So how do you create a new dish, Eric? It’s a commonly asked question, and although the process varies each time, I’ve seen a few dishes come and go so I’d like to let you in on the journey with our latest Café Derailleur addition- Sweet potato cakeswith peanut satay, chilli, lime, smashed avocado, English spinach and coconut bacon.
When bike riders visit our cafe we welcome them, because we know that cycling’s as healthy for the waistline as it is for our local economy. We also want them to be safe so we point out the best rides, roads and routes and highlight other cycle-friendly eating places. That's what I did with Jim Freeman and his friend when they dropped into Cafe Derailleur for lunch a few Fridays ago.
When was the last time you wrote a business plan and stuck to it? We've almost done it. When we opened Cafe Derailleur in 2010, we set the goal of building the business and exiting within five years - it has now been seven and we've just placed the cafe on the market. Plenty of blood, sweat and tears - and knitting and crochet - has gone into creating Derailleur.
You know I keep a close eye on what is going on in the coffee scene in Melbourne and around the world. Somethings interest me and others (deconstructed coffee for example) don't. I learnt about filter coffee last year when visiting our coffee roaster. Many of our customers over summer have been joining us on our filter coffee journey. Here's how we arrived at or starting point.
It’s occurred to me and to those many customers I've chatted to, that we don't really know those people who’ve put themselves up for election. Understanding the skills and knowledge each candidate offers is a good start. To do this, I’ve prepared a selection criteria. So, I hope candidates knock on my door and visit my cafe soon.
On the eve of Council elections I find myself reflecting on what the future holds for us here in Wangaratta and what the past has taught us. After a three-year sojourn, democracy is being returned to the Rural City of Wangaratta and we’ve a buffet of twenty candidates vying for seven positions. So what should be our selection criteria for the job of a Councillor?
Buying and reading The Age Good Food Guide as soon as it comes out is a tradition for me. It's an education too, professional development if you like. So seeing a little article by Richard Cornish on Cafe Derailleur was a huge surprise to me.