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Social Enterprise Caterers Melbourne

Social Enterprise Caterers Melbourne is a round of up of Melbourne caterers whose delicious work is making a difference.

By Jen Curcio


For a number of years now, Melbourne has had a considerable presence when it comes to options for social enterprise caterers.  If you’re hosting or organising an event it is now virtually effortless to find and hire a catering service where the proceeds and investment truly go towards a worthy cause, or initiative.

You will be spoilt for choice at this ever-growing list of social enterprise caterers in Melbourne really making a difference with their work.




Merchant Road Events – if you are looking for an exquisite aesthetic to the food served at your next event then look no further than Merchant Road. The event company offers a full dining service, specialises in grazing tables and can also offer bar service. In addition to running beautiful events, Merchant Road also train and employ young women from refugee backgrounds.


Crepes for Change 

Ideal for public as well as private events, consider the Crepes for Change food truck at your next corporate party, school event or wedding! 100% of their profits are invested back into programs aimed at reducing youth homelessness.


Carlton Kitchen Library

Although not caterers per say, if you are putting on a catered event consider borrowing the crockery, cutlery and linen for it instead of buying. The Carlton Kitchen library have over 300 kitchen appliances and tools in their ‘catalogue’ available for loan including event packs. One-off event borrowing costs as little as $20. Get in touch with them to chat to them about hiring a pack for your next event.


Free to Feed – this not-for-profit social enterprise champions new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through their skills and stories which they offer via cooking courses, events and catering. To find out more about catering and the option of a unique and immersive catering experience, see their website for more details.


ASRC Catering –  award winning caterers and the recipients of The Age Good Food Guide 2016, Food for Good Award. Their produce is locally sourced from Victorian farmers from in and around 100km radius of the Melbourne CBD, and organic where possible. All dishes are also animal and cruelty-free.


Streat – seasonal food made from scratch, including hot and cold canapés and gourmet platters, as well as bread and pastries. By choosing Streat you are directly supporting the creation of training and job opportunities for some of Victoria’s most marginalised youth. Also worth considering is purchasing Streat’s food hampers and coffee which also support their initiatives.


Tradeblock Cafe’ – a huge range of delicious items on offer including sandwiches, platters, soups, salads, cakes, slices and pies. Catering is only available during school terms and vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and fructose free options are available.


Global Feasts – this catering service under the Friends of Refugees umbrella, creates training and employment opportunities for people from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds or those who are struggling to maintain work due to barriers like being without local references, their cultural background, a lack of access to education and employment services, etc. Their catering service also includes dairy free, gluten free, vegan and diabetic options.


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