As a resident of the inner city suburbs I am often spoilt for choice when it comes to new and unique events to attend. My real passion in life is food, so more often than not, the ‘new-thing-to-do-this-week’ involves a fancy feast of some sort.

If you are seeking ideas for a new dining experiences within the heart of Melbourne there are plenty to choose from. If it’s a shared community feast you’re after then head to Open Table, Brunswick. You could be dining with your nextdoor neighbour without even realising. If a speedy treat tickles your taste buds then why not follow one of the cities ever popular Food Trucks? Take your pick from Taco’sBurgersBanh Mi, even frozen yogurt – Taco’s are always a favorite. And if your in the mood for a good vegetarian feed but don’t want to spend the earth; why not pick up a stool at Lentil As Anything?  The ‘no set price menu’ allows customers to decide how much they want to pay/donate for their meal and its super tasty tucker too.

Last year I encountered a new and unique dining experience which is now thriving, and I am so glad of its success. SCARF was created by a collective of hospitality professionals with a concept of ‘borrowing’ restaurants and hospitality mentors, to provide training for those who may struggle to find work. Now in its fourth year of business SCARF’s community is going from strength to strenght. What I love most about this organization is that every step of the mentoring process is done whole heartedly and with some of the best in the business; from resume writing through to beer and cider tasting. These guys know what they’re doing.


Held at various venues across the city of Melbourne, the seasonal two-course dinners cost just $35. And believe me, it’s worth it. Not only is the food amazing, but the attentive and incredibly friendly staff are a testiment to their hands-on training. If you’re wanting to give something back to the community but unsure of how to do it, SCARF is definitely a tasty place to start.