A Scarf Dinner is a top-quality dining experience which changes lives. It’s similar to a night out in a great restaurant, except that by dining with Scarf, you’re making a real difference to the lives of young people who have faced barriers to work. The chefs from our partner restaurant design and cook a set menu ($45 per head), and Scarf trainees and mentors take care of the front of house. Scarf Dinners have run at some of Melbourne's best restaurants, like Uncle, LadroHigher Ground, Bhang and Copperpot Seddon.

Sponsorship comes from some of the most legendary booze-makers means we can also offer a fantastic drinks list - think Unico Zelo & Harvest wine, Four Pillars gin, Stomping Ground beer, Starward whisky and more! 

If you’re booking in to a Scarf Dinner, you can expect delicious food, a top-notch drinks list, attentive service, a fun and buzzy atmosphere and the opportunity to provide valuable feedback as the trainees build their confidence. 

If you dine early in the season, nerves might be high and there may not be a perfect reciting of the menu! Towards the end of the season you’ll probably see the trainees owning the floor while the mentors step into the background. Some people like to dine early and late in the season, to see the huge progress made throughout the program. 

But hey, don’t just listen to us! Here are some words from regular Scarf diners:

People are helping and having a wonderful experience at the same time. When people see the hope and happiness on the trainees' faces they begin to understand what is possible, and that they can be agents for change. It is positive and empowering for both diners and trainees.” 

“It's a great example of 'Shared Value' - the restaurants do good while advancing their business at the same time. It also makes it very easy for diners to make a positive contribution to the community - win, win!”


Sounds like a great night out?

Grab yourself a gift certificate from our online shop, and get ready to dine with us when Scarf Dinners resume.


Cover Image: Autumn Scarf Dinner at The Rochey in action. Photo: Linsey Rendell