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‘‘You can’t get any­thing more lo­cal or or­ganic than that,’’ says Cafe´ Royale owner, Robert Win­ters.

Robert is re­fer­ring to the ur­ban gar­den that’s been planted by the Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre in the court­yard at the back of Square Edge.

The gar­den pro­duces veg­eta­bles, herbs and flow­ers which Robert uses as part of his sus­tain­able business prac­tice which has seen him sup­port­ing lo­cal or or­ganic pro­duc­ers through­out the re­gion.

Cafe Royale’s point of dif­fer­ence is its com­mit­ment to the re­gion’s pro­duc­ers, whether they’re sup­pli­ers of free range eggs, or­ganic wheat, her­itage breed sausages and chorizo from Horowhenua or fiery sauce from Feild­ing-based Chilli Wind.

As well as food, Robert seeks pack­ag­ing that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and com­postable. His take­away cof­fees come in pa­per cups with lids that are made from potato starch.

Christ­mas is a busy time for Cafe Royale and the artisans who work from Square Edge.

The fes­tive sea­son be­gins with the Com­mu­nity Art Mar­ket to­mor­row night (De­cem­ber 1). Square Edge will be open un­til late, wel­com­ing peo­ple and en­cour­ag­ing them to buy in­di­vid­ual Christ­mas gifts made on the premises.

Cafe Royale is play­ing its part by pre­par­ing de­li­cious street food for peo­ple to en­joy while ad­mir­ing the work on dis­play and for sale. It will also of­fer its unique Thurs­day night piz­zas at two for $20.

The cafe is host­ing a num­ber of Christ­mas par­ties and pri­vate func­tions, in­clud­ing the prepa­ra­tion of a ve­gan feast. How­ever, it wel­comes ca­sual din­ers and peo­ple seek­ing one of Robert’s dis­tinc­tive (im­ported and in-house roasted) cof­fees plus a choice of food from the cab­i­net or his ex­ten­sive menu.

A spe­cial­ity of the house is his spiced potato Vada­pav burger with salad and home made bun or his jack­fruit burger.

Robert ex­plains that jack­fruit is a small trop­i­cal, tasty fruit which ab­sorbs and en­hances other flavours such as bar­be­cue and Ja­maican jerk.

‘‘They are in con­stant de­mand,’’ he says.

Dur­ing De­cem­ber cock­tail pi­anist Chris Dann will en­ter­tain on Fri­day nights with his se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar jazz clas­sics and will re­main a reg­u­lar en­ter­tainer at the cafe dur­ing 2017 from Welling­ton An­niver­sary weekend on­wards.

Cafe Royale will only be closed on Christ­mas and New Year’s Day. The cafe will re­main open daily with the ex­cep­tion of evenings seven days a week through­out the hol­i­day pe­riod.

‘‘We en­joy wel­com­ing sea­sonal tourists,’’ Robert says.

‘‘There are some trav­ellers from Welling­ton to Auck­land who break their jour­ney in Palmer­ston North just to en­joy the food and cof­fee from our cafe.’’

Cafe Royale owner Robert Win­ters shows off the ur­ban gar­den from which he chooses his fresh veg­eta­bles, herbs and flow­ers.

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