June 23, 2016 10:06 pm
Perth Food Truck Grilled To The Mac serves up the tastiest toasted sandwiches and macaroni and cheese in town. It’s official.
If you are lucky enough to see them parked up at an event in the City then get on over there and give them a try.
With flavour explosions such as the Reuben and, of course, Grilled Mac n Cheese, you are surely in for a treat.
The owner of Grilled To The Mac is the wonderful and highly motivated Jason Gelineau.
Originally from Canada, Jason grew up eating from food trucks and dreamed of eventually owning one himself.
Then one day, having moved to Perth, he decided to take the plunge.
We asked Jason to tell us more about his entrepreneurial journey and how it became a success. Here is what he had to say.
How did the idea for Grilled To The Mac come about?
I had grown up eating from food trucks in my native Canada and as a young hospitality worker I always dreamed of operating a food truck. Many years later while watching the movie Chef here in Perth and feeling a bit disgruntled with my corporate role, it came to me that this is what I wanted to do and the present was the perfect time to do it. Food vans were really taking off and no one was doing simple North American food, food that I was very familiar with and represented my background.
How did you turn your Perth food truck idea into a reality?
With lots of research and a bit of a “wing and a prayer attitude”. I immediately signed up for small business courses, registered my name and created a Facebook page and website, then I found a trailer and got to work in transforming it into Grilled to the Mac. Before I had my first event in October 2014 I already had over 200 followers on Facebook and had created a buzz about our brand which helped as we commenced trading.
What hurdles did you face setting up Grilled To The Mac and how did you overcome them?
Local government regulation in registering as a food business. As it was – and still is – a new industry it confused many Environmental Officers who do not fully understand the nature and objectives of mobile food vendors, it was stressful, frustrating and I lost a lot of sleep waiting.
What is your direct involvement in Grilled To The Mac?
As well as being the owner and operator, I do all the shopping, preparation, setting up, social media, marketing, admin and then have casual staff show up at the events to assist our service.
Describe the growth of Grilled To The Mac since it first opened. How successful has it been?
As we had a great business name and brand, it was quick to catch on with the general public and event organisers. We could handle high volume events, we were fun, professional and offered a consistent product. Customers they kept coming back to us, to the point we rarely had to apply for events or bookings, they came to us. We are fielding up to ten enquiries a week. The brand has grown to over 2,300 Facebook friends and 1,100 Instagram fans.
What are your plans for the future of Grilled To The Mac?
I have recently sold the business and continue as a consultant to potential Perth food truck operators, offering seminars and one on one consultations which have proved very successful with our clients.
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about setting up their own Perth food truck business?
Do your homework! Many come from backgrounds other than hospitality or culinary and are not fully prepared on the reality of running a food business. It is a lot of hard work behind the scenes, you must understand systems and logistics and most importantly food safety! Also, many do not embrace social media which is the main form of marketing your business. Last but not least remember the customer experience, engage with your customers and ask yourself if the experience you are offering them is what you would be prepared to pay money for – particularly wait times for food.
If you could give some words of support to a fellow business owner who is struggling with motivation, or self-confidence, what would that be?
Surround yourself with positive and experienced people. Get yourself a mentor, either someone who has a lot of hospitality or culinary experience, or a successful food vendor. Through outlets like the WA Mobile Food Vendors Association (WAMFVA) we support our fellow members. I always followed the motto “I know what I know and I know what I do not know, for that I pay someone who knows”. You also have to be honest with yourself, is this a dream and is the dream realistic, it is not for everyone.
Who or what inspires you?
My daughter, she is such a talented and focused young lady whose work ethic astounds me. What she has achieved with her hard work and dedication drives me to keep going even when things do not go right.
Tell us about your biggest success or proudest moment.
There have been many. Every positive response we receive from a customer, particularly those who come back again and again (no matter where we are located) is heart-warming. Speaking with someone who finds out what you do and not only knows your business but has eaten at it. Service wide, Food Truck Rumble 2016 was a great day that saw us hugely improve on our experience the previous year and offer a much improved product and service to our customers.
Jason Gelineau is the Director of JAG Hospitality in located in Perth. For more information visit www.jaghospitality.com.au
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June 16, 2016 12:56 am
Are you struggling to engage new fundraising volunteers? Delish Ice are committed to offering fundraising initiatives involving our delicious ice pops. We know fundraising can be tricky to get right, which is why we are bringing you a series of posts about fundraising.
Last week’s post focused on high school fundraising ideas that work. This week we bring you a guest post written by Mandy Weidmann, aka the Fundraising Whisperer, who shares her ideas on how to successfully engage new fundraising volunteers.
Mandy is a publisher of the Fundraising Directory and has even written her own book about practical fundraising for school and club volunteers. There is no question, she is somewhat of a professional when it comes to fundraising.
With fundraising experience in bucket loads, who better to write this week’s post. Here is what Mandy had to say.
Fundraising Volunteers – Connect With the People Around You
I am a huge advocate of volunteering as a pathway to connecting with the people around you. As a big picture, it’s about community-building. On a personal level, it’s about making connections and friends. It’s about belonging.
Some call it ‘friend-raising’ rather than fundraising.
When I ask people what their fondest memories are of volunteering, the first wave of answers will be about the friends made, people met, events attended and fun had. The next wave will be about the great projects they got to spend their money on.
In my book ‘Practical Fundraising Handbook for School and Club Volunteers’, I list an ‘inclusive culture’ as one of my 5 secrets for successful fundraising. Here’s why:
- If people are having fun and feel they belong, they are more likely to show up as your volunteers and supporters.
- ‘Connection’ to your cause is so important in fundraising – and this is so much easier if there is connection between people.
- Nobody likes to feel like an outsider. It’s just not nice.
It is worth having the conversation: How do we actively create an inclusive culture in our committee and community? How do we make sure that nobody feels like an ‘outsider’? How can we help to create genuine connections within our community?
As a shameless introvert and somebody who does not cope well if plonked in a room full of strangers, I take great pains when organising events to make certain there is no room for awkwardness. It can take just a bit of imagination but I have to confess I’m pretty good at it (and so modest too!). Here are some ideas.
At your next meeting, have a series of ice-breaker questions in a jar and ask everyone to answer one. Nothing painful or deep, just something to lighten the mood and get everybody feeling involved.
I have prepared a printable A4 page of ice breaker questions for you to download.
The same goes for when you host an event. There are simple activities you can do to put people at ease straight away.
An easy one for a large group is to prepare enough ‘famous couple’ name tags for everyone. Everyone gets one as they enter the room, (or are placed when everyone is there) and have to find their ‘match’. Tarzan, meet Jane.
At a ‘significant milestone’ birthday party I threw for my husband, I had gone back to his childhood family and friends (he’s from the Netherlands) and asked them all to tell me some funny story about him that not many people would know. The responses were hilarious.
On the day of the party, I had prepared a piece of cardboard on string that everybody had to wear around their neck. On the front was a statement, and everybody had to guess whether they were true or false. On the back was a scorecard with spaces to record the answers from everyone in the room.
Straight away, everybody had something to talk about – to start up a conversation. There was no awkwardness, even from people who came alone. I notched that one up as a success.
At another event, I got a series of pictures of monkeys pulling different faces. They were very similar to each other, with only a slight difference. I cut them up into puzzle pieces – four for each monkey. Everybody in the room got a piece, and then there was chaos and a lot of laughing as everybody had to find the other matching pieces. Needless to say, it lifted the mood and helped to ensure that everyone had a good time and felt connected.
Ice-breaking activities are part of a broader commitment to an inclusive culture. As committees or fundraising organisers, it is our job to make certain that this connection and sense of belonging happens and thrives.
Now go away and plan some laughs. Happy Fundraising!
Mandy Weidmann, publisher of the Fundraising Directory and author of the Practical Fundraising Handbook for School and Club Volunteers, is Australia’s Fundraising Whisperer. You can follow her Facebook page, or sign up to receive her email tips here.
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June 12, 2016 11:28 am
The Best Family Events in Perth Handpicked By Delish Ice
Well that’s Autumn done and dusted, but there’s no need to hibernate just yet. There are plenty of events in Perth that will help you make the most of your weekends – even during the winter.
We have searched the web to find some of the best events in Perth for you and your family to enjoy. So get out into the winter sunshine and make the most of the cooler weather.
In a few months you’ll soon be complaining it’s too hot to do anything – then Delish Ice will be back in full swing to keep you cool again. We promise it will be worth the wait – we have big plans for next summer.
Winter Festival Fremantle
Where: Esplanade Park, Fremantle
When: 24th June till 17 July
A school holiday favourite, The Winter Festival Fremantle is returning for three magical weeks of fun for all the family. This year promises to be even bigger with professional skate demonstrations, date nights, live DJs, exhilarating rides, local food vendors and of course the infamous ice skating. The winter festival is free to enter, but tickets must be purchased for ice skating and other activities. So wrap up warm and get on down there. For more information and to book tickets visit the Winter Festival website.
Zoorassic Park At Perth Zoo
Where: Perth Zoo, South Perth
When: Runs until Sunday 17th July
Perth Zoo’s Zoorassic Park has been extended until Sunday 17th July, due to popular demand. So if you haven’t had a chance to take your little ones there, then you still have another month to do it. Zoorassic Park allows you to experience 19 dinosaurs as though they were still alive today. Follow the trail map to discover all the dinosaurs, dig for fossils or complete dino puzzles and colouring sheets. For more information visit the Perth Zoo website.
Glow In The Dark VolleyBall Fundraiser
Where: Fremantle Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre
When: Saturday 25th June from 6.30pm
Team registrations for this exciting fundraising event are now open, so if you like volleyball then get your friends and family involved in this community event. Teams of 4 to 6 people, both beginners and experienced players are all welcome. All players will have their faces and bodies painted with glow in the dark paint. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes and a bake sale. Proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Council WA. Visit the Facebook page for more information and a registration form.
Kids Wonderland Under The Big Top
Where: Hertha Reserve, Stirling
When: Saturday 2nd July till Sunday 10th July
Yes, the Kids Wonderland is back! Bigger and better than before with nine jam packed days of school holiday entertainment. Unlimited rides and live shows are the offer of the day, all for just $27.50 per person plus booking fee. Enjoy an exciting selection of carnival rides, children’s entertainment and educational exhibits. There’s even a silent disco, hosted by Mix 94.5. For the parents there is the Stirling Parent Oasis, where you can unwind with a hot cup of coffee or receive a pamper session with 3 minute massages. Oh, and did we mention there’s free popcorn!? For more information and to book your tickets visit Ticketbooth.
Frostival Outdoor Ice Rink
Where: Sorrento Quay Boardwalk at Hillarys Boat Harbour
When: 1st July till 17th July
Yes you heard it right, an outdoor ice rink is coming to Hillarys Boat Harbour this winter. The ice rink will open at 8am until 8pm on Monday through Wednesday and until 10pm, Thursday through to Saturday. Tickets range from $10.00 for little skaters, to $24.00 for grownup skaters. The ice rink is perfect for kids young and old, so get your skates on and get on down there. For more information visit the Frostival Australia website.
Lord of the Flies By The Harbour Theatre
Where: Camelot Theatre, Mosman Park
When: 29th July to 7th August at 2pm and 7.30pm sharp.
A cult classic, Lord of the Flies brings you a story about the unfettered freedom and anarchy of a group of boys who are suddenly set upon an uncharted island. The original book was written by William Golding in 1954 as a direct contrast to the idyllic views of children held by other popular writers of that time. A great stage play about rites of passage, it’s not to be missed. Tickets cost $25.50. For more information and to book visit the Harbour Theatre website.
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June 9, 2016 5:48 am
Unique Fundraising Ideas: A Handy Guide for High Schools
Finding unique high school fundraising ideas can be tricky. But not when Shannon Meyerkort is around.
Shannon is full of ideas when it comes to fundraising. She even has her own blog jam packed with fundraising tips and tricks.
We asked Shannon to write a guest post about high school fundraising and she didn’t disappoint.
Here are Shannons tips for running a successful and unique fundraiser.
High School Fundraising – How To Do It Right
Fundraising with and for high school students is an entirely different experience than fundraising in primary schools. Parents play less of a role and the all-important ‘cool’ factor can be as elusive as a magical unicorn.
One thing high school students have in droves is passion. If students feel passionate about something, whether it is saving the pandas or refurbishing the school canteen, you will struggle to stop their enthusiasm.
Control is also top of the list. Its best to let the students make the final decision about how they will raise funds, and you will get a greater level of involvement.
Below are a few of the most popular ideas for fundraisers that will help get your students excited about participating.
Lunch Time Markets
Depending on the size of your school you can run a single market stall as a weekly occurrence, or have a bigger event with multiple stalls once every term.
Allocate the students one week where they are responsible for organising and manning the stall each term. This can be tied into any number of classes from maths, social sciences, economics and vocational trades.
The stalls can be the same each week, such as ice pops in summer and hot soup in winter, or something different each week.
Ultimately, what you sell is entirely up to you but here are a few of my favourites:
Delish Ice’s artisan ice pops come in a range of exotic flavours, and will be as popular with the teachers as the students.
With a tried and tested menu of adored flavours combined with a super cute retro cart set up, this is a fun and easy option.
To find out more information just pop on over to the Delish Ice fundraising page.
Large batches of pumpkin, chicken and noodle, minestrone or other favourite soups can be made and served in cups over the cold winter months.
You can get some fantastic soup ideas if you just do a quick search on Google. Websites such as Taste.com.au are a great place to start.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is another winter favourite. You can offer a variety of flavours each week such as cinnamon, white chocolate or chilli.
Again, you can get some great hot chocolate recipes by doing a search on Google.
Themed nights can be in the form of a quiz night, bogan bingo or a casino style evening.
It’s common for these events to be limited to parents, but there is no reason why they can’t be opened up to students – just be mindful of selling alcohol.
You can sell tables to family groups, or have tables of adults and tables of students. A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?
For quiz nights, consider having alternate rounds of questions designed by students and adults working to a theme. For example a colour, where each answer must involve the word ‘black’ or ‘red’ in it. Or decades, where questions must revolve around events or trends from a particular decade in history.
Fundraising Mum’s has some great tips on how to run a quiz night.
Casino night fundraisers are also an exciting night out and can be run with either real cash or ‘funny money’. Attendees would need to be over 18 though, so this one’s strictly for the adults and Year 12 students.
Either way, casino nights give people an opportunity to dress up. Or you can choose from a number of themes such as James Bond or Vegas.
Customised teddy bears are a great fundraiser for Year 12 students to raise money for an end-of-year party or graduation dinner. These customisable bears are also a nice keepsake for students and families.
Students can choose to have their photos printed onto the teddy bears t-shirt. Or they can have artwork, sketches or simply the school logo to personalise each bear.
Graduation bears come with a cute black mortar board and scroll.
DIY Themed Cookbooks
A literacy based fundraiser, such as having the senior students write and publish their own recipe book, is not only fun but also provides a lasting (and practical) keepsake of their time at the school.
Themes for publishing your own school recipe book could be ‘easy recipes for poor uni students’, ‘party food and nibbles’; ‘entertaining on a budget’, or ‘how to boil an egg and other easy recipes’ – the possibilities are endless.
Frozen Cookie Dough
Running a frozen cookie dough fundraiser is lots of fun and an exercise in marketing and logistics – perfect for a group of senior students.
While the dough practically sells itself, distribution of hundreds of frozen tubs of dough can be challenging. The ‘pick-up’ could easily be integrated into another event or fundraiser.
Themed Fun Run
Not everything has to be about food, and any fundraiser that gets kids outdoors is always going to be well received.
By the time a student has finished high school they have probably participated in a dozen fun runs, so it is important to make a high school fun run something different and special.
Adding a wacky theme will help boost participation rates and you are only limited by your imagination. Try superheroes and villains, dress-like-a-teacher, what I want to be when I grow up, dress like your favourite food, a stiletto run, bad taste t-shirts, or bogans and businessmen.
An outdoor movie marathon can cater to all age groups.
Start the evening early with a G rated film for younger siblings and community members. Then as the night progresses movies can be chosen to suit older audiences.
You can hire inflatable movie screens for films under the stars or organise an indoor theatre in the school gym during winter, complete with beanbags and pillows.
There are plenty of options for concurrent fundraising such as selling popcorn, ice pops, cupcakes and glow sticks.
A simple and effective fundraiser, selling scratch ’n’ help cards requires lots of people, with lots of motivation and little else.
Suited to older students who are willing to approach strangers, the donor simply scratches one or more circles from the card revealing an amount (from 50c to $3) they must donate. These cards would work well in conjunction with another event such as a school or community festival or market.
Want More Fundraising Ideas For High Schools?
This is a guest post from Shannon Meyerkort, aka Fundraising Mums, an online community dedicated to helping parents find new and interesting ways to raise money for schools and sports clubs (without losing their minds). Find her on Facebook or visit her blog Fundraising Mums for more hints and tips.
Need Some Ice Pops For Your Next High School Fundraiser?
Delish Ice are happy to help you with your next high school fundraiser. We supply ice pops at a discounted rate so you can make a profit. For more information just pop on over to our School Fundraising page. We hope to hear from you soon!
May 29, 2016 6:58 am
I wanted to use this post to work through some ideas, and ask for your feedback and opinion on a couple of points.
This is something I have been thinking about a lot, but was finally prompted by a generous competition that bubbled up in my Facebook feed a few days ago.
Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles are two inspiring coaches with a transformational program called “The Bridge Method”, a 12 week transformational training program designed to help create a truly limitless and fulfilling life … sign me up!
The competition (first prize being access to the training program, mentorship and more) asked why was winning this so important and what I was committed to creating in my life.
For me, it’s because I have a dream of building Delish Ice into a globally recognised business that people adore and is a force for good and positivity.
I don’t want to be known for just for our delicious iced treats but the positive impact that we have in our communities.
When I started Delish I had dreams of spreading this idea as far as I could – doing something different and bringing delight to everyone that we met. I then wanted to take it one step further and encourage people to pass that feeling on to the next person that they met.
All it takes is a smile, or a considerate gesture, kind action or thoughtful surprise, but the positive repercussions are like a ripple in a pond with the effect multiplying exponentially.
I know the idea of spreading delight perhaps seems a little less important than undertaking a mission to radically transform lives but I think it is no less worthy. I believe that through this ripple effect of kindness we can raise the frequency and vibration of the world a notch, and that can only lead to better things.
I envision our greater mission is far beyond creating and serving up delicious pops. We will become a global brand that people love to interact with. We make them happy. We inspire them.We spread delight and we encourage them to pass the feeling along and pay it forward.
I want our business to be an inspiring, nurturing wonderful place to work for all our Pop Stars. I want be a guiding light to help them be the best version of themselves. Have confidence in their ability. Truly understand who they are and their natural geniuses. I want us to be a stepping stone towards greater things for them.
I want our business to be pure delight for our clients and customers that brightens their day and inspires them to show empathy, compassion, kindness and thoughtfulness.
Finally I want our business to positively impact the global community. I want Delish Ice to be a driving force of goodness in the world. I see our business model being able to be used as a model to teach the invaluable skills of entrepreneurship which would be amazing at a micro level in developing countries and at an elementary level in education.
Being able to view the world through the lense of an entrepreneur is a liberating thing. In the way that once you can identify opportunities and find a way to deliver to people what they want and need, there is freedom in knowing whatever happens, you will always be able to look after yourself. Perhaps that one venture fails, but that’s ok, you just pick yourself up and start again. The freedom from knowing you don’t have to rely on anyway else for income in order to feed or house yourself is liberating. I would love to help more people find that resourcefulness within themselves.
I want not for profit groups to be able to use what we do to raise money to help them support their own causes . Thus creating further leverage with what we have created.
I want to find our own causes that we support in a way that will do the most good in the world.
I have not yet found the perfect answer as to how to do all this, so I was hoping you all could help me out here a little by offering your two cents.
As I was writing this, these two videos bubbled up in my Facebook feed that were particularly pertinent to this discussion.
The first video is of a man, who seeing how destitute some of the people were within his community, quit his job in order to feed and take care of them.
There were a couple of quotes from this clip that really got me. I really encourage you to take the time to watch this.
“Food is one part. Love is another part. Food will give them physical nutrition. The love and affection that you show, will give them mental nutrition”
“What is the ultimate purpose of life? …. Is to give”
This happened to start playing next, but I found was just as meaningful for me, given this topic. I used to say I wanted to have a million dollars in my bank account by the time I was 35. Well, that has been and gone and not happened, but now I think the more noble vision is to be the new version of a millionaire – someone who positively affects the lives of a million people (and from there we can move onto being billionaires)
My questions for you
I have some question today (don’t have to answer all of them) just any that resonate with you and that you would like to share your ideas and opinions.
1. What does delight mean to you?
2. How do you think we can help spread delight more? Is this something you think the world needs more of?
3. What causes are close to your own heart?
4. How do you think we can make the most impact?
5. Should we concentrate on supporting our local community or turn our attention internationally to those that need it the most.
Thanks! I look forward to your comments – you can leave them below or back on Facebook.
May 26, 2016 1:14 am
Winter Warmer Soup Recipes to Warm Your Soul – It’s Too Cold For Ice Pops!
Sadly the season for ice pops has come to an end. But don’t worry, we will be back in full swing next year with a full fun-packed schedule.
In the meantime, it’s been pretty cold the last few days so here are some winter warmer soup recipes to help warm your soul over the cold winter months.
We have come up with four of our favourites that are sure to put a smile on your face.
Make a batch of these delicious soups and store them in your freezer, then just take them out when you need them. Enjoy.
Hearty Beef Goulash
Courtesy of BBC Good Food
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, halved and sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 200g scotch fillet steak, finely diced
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 600ml beef stock
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 green capsicum, deseeded and diced
- 150g pot natural greek yogurt
- Handful of parsley, chopped
- Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until it starts to colour. Stir in the beef, increase the heat and fry, stirring to brown it.
- Add the caraway and paprika, stir well, then tip in the tomatoes and stock. Cover and leave to cook gently for 30 minutes.
- Stir in the sweet potato and green capsicum, cover and cook for 20 mins more or until tender. Allow to cool a little then serve topped with the yogurt and parsley.
Red Lentil, Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Courtesy of Jamie Oliver
- Olive oil
- 750g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2 cm chunks
- 2 red onions, peeled and cut into 2cm thick wedges
- ½ tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
- 1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced
- ½ bunch of fresh coriander, pick the coriander leaves and finely slice the stalks
- 125g red lentils
- 1 litre organic vegetable stock
- 1 x 400ml tin of light coconut milk
- 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 180C / gas mark 4.
- Place the sweet potato and onion wedges into a roasting tray in an even layer and sprinkle over the cumin seeds, ground coriander and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle with oil, then toss to coat. Pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until cooked and golden.
- Meanwhile, place a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and pour in a lug of olive oil. Sauté the garlic, chilli and coriander stalks for a minute, until lightly golden.
- Add the red lentils to the pan. Stir to coat, then pour in the hot stock and coconut milk.
- Turn up the heat, gently bring it to the boil, then let it come to a simmer. Cook the lentils for 20 minutes, or until they are completely broken down.
- When the veggies are ready, remove from the oven and carefully spoon into the pan. Add most of the coriander leaves, then blitz the soup with a stick blender until it’s creamy but still has a little texture.
- Squeeze in some lemon juice to taste and adjust the seasoning if need be. Serve the hot soup topped with the remaining coriander leaves and toasted coconut shavings, if you like.
French Onion Soup
Courtesy of Good Housekeeping
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 large brown onions, finely sliced
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish
- 500ml (17 fl oz) cider
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1.4 litre (2 ½ pints) good quality vegetable stock
- 6 small slices freshly baked white bread
- 150g 5oz gruyère cheese, grated
- Gently heat oil in a large pan. Add onions, thyme and a large pinch of salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 30min, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft.
- Pour over the cider and add the sugar. Turn up the heat and bubble, stirring frequently, until the cider has evaporated and the onions are well caramelised, about 30-40min.
- Add stock and heat through. Check the seasoning. Preheat grill to medium. Put bread on a baking tray and lightly toast both sides under the grill. Divide the cheese equally among the toasts and grill until melted and bubbling.
- To serve, divide the soup among six warmed soup bowls. Top each bowl with a cheese toast and garnish with thyme leaves and black pepper.
Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Courtesy of Taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 leek, halved, washed and thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 2 celery sticks, diced
- 2 small zucchini, diced
- 1 swede or turnip, peeled and diced
- 1 ¼ cups dry soup mix, rinsed (a combination of split peas and lentils)
- 8 cups organic chicken stock
- 1kg skinless chicken legs
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add the carrot, celery, zucchini and swede. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the soup mix, stock, chicken and 1 cup cold water. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or until soup mix and vegetables are tender.
- Remove the chicken legs from soup and allow to cool slightly. Remove the meat from the bones. Roughly chop the chicken meat and add to the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve.
Start Planning Your Vintage Experience In Time For Summer
If you are planning a summer event or wedding, Delish Ice can help. We are now taking bookings for next summer, so get your preferred date locked in today to avoid disappointment. We have a range of packages available to suit any budget. Visit our Your Experiences page for more information.
May 19, 2016 11:32 pm
Delish Ice Spread Delight At The Boulevards Private Croquet Event
We love spreading delight wherever we go. For anyone looking to host a summer event Delish Ice offer a complete vintage experience which includes handing out our deliciously tasty artisan ice pops.
This summer we were contacted by The Boulevard Hotel in Floreat, who were looking to host a croquet afternoon for some of their regulars. They thought it would be a great idea to hand out some ice pops to their guests and we were only too happy to oblige.
The Boulevard’s local community is very important to them. Hosting this event was a fun way to celebrate the end of summer and enjoy great food and drink with some of the locals and favourite customers.
Heading to their neighbours, the Cambridge Croquet Club, Laura Weekly and the rest of the crew at The Boulevard organised an afternoon of croquet, beer, wine, canapes and fun for their guests.
A great mix of people attended the event, from the young hipster crowd to the Floreat locals and even some little ones in tow.
Entertainment included Charlie Bucket and musician Jimmy Murphy, providing an awesome atmosphere with people mingling and getting into the croquet.
Delish Ice provided one of their ‘cute as a button’ pop carts, fully loaded with some of our favourite artisan ice pops. The cart added to the fun filled summer vibe of the afternoon.
A range of ice pops were on hand for those looking for a sweet treat or a way to keep cool. Flavours included some of our favourites such as Moscow Mule, Lamington and Espresso Martini.
It was a 40 degree day so we ran out of ice pops very quickly. Everyone loved them. The Moscow Mule was definitely the crowd pleaser of the day.
About The Boulevard Hotel
The Boulevard Hotel emphasises great food and wine in a relaxed, welcoming and beautifully designed surroundings.
Located on the corner of the Boulevard and Howtree Place, The Boulevard Hotel features an impressive long bar, stunning terraced beer garden, a luxurious lounge and many other well-defined and beautifully conceived spaces for drinking and dining.
Visit or Follow The Boulevard
The Boulevard Hotel, corner of The Boulevard and Howtree Place, Floreat, WA | P: 08 9284 1199 | W: www.theboulevardhotel.com.au
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am till Late | Friday – Saturday 11am till Midnight | Sunday 11am till 10pm
Follow The Boulevard on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates and event information.
Do You Love Artisan Ice Pops?
Delish Ice make and sell artisan ice pops. You can purchase our ice pops from our online store, or hire our full vintage experience where we come to you. For more information visit our Your Experiences page.
May 15, 2016 2:29 am
Delish Ice Provide Free Ice Pops To SIDS and Kids Fun Run Event
Those of you who follow Delish Ice on Facebook will know we run regular competitions to win a cart full of pops. The aim of these competitions is to help out a local charity or fundraising event every month, providing free pops to help raise money and make their event a success.
As a local small business being able to give back to the community who have helped Delish Ice flourish is important to us.
One of our lucky winners over the summer months was local charity SIDS and Kids who were looking for some ice pops for their annual Sunshine Beach Run. We were only too happy to help out such a deserving local charity.
About SIDS and Kids
SIDS and Kids has been around since 1990, when the charities ‘Safe Sleeping Campaign’ was launched. The charity is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy, childhood and supporting bereaved families.
Since it’s launch SIDS and Kids has reduced the incidence of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents by 80%, saving over 8,500 babies lives.
Each year many Western Australian families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. With only 15% of funding received from the Government, fundraising is the only way SIDS and Kids can continue to support WA families.
The Sunshine Beach Run
The Sunshine Beach Run was founded by West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkin, in partnership with SIDS and Kids, following the tragic loss of Chris’ wife and child during the late stages of her pregnancy.
In excess of 6,400 people have participated in this annual event and in its four year history it has raised in excess of $725,000. This year was no exception.
The event was held on Sunday 21st February down at City Beach and was attended by over 1,200 people, raising a spectacular $155,000 for this extremely important charity – smashing last year’s total of $120,000.
The event was hosted by ambassadors from the West Coast Eagles, captain Matt Priddis and team mate Mark LeCras, as well as Perth Wildcats Matty Knight.
The event saw families, teams, men, women and children sign up to take on the 1-kilometre, 3-kilometre or 5-kilometre walk or run.
For those who couldn’t participate but still wanted to be involved on the day, there was a range of family entertainment, food and beverage suppliers, prize giveaways and competitions on-site to create a carnival atmosphere.
Free Ice Pops
Delish Ice were extremely honoured to supply 200 free ice pops for the event, which were handed out to deserving participants. There is no better way to cool down after a long beach run on a hot summer’s day than one of our tasty treats.
We are proud to have played our part in helping prevent the unnecessary death of 350 Western Australian infants each year.
Want To Participate Next Year?
If you would like to participate in next year’s event then keep any eye out on The Sunshine Beach Run’s Facebook page for updates, or visit The SIDS and Kids website for further information.
Need Some Ice Pops For Your Next Charity Fundraiser?
Delish Ice are happy to help! Please get in touch and tell us about your next charity event. We will either donate a cart full of pops for free, or provide ice pops at cost price so you can sell them on and make a profit.
May 3, 2016 11:59 am
A Rustic Country Style Perth Wedding
When Anthony and Alana contacted us to provide ice pops and bar service for their Easter wedding we couldn’t refuse a trip down to the stunning Lower Chittering Valley in Western Australia.
Weddings have to be one of our favourite events to work at – they are so intimate, relaxed and full of love. Anthony and Alana’s wedding was no exception.
The happy couple officially started dating in January 2013, having previously met back in August 2002 on the Gold Coast.
“Neither of us remember our first meeting.” said Anthony. There is a photo of us together in 2002 that was only recently shown to both of us.”
Over ten years later they met again at a mutual friends social Sunday gathering at the Beach Hotel in Port Melbourne – which was when the chemistry started.
Having hit it off so well, a couple of years later Anthony was ready to pop the big question.
“I proposed to Alana in Paris, on the Pont de Arts bridge at 11pm as the Eiffel Tower sparkled.”
According to Alana, Anthony is not a traditional romantic. “He really pulled it out of the bag to make the proposal extra special for me”.
Anthony: We decided to get married on Alana’s father’s property Moondyne Country Convention Centre in the stunning Lower Chittering Valley, Western Australia. We wanted a rustic country style wedding and the venue was perfect.
Alana: We had spent Easter there in 2013 and loved the burnt and rural Australian countryside. When we first threw our wedding ideas on the table we both agreed we wanted the wedding to reflect us. An outdoor, rustic, country, three day festival.
Anthony: It was a place we both loved. The trees, the valley views, the dry yellowish brown grass, the Kangaroos. It was a place big enough to fit 83 of us for the long weekend. I’m the last of 10 with over 40 nieces and nephews, so it was a perfect place for us all to relax.
Alana: Bringing 50 members of the Uechtritz clan together in one venue was a great way to unite our families. We got to fill the weekend with some really cool activities.
We had Human Rhythms welcome our 80 guests Friday night. Yoga and clay pigeon shooting on Saturday morning. Kids swam and played hide and seek. We did an easter egg hunt after breakfast on Sunday morning.
It was a magnificent place to spend our festive weekend together, even if it did rain.
Alana: When I found my perfect dress I didn’t cry or think ‘this is the one’, but I definitely knew it was the one I wanted.
I had left the dress quite late, so I was on a mission. With less than three months to go I was getting stressed. There was nothing taking my fancy.
Two separate girlfriends told me to go and look in Rachel Gilbert and although her dresses are mostly sequins she had this one dress – The Savannah Gown – that was all lace with a high neckline. That was what I was after. Not too sexy, not too nana. It was just right.
Flowers Make-Up & Photography
Alana: I ordered the flowers myself from Everbloom in Leederville then my mum and aunty did some magic with them. I was blown away with the outcome. I thought my flowers were just breathtaking.
The makeup artist I originally booked didn’t show up but she sent someone in her place. She was lovely and I was really happy with my makeup. I don’t even know her name or number to thank her.
Maz from Life Photography was just awesome. I saw her advert in Hello May and instantly wanted her to shoot our day. She was out of our price range so I kind of felt disheartened looking for an alternative. Anthony was very cute and made contact with her. He booked her as a surprise for me.
Maz was great on the day, very excited about the rain and came dressed in gumboots. We had quite an adventure going off to get our photos taken amongst the giant boulders on dads property.
Last Minute Nerves
Alana: Strangely, I didn’t get last minute nerves. I felt so calm and peaceful. Eerily relaxed. I did get butterflies as we got in the car to travel the three minutes to the ceremony, so I just took a moment to enjoy that feeling. When I saw what the boys had done with the marquee I absolutely beamed! It looked magical and I was in heaven looking about at all the faces I love.
When I finally got phone reception the next day I received the most beautiful message from Anthony that he had text me as he waited for me to arrive.
Anthony: Although I was absolutely exhausted I found a new bank of energy. I was very excited. I felt ready.
Seeing Alana walk down the aisle was like I was in a love story with the most beautiful girl who is kind, caring and everyone adores. It was like floating in the clouds – a magical moment.
I felt this overwhelming sense of comfort. I have never been so sure of anything.
Alana: I can definitely say the wedding was not what I imagined. Much of it did not go to plan.
Anthony came to me in the morning saying we needed to make a call about where we would move our ceremony to – because of the rain. He had been watching the satellite and it didn’t look like it was going to clear.
I watched my beautiful friend and nephew Pete build the wedding arch. Then take it down and put it up again in a different spot, just in case we got a break in the rain. I was filled with love and gratitude for him.
Of course, seeing Anthony’s delicious face the moment I stepped on to the aisle was the best feeling. During the ceremony I looked into the crowd and saw my friend Jane sobbing. I had to quickly glance away so I didn’t join her.
The speeches were also something I will cherish. My dad’s loving but nervous speech and the letter mum read from my absent 92-year-old nana. My stepsons heartfelt, humorous and tear jerking speech. My mother-in-laws welcome to the family and the thought of Anthony’s dad Alf watching over us all.
Anthony: Alana planned everything to a tee – she had OCD!
We had not considered a wet weather plan as the chance of rain for that time of year was very low. We also thought if it did rain the worse would be a passing shower which would be ok.
Well it rained, we had no contingency plan so the morning of the wedding everything changed. We moved the ceremony which had its own location into the marquee – the same location as the reception. Alana had no idea how we had set up for the reception as it all happened while she was getting ready.
Our photographer loved the weather, she couldn’t contain her excitement as we tromped around the property for our photos in the rain.
It turned out really well, the weather didn’t dampen the celebrations one bit. A fun filled day with family, friends… And rain.
Wedding Traditions & Superstitions
Alana: My dad walked me down the aisle. We had flower girls and ring bearers. We had a reading, cut the cake, did a first dance. Gee, what traditions didn’t we adhere to?
We slept in the same cabin and woke up together on our wedding day. That was a tradition I was happy to break. Anthony and I spend so much time apart because of his work, so I felt we had plenty of credit here.
Anthony: We hadn’t planned on a first dance because every time Alana brought it up i’d be silly with some dance moves. She was afraid I’d do the same on the night.
It turned out that my niece’s husband surprised us by performing his song ‘When You Say Nothing At All‘ for our first dance which was pretty special. Oh, and I didn’t pull any silly moves.
Alana: I handmade all the bunting. Due to the rain it sadly didn’t get to hang in all its glory, but I did admire it throughout the night and it made me smile.
We had a branch we found on the property which we covered in ‘Happily Made Monkeys’ – each with a guests name attached to them. This is a project that brings Cambodian village women’s crafts to the café’s and gift stores of Australia.
I bought vintage skipping ropes for the children to play with after the ceremony.
My nephews used dead trees from the property to put up the festoon lighting. God, it looked amazing.
Our food truck caterer Soul Provider were awesome. I cannot recommend Vital and his team higher. Everyone raved about the food so we couldn’t have got that one more right.
Delish Ice & Hoffman Mobile Bar
Anthony: Delish Ice and Hoffman Mobile Bar provided the ice pops and bar service.
We were going for a ‘country fair’ style wedding, so Hoffman fitted the theme perfectly. Surprisingly, they were the most competitive too which really helps when there are so many other expenses to consider. The ice pops were a nice touch too.
Katie went above and beyond for us, which was really appreciated. She even went out and bought the ingredients for our chosen cocktail because I ran out of time due to the weather changing our plans. The cocktail was so good too, such a hit.
A Few Thank You’s
Anthony and Alana would like to thank (and recommend) the stand-out vendors who helped make their day extra special.
Not only did these guys provide the catering for the wedding they catered for the whole weekend too – breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Friday to Sunday. Vitals food was a hit, our guests are still talking about how good it was. We all tried to get him to stay for an extra day but he couldn’t due to a prior commitment.
For more information visit soulprovider.com.au
Maz our wonderful, excitable, bubbly photographer was so much fun. She certainly helped make our day in the rain a fun experience. We couldn’t be happier with the photos, they are awesome. Getting a good photographer is a must for a wedding.
For more information visit lifephotography.net.au
Her Hand Picked Harvest
They were so helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help us. Their selection of eclectic furniture props were extensive. A one stop shop for everything. I would highly recommend them.
For more information visit herhandpickedharvest.com.au
Are You Planning a Perth Wedding?
For the ultimate vintage wedding experience contact Katie at Hoffman Mobile Bar and Delish Ice today.
April 26, 2016 10:14 am
Delish Ice Collaborate With Pound Coffee Roastery For Espresso Martini Ice Pop
We recently wrote a blog post about our collaboration with local Perth distillers Hippocampus who supplied the vodka for our newest creation – the Espresso Martini ice pops.
Another key ingredient in an espresso martini is (of course) coffee.
To make our Espresso Martini ice pop extra special we wanted to include some damn good quality coffee and where better to go for this than Pound Coffee Roastery which first opened its doors back in November 2012.
We also used their delicious coffee in our Creamy Cold Brew Iced Coffee pops, which are available to buy from our online shop.
Pound Coffee Roastery is owned by Irene and Justin, an awesome couple who are mad about coffee.
To thank them for agreeing to collaborate with us we interviewed them to find out more about their business and what makes it so special. Here’s what they had to say.
Describe your business and why it is so special
We roast artisan style, small batch, quality, single origin Arabica coffee. We believe in highlighting the flavours and showcasing the best beans available – roasting with care and keeping it fresh, honest and hand made.
How did the idea for your business come about?
We felt there was an opportunity in the market for a small batch roaster to offer cafes and home users a better personal service and excellent coffee.
How did you decide on the location for your business?
We wanted to have a business that was close to home and to our weekly market.
Describe the growth of your business since it first opened. How successful has it been?
Our growth was better than we ever imagined and we are grateful every day that it has been embraced so well.
Where do you source your coffee from?
We source the best quality coffee from all over the world, including Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala and India. The list is endless. We also purchase direct from source through Asprounion in Colombia and Santos Café in Panama.
What is your direct involvement in the business?
Irene and myself are here every day taking part in all aspects of the business. We like to be hands on owners.
Tell us about the rest of your team and what their involvement is?
Rupert is our Roaster and go to guy and Catherine has just joined us and is learning the ropes.
What are your plans for the future?
We want to evolve, learn and continue to provide a great service showcasing all the hard work that has taken place on a mountain somewhere a long way from here.
Our aim is to help make the growers hard work shine to the very best of our ability. By doing this we honour the grower, and drinkers will appreciate the great coffee they are producing. We believe this will help the disparity between grower and roaster to disappear.
If you could give some words of support to a fellow business owner who is struggling with motivation or self confidence what would that be?
If you’re going through hell keep on going! Your best work is your deepest values made visible.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by those who follow their own path and commit to doing it well and with integrity. And the farmers who work tirelessly to produce the best coffee they can everyday.
What made you decide to supply the coffee for Delish Ice to use in their ice pops?
Apart from Katie being awesome, she has a wonderful small business and it was our pleasure to be able to work with her.
Have you tasted the ice pops and what did you think?
Yes we have and as with everything Katie does, they are the business!
Buy or Follow Pound Coffee Roastery
Pound Coffee Roastery, Unit 3, 14 Zeta Crescent, O’Connor WA 6163 | P: (08) 9337 4888 | E: email@example.com | W: www.poundcoffeeroastery.com.au
Follow Pound Coffee Roastery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates.
You can find Pound Coffee Roastery at the Palmyra Western Farmers Market, 60 McKimmie Road, Palmyra every Sunday from 8am till 12pm.
Want To Collaborate With Delish Ice?
We are always on the lookout for our next business collaboration. If you have an idea how Delish Ice can work with your business please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.