Gardener’s Lodge is run by well know Sydney hospitality identity and teacher Beryl Van
Oploo. Aunty Beryl as she is affectionately known, has long been at the forefront of modernising
bush tucker. She is passionate about making bush foods accessible to new audiences
just as she is about providing employment and training opportunities, particularly
for Aboriginal people. Gardener’s Lodge allows her to do both.
Aunty Beryl is an inspiration to many and certainly very generous with sharing her knowledge
of bush tucker. Her inclusion in the recent book ‘The Great Australian Cookbook”
which celebrates food from 100 cooking talents in Australia is an impressive endorsement.
The Gardeners Lodge Café Business is 100% Indigenous owned and is Supply Nation Accredited.
The Gardeners Lodge Café provides employment opportunities for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people in a supportive environment where they can be mentored
and trained effectively on site.