Lentil as Anything. Pay what you feel (or what you can afford).

Loved my time volunteering at Lentil, in St Kilda. My dream, to have a Lentil in Birmingham..

BLACKBIRD WHISTLING

 By Alexandra Anderson

Photo: Alexandra Anderson Photography Photo: Alexandra Anderson Photography

If you couldn’t afford to pay anything, then the hope was that those with the means could make up for those who could not.

Blackbird Whistling speaks with Wendy Allan, manager of Lentil as Anything at Abottsford Convent, Melbourne.

14 years ago, founder Shanaka Fernando opened the first Lentil as Anything resturant in St.Kilda, Melbourne, with the idea that everyone, regardless of wealth, religion, culture of status could sit together at the table with dignity. His vision was to have this  happen under an honesty system where you anonymously paid what you felt the meal was worth, or what you could afford. If you couldn’t afford anything, then the hope was that those with the means could make up for those who could not. This vision not only took root in St.Kilda, but expanded across Melbourne in Footscray, Abbotsford and Preston and one…

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