Cafe own­ers use the food less trav­elled

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

IF YOU have driven through Ap­ple Tree Creek re­cently, chances are you no­ticed a bright, new mu­ral where lo­cal eatery Sticky Beaks used to be.

The cafe is now known as Lo­ca­li­cious.

Peter and San­dra Ilett have owned the busi­ness for seven short weeks but are al­ready the talk of the town.

The Ap­ple Tree Creek cane and cat­tle farm­ers say they aim to serve fresh food and use their own beef and lamb, and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses by sourc­ing pro­duce from Childers and the sur­round­ing district.

“In the Childers district, the va­ri­ety of pro­duce is end­less and we aim to source a ma­jor­ity of the fruit and veg­eta­bles lo­cally,” San­dra said.

“What we can’t pro­vide our­selves, we’re try­ing to get as close to lo­cal as pos­si­ble.

“Our lit­tle motto is ‘food less trav­elled’, which means it hasn’t left the district... toma­toes haven’t left Bund­aberg and come back again.”

It’s very much a fam­ily af­fair, with their four sons aged 17 to 23 lend­ing a help­ing hand to run the new busi­ness along­side the farm.

“Our chil­dren are keen to stay in agri­cul­ture, so we needed to add an­other busi­ness to the en­ter­prise,” San­dra said.

“It’s a great value-adding op­por­tu­nity.”

While run­ning a cafe is new ter­ri­tory for the Ilett fam­ily, they are “closet food­ies” from way back.

“We set up an abil­ity to do a bit of cater­ing for the fam­ily any­way, so this has tied in nicely,” she said.

Mrs Ilett said she en­joyed ex­per­i­ment­ing in the kitchen with new recipes.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN150814LOC1

SUP­PORT­ING LO­CALS: Lo­ca­li­cious own­ers Peter and San­dra Ilett use as much lo­cal pro­duce as pos­si­ble.

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