Bringing food to the people

The concept of street-side food has caught on around Gisborne and up the Coast. You can now get pizza, baked potatoes, burgers, ice-cream, fresh fruit and even Japanese dumplings from mobile kitchens that bring the food to the people.

The concept of street-side food has caught on around Gisborne and up the Coast. You can now get pizza, baked potatoes, burgers, ice-cream, fresh fruit and even Japanese dumplings from mobile kitchens that bring the food to the people.

ON THE ROAD: Verity Russell and Sean Hollings peek out from the back of a 1975 Bedford truck that has been turned into a commercial kitchen called the Curbside Cafe. It has been parked up at Tolaga Bay Wharf making fresh healthy lunches for visitors up the Coast.
Curbside Cafe
Curbside Cafe
“WE LOVE IT UP HERE”: Adrian Januszkiewicz and his daughter Mala, 9, are visiting Gisborne from their home in Queenstown. They enjoyed the unique holiday experience of being able to wait beachside on a beanbag for their lunch to be cooked by the mobile kitchen called the Curbside Café.

Queenstown couple Adrian and Sally Januszkiewicz visited Gisborne for the first time last week with their two children Mala and Luke. While it was unseasonably snowing in their home city, they were enjoying the sunshine and views from a beanbag at the historic Tolaga Bay Wharf while waiting for their lunch and coffee to be made.

The unique dining experience was brought to them by Curbside Cafe, one of around 10 mobile kitchens that have popped up around Gisborne and the Coast over the last year.

Visitors love the ease and efficiency of being able to pick up a healthy lunch and coffee from the side of the road, or at popular tourist destinations.

The chefs inside the small kitchens on wheels love being their own bosses, the flexibility being mobile brings and being able to introduce healthier fast food options.

Curbisde Cafe is the brainchild of English-born chef Verity Russell.

She pulls up at the Tolaga Wharf in her 1975 Bedford truck, that has been made into a commercial kitchen.

Verity loves the flexibility of her mobile business and being able to choose the backdrop to her cafe.

“I love it. I feel like I am in my little haven place — it is a dream come true.

“Everything is homemade, there is no fryer and everything is biodegradable.

“I am aiming to be fresh, healthy and environmentally friendly.”

Verity moved to Tolaga Bay to be with her partner who is a commercial fisherman. But last week he was flipping burgers too as the Curbside Cafe cooked up a storm with more than 100 lunches and 200 coffees made for tourists from the small kitchen on Tuesday alone.

For tourists Adrian and Sally the cruisy, laid-back atmosphere of the East Coast was exactly why they had chosen to holiday here and waiting beachside on a beanbag for lunch with their two kids was an added bonus.

One of 10

The Curbside Cafe is one of around 10 mobile food outlets that have popped up around Gisborne and the Coast over the last 12 months.

On the outskirts of Gisborne’s CBD, drivers can choose from pizza, ice-cream, doughnuts, baked potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee, Japanese dumplings and burgers from any number of mobile kitchens parked on the side of the road.

Customers love the efficiency and ease. They get to avoid the busy CBD, don’t have to find a park and can feed the troops and be back on the road within 20 minutes.

Sue Stone was a nurse for 40 years. She now sells hot baked potatoes with a variety of fillings from her business Gizza’ Spud.

Sue wanted to introduce healthy, non-fried fast food to Gisborne and started Gizza’ Spud in 2014. She bought the wagon-style kitchen from Trade Me and inside the small space are two sinks, two gas ovens that can fit 45 potatoes each and four bain-maries cooled by salt ice and ice packs for her pre-prepared fillings and salads.

She loves being her own boss and getting people interested in healthier fast food.

On top of her regular customers who seek her out beside The Warehouse, Sue also makes healthy school lunches for St Mary’s School students during term time one day a week.

Then there is street-side stalwart Donna Higginson who sells fresh fruit and vegetables from the side of Ormond Road. Her dad did it for 15 years before she took over.

“People expect us to be here, so we are — rain, hail or shine and even on Christmas Day,” Donna says.

Surfin’ Taco, located at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park, brings a Mexican taste to Gisborne’s visitors, while the new pizza wagon on Ormond Road is being made by Italian Gabreil Romiti.

At the weekly farmers’ market, a mobile kitchen delivers fresh authentic Japanese dumplings served with rice in large cabbage leaves.

It has never been easier, or healthier, to get lunch and dinner on the run from a variety of countries on the side of the road.

All the street side vendors must comply with a Gisborne District Council bylaw, which states;

• They must not park in the CBD.

• Or within 100 metres of another food outlet or by churches or schools.

Queenstown couple Adrian and Sally Januszkiewicz visited Gisborne for the first time last week with their two children Mala and Luke. While it was unseasonably snowing in their home city, they were enjoying the sunshine and views from a beanbag at the historic Tolaga Bay Wharf while waiting for their lunch and coffee to be made.

The unique dining experience was brought to them by Curbside Cafe, one of around 10 mobile kitchens that have popped up around Gisborne and the Coast over the last year.

Visitors love the ease and efficiency of being able to pick up a healthy lunch and coffee from the side of the road, or at popular tourist destinations.

The chefs inside the small kitchens on wheels love being their own bosses, the flexibility being mobile brings and being able to introduce healthier fast food options.

Curbisde Cafe is the brainchild of English-born chef Verity Russell.

She pulls up at the Tolaga Wharf in her 1975 Bedford truck, that has been made into a commercial kitchen.

Verity loves the flexibility of her mobile business and being able to choose the backdrop to her cafe.

“I love it. I feel like I am in my little haven place — it is a dream come true.

“Everything is homemade, there is no fryer and everything is biodegradable.

“I am aiming to be fresh, healthy and environmentally friendly.”

Verity moved to Tolaga Bay to be with her partner who is a commercial fisherman. But last week he was flipping burgers too as the Curbside Cafe cooked up a storm with more than 100 lunches and 200 coffees made for tourists from the small kitchen on Tuesday alone.

For tourists Adrian and Sally the cruisy, laid-back atmosphere of the East Coast was exactly why they had chosen to holiday here and waiting beachside on a beanbag for lunch with their two kids was an added bonus.

One of 10

The Curbside Cafe is one of around 10 mobile food outlets that have popped up around Gisborne and the Coast over the last 12 months.

On the outskirts of Gisborne’s CBD, drivers can choose from pizza, ice-cream, doughnuts, baked potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee, Japanese dumplings and burgers from any number of mobile kitchens parked on the side of the road.

Customers love the efficiency and ease. They get to avoid the busy CBD, don’t have to find a park and can feed the troops and be back on the road within 20 minutes.

Sue Stone was a nurse for 40 years. She now sells hot baked potatoes with a variety of fillings from her business Gizza’ Spud.

Sue wanted to introduce healthy, non-fried fast food to Gisborne and started Gizza’ Spud in 2014. She bought the wagon-style kitchen from Trade Me and inside the small space are two sinks, two gas ovens that can fit 45 potatoes each and four bain-maries cooled by salt ice and ice packs for her pre-prepared fillings and salads.

She loves being her own boss and getting people interested in healthier fast food.

On top of her regular customers who seek her out beside The Warehouse, Sue also makes healthy school lunches for St Mary’s School students during term time one day a week.

Then there is street-side stalwart Donna Higginson who sells fresh fruit and vegetables from the side of Ormond Road. Her dad did it for 15 years before she took over.

“People expect us to be here, so we are — rain, hail or shine and even on Christmas Day,” Donna says.

Surfin’ Taco, located at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park, brings a Mexican taste to Gisborne’s visitors, while the new pizza wagon on Ormond Road is being made by Italian Gabreil Romiti.

At the weekly farmers’ market, a mobile kitchen delivers fresh authentic Japanese dumplings served with rice in large cabbage leaves.

It has never been easier, or healthier, to get lunch and dinner on the run from a variety of countries on the side of the road.

All the street side vendors must comply with a Gisborne District Council bylaw, which states;

• They must not park in the CBD.

• Or within 100 metres of another food outlet or by churches or schools.

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