WITH two cooks and a chef, the Winsome Cafe Restaurant is set to out-do our favourite TV cooking shows with delicious cuisine from around the world.
This Saturday (after you've been to the Rock The Gate rally), you might want to experience a night out in the Winsome Hotel where the front bar will be transformed into a restaurant to raise money for the Lismore Soup Kitchen.
It is the fourth time the Winsome Cafe Restaurant has held a fundraising event since it became a soup kitchen and restaurant manager Sharon Dwyer loves it. She was inspired to start up the restaurant after she saw how other organisations were able to employ people who would normally be marginalised in the community.
"There is such a happy atmosphere here," she said.
"It's a central hub and people love coming to socialise here. We employ people from the Soup Kitchen as well as volunteers to run it. They have an opportunity to be part of a restaurant business that contributes to the community. One of the cooks we have now is Shane Smith. He started a career as an apprentice chef, is one of the Soup Kitchen regulars and is now giving back to the community."
With new chef Mona Proteau now volunteering her time to cook for the restaurant, food connoisseurs can try her specialty, French beef casserole dish.
"I'm of French Canadian descent," Mona said.
"The beef bourguignon dish I cook is my family recipe and my mother and grandmother used to make it."
The BYO alcohol cafe/restaurant is open every second Saturday of the month from 6-9pm and Sharon recommends booking ahead to ensure you get a table. There will be affordable gluten-free and vegetarian options available on the menu and you will also be serenaded throughout the night by John Gift, Dean Peachey and Mark Hazlett.
"We are always looking for people to come and help out in the kitchen," Sharon said.
"If you are cooking for family and friends and want to experience what it's like to work in a commercial kitchen, please get in touch with us."
For more information, to book a table or offer to help out, phone Sharon on 0447 224 205.
There is such a happy atmosphere here. It's a central hub and people love coming to socialise here.