By Jo Rittey


Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the next Scarf Dinner is. Wonder no more, Northsiders, Spring Scarf Dinners have already begun and they will run right through until 21 November on Tuesday Nights at the Auction Rooms in North Melbourne. So get in quick because these dinners are very popular.


Auction Rooms are renowned for their brunch menu, but wait until you see their Scarf dinner menu. The Auction Rooms kitchen team will be doing the cooking, and they’ve created a delicious two course set menu (entree + main, $45 per person). Entrees include Ocean trout crudo, green gazpacho, compressed honeydew melon and Roast cauliflower, cauliflower cream, pickled grapes, salsa verde. Mains include spiced lamb neck, butternut pumpkin, bean and crispy garlic salad, mint yogurt and Grilled octopus, quinoa, roma tomato, romesco sauce, baby basil. There are also vegetarian options in each course, and vegans won’t miss out if they give the team a heads up when booking).


As always, a new team of front of house trainees will be running the floor with support from Scarf mentors.


Since 2010, Scarf has been catalysing the hospitality industry around an inspiring idea to transform young people’s lives through mentoring, opportunity and paid experience in Melbourne’s best dining establishments.


Many of you will remember first waiting tables in a restaurant. There is so much to remember and, as well as remembering all the systems and trying to balance plates up your arm in a nonchalant sort of way, you have to be welcoming and friendly. There’s a lot going on. Imagine what it must be like for young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds; new migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, or Australian youth who want to find a way out of their current circumstances, but don’t have the skills or experience to do so.


Participants embark on a 10-week programme where they take part in wine education, formal service practices, cocktail training, beer education, coffee making and more. The programme concludes with a dinner service, the now famous Tuesday Night Dinners. Scarf trainees get hands-on experience in a real restaurant environment whilst being guided by their mentors.


Book your Spring Scarf Dinner now: www.scarfcommunity.org


Spring Scarf Dinners

Tuesday nights until 21 November

Auction Rooms

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne


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