We believe that hospitality can transform lives.

Here’s our story.
Be part of it.

We believe that hospitality can transform lives.

In 2010 we cooked up a way to make that happen.

We knew heaps of young people hungry for hospitality jobs but facing barriers to getting them. We brought them together with mentors keen to share knowledge and networks, then mixed in sponsors and restaurants ready to create a new kind of dining experience.

We created the first Scarf Dinners season. It was a recipe for success.

Now Scarf pops up in a new Melbourne restaurant every season. Young people get hands-on experience and real confidence to get real industry jobs. They do it in a space where creativity thrives, individuality reigns and high fives are just part of the process.

Diners love seeing the training and mentoring first hand, love being part of something much bigger, and love the moveable feast that is Scarf.

We’re Scarf. Join us for dinner, and do more than dine.

Book a dinner

Our mission and values

Book a Scarf Dinner and do more than dine.

Autumn Scarf Dinners at Green Park

Autumn Scarf Dinners will run on Tuesday nights at Carlton North’s Green Park from March 17th. The talented Green Park chefs have created a delightful two course set menu ($40 per person) and there’ll be dessert and coffee too, if you have room for it! You might start with chicken liver parfait, onion jam and house-baked bread and then move onto gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, sage, browned butter and pepitas. As always, we’ll be offering a fabulous drinks list thanks to generous support from red + white and Mezzanine Wine, Little Creatures, The West Winds Gin, Casa Mariol Vermut Negre and Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.

We’ve been busy recruiting a new group of trainees – young refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants who are excited to learn about and work in hospitality, but are facing barriers to employment. During our Autumn Scarf season, they’ll be learning all the ins and outs of front of house service, whilst being supported by their mentors, who come from fantastic venues like The Everleigh, Union Dining and Gerald’s Bar.

So, what are you waiting for? The Green Park chefs are firing up the pans and our new cohort of trainees and mentors can’t wait to serve you! Book now.


Recent Scarf seasons have been held at Jorg, Mesa Verde, Top Paddock and Markov.

Sign up here to get all the details on Scarf Dinners.

Dine with us

Meet some people from Scarf. They’re what it’s all about.




Winter Scarf 2012
No35 at Sofitel

“After Scarf, it’s all different. I feel ready to get a job because I gained more confidence. I would say to friend if you really want to get more experience go to Scarf.”



Autumn Scarf 2014

“It’s less stressful working with mentors during dinner, they stand to the side and watch me lead. Sometimes I laugh—these skills are so hard at first, but get easier with practice at Scarf.”




Winter Scarf 2012
Waiter and wine buyer,
Cumulus Inc

“We all started out somewhere. It feels great to help young people come out of their shells and show their personality. At the end of it all, such heartfelt thanks… you see it in their eyes.”



Autumn Scarf 2014
The Builders Arms Hotel

“Trainees get far more than a skillset from the program. You see confidence build, friendships flourish, it’s amazing to see how far they’ve come in 10 weeks. And it’s amazing to see them so happy.”

The Scarf team

Hannah Colman, Scarf community cofounder and Manager

Hannah Colman

& General Manager

Liz, Scarf community

Liz Grady

& Communications

Karla, Scarf community

Karla O’Connor

Scarf Dinners Manager

Christos, Scarf community mentor

Christos Vafeas

Volunteer Lead Mentor


Kate Gayfer

Volunteer Bookings Coordinator


Mae Vincent

Volunteer Support Worker

Our volunteers transform lives.
Here’s how it works.

Hospitality mentoring

Scarf is all about awesome volunteers.

Volunteering at Scarf is an inspirational experience. You share your hard-earned knowledge with amazing young people in weekly training sessions at great Melbourne venues.

You sign up for a 10 week Scarf season, and we work out the area in which you can best support young trainees. There’s front of house, kitchen, and employment support.

You spend about 6 hours per week mentoring 8 young people. They’re super engaged and heaps of fun, which suits the mentoring model. This is not a classroom! It’s real experience for the real world.

Got a skill? Get on board!

Scarf works with all kinds of professionals as volunteers. From photographers to filmmakers, from makers to marketers, from designers to dogsbodies. Whatever your skill, you can be part of something bigger and help hospitality transform lives.

Our partners are the bee’s knees. And we’re pretty good partners ourselves.


Become a Scarf partner restaurant—it’s a great move. You’ll join over 18 restaurants like Union DiningEasy Tiger, Jorg, Epocha, Mesa Verde, Markov and Top Paddock who’ve proudly served thousands of loyal Scarf diners.

Partnering with Scarf means showcasing your food to over 700 Scarf diners over 8 weeks. It means the kind of media you can’t buy, in places like The Age, Broadsheet, and Peppermint.

It’s a top shelf operation. From the calibre of sponsored product, to the mentors from Melbourne’s best restaurants. Partnering with Scarf creates real industry buzz.

And you’ll find out why your restaurant is better than any classroom to the young people whose careers you’ll ignite.

Watch the Scarf partner restaurant video to find out why partnering with Scarf is such a great move.



Sponsoring Scarf means more than just supporting a worthwhile social enterprise. It means your product served in Melbourne’s best restaurants, and a media profile with a difference.

Your products make Scarf possible, so you get a mountain of gratitude. But they do more than that. In the hands of passionate learners, your products become touchstones for a new generation of hospitality professionals.


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Big thanks and big ups to Scarf’s funders, who know where to put a dollar to make a difference:

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Real knowledge. Real experience. Real jobs.

Training at Scarf

Scarf trainees are amazing young people. They face barriers to employment but haven’t given up. They’re keen to learn, keen to bust into an industry that they know can change their lives.

Scarf’s approach to training is simple: real knowledge and real experience gets real jobs.

The trainees get real knowledge at training sessions in industry hotspots. They learn beer at Little Creatures, they learn coffee at The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, they learn bar and cocktails at Kelvin, and they learn wine from Jenny “The Wine Whitch” Polack.

Trainees then serve real diners at killer Melbourne restaurants, with on-the-spot support from heavyweight hospitality mentors who volunteer with a passion to share their skills.

After 10 weeks Scarf trainees are ready for real jobs, and with industry training at Ladro to beef up their interview skills, 75% of Scarf graduates go on to employment.

It’s a model we’re proud of.

Watch our video to see what training at Scarf looks like.

For more detail on referring a young person so Scarf, read our recent recruitment call-out! Referrals for Autumn Scarf 2015 are now closed. Referrals for Winter Scarf 2015 will open in May.

What we say. What you say.

Scarf in the media

Scarf in the media

Check us out in publications like The Age, Broadsheet, and Peppermint. Transforming lives makes great press, so there’s plenty more to read…

We look like this

This is what we look like

Check out Scarf on video. Then take a squiz at these photos; they’re full of awesome. You can download and use them for media.

Media releases

Scarf media releases

It’s how we talk about ourselves to the people who talk about us. It’s a collection of media releases that may change your life. Ahem.

Buy your way into our hearts

Scarf Dinners Gift Certificates

Scarf Dinners Gift Certificates are available for purchase from the Good Spender shop.

Gift Certificates can be used at any Scarf Dinner and are valid for 12 months.

We’ll be adding more items to the Scarf shop soon!

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