Vince plans to raise stakes

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica War­riner

AF­TER a big 2018, In­gle­wood star butcher Vince Gar­reffa is soak­ing up the sum­mer.

Along with run­ning his busi­ness Mondo Butch­ers, head­ing to China to pro­mote WA wagyu beef and tak­ing tour groups around Italy and Croa­tia, Mr Gar­reffa took out the metropoli­tan Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the WA Se­niors Awards for his work fundrais­ing for Life­line WA last year.

For 21 years, Mr Gar­reffa has held an an­nual brunch in his back­yard to raise funds for the char­ity, gath­er­ing more than $3 mil­lion.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with his fam­ily to recharge for the new year.

“Jan­uary is crit­i­cal to the whole year. If I don’t spend some time with my fam­ily by the beach, it’s as if we haven’t had our medicine for the year,” he said.

Mr Gar­reffa said 2018 had brought mixed for­tunes, with many fam­i­lies hit in the hip pocket and restau­rants fall­ing over.

“The good out of it is that they’ll fig­ure out who loves them and they’ll turn to their fam­i­lies and get back to what it’s all about,” he said.

“We’ve got to ac­cept that es­pe­cially when we’re down, it can only get bet­ter.”

Mr Gar­reffa said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing what 2019 brought and en­cour­aged fam­i­lies to try some­thing dif­fer­ent on the bar­be­cue.

“Peo­ple are be­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous; I’m get­ting many in­quiries about kan­ga­roo, buf­falo and other pre­mium meats,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d489523

Vince Gar­reffa is look­ing for­ward to 2019.

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