Dates
Winter Scarf Dinners will run on the following evenings:

- Wednesday 15 June   
- Wednesday 22 June (Fully booked. Add me to the waiting list)  
- Wednesday 29 June (Fully booked. Add me to the waiting list)  
- Wednesday 6 July (Fully booked. Add me to the waiting list)  
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Venue Partner
Scarf Dinners are a core part of our programs, enabling trainees and graduates the opportunity to gain front-of-house paid work experience in a top-notch Melbourne venue. We're able to run events thanks to partnerships with big-hearted hospitality businesses.
The legends at Blackhearts & Sparrows have generously offered us pro bono use of their events space Perry's: A Refreshment Club for this mini-series of Scarf Dinners. Perry's is in the heart of Collingwood and is billed as a "private events space combining old-world charisma with new-age charm". We can't wait to turn it into the Scarf dining room this Winter! .
 
Catering Partner
Taking care of the catering for this mini-series of Scarf Dinners is the kitchen team from Pipis Kiosk, led by Jordan Clay. Pipis Kiosk are renowned for their contemporary, seasonal menus which celebrate sustainable seafood. Whilst Scarf pays our catering partners, the Pipis Kiosk team are partnering with us at a very generous rate, helped along by some of their wonderful suppliers.
Find out more about Jordan's approach to cooking in Dani Valent's Good Food review.
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Trainees
Scarf Dinners allow trainees to put their newly learned skills and knowledge into play in a hands-on, supportive work environment. Scarf works with a Trauma-Informed Approach with a strong focus on Trainee Wellbeing and Boosting Job-ReadinessThe young people who'll be working during Winter Scarf Dinners have graduated from Scarf programs and are keen to gain paid work experience in a real restaurant environment. Some of them took part in recent programs Skill Up with Scarf - Autumn '22, Tasting Plate for Women '21 and Winter Scarf '21.
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Scarf trainees are resilient young people seeking protection and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are facing barriers to work. Many of our trainees have experienced long-term unemployment and for most, Scarf is their first taste of paid employment in Australia. 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 are proud that 70% of participants from our 10-week Seasonal Programs are in employment within six months of graduating.
 
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Mentors
The trainees will be supported by Scarf mentors: hospitality professionals who volunteer their time to play a crucial role during Scarf Dinners. Mentors 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. They also help to provide crucial networks into the hospitality industry.
 
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Food
On the night, you can expect a $49 two-course set menu (entree and main, with choices in each course) designed and cooked by the wonderful kitchen team from Pipis Kiosk, who are renowned for their contemporary, seasonal menus which celebrate sustainable seafood*. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, please email [email protected] with details so we can share these with the Pipis Kiosk team. We will do our best to accomodate all requests. 
*Items on the set menu will likely change each week, but there will always be options for those who don't eat seafood or meat! 
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Drinks
We have a great drinks list thanks to generous support from hospitality partners including Unico Zelo Wines, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Four Pillars Gin, Starward Whisky, Casa Mariol, Campari Australia, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co, Five Senses Coffee and Larsen & Thompson Tea. Please note, Scarf Dinners are not BYO.
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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.
Thanks to a Community Customer Grant from Bank Australia, we'll pay award wages to the trainees who work during these dinners. 
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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]
*We will consider refunds in exceptional circumstances, and should Covid restrictions get in the way of us running this Scarf Dinner at full capacity (or if we need to postpone), you will be offered the option of a refund or the option to re-book. 
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Covid Safety
Scarf, Pipis Kiosk and Perry's: A Refreshment Club will be working together to ensure strict Covid-safety processes are in place throughout this mini-series of Scarf Dinners, including thorough sanitisation of tables and menus, spaced bookings, capping of diner numbers and mask-wearing in line with current DHHS directions. If you have a confirmed case of Covid, are displaying any Covid symptoms, or are awaiting a PCR result, please do not attend. 
To ensure the safety of our community, Scarf Dinners are operating in accordance with the Victorian Government's current restrictions relating to restaurants and cafes. All Scarf staff, mentors, graduates and trainees are fully vaccinated.
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Accessibility
Perry's: A Refreshment Club is a spacious venue with a wheelchair entrance and an accessible bathroom. If you have specific questions about accessibility, please email [email protected] 
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