Saturday, March 15, 2014

STREAT @ Melbourne

Many of Melbourne's cafes carry their own fascinating backstories and concepts. One of the best belongs to STREAT, a not-for-profit initiative that has provided more than 100 homeless young people with skills to thrive in the food and hospitality industry.

STREAT, which won the Australian government’s 2013 national award for Social Enterprise Innovation, employs disadvantaged youngsters between the ages of 16 and 25 who learn how to prepare food and serve customers with the brand's own-roasted coffee.

“We’re not trying to turn these kids into the next Paul Bocuse,” says STREAT’s marketing manager, Ian Johnson, referring to the renowned French chef. “It’s more about equipping them with confidence and capabilities for their first entry-level jobs. Many of these youths have had no role models in their lives, but here, they can leave their problems at the door, learn from professionals and have the satisfaction of a full day’s work at a warm, interesting cafe.”

STREAT
5, McKillop Street, Melbourne


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12 comments:

  1. We missed this,hmm need to revisit Melbourne again! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, so many cafes there to visit hor, cannot finish :D

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  2. Lots of cafes like this there, same in NZ...like the uncountable number of coffee shops in Sibu... Need to know the good ones to go to.

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    1. Suituapui: happy exploring! :D

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  3. What an interesting place!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it has a nice backstory :)

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  4. Melbourne is a city with plenty of good cafes and restaurants. I guess this is one of them.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: yeah, worth checking if you manage to head to the city :)

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  5. This is the sort of cafe I would like to own (in my other life) :)

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    1. Footfringe: this is the sort of the cafe i'd like to work at (if i worked at a cafe) :D

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  6. What a cool place! And such a great initiative too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, a venue that's totally worth supporting :)

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