Hostesses and hosts with the most – have you started thinking about Christmas yet? Create a doubly impressive, memorable end of year event this December, by choosing social enterprise for your event spaces or catering.

We’ve rounded up some Goodsmiths in Melbourne who offer event spaces, restaurant hire, and whip up delicious meals, all the while giving back to the community. It’s time to get booking.

Event space and catering surrounded by nature

CERES event space CERES Community Environment Park has a number of event spaces to choose from for a unique setting amongst the eucalypts, the garden beds and even the chooks. CERES will help you find your ideal spot on their expansive grounds, and provide on-ground-support in the lead up, as well as on the event day. They’re flexible with catering options, and have partnered with ethical caterers including The Farm Cafe and The Sorghum Sisters, or you’re welcome to self-cater. Find out more about their Honey Lane Market Garden and Village Green, perfectly rustic and Insta-friendly locations for an outdoor summer shindig. And you can rest easy knowing that all the event costs go towards the park’s educational programs and many community initiatives.

Catering and function space in the heart of the CBD

On level two of a heritage-listed building in the city, you’ll find Donkey Wheel House – a light and welcoming location that has a number of event spaces that are perfect for sit-down and cocktail functions. Catering is provided by their sister social enterprise Kinfolk Cafe located downstairs. Kinfolk’s quality menu of seasonal dishes, house made sodas, ethical booze partners, and cakes will have your Christmas guests mouths watering. Kinfolk Cafe can also be hired for events – they pride themselves on bespoke dinners tailored to suit your needs. All profits from the venues go towards their charity partners ASRC and Urban Seed.

Help disadvantaged youth with this unique space along with fresh, local catering

STREAT event spaceThe STREAT site in Collingwood, Cromwell Manor, is a remarkable example of how purpose and vision can become a reality. The $2.5m property was gifted for STREAT’s use by one of the organisation’s key supporters and is now an eatery and coffee roaster which opened mid-2016. Hire a function space in this unique building and throw a party to remember.
Or, if you have your own location in mind, but want some help in the kitchen, STREAT also caters. Everything’s made from scratch with a philosophy of fresh, quality and local. By choosing STREAT you also support disadvantaged youth finding a sustainable livelihood.

Support asylum seekers at your next festivities

Tamil Feasts is part of the CERES group of social enterprises, supporting newly settled asylum seekers through food and celebration. Book your end-of-year group into one of the boisterous Sri Lankan feasts held at CERES’ Merri Table, perfect for a festive get together. For the first time, they are offering a limited number of celebration lunches especially created for end-of-year events. There’s only 6 available in December – so the early bird gets the worm. Or, organise catering and let the traditional and authentic Tamil curries, bhaji and dahls come to you. Eating with hands encouraged and cutlery is optional!

A feast helping end poverty

Feast of Merit ygap event spaceAt Feast of Merit you’ll find a seasonal and locally sourced menu, well-crafted drinks, a welcoming exposed brick space, and all conveniently located in the inner-suburb of Richmond. Yes, this restaurant ticks all the boxes. An even bigger plus is that 100% of the restaurant’s profits go towards ygap’s work towards eradicating poverty in Australia and abroad. In addition to booking a table in the main space, the entire venue is available for hire, and the rooftop is also available for events.

A social enterprise passionate about its food and causes

Located on Gertrude St Fitzroy, Charcoal Lane features a creative menu focused on native ingredients such as wallaby, wattleseed and saltbush. The entire restaurant, courtyard or private dining room is available for sit down or stand up affairs, and they can also come to you with a bespoke catering offer. As a social enterprise of Mission Australia, by choosing Charcoal Lane you support the trainee program, where Aboriginal and other young people experiencing difficulty are given hospitality experience and equipped to move into careers and a brighter future.

It’s not too early to start making this Christmas a good one.

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