MRC Tas Catering, a social enterprise project by Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, offers simple, authentic and delicious food with recipes sourced from local migrant communities featuring Tasmanian produce. MRC Tas Catering provides practical kitchen skills and workplace experience; furthering training and employment opportunities for multicultural Tasmanian community members seeking work in the hospitality industry.

Since our launch in May 2019, MRC Tas Catering has catered for a wide range of functions – from soup for six hundred guests served in handmade pottery, to mezze platters and even sandwiches for 1000 guests. We’ve really enjoyed testing traditional recipes from participants’ home cuisines. We’ve been making new friends and connections through these projects, and we’ve had a great response from the greater Hobart community. The project has been featured by SBS Food, TasWeekend Magazine, The Mercury, ABC News, and Nightly News 7 Tasmania.

MRC Tas Catering is not taking any further catering bookings until 2020.

For the next few months we’ll continue to hold our regular Friday Café open days from 11am – 3pm along with our existing bookings.

We will be taking a break over the summer break from 15th December 2019 to early February 2020, and we look forward to bringing you an expanded offering when we return.

If you are interested in participating in the work experience program, please come to MRC Tas Monday Drop-in from 10am – 3pm to complete an assessment.

Contact: Food Manager Megan Quill on 03 6221 0999, or

Click here to read more about the program

Click here to read about the pilot project

Participant Testimonials

Huweida – “Fridays are good. It is good to have customers and to share my recipes. I am making friends too. I am very happy.”

Abebea – “I am happy to  make friends and to learn new food, to have communication with others including people who are in my English class but now they are my friends.”

Nagham – “I love being here. There is beautiful teamwork. Even in the rush hours it is very cooperative. The variety of food is really beautiful.”

“We were thrilled to collaborate with the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania to serve 600 potters a wonderful meal – hot and hearty soup and a range of sourdough bread in handmade ceramic bowls – called Pot Luck Dinner, the opening event for the Australian Ceramics Triennale. There was plenty of the delicious soup and bread, cooked with fresh, local ingredients and served efficiently by the MRC Tas team. We were delighted with the success of the dinner!”

– Vicki Grima – Chair, Australian Ceramics Triennale

“I just wanted to extend my thanks again for the wonderful catering you and your team provided at our event last Thursday. I didn’t actually get to try anything, but the feedback I have received has been very positive! I am sending an email to guests later today and will include a link to your website in the hope that will generate further business for you.”

– Red Cross Migrant Mentor Support Program

We just wanted to say how very impressed have been by your Service, and let you know that the food was very very well received by our guests, clients and staff.

We have had many participants at our function today, ask us, who supplied the catering, and we gladly advised them who to contact if they required catering themselves.

Could you please pass on our thanks to all those staff and helpers, at the migrant resource centre, who helped deliver today’s catering – and say we thought it was wonderfully presented (you eat with your eyes too) and let them know it was delicious!”

– Department of State Growth (Skills Tasmania)