Photo (J.Robertson): members of the Causley family at the Regional Food Expo in Yamba earlier this year
Gate to Plate is about celebrating all the best food produced in the Clarence Valley and when it comes to gathering and presenting the valleys’ bounty to consumers, few people are more qualified than Karl and Jess Causley.
Since 2001, when the couple took over management of a grocery business that had been in existence since around 1978, Causley Fresh has evolved into a family business in the truest sense of one in which all family members participate and benefit.
“Our children often get involved in the business,” says Jess Causley, speaking from the Grafton store, “it’s good experience for them and I think customers trust that we only sell food we would eat as a family. So, I guess through our business, we show people who we really are as a family by sharing the food we get excited about at home.”
Causley Fresh is undoubtedly the Valley’s preeminent independent fresh food retailer and is once again supporting Gate to Plate as a major business sponsor.
Rod Watters, chairman of The Gallery Foundation, which hosts Gate to Plate said, “We’re delighted to be working with the Causley family, who are such great supporters of food culture in the Clarence. Our chefs have handed Karl Causley a mighty shopping list and I can’t wait to see and taste the results.”
This September, the best food grown in the Clarence will be showcased in a lavish long lunch prepared by the two most exciting chefs in the Clarence: Zac Roberts at Karrikin and Charly Prétet of The French Pan Tree.
Phil Nicholas, who is coordinating the event, said, “We’ve already sold than half of the seats for the Bendigo Bank Gate to Plate Long Lunch. At $165 a seat, it’s a great value experience given the number of courses and wines that will be served. I’d recommend people secure their tickets soon to avoid missing out.”
Find event details and ticket links at https://gatetoplate.com.au/