Being the unashamed bunch of foodies that we are, we decided that in honour of this year’s NAIDOC week, the Village would venture (Carpool Karaoke style) to Fitzroy’s majestic Charcoal Lane.
The stunning jewel that is Charcoal Lane is a Mission Australia enterprise restaurant that provides supported training and employment to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in pursuing a hospitality pathway. Training is framed on a flexible, youth friendly model that supports the cultural wellness of participants. The aspiration is for young people to develop vocational skills, accredited qualifications and the personal capacity to successfully transition to sustainable mainstream employment.
As we sat down in this gorgeous space, replete with breathtaking Aboriginal art, our Head of Strategic Communications, Tammi, did an Acknowledgement to Country, spoke about the history of Fitzroy as an important meeting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples from tribes around Victoria, as well expounded on the theme of this year’s NAIDOC week of Voice, Treaty, Truth and working together.
Then the eating began…
Charcoal Lane’s contemporary menu is seasonally driven and draws on the best of native Australian food. But the food prepared by Executive Chef, Greg Hampton was nothing short of a gastronomical treat.
Thank you to everyone at Charcoal Lane for such a sumptuous feast and all round beautiful experience. We look forward to sharing many meals at our new favourite place.