PROJECT: Feast of Merit

img%20(2) Feast 1 Every so often the team at KWD get to funk up the vibe and work on a project with attitude and a social conscience. Take this Richmond restaurant for example. Feast of Merit is a chic modern space with a relaxed atmosphere, scrumptious menu and staff devoted to a wonderful cause. img%20(4) img%20(5) The Swan Street establishment is an initiative of YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty), a charity that supports youth education and leadership projects in Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Australia. Co-founder Elle Critchley explains the cafe is an attempt to develop permanent funding for the charity. In support, some of the staff at the cafe volunteer their time, while suppliers such as St ALi, Hopkins River Beef and St. David’s Dairy donate products. Feast 4 img%20(7) White subway tiles by KWD look totally at home under the main bar. The combination of eclectic fittings and fixtures makes the whole area come together as a stylish oasis. img%20(9) img%20(13) Feast of Merit is a communal dining house offering delicious seasonal produce, raw foods and an assortment of locally sourced drinks. Being local, ethical and sustainable (and, of course, delicious) is part of what drives their philosophy. The team consider their food as Middle Eastern Spring meets Melbourne – a city where the public demands quality, accessibility and flavour.Feast 2

The Meaning Behind the Name – 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.
Feast of Merit
117 Swan Street, Richmond
Opening Hours
Mon 7:30 am – 3:00 pm Tue to Thu 7:30 am – 11:00 pm Fri 7:30 am – 1:00 am Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 am Sun 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

 If you would like to discuss your own project with us please call

Kate Walker at KWD on 0422 425 523.


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