De­lec­ta­ble cui­sine, great ser­vice

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Men­tion the name ‘Tin Goose’ Cafe to Cen­tral Otago res­i­dents (and now the many trav­ellers who have ven­tured through the re­gion), and the name im­me­di­ately con­jures up im­ages of de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine, tan­ta­lis­ing smells, and a great at­mos­phere, all mixed in with wel­com­ing smiles and su­perb ser­vice. Not to men­tion GREAT cof­fee. Es­tab­lished ini­tially in Cromwell in the build­ing which for­merly housed the Cromwell tea­rooms some nine years ago, the Tin Goose Cafe´ soon spread its wings and its tasty treats were avail­able from premises es­tab­lished in Cen­ten­nial Av­enue, Alexandra, and the Ter­race Junc­tion at Frank­ton, Queen­stown, with its off­spring the Baby Goose of­fer­ing good­ies at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre.

Jeanie Wat­son, based in the in­au­gu­ral Tin Goose Cafe´ in Cromwell, is a Cen­tral Otago girl through and through and it’s her pas­sion for the re­gion and cre­at­ing and sup­ply­ing Healthy foods us­ing fresh sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents which has lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of the ’Tin Goose Cafes’. Born in Clyde, ed­u­cated at Dun­stan High, trained at Cromwell Poly­tech, and with a busi­ness which has been es­tab­lished and branched out to three corners of Cen­tral Otago, there’s no doubt­ing which area has claimed the heart of Jeanie Wat­son.

Jeanie’s days are long, but this high­lights her love of food, cook­ing, and cre­at­ing recipes.

Her home and gar­den sup­ply many of the herbs and veg­eta­bles in­cluded in the food pro­duced in the cafes, which are very much a fam­ily af­fair.

Hus­band Alis­ter man­ages the Alexandra cafe´ , her el­dest son, the Queen­stown cafe´ , and her­self the Cromwell es­tab­lish­ment.

And this tal­ent seems to be a fam­ily trait, with Jeanie rat­ing her other two sons as ’good cooks’.

The Tin Goose Cafe´ s are all busy, busy en­vi­ron­ments. One minute it is a bus­load of tourists bustling through the doors to sam­ple the cof­fee and wares, the next it is quiet again, the wel­com­ing staff busy clear­ing the ta­bles, re­plen­ish­ing cab­i­nets and hav­ing a well-earned break, or mak­ing a take-away cof­fee for one of the many lo­cals who fre­quent the es­tab­lish­ment.

Jeanie brings her own flair to the Cromwell Tin Goose Cafe´ .

"When I come in here in the morn­ing, I have no idea what I am go­ing to make for the day, but I check the fridge and see what is in there, and that in­spires the menu for the day."

"I’m not nec­es­sar­ily very or­gan­ised, but ev­ery­thing turns out gor­geous and tasty at the end of the day."

"I am al­ways cook­ing and bak­ing and I en­joy cater­ing for some­thing spe­cial whether it is a farewell din­ner for a staff mem­ber leav­ing or do­ing a demon­stra­tion here or some other town.

When Jeanie ad­mits that all she wants to do is ’cook, cook, cook’ and also spends many hours read­ing recipe books and scour­ing the in­ter­net for ideas, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing the sons have in­her­ited her tal­ents, and the cafes have a staunch fol­low­ing in the re­gion.

Well worth a stop off and a visit, no mat­ter what the time of day or the level of hunger.

Some of the hard­work­ing staff at Cromwell’s Tin Goose Cafe´ with owner Jeanie Wat­son (cen­tre). At left is An­drea Szuc­sora with Chelsea Verdonk (at right).

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