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Published April 20th 2021
Thriving Cafe & Deli in Ingham
Family-owned and operated, this extraordinary café and deli in Ingham offers delicious coffee, savouries, sweet pastries, breakfast and lunch, including genuine and special products, both Italian and Australian.
"JK's Delicatessen is a premier & authentic café that has been proudly serving the Ingham area and beyond since 2000. Since then, our mission has been to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambience with skilful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience."- Mission statement of the business.
Mrs Karen Venables runs JK's Delicatessen with the help of her three very dedicated daughters. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business flourished to the point that the shop had to employ more people, thanks to the resourceful Mrs Karen, who decided to reinvent the shop and sell more fruits and vegetables. The business was able to deliver goods or customers could just drive to the shop and collect their orders.
The business went through the tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic brilliantly and today is a thriving shop in Ingham with an unbelievable assortment of foods.
There is plenty of tasty food that goes well with a coffee, snack or breakfast. All the products are genuinely made on the premises from scratch. Photo by Author.
Mrs Venables is the person who instigated the making of the mosaics in Mercer Lane. Today the mosaics attract tourists in the multicultural town of ingham and are a beautiful artistic asset. JK's Delicatessen has a great selection of food for breakfast, morning tea or something nice to eat together a delicious coffee. The cafe provides a large array of gourmet savoury meals and desserts to cater to all dietary requirements. Along with breakfast and lunch set menu's, JK's also has two display fridges full of options daily.
Lamb and Rosemary Pie, Bacon and Red Wine Pie, Chicken and Camembert Pie, Steak and Pepper, just to mention a few of the many freshly baked pies available at JK's. Photo by Author.
The cafe is spacious, with a large bench showcasing all the fresh bakery products. The colour of the floor, the benches and the ceiling is a silvery shade to optimise the light and give a sense of tidiness and tranquillity.
There are plenty of tables and chairs and the walls are decorated with paintings to give that extra style to the atmosphere of the cafe. The atmosphere is peaceful, the staff are friendly and the customers seem to know the place and the people very well.
Gourmet filos include chicken and mushroom, chicken bacon and avocado, chicken sun-dried tomato and pesto, chicken satay, chicken mango and macadamia, steak and mushroom, chicken and camembert. On the lunch menu are also available beef ravioli in bolognese sauce, crumbed chicken and steak wraps.
Beef ravioli in Bolognese sauce. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/jksdelicatessen/photos/10157990338697314
In the delicatessen department, you can find a large variety of small goods, both Australian and Italian background, tasty cheeses from around the world, dried vegetables marinated in oil and vinegar. Also, the shelves are stocked with unique Australian and Italian products, such as special bread varieties, dressings and real Italian flour. These special products are not available in the supermarkets, they are specifically taken from unique niches of the markets.
JK's is at 74 - 78 Lannercost Street, Ingham QLD 4850. Just beside JK's Deli is Mercer Lane showcasing beautiful mosaics. The work of art narrates the history of the sugar cane industry from the old days when the sugar cane was cut by hands through to the modern day.
A panel from the mosaic. Photo fromhttps://interpretinginghamhistory.blogspot.com/2016/03/
There are about 43 metres of mosaics panels to admire. There are also paintings representative of the sugar cane history and signs with lots of information. In particular, this mosaic represents the mighty Herbert River and a patchwork of cane fields. A full moon glows in the sky as an owl swoops through the night sky. The owl is the endangered eastern grass owl taking flight on dusk from its grassy habitat.
Tyto used to be a degraded swampy area and bushland just at the outskirt of Ingham. Thanks to the vision of cinematographer and naturalist John Young, the area has been turned into an urban wetland in order to preserve the Eastern Grass Owl and Crimson Finch. The wetland is a great place to see many native birds and plants.
The area is named after the endangered Eastern Grass Owl, Tyto, meaning monkey-faced owl, that can be found in the Hinchinbrook Shire, one of the few places in the world where this owl can be spotted regularly. The wetland is also home to a few crocodiles, so avoid walking in the park with dogs and stay away from the water.
The Tyto Precinct also features an interactive and informative Visitor Information Centre, Regional Art Gallery, Parklands, Conference Centre and Library.
Take care in the wetlands, stay away from the water, stay on the trails all the time. Don't allow children to stay close to the water and don't bring pets. Photo by Author.