The next step in our story of growth is the establishment of The Two Wolves: Community Cantina. A volunteer-driven social enterprise eatery & bar, it is a social hub for young people to enjoy good food, find community and share meaning.
Upon entering the venue through a Melbourne-style laneway, customers find themselves immersed in an eclectic and inspired experience, themed to the countries supported by The Cardoner Project. This allows for an awareness and understanding of the overseas works to which they are contributing. On offer is an affordable and hearty simple street-food menu that celebrates the rich faith and cultures that The Cardoner Project supports.
Who We Are
The planning, establishment and management of the venue has been overseen by a team of industry leaders donating their time and expertise. Combining
over 55 years of restaurant and commercial expertise with a background in hospitality and humanitarian work, this multi-dimensional team consists of:
FR. DAVID BRAITHWAITE, SJ
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO, THE CARDONER PROJECT
Fr. David Braithwaite, SJ runs young-adult ministries for the Jesuits in Australia. Having established The Cardoner Project, Father David knows how to engage young people in a positive mission for the disadvantaged, while integrating faith and reflective transformation. He is passionate
about encouraging young people to have hope in a more faith-filled and just future.
Owner and Director of The Sydney Collective, Fraser Short has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having owned and managed more than 15 venues to date. Fraser currently operates four highly
successful venues in Sydney, and has been recognised by the Australian Bar Association as ‘Pub Operator of the Year (‘14)’ and for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Hospitality.’
INTERIOR DESIGNER AND HOTELIER
Michael Delany-Korabelnikova is a multi-award winning creative director,
interior designer and club owner whose venues have won accolades
such as ‘Bartender Nightclub of the Year’ and listed in the ‘Top
Ten Nightclubs in the Universe’ by prestigious American magazine ‘V’.
Michael was voted tenth place in Bartender Magazine’s ‘Most Influential
Person in Australian Hospitality Award’ in 2009, and fifth place in 2011.
Michael has also designed a number of award-winning Sydney hotels.
An St Aloysius’ Old Boy, Michael is the Managing Director of architect agency, Nettletontribe. Michael is passionate about designing places with positive social, sustainable and community outcomes. He has over 30 years of experience, designing projects of note that include the Australia Institute of Architects (AIA) award-winning Lifestyle Working in Brookvale, and the Stable Property Group developments in Melbourne.
THE HON. NICK GREINER, AC
CHAIRMAN, THE CARDONER PROJECT
Former Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales, Nick Greiner
currently serves as Chairman of Opportunity Cambodia, the
Primary Ethics Future Trust Board, the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, among other large listed companies. He was
awarded ‘Companion of the Order of Australia’ for his services to the
community and for public sector reform and management.
Ben Sweeten is the director and owner of several successful cafes
in Sydney, including the Rose Bay Diner and the Kansas City Shuffle,
and was the founder and previous owner of the popular Joe Black Café in Surry Hills.
EXECUTIVE CHARIMAN, COCO REPUBLIC
Paul has enjoyed a successful career in furniture and interior design, and more recently the Coco Republic Design School. The school is a place of creativity, inspiration and discovery where students learn from the real-life experiences and the success of its mentors, an ideal approach for our bar and restaurant to follow.
As a social enterprise, The Two Wolves: Community Cantina supports global partner organisations working on the ground with disadvantaged communities
HUAY TONG, NORTHERN THAILAND
Since 2012 The Cardoner Project has placed young Australian volunteers in primary schools in the Mae Win mountainous district towards the border with Myanmar. Each year several short-term immersion groups travel there to work on building and education projects. There are currently nine volunteers working in village schools as English teachers. They are an important part of the Arrupe Education Project, run by Fr. Vinai Boonlue SJ and the Chiang Mai Jesuits, which aims to improve the educational outcomes of the tribal Karen and Hmong children in the mountains. By partnering with lieratu. com and World Numeracy, we are trialing the use of software and tablets to improve the children’s access to quality education.
It takes several days of arduous trekking to reach this small village in the Himalayas where the Jesuits have an under- resourced parish. Fr. Braithwaite recently led a trek of 14 university students there to identify ways of building solidarity and offering support for them. The Cardoner Project will actively support an early childhood intervention programme that seeks to improve the nutrition and education of pre-school children relieving their mothers of the need to care for them while they work in the fields.
SAINT VINCENT DIEM ORPHANAGE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN HUONG PHUONG, CENTRAL THAILAND
Since 2010 The Cardoner Project has supported the Sisters and the children in this very special and loving place. Over the years the Sisters have invested in a chicken farm and a water filtration and bottling business to improve the lives of the 80 children for whom they care. We have provided them with seed funding to help establish and grow these businesses. Each year immersion groups visit the orphanage to work and learn.
The Eatery & Bar and its Workers
Located on the ground floor of Jesuit House in the heart of the Broadway university precinct, The Two Wolves: Community Cantina, is run by a team of university student volunteers. They are mentored by an experienced management team, and deliver a service marked by youthful energy, warmth and generosity.
Once established, it is our aim to train long- term unemployed young people on-site, and help place them in employment in other venues if they desire.
Our plan is to replicate the Sydney restaurant in Melbourne, and in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and eventually in other centres where we have partners within The Jesuit Network.