In 2006 one of New Zealand’s first plant-based cafes, Taste and See, opened its Mangatawhiri doors to the public, offering such things as tasty pies, sausage rolls and ice cream, and now 12 years later the same enthusiastic family are opening a new cafe and wholefood store in Dargaville. The doors at the new cafe officially open at 10am on Sunday, December 16, at 2 Normanby Street — look for the pink roof.
Maintaining a mission to create tasty, nutrient-dense food and drinks that are affordable, Sam and Hope Moorhead also want to create a safe haven for customers to relax in and know that the food being shared is more important than the dollars handed over the counter.
They are excited to share their knowledge and skills in the cafe, offering plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free meals and takeaways, and plan to continue their love of catering for functions as well.
In addition to the lifestyle cafe, a wholefood store is available offering an extensive range of organic plant-based foods, with cooking demonstrations, kids’ cooking club and appearances by guest speakers also in the future plan. There have been remarkable reports of the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet, and Sam knows this from experiences with her own health and those she has helped. For those remaining sceptical, the Heart
Foundation NZ say you don’t necessarily need to completely switch to a vegetarian diet. Making a conscious effort to eat less processed foods and more plant-based foods on a daily basis will do wonders for your health and risk of heart disease.
All food lovers are encouraged to come in and chat with Sam or Hope and try their delicious food — it may sound different to what you would usually eat, but
you might actually enjoy it if you just taste and see!