Introducing Janine – Sage’s new owner
One of the North Coast’s most beloved coffee spots, Sage, has a new face at the helm.
Janine Hill from Zululand took over the business about two weeks ago, and is loving her new life.
“We are so lucky as a family to have been able to take over Sage and we have some wonderful ideas,” said Janine.
Janine spotted the cafe advertised for sale online and jumped on the opportunity, having been going to Sage for many years. In whirlwind couple of weeks, the Hill family’s life has changed. Her husband is still running a farm in Zululand, but the family have found a house and will be moving to the area in the second week of June.
Janine said she will be keeping the popular menu as is, but will have weekly specials to augment it.
“The menu is so lovely, everything on it is delicious, so we don’t want to change it,” said Janine.
Customers can expect some fun additions, however. Janine will be hosting the first ladies market on 23 June. This will be an intimate affair with about ten stalls of unique, quality items. Janine hopes to hold this once a month.
She will be making more cakes and quiches for to be on display and bought at the shop, should you need something yummy for your visitors. At the moment quiches can be ordered in the morning to collect in the afternoon.
Janine also plans to host ‘pop up’ evenings at Sage, where guests can ask for Th Crooked Fork special and get a surprise menu.
Janine has been in the catering industry for 24 years. She started her own catering business, The Crooked Fork, and caters to weddings and functions as well. She also used to have a shop, Delish, in Zululand. Janine is a well-trained, experienced cook, having done many courses and being qualified by experience.
She started her career rather far off the cooking course. She studied marketing, business admin and psychology, but realised after one interview the industry is not for her.
She then went on to study a BA in prime education at Edgewood College, and started teaching. She then started a family and worked as a lo-cum teacher at Mntunzini schools for eight years.
“During this time I got bored and started cooking and doing pop up events – and that is how I got into catering!”
Sage’s much-loved former owner Rory Hunt is still around and has taken over the tuck shop at Ashton College – lucky kids!
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