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8 March 2023

DineSmart's 20th Anniversary Dinner proudly presented by Cargo Crew

DineSmart celebrates 20 years of uniting with the hospitality industry to fight homelessness

Cargo Crew are so proud to have presented the DineSmart 20th anniversary dinner, hosting 110 diners who enjoyed signature dishes & paired wines from 6 Dinesmart restaurants: Victoria by Farmer's Daughters, Supernormal, Dessou, Ladro, Izakaya Den and Apollo Sydney.   

The Scarf front of house team wore a paired ‘uniform menu’ of 3 different looks to showcase the power of a uniform for an amazing customer experience, while empowering and uniting a team. They looked incredible and it was humbling to see the graduates from Scarf truly transform their confidence when they put on their uniforms. With ticket sales and a live auction, the night was an overwhelming success, raising $46,243 towards StreetSmart

After 21 years in business, we’ve become very interconnected with the hospitality industry and the night was full of stories about support and the power of relationships throughout COVID. To come out the other side and see hospitality thriving, it was a joy to celebrate the impact when we unite for a common cause.

Cargo Crew will be outfitting the waitstaff, bartenders and kitchen crew for the dinner

DineSmart's 20th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

Location: Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters, Melbourne
Date: Wednesday, April 12th 2023
Time: 6pm – 10pm

Canapes: Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters

  • Jones potato rosti, bass strait scallop, cold climate avocado
  • Mt zero grain aranchini, Maffra cheddar cream
  • Bbq Free range pork skewer, black garlic glaze
  • Paired with 2021 Pizzini 'Il Soffio' Prosecco - King Valley

First Entree: The Apollo

  • The Apollo Taramasalata with Salmon Roe and Pita Bread
  • Paired with 2021 Papagiannakos Assyrtiko

Second Entree: Izakaya Den 2029

  • Marlin Crudo, cold pressed yuzu oil, preserved sansho peppercorn
  • Paired with Denton Shed 'skins' Chardonnay

First Main: Supernormal

  • White cut corn fed chicken, watercress, ginger vinegar & fermented chilli
  • Paired with Le Sorelle Fiano

Second Main: Dessous

  • Braised short rib with glazed cgp cipollini onions and pickled local mushrooms.
  • Paired with 2021 Oscar's Folly Shiraz, Heathcote

Dessert: Ladro

  • 2 types of Cannoli: Triple Chocolate- milk chocolate shell, dark chocolate ricotta filling, white chocolate garnish - less traditional
  • Sicilian filled with sweetened ricotta and candied fruit - Traditional
  • Paired with 2018 Vinea Marson Piccolit

Each ticket to the DineSmart 20th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner includes a six-course dinner with pairing beverages, each being 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and live auction raised $46,243 on the night, helping fund organisations and programs that are giving vulnerable people the tools and confidence to be job-ready. 


"We're so proud to be supporting this meaningful event, celebrating 20 years of StreetSmart by bringing together great partners and passionate people from the industry to make a real difference in the community. Cargo Crew have also recently turned 20 years, so we know the tireless drive, passion and hard work that Geoff Hills and the team at StreetSmart Australia have put in day-in-day-out, to build a truly powerful and impactful organisation."

Founder & Creative Director Cargo Crew

What is StreetSmart and DineSmart?

StreetSmart Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that raises funds to support and provide grants to grassroots community groups which focus on homelessness in Australia. StreetSmart keeps it local by connecting businesses with their neighbourhood shelters, action groups and projects, so funds raised directly help people in their own community.

DineSmart is a fundraising campaign run by StreetSmart since 2003 partnering with hundreds of restaurants across Australia. The campaign takes place annually during the festive seasons, and participating venues help us raise funds with their diners’ support.

Since it was founded in 2003, StreetSmart has distributed more than $10.5 million to 1,075 local organisations across Australia.

DineSmart by StreetSmart


The core belief of StreetSmart is that everyone should have a safe and secure place to call home and aims to raise funds and awareness to bring about change for people experiencing homelessness or at risk.

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