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A Culinary Journey at Food Culture Cafe East Tamiki: Interview with Chef Faranak Irani

Origins of Food Culture Cafe: Opened in July this year, Food Culture Cafe started six years ago as a South African product supplier. Outlets in Half Moon Bay, Ormiston, and Hamilton offer unique experiences, from butchery to souvenirs. The cafe evolved due to demand for South African products.

Culinary Journey of Faranak Irani: Faranak’s culinary journey began in the early 2000s managing a function center. After a break, she delved into artisan chocolates and later into importing and producing vegan and gluten-free products under her brand ‘Faranak,’ supplied to Fresh Choice supermarkets.

Diverse Approach to Food: Food Culture Cafe stands out by injecting unpredictability into familiar dishes. Persian influences with pistachios, honey, saffron, and cardamom add unique flavors. The menu caters to various diets with options like keto and gluten-free dishes.

Current Offerings and Future Plans: Beyond a cafe, Food Culture plans Braai nights, Diwali events, and monthly High Teas. Bottomless Brunches feature unique dishes like South African boerewors sliders. The venue caters to weddings, hens’ nights, and social events.

Community Support and Engagements: Positive responses, especially during events like Fathers Day and Rugby World Cup breakfasts, showcase strong community support. South African customers eagerly anticipate themed events like Braai nights.

Faranak’s Favorite Volare Product: Faranak loves Volare’s turmeric loaf, versatile and perfect with dishes like Shakshouka and Akuri. The cafe offers a vegetarian labne with the turmeric sourdough loaf.

Owners Sohrab and Faranak Irani’s passion for Food Culture Cafe is evident. Whether local or passing through, a visit promises a diverse culinary experience. Stay updated on upcoming events through their Facebook page. Savor the unique offerings at Food Culture East Tamiki.