~ Meet The Maker ~

Meet The Maker : Red Hill Roast

Welcome to our very first Meet The Maker of season 5! As the sun starts to show itself again we just can’t wait to be back under the stringybarks!  Red Hill Roast has supported the market from the very beginning so it’s only fitting for them to be featured as our first MTM for this season! We know you love their coffee and now you can find out a little more about them from behind the scenes…

Tell us about yourself and what you do at the EPM..

I am the owner of Red Hill Roast and I roast/supply coffee to a number of businesses on the Mornington Peninsula. I also supply coffee carts to events like Emu Plains Market.

When did you first know you were an amazing barista?

To be honest it is a fairly steep learning curve. I came from the days of instant coffee as a shift worker and over the years came to love quality coffee as the industry evolved in Melbourne. Being a roaster and supplier it certainly helps become a better barista. I love working at events where people expect speed, quality and a friendly chat.

What inspires you to be creative?

People and their ever growing knowledge of coffee drive our need to be creative. To stay on top of the game you need to listen to customers and provide whatever is possible to make their day better and or the business thrive.

Describe your perfect day…

My perfect day does not involve work funny enough. I love riding my motorbike, snowboarding and spending time at home just generally doing family stuff.

What is your best ever creative cooking moment?

Roasting 6 different single origin coffees for one customer.

What’s the scariest movie you have ever seen?

I have 3 teenage girls so I would have to say…”Bring it On” 🙂

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

A mate once told me …”Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t eat anything bigger than your head”

What’s your favourite tunes to get you in a creative mood?

Really enjoying Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae and also Hall and Oats (from my high school years)

What do you love most about the EPM?

The location, music and relaxed atmosphere!

Where do you see your business in 5 years time?

We would love to continue doing markets and events and also support more local businesses/cafe/restaurants with coffee. We are focussed on providing a cracking product and great service to local people who are easy to work with. If anyone is reading this who owns a cafe or restaurant please give us a call and give “the other coffee guys” a go!

Connect with Red Hill Roast today!

Facebook -http://www.facebook.com.au/redhillroast
Instagram – www.intsagram.com/redhillroasto1

Meet The Maker : Botanica Living Art

Today we would love to introduce you to the Mother/Daughter combo who have created the living homewares brand Botanica, a gorgeous mix of nature and contemporary chic that adds a real WOW factor to your spaces.

Introducing Christine Korolew & her daughter Naomi…..

Tell us about yourself and what you create

Botanica creates beautiful living art for interiors on the Mornington Peninsula.  We specialise in kokedama and terrariums and dabble in all things Botanical.

My mum, Christine, loves gardening and started creating terrariums at home.  When she couldn’t stop, I helped her sell some at a few markets before Christmas a few years ago.  We were overwhelmed by the response – people just loved them.  Especially our succulent terrariums, as they only need water four times a year, so they have a broad appeal.

Then I discovered kokedama and we joined forces, creating Botanica together.

When did you know you first wanted to live a creative life?

First I decided to give up my corporate career. I’d spent 13 years living abroad, working in the oil industry in places like Algeria, Pakistan, Syria, India, and East Africa – which I loved.  I only came back to Australia a few years ago after my son was born. Once I was a mother I knew I couldn’t sustain the kind of commitment required to fulfil such a demanding role, and I decided to make a break and find something local.

What inspires you to be creative?

Anything I see really.  Friends, interior design, architecture, social media, magazines….and Pinterest, definitely Pinterest!

What is your best ever creative moment?

Being pregnant. Creating a human is about as good as it gets!

Describe a lesson you learnt from creative failure…

If I don’t finish what I start on the same day, I may never finish it. If I lose interest in a project I find it really difficult to whip up any more enthusiasm for it. I’d rather start something new.

What’s the scariest movie you have ever seen?

Gremlins – I’m still scarred.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

(Show your) “legs or boobs, never both!”

What’s your favourite tunes to get you in the creative mood?

The sound of silence…

What do you love most about the EPM?

I love the laid back festival vibe and the gorgeous location – everyone feels so relaxed.

Connect with Botanica….

Facebook – www.facebook.com/botanicalivingart


Meet The Maker : Charlbella

It’s afternoon tea time, I’m ready for a lovely cuppa and a little sweet treat and there is nothing in the house!! All I have is these drool worthy images of the gorgeous slice creations from Charlbella – it’s torture!!!!!!  The only saving grave is that I know I can stock up on them at this Saturday’s EPM – the last for the season so I am going to buy up big to keep me going through the winter – oh, Saturday – you can not come soon enough! We hope you enjoy meeting Charlbella’s creator Rach on today’s Meet The Maker xo

Tell us about yourself and what you create…

I have grown up on the Mornington Peninsula. I’m lucky enough to have a wonderfully supportive husband as well as two little girls and another baby on the way, which allows me to cook and share my food with everyone.  I love cooking all types of food but my favourite would have to be sweets. I’m addicted to chocolate and couldn’t imagine life without it! Which is why chocolate features so predominantly in my slices and treats.

When did you know you first wanted to cook?

When I was 12, I loved being in the kitchen with my mum as well as both my nannas. Food brings so much happiness to people, its hard not to be inspired.

What inspires you to be creative in the kitchen?

My mood. I find that dependent on how I’m feeling, I tend to cook accordingly. Cooking for me is an outlet and allows me to relax. I also love doing Sunday bakes, where I get my two girls to help me in the kitchen, they love it.

Describe your perfect day…

Packing a picnic and heading down to the beach for the day. Eating, swimming and relaxing in the warm sun!

What is your best ever creative moment?

Scouring the pantry for ingredients for Rocky Road only to come across some honeycomb I had left over. I added it in for something different and my Crunchie Rocky Road was born!

Describe a lesson you learnt from creative cooking failure…

Not to be disheartened when things don’t work out. You learn more from making mistakes and taking risks than not doing anything at all.

What’s the scariest movie you have ever seen?

I can’t watch scary movies they give me nightmares, I think the last one I saw was the Sixth Sense!

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Treat others how you want to be treated. Simple yet very true!

What’s your favourite tunes to get you in the creative mood?

Anything!! I am a big fan of Cat Empire, Wolfmother, anything really!

What do you love most about the EPM?

Everything! The atmosphere, the people. It’s just amazing and fun. Not to mention the awesome stallholders 🙂


Thanks Rach for sharing some insights into your creative life.  You can catch these tasty treats at the EPM this Saturday (our last of the season) from 9am to 2pm!

Connect with Charlbella….

Facebook – www.facebook.com/charlbella-eats