The Scarf Dinner experience - transforming lives through hospitality
As soon as we met Hannah Colman and Liz Grady from Scarf Community we knew we wanted to support their fantastic business. The combo of social enterprise and hospo education ticked all our boxes, plus their enthusiasm for what they do is infectious.
We’d already seen the success of their great work with our good friend and consummate professional - Mir Bugti from Super Ling.
After chatting to Hannah, we were stoked when they came back wanting a discovery session with posBoss; and even more excited when they let us become part of their journey.
The Scarf Dining Experience
We arrived at The Rochey to a hive of activity. The front room was packed full of punters thoroughly (and loudly) enjoying the weekly quiz night.
So we made our way through the hubbub to the dining room. As we rounded the bar we beheld the spectacle which was the Scarf Community dinner...
The night was a sold out success; people were everywhere. Despite the momentary confusion, we were instantly and warmly greeted by one of the trainees and her mentor; and were made to feel comfortable and looked after.
Thumbs up for the night
We were whisked to the warm courtyard and drinks order taken. Within no time the table was ready and we were warmly led into the restaurant.
The first thing we noticed was the buzz in the room. Excited diners filled every corner, happily chatting - enjoying the experience. Between this and the quiz, it was quite a challenging room for newcomers to learn in - but isn’t that always the best way?!
Whilst I (Brent) pretended to be involved in the conversation at my table, my eyes darted back and forth to get a feel for the real reason we were here - the trainees. Each trainee was well looked after by a caring and attentive mentor and it was soon obvious that their training was of a high standard.
The team were energetic, full of smiles and enthusiasm and they handled a busy service really well considering this was only their third experience in the environment. Sure, there were mistakes, but at every turn the mentors were there to talk them through the minor issues politely and without fuss.
The food was a delicious complement of South Indian flavours - and well worth visiting The Rochey to try. But the stars of the night were the trainees and their incredible, supportive Scarf mentor team - smoothly led by the experienced Jonny Ainscough. We have no doubt this round of trainees will be great additions to our awesome industry.
Anyone in Melbourne hospo looking for a new staff member with great training and enthusiasm? Look no further than these future legends!
But don’t just take our word for it… Book in your own Scarf Community dining experience HERE and show your support.