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 a social enterprise for your venue 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.

CERES Community Environment Park 

CERES organic grocer in BrunswickChoose any of the spaces in the Brunswick’s environment park 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. Discover more

Donkey Wheel House and Kinfolk Cafe Table set for dinner at Kinfolk and Donkey Wheel House function
On level two of a heritage-listed building in the ‘bottom end’ of the city, you’ll find Donkey Wheel House, a light and welcoming space perfect for sit-down and cocktail functions. Catering is provided by sister social enterprise Kinfolk Cafe downstairs, with their quality menu of seasonal dishes, house made sodas, ethical booze partners, and cakes offered. Kinfolk 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. Learn more

STREATOutdoor space Cromwell Street
The 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. Find out more

Tamil Feasts
Tamil Feasts is part of the CERES groups 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! Discover more

Feast of Merit

There’s a seasonal and locally sourced menu, well-crafted drinks, a welcoming exposed brick space, and all conveniently located in inner-suburb 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. Find out more

Charcoal Lane
Located on Gertrude St Fitzroy, this restaurant 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. Learn more

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

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