Cafe owners use the food less travelled
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.
SUPPORTING LOCALS: Localicious owners Peter and Sandra Ilett use as much local produce as possible.