A café with a focus on locally sourced ethical produce has struck a chord with foodies in Yackandandah.
Saint Monday pitches itself as a place to relish the good things in life – wholesome, seasonal fare, specialty fair-traded coffee, good conversation and space to sit back and ‘smell the roses’.
For Lauren Salathiel and Chris McGorlick, establishing a business founded on strong social justice and environmental principles was crucial.
“We like to source produce ethically,” Lauren said.
“Being in a food growing region makes it easy and natural to source things seasonally and fresh.
“It makes things interesting for our chefs, getting our produce within seasons across the year, but they get to be creative and imaginative.”
“One of the main things we base our menus around is bio dynamic vegetables from our friends Matt and Tamsin at Greenwood & Grogan produce who are locals.
“We also source our meat differently, often from a smokehouse in Wangaratta that offers free range and organic produce. We have cheese that is made by Chris’ dad – we don’t want to do things are detrimental socially or environmentally, those are values close to our heart.
The Saint Monday owners have big plans for the next 12 months.
“We plan on getting really involved in High Country Harvest this year,” Chris said.
“We are also going to make a big deal around the Give a Fork national campaign that gets people thinking about the environmental and ethical impact of the food we buy and the waste we create.”
For more on Saint Monday, visit the website www.saintmondaycafe.com.au