For this purpose I will expand on the exotic mushrooms:
➾Growing interest in the market with both suppliers and consumers
➾Steady increase in demand both in the foodsector as well as retail since it is a favourite with vegans, vegetarians and flexitarian alike
➾Extraordinary health benefits
➾A favourite with many chefs – adding a unique edge to their menus with their sought after umami flavours and flexibility in use
➾Meat replacement – not only for the private sector, but also for the food industry and fast food sector
➾Providing some key nutrients consumers will lose if they give up meat
➾An excellent base for the production of many vegan and vegetarian products due to their richness of flavour and texture
➾Great possibility for value-added products like biltong, bacin, mushroom seasonings, pickled products etc
A great part of what I offer all my clients is finding solutions to their supply challenges. With both restaurants and wholesalers/suppliers to retail and restaurants, getting produce regularly and on time is a real challenge.
I pride myself in finding solutions to these problems by understanding how they operate their businesses and fitting into their model wherever I can.
Furthermore I find unique and hard to find ingredients for especially chefs. If I can not find it, usually there simply is nothing available anywhere, that one can source from responsibly and economically.
During lockdown this model has secured me the opportunity to assist in the restaurant Wolfgat, based in Paternoster, to assemble and distribute his exquisite food boxes to patrons across Cape Town. He couriered the various elements from his kitchen in Paternoster and I had to meticulously and with great care assemble the boxes in good time for the food to still arrive fresh and well-presented to his patrons. This was a huge succes for him in a challenging time.
Whenever shef Michelle from Jonkershuis at Constantia designs a new menu I have the privilege of sourcing her unique ingredients, like green chickpeas, various niche micro herbs etc.