A Cooking Dynasty Continues

MY16_CookingDynasty_F.jpgIt’s lovely when you hear of dynasties. Some of course are longer than others and the mother & daughter team at ‘Café Te Horo’ at Hyde Park Village is a continuation of a family tradition.

Daughter Amanda has bought into Jackie’s café as a partner and the third generation in the café business. Jackie’s parents, Peter and Denise Summers, ran ‘Café Summers’ in Coastlands for 15 years. Jackie earned her stripes in the café business as a school girl working with her parents. After gaining further experience in the café industry Jackie decided it was her time to explore her own cooking adventure. With a quaint and very desirable café in the heart of Te Horo, Jackie has proven that her home cooked food and warm service is the key to her success.  She describes herself as “an enthusiastic cook, not a chef’, as she has had no formal training. “It’s in the blood” she says. 

Jackie purchased the business after seeing an opportunity in the midst of the 2008 recession. She felt it was the right fit at the right time. She earned a reputation with her ‘Tasty Cheese Gems’ which Ruth Pretty raved about in her column in the Dominion Post some years ago. People remember that column and still ask for her world famous ‘Tasty Cheese Gems’.

Jackie is still the face of ‘Café Te Horo’ while Amanda mostly runs the business side of things. It is very different to her day job with a bank which she loves and it means she is beautifully adept at that boring admin stuff. Amanda loves the café and has a passion for cooking so she runs also the relatively newly established Friday night dinners. After Jackie has spent a full day on her feet serving a growing number of customers both local and passing, she then steps in, sends her Mum home for a well-deserved rest, and welcomes customers in the door for dinner. 

Amanda proudly talks about how they support ‘local’ using Kapiti Artisan Bread, Kapiti Organic Salad and Settlement’s Best olive oil (which Jackie’s husband Roger supplies some of the olives for) when harvest is good. Amanda  is very quick to tell us how amazing her Mum’s food is with one of their most popular dishes being the ‘Creamy Cajun Chicken Open Sammie’ which is now included on the Friday night menu due to popular demand.

The new Friday night dining experience has really taken off with locals showing amazing support and people from all over the coast popping in for a bite to eat in the warm and relaxing atmosphere. ‘We are a licenced café with a delicious ‘casual dining’ menu’ says Amanda who felt that having a local place for diners was a necessity. The pair are also bringing back a very popular ‘Dinner & Dance’ event which will happen at Café Te Horo on Friday 13 May and again on 24 June when Greg Christensen will perform for the diners with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. ‘It’s always a fantastic night with a special set menu – bookings will be necessary’, says Jackie.

Family run Café Te Horo at Hyde Park Village is a destination with the benefit of good home-cooked food, a relaxing atmosphere and an awesome team. With great food and Havana coffee, an ice-cream parlour, local artworks and artisan food for sale plus a one stop shop for grocery essentials, it’s a café you will want to experience again and again. “Any plans for a deli?” I asked. 

Let’s see what transpires.

Café Te Horo Presents 
A dinner and dance evening

With music from Greg Christensen

Friday 13 May and Friday 24 June
$50 pp
includes 3 course meal and music
We are fully licensed