Chit Chat Coffee Cart

Chit Chat Coffee Cart

Enterprise name

Chit Chat Coffee Cart

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Social isolation and multicultural skills training.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Mobile coffee cart located in the Moe Library selling teas and coffees made by volunteers.

How are you going with the work?

We are a fledgling social enterprise slowly expanding our customer base and building a group of regular coffee drinkers. We hope to introduce a range of biscuits, cakes, slices and preserves made by our volunteers. Each week we are building our customer numbers and the confidence of the volunteers is growing along with it.

What is the biggest challenge?

Keeping a steady flow of volunteers. We offer free training in safe food handling and coffee making and once the volunteers get really good at what they do, they head off and get a job! (The ideal outcome really but it makes it difficult to maintain the work roster).

What is your hope for the future?

Our future hope is to employ a regular barista and continue to train volunteers. We are hoping to host volunteer-run, multicultural cooking classes so that they volunteers can earn a small income.

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CERES Tamil Feasts

CERES Tamil Feasts

Enterprise name  CERES Tamil Feasts

What’s the cause  விருந்து Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise supporting recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food and culture and serving up traditional Sri Lankan fare prepared by Tamil men currently seeking asylum in Australia.

What’s the trading activity  Tamil Feasts are a sit down 3 course dinner serving traditional Tamil food. Occuring every Wednesday,Thursday and Friday night at the CERES Merri Café from 7:00pm. Our customers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and ages.

How are you going with the work?  The enterprise has been running for over 4 years and has currently employs 4 Tamil Chefs (who are seeking asylum). The enterprise has grown in this time from one weekly feast night to 3 regular feasts each week. The team are also make delicious products – chai and pickles that are sold through the CERES Grocery and Fair Food. Tamil Feasts is supported by a large team of volunteers who support with food preparation and service.

Biggest challenge  Supporting the team and the challenges they face outside of the project eg immigration
Maintaining a certain number of bookings each week.
Maintaining a certain number of volunteers each week.
Financial sustainability
Keeping things fresh eg menus, guest speakers to retain longer term supporters.
Infrastructure limitations – shared kitchen.

Hope for the future   To expand the Tamil Feasts team – train and employee new people and expand their current opportunities and connect them to a supportive community.
To connect more people with current issues people seeking asylum face.
To explore expansion of a catering service, production line and regular market stall.
To continue to celebrate our multicultural community through delicious food and stories.

tamilfeasts.ceres.org.au

 

Moon Rabbit

Moon Rabbit

Enterprise name

Moon Rabbit

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We have three main aims:
1. PROVIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: We provide hospitality training to young people with additional learning needs through our Tiered Training & Transition (TTT) program.
2. PRODUCE ZERO WASTE: We’ve never had disposable takeaway cups; in our first year we prevented more than 10,000 takeaway cups from ending up in landfill. We produce as close to zero waste as possible, with a comprehensive compost system; an emphasis on reducing, refusing, reusing and refilling before recycling; tailoring our menu and specials to the seasons and what’s in surplus; and inspiring or changing our suppliers to help limit operational waste. We weigh and record our waste every day so we can continually learn and improve.
3. GENERATE INCOME: All profits from Moon Rabbit support underfunded programs at The Bridge, our parent organisation.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Our café sells delicious coffee, cakes, jaffles and salads in Melbourne’s north. We also provide fresh, seasonal catering for breakfasts, lunches, meetings and events further afield. Many of our café regulars are local residents and workers, or people with some connection to the Bridge: staff, volunteers, students, childcare families, venue hirers, etc. A lot of our customers have become catering clients, too; this part of our business has grown organically thanks to them.

How are you going with the work?

We just won two awards, so great! (Moon Rabbit won the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2019 Victorian Learn Local Awards, for our TTT training program, and the Sustainability Award at the 2019 Darebin Community Awards for our environmental impact.) Business is growing due to positive media coverage and word of mouth.

What is the biggest challenge?

Balancing growth with our staffing capacity. We have to say no to some opportunities occasionally because we don’t yet have the resources to devote to them.

What is your hope for the future?

To increase our capacity to provide training opportunities for young people with additional learning needs, which is the main reason we exist.

www.moonrabbit.org.au