Autumn Scarf Opening Night
Wednesday 15 March

This special event will launch the Autumn Scarf '23 season. $80pp includes two course set menu from Cassette, cocktail on arrival, hosting from Scarf co-founder Hannah Brennan and Scarf Graduate Mel, and a top-notch raffle. Update 14/03/23: This event is now fully booked.


Autumn Scarf Dinners
$55 two course set menu from Cassette
Please note: due to the size of Cassette and the high demand we are currently experiencing for Scarf Dinners, all sittings are 90 minutes. If you would like to stay beyond your 90 minute booking time, we will endeavour to move you to another area (low tables or bar seating) to enjoy the rest of your evening. Please direct enquiries to [email protected]

  • Wednesday 22 March (Fully booked)
  • Wednesday 29 March (Fully booked)
  • Wednesday 5 April (Fully booked)
  • Wednesday 12 April (Fully booked)
  • Wednesday 19 April (Fully booked)
  • Wednesday 3 May (Fully booked)


Update 05.04.23: All remaining Autumn Scarf Dinners are fully booked. Please register your details on our wait list, and if any tables become available, we'll do our best to fit you in!

Autumn Scarf Closing Night
Wednesday 10 May

Get all the details about this special event here. Update 7/5/23: This event is now sold out. 


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. Autumn Scarf '23 is running in partnership with Cassette, a sustainable eatery situated beneath the Assemble Communities pilot project in Kensington. 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). 

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.

Expect a $55 two-course set menu (snacks and main course, with choices for each) 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. Sides and desserts will also be available on the night.
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.
 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.


We have a great drinks list 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]..

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.

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. 


Booking for this event has now closed.