anything but humble

A new café is rewriting the recipe for a better world with their newest pie shop in Greenwood Plaza.

Anything But Humble employs people living with disability in order to break down barriers to meaningful training and employment. Their menu of “seriously good pies and sausage rolls” has locals lining up most days, as do their team of delightful staff.

anything but humble
The team at Anything But Humble, shared in the North Sydney Living Facebook group by Mary Thompson

It’s the latest opening for social enterprise, Plate It Forward, and brings together diverse flavours from their other venues including Sri Lankan restaurant Colombo Social, Afghan takeaway Kabul Social, Mexican street food eatery Coyocan Social and soon-to-be Ukrainian restaurant Kiev Social.

“As a premium hospitality group with a strong social purpose, Plate it Forward believes in creating opportunities for everyone by fostering equality in the hospitality industry,” shares Gemma Clendining, the Head of Impact at Plate it Forward.

Stories such as that of Nihad, a Palestinian refugee, are a testament to the incredible work of Plate It Forward. She joined the team as a kitchen hand after fleeing Palestine due to conflict and now plays a key role in the group’s catering and events arm.

Every pastry has a tale to tell too, reflecting flavours and stories from people around the world.

“Our pies and sausage rolls represent the diversity and multiculturalism of Australia by blending with an iconic Australian food,” Clendining says. “Each item is inspired by one of our restaurants, giving a nod to the epic diversity Australia is home to.”

Anything But Humble’s hearty Sri Lankan chicken pie is filled with authentic chicken curry made by the experts at Colombo Social. The team recommends pairing it with their seeni sambol (caramelised onion relish) or fiery katta hot sauce. There’s also a slow-cooked Birria brisket pie, which is rich with chillies and warm spices, and a classic five-hour braised beef baked in a buttery flaky crust.

You can find comfort in Anything But Humble’s trio of savoury rolls too including spicy beetroot, cheeseburger sausage (don’t fear, you can get a side of tomato sauce), and Afghan Lamb (top tip: it pairs well with mint yogurt).

Beyond the pies, Plate it Forward donates up to 3,000 meals per week for people in our community who need support through food.

“To date, Plate it Forward has broken cycles of food insecurity by donating a combined 400,000 meals and delivered social and economic inclusion to 127 community members previously excluded from mainstream employment,” Clendining explains.

The social enterprise also offers catering services and hospitality events and functions, offering people premium experiences that help those seeking a brighter future showcase their newfound skills.

“One of our team members received a thank you card from a customer recently which made them feel incredibly proud of their hard work, so we’ve been warmly welcomed by locals and our team is so far really enjoying working in North Sydney,” Clendining concludes. “We’re excited to share our pies with more people in the North Shore.”

Where: Greenwood Plaza, Blue St, North Sydney NSW 2060

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm




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