Scarf Ambassador, Masterchef judge and food journalist, Matt Preston, will again host our annual fundraising dinner Do More Than Dine on Wednesday 17 May at ARC ONE Gallery with food by Andrew McConnell and his team at Cumulus Inc.
The evening aims to raise $40,000 to help fund Scarf’s hospitality training, mentoring and paid work experience programs. Scarf programs run in Melbourne’s best restaurants, and are designed to grow the skills, confidence and employability of young people seeking asylum, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. To date, Scarf has worked with 150 young people to break the unemployment cycle and is proud that 70% of graduates find meaningful employment following the program at places such as The Sofitel, Top Paddock, Bibendum Wine & Garden State Hotel.
Guests at the Do More Than Dine dinner will enjoy five courses of Cumulus Inc. fare with matched wines from House of Arras, Curly Flat and Sutton Grange and front of house service from Scarf graduate trainees.
Funds to support Scarf’s training, mentoring and employment programs will be raised through ticket sales and on the night through the sale of Mystery Envelopes and a Money-Can’t-Buy Auction with prizes from the likes of Movida, Lucy Liu, Anchovy, Ochota Barrels, STARWARD Whisky, Adelphi Hotel, Simon Johnson, Bistro Gitan and Trattoria Emilia. For the big bidders, there’s a four-course dinner with matched wines for 30 people in French Saloon’s private cellar and a truly unique prize: a hand-crafted Gyuto Chef’s and Paring knife by Doveton Fletcher complete with individual leather knife rolls lined with one of Matt Preston’s favourite cravats.