FEAST OF MERIT IS MORE THAN A RESTAURANT – IT’S A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OWNED AND RUN BY YGAP.
100 per cent of Feast of Merit’s profits directly support local impact entrepreneurs in Australia, Africa and Asia who are significantly and measurably improving the lives of people living in poverty. This means they are helping them access a better income, a better home, a better education or reducing their risk of suffering from preventable disease or violence.
Feast of Merit
117 Swan Street
Contact no: (03) 9428 8480
Please note we have two dinner sittings – First sitting has times at 6:00pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm for two hours & second sitting has times at 8:00pm, 8:15pm & 8:30pm for the duration of the evening.
THE STORY BEHIND FEAST OF MERIT
Nagaland is a region in far North-eastern India where the tradition of Feast of Merit was born. In Naga culture, when someone within the community acquires a position of wealth, they can choose to hold a festival – Feast of Merit. The whole community – including the poor and disadvantaged – is invited to join together to share the fruits of the person’s wealth. The feast lasts until all of their assets – everything of value – are shared amongst all of the community. This can often take many weeks. At the end of the festivities, the person is gifted with a golden cloak: the highest sign of recognition. This person returns to their life with no wealth or riches, but with the respect and gratitude of the whole village. We come into this world with nothing.
Like the people of Nagaland, we believe merit lies with those that choose to give away what they accumulate.
Interested suppliers and hospitality staff are welcome to join the Feast of Merit team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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– The Age – Food for thought: Hospitality businesses such as StrEAT turn a profit for charity (23/2/2014)
– The Urban List – Feast of Merit Opens in Richmond (28/2/2014)
– Time Out (25/2/2014)
– Open Journal
– Good Food – Dining with benefits at Feast of Merit (18/4/2014)
– Three Thousand (12/3/2014)
– Hospitality Magazine – YGAP launches social enterprise restaurant in Melbourne (26/2/2014)
– Peach Water (7/3/2014)
– Gastronomel (16/3/2014)
– Second Helping (13/3/2014)
– MX – The feast is sure to have merit (24/3/2014)