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Travelling on a South Indian delight for a great cause

A dining experience that gives back

Food is an important social fabric that creates a positive community environment. It’s one of the rare activities that can connect and reconnect various friendships. We all need to eat and let’s face it – eating alone isn’t glamorous. But have you given thought for those less fortunate? The people who can’t afford a great meal out on a weekly basis? This includes our newest members of Australia who have already witnessed ugly parts of the world, now face another hard road to up skill and gain effective employment.

Enter Scarf, a social enterprise that borrows top quality restaurants that provide front-of-house hospitality training and mentoring to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Following from the successful Spring Scarf dinner series, we are excited to introduce the Autumn dinner series at Top Paddock, hosted by the partnership of Scarf-Kerala. From the 17th of March to the 14 of April, diners will experience a feast that is sure to be memorable.

The two courses ($35 – optional dessert at an additional cost) will experience the vibrant flavours of South Indian with the vision of removing itself from the traditional dishes. The set menu is designed by Mischa Tropp from Kerala and it is sure to deliver the goods. Think crispy skin pork belly with spiced chickpeas and green mango curry – and let’s not forget dessert, consisting of coconut rice pudding with cardamom, pistachios and candied papaya.

Food is the dominant focus, but it’s the underlying themes that are more important at this event. At a very reasonable price, you will be served by Scarf participates who will gain the necessary experience and confidence to be in future employable positions. Food doesn’t discriminate or marginalise people – rather it brings people together. This is a rare opportunity to support these people’s fundamental training and help them build the foundations of a new beginning.

Autumn Scarf Dinners occur every Monday from March 17 until April 14 at Top Paddock. The remaining five weeks will be announced in early March.

The $35 two set menu (dessert is optional at an additional cost) will have a experimental South Indian influence. Bookings are essential and can be made at

For more information about Autumn Scarf Dinners can be found here.

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