What do you do?
I’m the proud owner of Morries Cafe in Harrietville. Everything we do is homemade and done from scratch using local produce even our granola. We also do vegan gelato and icecream that is all gluten free. We’ve we not long changed up our menu and that’s something will continue to do each season to keep things fresh. We do catering for groups and are hosting the pasta night ahead of this weekend’s Harrietville Half Marathon on Saturday night and have a wedding lined up to provide our icecream. . We’re also environmentally conscience and try to be paper free; you pay extra for takeaway coffee cups if you are sitting in. Have you always worked in hospitality?
I have. Since moving to the area in 2013 from Woodford in Queensland and before I taking over the cafe here I worked in hospitality in Bright, Porepunkah and Wandiligong. I always wanted to have my own business and two years ago started my own organic wet chai tea business called Elmarie Chai. We wholesale that to different places including the Wandi Pub who use it in their desserts. We also do markets and festivals with that and use it to make soaps as well. We’re hoping to get bigger and have just added a café in Queensland that wants to stock our product.
Where does your passion for cooking come from?
My passion for cooking comes from my dad who is an amazing cook. It’s something I’ve always done and I especially love baking cakes which is something else we do here.
How long have you lived in Harrietville?
We’ve been in Harrietville for past year. I love it here, you can spend a morning, afternoon or night in Bright and then come back here and know that it’s not going to be anywhere near as busy.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I do lots of walking and also love fishing and camping. I macramé too and sell things like pot hangers and jewellery through the café and at markets. I also enjoy skiing but have only been twice this season.