Sprout Eden cafe inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Sprout Eden's owner Karen Lott is thrilled with the cafe's induction into the Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame. Photo: Rachel Mounsey
Sprout Eden's owner Karen Lott is thrilled with the cafe's induction into the Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

Sprout Eden started as a small seed planted by Karen Lott in 2012. Now almost seven years on, the Imlay Street cafe and local produce store has been inducted into the TripAdvisor "Hall Of Fame".

It would seem the world of reviewers like it local and the popular cafe has become the epitome of everything local.

"Strengthening our local community was always the intention," said Ms Lott.

Ms Lott was the co-founder of the popular Nethercote produce markets and said one of the ideas behind Sprout was to create a local produce market that was open every day.

In the "market" section, a variety of backyard grown fruit and veggies are for sale along with other locally sourced meat and produce gathered from around Eden businesses and the local area.

"Part of our ethos is to use as little mileage as possible," said Ms Lott.

The food on the menu is all "made from scratch" and it's not uncommon to see the kitchen staff picking home grown produce from the store's shelves.

Ms Lott said the success of Sprout is a credit to the staff and locals who have taken an interest in the business and its philosophy.

"It's been an ongoing team effort from day one. I couldn't have done it without the brilliant team and people behind me."

Pambula chef Elaine O'Rourke came to lend a hand "for a month" when Sprout opened seven years ago.

Although she runs her own busy catering business, Ms O'Rourke said the enthusiasm for the community project and her loyalty to Ms Lott's ideology has kept her involved.

"Even if I stopped cooking here tomorrow, I think I will always have a foot in Sprout. It's a great place to work and wonderful project to be involved in," she said.

 "Several growers grow specifically to support the shop": In season locally sourced apples for sale at Cafe Sprout. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

"Several growers grow specifically to support the shop": In season locally sourced apples for sale at Cafe Sprout. Photo: Rachel Mounsey

And there is great news for Sprout lovers, the next branch of Sprout's tree is about to grow.

Over the next few weeks a new kitchen space will be installed above the cafe. The intention is to run small scale cooking demonstrations and lessons as well as meet the growers type events.

Ms Lott advised people to keep their eyes peeled for the upcoming changes. It would seem Sprout has become the tree of endless possibilities.

"Creating spaces that bring people together is all a part of strengthening community," Ms Lott added.

Comments