I wrote the above sentence for the first time in 2011 – it was a few years after I met Matty (my now husband … and your barista!)
This was back when Uforic was a mere blog in the online world – and running my own cafe was but a dream I thought was unlikely to ever come true.
Now, Uforic Food Cafe is a month away from its third birthday – and the beautiful thing is the opening sentence of this post remains even truer than when I wrote it for the first time – some five years ago.
Take home meals began last week – and while it’s a lot more work – I was trying to work out what it was that a. made me want to push so hard to make it happen – and b. why it makes me so happy.
And it comes down to the fact that I have created yet another way to feed people – to open my heart and to share, nurture and care.
Feeding people – making them feel “uforic” when they eat that first mouthful – and it just makes them feel warm, comforted, happy and content. Nothing makes me happier.
Back, five years ago – I was so afraid of cooking for all the new people in my life. Matty, his family – new friends. It makes me realise now – as new people stream daily into our little cafe – how far I have come.
I have always been so nervous about what people would think of my food. It’s not fine dining – I’m not asking you to get your head around crazy food combinations. It’s about re-inventing and continuing beautiful flavours, tastes and textures that have passed through generations of families and cultures. Hospitality is not a parallel universe where every experience is perfect – but when people tell me how much they enjoy what we do – it’s just so satisfying. It calms the shy person inside me who fears that opening up – that sharing our kind of comfort food – will be a mistake.
So, thank you to each of you who has taken the time to post comments on Facebook, give reviews, click like, pulled me aside at the cafe for a chat and even sent notes to say we are on to something. Whether it’s take home meals, what we do at the cafe daily, catering, sharing recipes and stories through the blog – I just want you to know that you are helping one person, one family, and the people who work in it every day, to live their dreams, to make a living, and to keep on going forward.
So, with lovely feedback on board – we continue our take home meals this week (click here for the current menu) – and we prepare for our new Spring menu. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Also,click here for some beautiful, comforting recipes I put together a few months ago. Let’s enjoy what we can of slow food before the weather really warms up!
Thank for for allowing us to share our food with you, in so many ways!
Uforic Food Cafe – 1135 Surfcoast Highway, Mount Duneed (on the way to Torquay) 8am – 4pm 7 Days
Even though we are surrounded by food ALL the time – we find it hard to get a meal on the table at the end of a super busy day.
It ends up being take-away – laden with preservatives, MSG and fat, salt and sugar.
So when we trialled our take-home meals before our winter break – Matty and I ate so well! Beautiful home-cooked (from scratch) food, full of flavour and not preservatives and bad stuff. It was amazing to eat things cooked long and slow, which so many of us just don’t have time to do. It takes time to build flavour – to brown, saute and braise.
So, take home meals are back … and we’ve listened to your feedback. Everyone loved our version of comfort food at home, but it was hard for some people to get in to pick them up during our trading hours. So, we’re going to deliver – every Friday afternoon/evening – to people living in Torquay, Armstrong Creek, Waurn Ponds and some surrounding suburbs. Click HERE to see where we deliver to by using the drop down menu on the online order form. If it’s popular, we will expand to other suburbs. Contact us if you’re interested in having our meals delivered in your area!
The menu will change weekly, so you won’t get bored with eating the same old food – and be posted on our website and promoted via Facebook every Tuesday. Meals will be available for collection or delivery on Fridays. Delivery to Torquay, Armstrong Creek, Waurn Ponds and some surrounding suburbs is $10 – or free for orders over $150. Delivery orders much be paid for in full with credit card details over the phone (or in-store if you are passing through) prior to delivery.
Check out this week’s menu HERE. Happy eating!
We are in the running, for the third year running, for the Golden Plate Awards People’s Choice category – and we’d love to win your vote!
It’s a great honour to be nominated for these awards and we are so thankful for the opportunity.
Being a part of the awards means we are judged anonymously by some of Victoria’s best hospitality people – and given feedback on our performance – from food, coffee and service to ambience – and everything in between.
That feedback keeps us on our toes. It keeps us evolving, changing and improving. It’d be easy to just keep doing what we do every day – but to us, it’s important to always be testing ourselves against the best – and doing what we can to make the experience you have when you come to Uforic better, smoother, warmer, and more delicious.
But what means even more to us, is what our community thinks of us. So, if you like what we do, we would be ever so grateful if you could give the below post a “like”. A like is a vote for us in the awards, and we’d truly appreciate it!
If you have any suggestions for us – feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – we always want to hear what you think – and any ideas you have to make Uforic a better place.
It’s been so wonderful to see all our regulars, and lots of new people, pop back in following our winter break. It’s certainly been a very busy few weeks, and it has been wonderful to see everyone! We missed you! Thank you always for your support of what we do!
Lisa, Matty and our little Uforic Team xo
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