Conscious hospitality movement served up on the Central Coast

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table of fresh colourful local ingredients
Enjoy a slice of Sydney style on the Central Coast as one of the region's unique venues shares its big plans...
Inspired by sustainability principles, more local restaurant teams are choosing to hand pick ingredients from local fish markets, farms and orchards

As the Central Coast’s reputation as an award-winning gourmet foodie destination continues to grow, a conversation is rising in our local foodie scene to source local. And like all good conversations, this one starts in the kitchen. Terrigal's The Joker and the Thief have just launched a new menu at the same time as announcing their big idea to revolutionise the local hospitality industry with a focus on sustainability.

The team, which is headed up by renowned and much loved Executive Chef, Pauly Mac, are now actively sourcing as many ingredients as possible within a 10-mile radius of their seaside venue. This marks a bold but timely move towards launching their “conscious hospitality” initiative, which focuses on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This means gathering local restauranteurs, bars and hotels to band together to make a difference, supporting the Central Coast's status as a certified ECO Destination, and growing the slow food options in our region.

Local venues have certainly taken a hit these past few years, but that hasn't stopped new and exciting venues from opening up across the Central Coast every other week. Coasties are now spoilt for choice with Sydney’s demographical change influencing the demand for variety, options and excitement. With competition heating up and every business’s window adorned with “staff wanted” signs, is now the time for venues to innovate and change up the way they do things? The Joker and Thief in Terrigal certainly think so...

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Images supplied: The Joker & the Thief
fancy plate of fresh local food
The Joker and the Thief announce new conscious hospitality initiative
Plus a bright and inspiring fresh menu...

The Joker and Thief engaged the expert services of local food guru and Chef Pauly Mac to oversee their new menu revamp. As work behind the scenes commenced, the team quickly bonded over their shared passion for sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Much like how the venue was initially formed, a few drinks and a yarn led to a big idea as they have decided to pave the way in what they’re calling “conscious hospitality” right here on the Central Coast.

Executive Chef at The Joker and Thief, Pauly Mac explains the strategy behind the new menu:

“The Joker and Thief team are passionate about the environment and making huge positive changes, in fact, they’ve been quietly making changes for quite some time with plenty more big ideas and imminent plans up their sleeve,” 

“With this in mind, the new menu strategy was simple. Celebrate local producers and growers, champion our incredible coastal location and reduce our impact on the environment,”

“We have been working closely with local fish markets and fishermen to curate a seafood inspired menu fit for a venue that benefits from its incredible ocean views, whilst ensuring there is plenty of variety and options for everyone’s tastes.” 

“This has resulted in an exciting and refreshing new menu that we are incredibly proud of. As well as creating dishes full of flavour, every dish has its own unique story and reason for being there,”

“We are committed to sourcing as many ingredients as possible, where possible, within a 10- mile radius of our venue. Why? Because The Coast has some incredible produce, we believe in supporting other local businesses, and the best part - it reduces our food miles which is kinder to our environment.” 

The venue first opened in Terrigal in October 2019, four months before a global pandemic was declared. Whilst the team recognise it has endured a turbulent time since its grand opening, their mission and view of what this elegantly fitted out venue can achieve has never wavered.

They set out to create a venue where you could dress up with the girls to enjoy fantastic cocktails and food, or just catch up for a few casual beers with mates and everything in between, with plenty of live music and entertainment. A slice of Sydney on the Coast.

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Images supplied: The Joker & the Thief
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Everyone's invited to the party
Sustainable community encouraged to connect

The Joker and Thief are set to make waves of their own in the beachside town of Terrigal and bring conscious hospitality practices within reach for all fellow restauranteurs.

Venue Manager, Griffin Avis-Foster tells us what we can expect from the venue over the next few months.

“Having recently built our new alfresco dining area downstairs, guests can enjoy cocktails and food surrounded by the busy buzz of Terrigal. Or come upstairs and immerse themselves in the classy surrounds of elegant furnishings and design with a view of the ocean.” 

“Whilst we have tonnes of exciting things planned over the coming months including the very best in comedy, live music, and unique entertainment, we are also calling upon fellow hospitality businesses to join us in our conscious hospitality mission,” 

“Being environmentally friendly can sometimes be the costlier option, especially in this industry. But if we band together and combine our minds and ideas, we believe we can make sustainability more affordable, achievable and effective.”

“We are currently in talks with a local environmental group to come on board and help us create an education group,” 

“We plan to meet once a month, host talks by sustainability professionals and discuss ideas for us to then put into action in our venues and drive change together. We will even aim to throw in some fun with beach cleans ups and sporting tournaments.” 

The Joker's new menu launched 5 October, with a fantastic “kids eat free” offering every Tuesday evening from 5pm. The venue also has a spectacular and spooky showcase of talent for Halloween on October 30.

To book tickets and see what else The Joker and Thief has on in spring and summer visit their website Events page.

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Images supplied: The Joker & the Thief

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