Do More Than Dine at Square One Rialto

Thu 18th April, 2024
6:30pm – 11:00pm
Rialto Podium Complex, Retail Tenancy 1, Ground Mezzanine 525 Collins Street Melbourne
Price: 295
Social enterprise Scarf is hosting its fundraising dinner again, with a five-course menu by Thi Le, Tarts Anon, Maker & Monger and more. Plus join a live auction offering dining experiences, vintage wine collections and cooking classes.

Melbourne-based social enterprise Scarf trains young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in hospitality. Since 2016 it has hosted a fundraising gala dinner called Do More Than Dine.

After a pandemic-related hiatus, it returns after five years for a night hosted by food writer Dani Valent and Iranian chef Hamed Allahyari at Square One Rialto.

Chefs Thi Lee of Jeow and Ca Com, Jordan Clay of Pipis Kiosk, and Kyle Nicol of Lilac Wine Bar will cook a five-course menu.

For canapes, Lee will serve Southern Vietnamese and Laotian dishes including betel leaf with fragrant chicken and cashew, goi cuon with pork and herb, and fried tempe miang kham with coconut relish.

Then enjoy seafood favourites by Clay, Nicol's French bistro-inspired fare for mains, and dessert from Tarts Anon and Maker & Monger to finish. There'll also be matched beverages courtesy of Toolangi Wines, Starward, Non, Bathtub Gin, Stomping Ground and more. Your meal will be served by Scarf’s trainee graduates using their new skills to gain hands-on hospitality experience.

The night will close with Money Can’t Buy, a live auction called by food writer and media personality Matt Preston and Gowan Stubbings from Kay & Burton. On offer: dining experiences at Gimlet and Apollo Inn, a rare vintage wine collection, a cooking class with celebrated Turkish chef Coskun Uysal and one with Sean Kierce of Ladro, artworks, the opportunity to craft and produce 150 bottles of whiskey at Bathtub Gin Co, and more.

“This is a super important event in the Scarf calendar, raising vital funds to support our programs, which empower graduates to secure employment and build fulfilling careers in the hospitality industry and beyond,” says Scarf CEO Hannah Brennan.

From 6.30pm.