Not-for-profit social enterprise Free to Feed has been creating meaningful employment for asylum seekers and refugees through shared food experiences for five fruitful years. Now it has upped the feelgood factor – and facilities – even further with the opening of its stunning events space in Queens Parade, Fitzroy North.
The heritage-listed modernist building, most recently known as The Que Club, has been transformed into an impressive light and airy 800-square-metre venue. With a large bar and events space, fully kitted-out catering kitchen and "living room" for sit-down dining, it's perfectly set up for cooking classes, workshops, fully catered events and celebrations.
It's a long way from Free to Feed's humble beginnings in a small Thornbury kitchen, and a place that CEO and founder Loretta Bolotin hopes will enrich the community for years to come.
"We're so excited and we can't wait to host beautiful events and celebrations for people and organisations all over Melbourne, all while changing the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum in our community."
Asylum seekers contributing to Free to Feed gain formal qualifications while sharing their unique skills and individual stories through food.
Our tip: find a reason to get a crowd together and order the famous grazing table, featuring an abundance of Middle Eastern dishes including harissa lamb shoulder, saffron-scented Persian chicken, vibrant salads, dips and much more. It's incredibly delicious and prepared with love by the Free to Feed team.
Free to Feed, 205-211 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North freetofeed.org.au