Scarf Dinners. We will consider refunds in exceptional circumstances; please communicate with us as soon as possible via [email protected] Should any unforeseen COVID-19 restrictions, or illness within our team get in the way of us running a Scarf Dinner, you will be offered the option of a refund or the option to re-book. . Social Impact 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. .