Many fans of One Dish

LUNCH DATE: (Back) UnitingCare Wodonga’s Naomi Jansen and TAFE’s Lana Hanssens with (front) NELLEN’s Vanessa O’Loughlin and Bev Hoffmann. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

THE firstOne Dish Restaurant on the Border has been judged a success.

A collaboration between UnitingCare Wodonga and Wodonga TAFE, the socially responsible restaurant served its maximum capacity of 30 people on Friday.

One Dish Restaurant has no fixed meal price and so dinerspay what they can afford.

Volunteer chef Shane Archer said the feedback on Friday had been overwhelmingly positive.

He said Victorian Certificate of Applied Learningstudents from Wodonga TAFE helped him prep the meal ahead of the lunch sitting.

“The meal was made from scratch rightdown to the Napoli sauce,” Archersaid.

UnitingCare Wodonga emergency relief coordinator Catherine Byrne said the lunchbooked out in just two days.

She said the socially responsible restaurant concept had appealed to many people.

“We had one couple book who don’t normally get a chance to eat out for lunch,” Ms Byrnesaid.

“They would not be able to do it otherwise.”

Ms Byrne said the One Dish Restaurant would operate three times during the first school term andonce during the second term.

“It would be great to find some funding to make it a more permanent thing,” she said.

Ms Byrne said UnitingCare Wodonga had an ongoing relationship with Wodonga TAFE.

She said students had made 200 meals for emergency relief, which were handed out at UnitingCare last week.

“They also did a big cook-up for us before Christmas,” she said.

“We had TAFE students working in the op shop gaining retail experience as well asthose in the kitchen gaining hospitality experience, cooking and meet and greet.

“If they’re going to be a chef they’re getting good exposure here.”

VCAL students (front) Leah Wainwright, Jacob Scott and James Towne with (back) Sophie O’Connell, Bianca Thomson and Jarvis Kibble. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

North East Local Learning and Employment Networkexecutive officer Bev Hoffmann said the restaurant concept was a great example of valuable workplace experience.

“We’re very excited to see this latest project,” she said.

The next One Dish Restaurant will operate on March 10 at UnitingCare Wodonga, 177 Beechworth Road, from noon until 1.30pm.

Bookings are essential toCatherine Byrne on(02) 6024 2108 or email [email protected]论坛.

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