Named ‘Fresh to Plate’, Dargaville’s latest eating place is a cafe run by 28 students and two tutors from NorthTec’s ‘Certificate in Food and Beverage Service, Level three’ course, at the campus, on Murdoch street.
“We’ve been open for six weeks for fellow students but now it’s open to the public,” said NorthTec’s Dargaville regional administrator, Dene Holyoake.
“It’s called Fresh to Plate because our horticulture course provides most of the produce and then we’ve also got our apiculture course, so we’ll be using honey from there. Our agriculture course has a portable milking machine, so fresh milk from there will be used in baking and we’ll also be getting chickens soon, for fresh eggs,” said Dene.
“We’ve got a painting course as well, so they’ve painted the inside and re-wallpapered it. The carpentry course built the deck and the agriculture students have put up the fences. It’s been a joint venture from everyone.” Student Michele Sherman said “I really wanted to do a course, so I thought I’d give this a go. I’m learning so much, the tutors Kerrie-Ann and Jenn they’re fantastic. It’s really good to see customers come in and see all our hard work.”
The cafe serves hot and cold drinks, including espresso coffee. They have a selection of sweet and savoury food, ideal for lunchtime.
Opening times are 9.30am–2.30pm Tuesday-Friday. The bi-annual Keri Keri plant zone sale is on next week at the campus, Monday-Saturday, October 9-14, so they will be open just next Saturday as well, with plans open every Saturday by summer.