Cafe Royale’s calling all organics suppliers
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.