Fam­ily add cafe to busi­ness

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Wil­lis

A year and a half ago Ivett Kerekes, An­dras Las­zlo and their three sons Szi­lard, An­dor and Gergo moved to Ka¯ piti with hopes of con­tin­u­ing their suc­cess­ful meat and cheese pro­duc­tion busi­ness they had cre­ated in home­land Hun­gary.

Straight away fac­ing is­sues get­ting their equip­ment into New Zealand, the fam­ily was met with hur­dles to over­come and have since pur­chased equip­ment and started pro­duc­ing meats at a lo­ca­tion in Palmer­ston North.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully build­ing their busi­ness up from hav­ing stalls at mar­kets around Ka¯ piti, the fam­ily were ap­proached and asked if they would con­sider open­ing up a cafe´ .

With most of their ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing in pro­duc­tion of meat and cheese and sup­ply­ing it to restau­rants and cater­ing com­pa­nies, the thought of hav­ing a cafe´ was not on their mind but they took the op­por­tu­nity and ex­panded their busi­ness to in­clude Anzil cafe´ at Lin­dale.

“We thought it would be good to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the peo­ple, to meet them here and let them know they can get our prod­ucts from us dur­ing the week,” Ivett said.

“It’s a bit more stress­ful to put up with, we haven’t run our own cafe be­fore but 99 per cent of the time we make it.

“It’s been eas­ier for us to fo­cus on meat rather than cheese here as it’s eas­ier to com­ply with the stan­dards here in New Zealand.”

Mov­ing their whole fam­ily over to New Zealand has been made eas­ier by the Ka¯ piti com­mu­nity that has wel­comed in the fam­ily.

“The peo­ple you meet and the mar­ket or at the cafe´ , they al­ways make you feel like it was worth the wake up.

“In Europe you al­ways had to call and there was so much bu­reau­cracy, here I can go and ac­tu­ally talk to peo­ple, it’s more per­sonal. Here there has never been a day where I haven’t wanted to go into work, there’s al­ways that wel­com­ing at­ti­tude, their friend­li­ness.”

Over the year the fam­ily has con­tin­ued at the mar­kets, started Anzil cafe´ and set up a com­mer­cial unit in Palmer­ston North where they pro­duce around seven dif­fer­ent meats in­clud­ing cured and fer­mented salami, bre­saola, coppa, prosci­utto and speck mak­ing the trip sev­eral times a week, some­times sev­eral times a day.

The fam­ily is in the process of bring­ing their pro­duc­tion to Lin­dale with the start of next year tar­geted for all pro­duc­tion to move from Palmer­ston North to Lin­dale.

At the mo­ment they sell a mix­ture of their own prod­ucts and im­ported prod­ucts from Hun­gary with the hope that the ra­tio of their own prod­ucts will even­tu­ally far out­weigh the amount of prod­ucts they im­port.

There will al­ways be some­thing Hun­gar­ian in keep­ing with tra­di­tion and to what they know. “If you have good qual­ity things put to­gether you can’t go wrong.”

An­dras Las­zlo hold­ing Gergo and Ivett Kerekes are set­tling into life in New Zealand.

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