Our Jam Lady is a woman on a mission.

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Our Jam Lady Marylin Ritter is a woman on a mission.  She is busy. 

From sun up to sun down she is plotting
her next jamming or pickling manouver.

Her tomato relish steals the show at estabar and her seasonal jams make a colourful and tasty parade throughout the year.  Strawberry always; Mulberry in Spring; Apricot in Summer; Fig and Macadamia in Autumn and Orange Marmelade in Winter.

I’m trying to remember how we discovered Marylin.  Somewhere along the line someone dropped her name in a discussion about relish.  And I’m glad they did.  It’s not easy to find great relish.  There are plenty on the shelves, but I’ve not found any under flourescant lights that are truly tasty.  I am rarely disappointed by the home-made variety.

And that’s what Marylins is.  She started jamming, pickling and making chutneys and relishes in 1977 using recipes handed down from women in her family.  The impetus for her to begin was a sick child who couldn’t tolerate preservatives in commercial or processed food.

With that compelling experience and a background in pediatric nursing, Marylin has some strong ideas about the impact of preservatives, food colourings and additives on health of our children

Marylin has a cottage garden with fruit trees and vines and a mental map of her neighbourhood and beyond where at just the right time of the year she will find and fleece unattended fruit trees.

We use her Strawberry Jam all year round and then choose a second jam for each season.  In Spring we have Mulberry, in Summer we have Apricot, in Autumn we have Fig and Macadamia and in Winter we have Orange Marmelade. 

Her Tomato Relish steals the show at estabar, bringing us frequently back to Marylins door.  Can we have some more?

We need another foodie ... could it be you?

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Before you answer that question, maybe ask yourself this question.

'How do you feel about our prevailing food culture?' 

If you come up with something like...

‘I feel it’s time to get back to real food, where farmers farm in accordance with nature, where fruits and vegetables are allowed to be what they are, where the food we eat is actually capable of nourishing us, where we eat to share, to love, to connect and to
nourish ourselves.’

Then you feel the way we feel, read on ...

estabar vision:

Remember walking into your grandma’s house? You were always welcome, you were always a special guest. Grandma simultaneously wanted to feed you good food and spoil you rotten. That’s what we want customers of estabar to feel like.

estabar mission:

We value authenticity. The products we choose, the farmers, makers and creators we work with & the team we build.  We are all driven by passion and purpose for the greater good. This foundation delivers food that will nourish the eater and the environment (and coffee that will deliver the inspiration or the daydream our customers are searching for.) 

purpose of role:

We're looking for either someone to head up our kitchen or someone to just join it.  Either way there are 30 hours available. 

Key Tasks:

food

  • Ensure the kitchen is prepped and workflow is efficient
  • Prepare and deliver food consistently to menu description and estabar standards of presentation
  • Ensure portion sizes are in accordance to set serving size and menu costing.
  • Participate in the development of seasonal menu selections and cost proposed meals
  • Receive and check orders
  • Ensure food storage sections are clean and organised
  • Maintain and clean kitchen equipment
  • Support other team members in busy periods, including table waiting 
  • Communicate with customers, make their experience memorable – smile, greet, relate
  • Manage ordering, prep and wastage to ensure food is not wasted and costs are kept under control

kitchen

  • Ensure that paper waste, composte and garbage are separated and disposed of in the relevant bins
  • Keep work area clean, organised  & super presentable
  • Develop kitchen workflow systems
  • Be prepared and capable to make decisions as required
  • Run a tight service at estabar ensuring stock levels are maintained
  • Maintain farmer, producer / supplier relationships

team

  • Provide feedback to Manager re workflow, procedures and ideas
  • Collaborate on ideas for seasonal menu creation
  • Build on current food ethos and offering
  • Participate in menu costing
  • Participate in performance review
  • Respond to customer complaints by aiming to immediately rectify or elevate to Manager
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings
  • Offer training and advice to other members of staff as needed
  • Participate in team activities.
  • Dishwashing – daily task as require

cafe

  • Comply with open, clean down and close procedures
  • Comply with Health & Safety obligations, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, handle kitchen equipment appropriately
  • Greet customers promptly, give friendly genuine service
  • Acknowledge and greet delivery guys and suppliers

If you’re the one, please email your resume and cover letter to hello@estabar.com

Looking forward to meeting you,

Woo!