The Taste Makers

fettuchine1As the saying goes, it's not work if you love what you do! For local foodie Sue Kemenes, food is what she loves.

Five years ago, a close friend was opening a fruit shop and Sue jumped at the chance to sell her range of homemade pasta.

"I asked whether he would sell pastas in the store, and when he said yes, I went home and ordered a pasta machine to make pasta," says Sue.

"I bought a commercial pasta machine from Melbourne, purchased 25kg of durum flour and a box of 15 dozen eggs and went to work perfecting my pasta recipe."

PurePod Sean KelliThe skin is your biggest organ and while we have become increasingly conscious of what we put 'in' our bodies, we don't necessarily think about the harmful effects of what we put 'on' our bodies.

There's growing pressure to block imports of dangerous chemicals in clothing and while a number of developed countries have put in place measures to regulate chemicals in imported textiles, Australia lags far behind.

This has created a real niche for sustainable brand Pure Pod, a Canberra family business launched in 2007 by Kelli Donovan and her partner and lifestyle photographer Sean Watson.

Pure Pod is an Australian pioneer 'eco fashion' label creating contemporary clothing for women.



thecheeseproject maureenAt Lighthouse, we hear about great business ideas every day and many of these ideas originate from the things people are really passionate about.

Maureen House is just one such person, she started her business around something she really loves - cheese!

Cheese has always played a role in Maureen's life, particularly when she was younger.

"I've always liked cheese; I grew up on a family farm in Western Australian and we used to make our own cheese all the time."


Rose Headley Dutch DevineIt's always interesting to talk to our local food producers about Canberra taste trends and our foodie culture.

Local tastemaker, Rose Headley from Dutch Divine Canberra is a fortnightly regular at the Old Bus Depot Market, sells her treats to cafes, and has developed some unique insights into the Canberra palate since starting her business selling Dutch treats such as apple pie and stroopwafels – thin Dutch waffles with delicious caramel in between.

John Edna Marshall FrugiiIt's sweet and delicious, perfect for a summer's day and close to a $10.8 billion[1] dollar industry.

The global ice cream market is big business with some well known brands springing quickly to mind – Ben & Jerry's, Baskin Robbins and Häagen-Dazs to name a few.

The ice cream industry has been around forever, but continues to innovate with niche ice creameries and gelaterias increasing in popularity.

We spoke to John and Edna Marshall from Canberra favourite, Frugii, about how they got started in the ice cream business and plans for their new shop in Lonsdale Street, Braddon.