Cafe Royale’s call­ing all or­gan­ics sup­pli­ers

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Lo­cal or­ganic sup­pli­ers re­joice, Cafe Royale would love to hear from you.

Owner Robert Win­ters spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing ap­petis­ing food sup­plied by lo­cal or­ganic pro­duc­ers but he’s hope­ful there’re more out there he doesn’t know about.

Cafe Royale’s point of dif­fer­ence is its de­lec­ta­ble food made from lo­cal or­ganic pro­duce and Robert would like to in­crease the num­ber of sup­pli­ers in 2017.

"We love to show­case the great pro­duce from the Manawatu re­gion," he says. "While we have cor­nered the mar­ket, there could be oth­ers out there we haven’t heard about."

In par­tic­u­lar Robert would like to hear from a vege­tar­ian cheese maker and any sup­plier of or­ganic rye.

Cafe Royale prides it­self on free range eggs from Lin­ton, or­ganic wheat and chorizo from Horowhenua, sauces from Feild­ing and milk from Manawatu or­ganic farms. From those sup­pli­ers, Robert daily bakes food for cus­tomers to choose from his ex­ten­sive cab­i­net or black­board menu.

"We make ev­ery­thing from scratch and the metic­u­lous care we give to our dishes and black­board food pro­vides the dis­tinc­tive taste," he says. "We make our food ab­so­lutely de­li­cious through our prepa­ra­tion and the use of nat­u­ral sauces, herbs and spices."

At the mo­ment a spe­cialty of the house is av­o­cado and feta smash on toast with a poached egg on top. "It’s very pop­u­lar, ap­petis­ing and good for you," Robert says.

Be­cause Cafe Royale is housed in Square Edge, it’s part of the vis­ual and per­form­ing arts that en­liven the beau­ti­fully re­stored build­ing on the cor­ner of the Square and Church Street. "There’s an ob­vi­ous syn­ergy be­tween our cafe and the vi­brant arts scene here," he says.

Robert is en­cour­ag­ing tour­ing mu­si­cians to per­form at Cafe Royale as of­ten as pos­si­ble. On March 17 he’s en­gaged Anna Hawkins, a pop opera artist who ac­com­pa­nies her­self on the key­board. He’s lined up other artists through­out the year. A weekly high­light is jazz pi­anist Chris Dann who plays on Fridays nights.

Robert re­minds peo­ple of the next Mak­ers Mar­ket on Sun­day, March 5, where lo­cal ar­ti­sans dis­play their work, mu­si­cians play and Cafe Royale show­cases its scrump­tious food and cof­fee pro­duced from his vin­tage 1913 What­mee flame cof­fee roaster.

That would be an ideal time for him to catch up with any other or­ganic sup­pli­ers he hasn’t met. Cafe Royale is fully li­censed and open seven days a week for break­fasts and lunches and for din­ners on Thurs­day to Satur­day evenings.

Robert Win­ters dis­plays one of the de­lec­ta­ble dishes from his cab­i­net.

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