Good Mex­i­can food ‘a pretty easy sell’

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

IT’S pretty easy to sell some­thing you love eat­ing.

This is the phi­los­o­phy of Zam­brero owner Eve­lyn Cartlidge, who re­cently cel­e­brated one year of run­ning the Mex­i­can food busi­ness from Reef Plaza in Can­non­vale.

Ms Cartlidge said the di­ver­sity of Mex­i­can food dishes avail­able at the restau­rant en­sured there was al­ways some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“It just sells it­self; the model is re­ally at­trac­tive it is great healthy food and we cater to all al­ler­gies and fussy taste buds,” she said.

What most cus­tomers may not know while eat­ing their bur­rito is it might also be mak­ing them smarter.

Ms Cartlidge said the com­bi­na­tion of food and flavours used in their IQ salsa came with health ben­e­fits.

“We have an IQ salsa which has black tur­tle beans and pepita seeds as well as tomato, corn, onion, lime juice and co­rian­der, which is a unique blend,” she said.

“That matched with gua­camole and black rice cre­ates our IQ range with all the in­gre­di­ents help­ing the brain with cog­ni­tive func­tion.”

Cus­tomers now also have the op­por­tu­nity to use their favourite Zam­brero flavours at home with verde, chipo­tle and red chilli sauce jars now avail­able from the counter.

While Ms Cartlidge sim­ply loved the food at Zam­brero, it was the things which were achieved on a so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian level which mo­ti­vated her ev­ery day.

“Ev­ery time you buy a bur­rito or bowl, a plate of food is do­nated to some­one in need and we are up to 14 mil­lion,” she said.

“(And) ev­ery time you buy from our re­tail range it goes to an Aus­tralian in need so it’s cov­er­ing all our bases, and that is what re­ally drew me.”

The store has been op­er­at­ing for one year as of April 6 and cel­e­brated with $5 bur­ri­tos.

Ms Cartlidge said she was proud of the growth achieved each week.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

DE­LI­CIOUS: Julie Car­berry and Zam­brero owner Eve­lyn Cartlidge hold­ing the sauce bot­tles which are on sale.

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