In December 2020, we had the pleasure of hosting the Brothers In Need Volunteer Dinner at Eighteen22 in Punchbowl. These volunteers have put in immense work into helping the people in need in our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a tough time for many businesses, as most have had to cut staff or shut down. We were adamant for this to not happen to Eighteen22. To prevent what’s happened to so many businesses, we started offering budget meals, and most importantly, kept all the staff in our workplace.
Bashar Krayem, the founder and director of The Culinary Group and Linking Hearts Ambassador, reminds us of our priorities to improve the lives of our women. The Culinary Group consists majorly of female employees.
“We have an obligation to the community, but more importantly an obligation to the women in our lives.” – Bashar Krayem
Our founder, Bashar, has a great track record of owning successful and inclusive restaurants as before opening Eighteen22, he opened the Punchbowl franchise. He made it mandatory for staff to learn basic Auslan and won an Australian Muslim Achievement Award in the “Man of the year” category in 2017. Now the owner of The Culinary Group, Bashar is continuing his great work of inclusivity in the community, especially at The Culinary School. There are future plans in partnership with TLC Disability Services to expand this inclusiveness across the entirety of The Culinary Group and assist in the employment of people with differing abilities.
In May 2021, Eighteen22 catered for a number of troubled youth from the Frank Baxter Juvenile Center. Supporting these boys and giving them the opportunity to become responsible young men and the best versions of themselves is important and we are glad we could be of help in this respect. We’re happy to have them celebrate EID EL FITR at our restaurant.
Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. Eighteen22 offered an All You Can Eat Iftar Buffet to make your Iftar a special experience with amazing food shared with your loved ones.