Adelaide Hills husband and wife duo Josh Dorset and Jess Fisher started raw foods company, Raw In The Hills, only twelve months ago; there’s been such demand, they’ve just announced the opening of their very own café in Mount Barker. Starting out from their kitchen at home, Raw In The Hills Wholefoods Café is hoping to open its doors before Christmas, with a focus on uncooked and unprocessed delights made from fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally and ethically.
‘We’re down to the nitty, gritty end,’ says Jess of the impending opening.
Having travelled for the past few years, Jess and Josh, who have lived on the Fleurieu Peninsula and in Lobethal, have now settled in Mount Barker. The idea of starting a raw foods company was realised when Jess, a celiac and vegan, struggled to find places for her and her children to eat ‘real, good food’.
‘Josh began experimenting with raw cakes and it kind of started from there’ she says. ‘Our dream has always been to create a café where anyone can come to eat no matter what their food needs or dietary requirements are’.
In the beginning, Raw In The Hills were selling their products wholesale in local cafés. Earlier this year they established a stall in the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. The market allowed them to interact with the people buying their products, and they were surprised at the variety of folks enjoying their raw foods.
‘It was fantastic to meet and talk with people from all different walks of life and age brackets who were just as excited about our product as we were’, says Josh.
With a young family, the idea of opening a café seemed, at first, almost impossible; however, with the help and support of Jess’s parents, the couple have been able to pursue their vision.
‘A perfect place opened up in a great location so we all decided now was the time,’ says Josh. ‘It’s a heritage cottage, so we’re sticking with a fairly rustic vibe’.
The menu will cater to a variety of diets other than just raw: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. You’ll find nutritious savoury meals such as burgers, seasonal salads and omnivore and vegan share platters, as well as the sweeter side of things; pancakes, house-made cereals and plenty of raw vegan tarts and cakes.
Joining the growing number of health conscious eateries in and around Adelaide, Raw In The Hills Wholefoods Café will have a similar objective: to provide hearty, natural, sustainable food that is good, not only for our insides, but for the world in which it is produced and consumed.
‘We love when we get to eat at Kitchen 2C in Hahndorf (they have fab coffee and awesome vegan hot chocolate), The Green Room in Willunga, Bliss in the city, and Maxwells in Aldinga. They’re places that have the same concepts, ideals and food styles as us. They’re kid friendly too, which helps’, says Jess. They’re also big fans of Motherduck of Goolwa, where Jess previously worked.
‘Living and eating in harmony with the changing seasons is really important to us, and we're really excited to bring this to Mount Barker’, says Josh.
Keep an eye out for: house favourite, the Citrus Tart, and Jess’s favourite, the sought after Raw Rocky Road and Cranberry Slice.
Raw In The Hills Wholefoods Café opens this December at 10 Gawler Street, Mount Barker, for breakfast and lunch.
Header image of Raw Rocky Road Tart via Raw In The Hills Facebook page.