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2nd Birthday Celebration


Saturday 7th March 9-3pm

We are excited to be celebrating our 2nd Birthday on Saturday 7th March 9-3pm and you’re INVITED to join us!

We have a huge day planned and we’d love our gorgeous community of customers who have supported our new venture over the last 2 years to come and celebrate with us.

As part of our celebrations we decided to partner with one of our favourite suppliers; Loving Earth. We LOVE their products and ethical business practises and we are thrilled to offer 10% OFF the ENTIRE Loving Earth range for our BIRTHDAY WEEK from Monday 2nd March til Saturday 7th March inclusive. Come and stock up on all your favourites and enjoy some free Loving Earth product tastings on Saturday 7th March.

Join us for a big day of Live Music with Local Musician Jason Lowe, Free tastings of Local sparkling probiotic Imbibe Water Kefir, 50 Goodie Bags, Heaps of Lucky Door Prizes and a special Café Menu for the day showcasing the talent of our new Head Chef Jo Lines.

We appreciate the support of the growing Goodness Me Organics Community! - Anna & Andy and the GMO Team

Call us on 4952 4262

By |February 17th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Love Birds Brunch Valentine’s Day Event

On Saturday 14th February from 9-3pm Goodness Me Organics will be hosting a Lovebirds Brunch Valentine’s Day Event.

Bring your sweetheart for a delicious Valentine’s Day Breakfast or Lunch choosing from our organic menu that caters for most dietary requirements. Our signature dish will be on display – French Toast stuffed with dark chocolate shards, banana and coconut icecream – a gluten and dairy free delight for the senses also available vegan. Dine indoors or in our enclosed garden courtyard and relax with Live Music by Jason Lowe.

Goodness Me Organics are taking this opportunity to welcome on board their new Head Chef Joanne Lines who will be showcasing our beautiful organic produce in a brand new menu.

Imbibe Water Kefir will be providing free tastings of locally made water kefir including the wild hibiscus and sweet rosehip water kefir and other flavours in the range

Local florist Rosehip Flowers will have a stall with floral crowns and posies to take home. Goodness Me Organics is filled with lots of lovely gifts to choose from including Pana Chocolate Valentines Gift Pack with 4 flavours in a special gift box, Pukka Love Tea and Loving Earth LuvJu Chocolates. Spoil your sweetheart with organic goodness!

Imbibe Water Kefir and Pana Chocolate have provided lucky door prizes to be won on the day Phone 4952 4262 to book your table for this sweet event!

By |February 4th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Celebrating One Year Of Goodness


We’d love you to join us to celebrate this milestone on Saturday 1st March 9-3pm

Prizes, Goodie Bags, Tastings, Stalls, Specials and Birthday Cake!

Pop in and see ‘Renovation Reflections’ with photos of our renovation of the site and our unveiling of local Artist Rachel Milne’s portrait of the finished building.
10am-12noon: Live music with local musician Maureen O’Brien

10am-11am: Free Face Painting in the garden with local artist Elizar Mytka who painted our Date Street Mural

11am-1pm: Wine Tasting with Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Make a booking for the Café for a delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and sweets or JUST CALL IN!

We’d love to see you to thank you for your support of our new venture over the last year!

Anna & Andy and the GMO Team

By |February 24th, 2014|news|0 Comments

VIP Festive Shopping Night


Join us to celebrate at our Festive Shopping Night on Thursday 5th December 6-8pm!

A night of Tamburlaine Organic Wine Tasting with delicious organic nibbles from our Goodness Me Organics Kitchen and Live Music with local musician Maureen O'brien.
Do your Christmas shopping in style and comfort with 10% OFF Storewide and beautiful gift stalls including The Strutt Sisters jewellery and Phoenix Cards and Gift Wrap. Embrace Virtues will be doing a beautiful activity to get you in the spirit of Christmas and giving.

Goodie Bags and Lucky Door Prizes


Call us on 4952 4262 - $25pp

By |November 29th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

2013 ‘Green Lifestyle Awards’

Highly Commended

We are THRILLED to have been nominated as one of two finalists in the annual 2013 Green Magazine ‘Green Lifestyle Awards’ in the Food – Restaurant Category.

In keeping with Green Lifestyle magazine’s reputation for knowledge and expertise in the green field within Australia, these awards give recognition to the companies and products within the industry who are leading the way by taking admirable measures to provide products and services that are environmentally friendly and aware.

At the Awards dinner on October 9th 2013 in Sydney; Owners Anna & Andy Ward were awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Food – Restaurant Category. Chosen from 1000 finalists for this award the Goodness Me Team are thrilled to have their green initiatives recognised.

The Awards Dinner takes place during National Organic Week Australia (NOW) an annual event running from Friday 4 – Sunday 13 October 2013. NOW is 10 days of targeted media and locally-staged activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.

Mostly behind the scenes these green initiatives include the use of biodegradable takeaway cups and containers, recycling paper, cardboard and glass, certified organic cotton staff t-shirts and aprons, composting all food scraps and waste through local co-operative The Green Helping Hand to make fertiliser, growing and using fresh herbs and greens from the kitchen garden, cleaning with ENJO fibres and biodegradable local cleaning products Tri-nature and supporting organic farming with over 1500 organic products and fresh certified organic produce in store.

You can read more about all the recycling undertaken during the building renovation and extension at www.goodnessmeorganics.com.au

By |October 18th, 2013|news|0 Comments

Going Green with a little Help From Our Friends

Waste. Scraps. Left overs. Not exactly a pretty topic to talk about. It’s what we leave on the plate when we leave a café or restaurant. Do you think about where it goes?

Usually to Landfill in a big black garbage bag. And we all know that doesn’t make the Earth a happy place.

We have partnered with the local team at The Green Helping Hand to make us more sustainable. A few times per week a little Truck comes with a helpful Green Helping Hand Teamie to take our buckets of food scraps and turn them into liquid fertiliser.

In our kitchen we have a separate bucket that we separate all food scraps into that then gets composted and turned into fertiliser.


Here, The Green Helping Hand tells us a bit about who they are and what they do…

“At the beginning of 2012 having just graduated with honours in macroeconomics from University of Newcastle I was working as a kitchen hand at the Queens Wharf Brewery while looking for work in Sydney in macroeconomic modelling. As macroeconomists do, I was analysing the business inputs-outputs and it struck me that the waste outputs from the Queens Wharf Brewery were a totally underutilised resource.

That afternoon, on my way home, I stopped at my local coffee shop, Conroy Bradley’s Pistol Club, and during a conversation with the owner Nick Tarren I raised my amazement at the volume of wasted resources at the Queens Wharf Brewery. This conversation could be described as the flap of the butterfly wings for the two young entrepreneurs. Nick Tarren made an immediate connection with this idea as in his youth he had been spent many hours with his Uncle Conroy Bradley a gardening enthusiast and worm farm extraordinaire. Such was his uncle influence Nick Tarren had named his pop up cafe after his childhood mentor on sustainable food waste practices. Ironically, this pop up cafe also became the melting pot for ideas on how to make local businesses more sustainable and the Business Partnership Commercial Cost Reductions was born in March 2012 at 278 Hunter St.

The Green Helping Hand has evolved from a business partnership called Commercial Cost Reductions and is now a co-operative of like minded business owners who see the sustainable synergy between effective waste management in local cafes, restaurants and hotels that enable the extraction of potential resources for local food production, energy production and a broad range of products that can be made from reclaimed materials.

By taking food scraps and other resources like Styrofoam boxes, some plastics and oil drums contained within businesses general waste we reduce the landfill contribution significantly. The estimated reductions in Green House Gases from composting food scraps rather than landfilling can be as high 60 percent and by making products locally from the resources that we reclaim we also reduce the volume of fossil fuels used in transportation of goods from outside our local area.”

A HUGE Thanks to The Green Helping Hand for lending us a hand in making our business more sustainable and environmentally friendly!

By |October 16th, 2013|news|0 Comments

Father’s Day Event


Join us on Saturday 31st August (the day before Father’s Day) for a Garden themed Father’s Day Celebration!

Enjoy a set menu Ploughman’s Brunch Plate and a Pot of Tea with 3 sittings at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. The price is $30 per person.

The Green Helping Hand and Maree McCarthy from Nature’s Magic Garden Design will have talks and activities throughout the day in our garden courtyard. Maree will be showing Dad’s and children at 10.30am how to make newspaper seedling pots and origami seed packets. Enjoy Free Tastings of Kefir with Hamish from Little Cossack Kefir. Get ready for spring with a timber garden box. See John Craig from Hip Hite Garden Boxes and his display of locally made timber garden boxes.

Live Music with Maureen O’Brien from 11-2pm.

Bookings Essential – please call 02 4952 4262 to book a table.

Follow us on facebook to see more details of the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

By |July 11th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

Mothers Day Event


Join us on Saturday the 11th of May for a Mother's Day Tea Party.

We will have a set menu (vegan & gluten free) with sittings at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Gift Stalls from The Strutt Sisters, Pippalina Phoenix Cards, Suz E Bee Candles and Make Space. Live Music with Maureen O’Brien and featured guest Anousha Victoire.

The price is $30 per head, there will be three sitting and bookings are essential - please call 02 4952 4262 to confirm your place.

Follow us on facebook for updates and to see the menu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

By |April 28th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

A Confession: My Strutt Sisters Crush

Some years ago, on a whim I visited the studio of Catherine & Jennifer Strutt; twin sisters, musicians, synaesthetes, visual artists & designers. It was a once a year opportunity to see Artists in their natural habitat at the Newcastle Community Arts Centre Studio Open Day. I can’t believe I had never heard of them before and instantly fell in love with their colour and style. Truly, it was an incredible experience – but I did have the crazy hormones of a breast-feeding mother!
I then became Strutt obsessed. Seriously. Just ask my family and friends.

Meanwhile, Goodness Me Organics was taking shape and one sleepless night I had a light bulb moment of creativity! Imagine….. JUST IMAGINE…. A STRUTT CAFÉ COUNTER!

My girl crush was so bad I couldn’t speak to them without my heart racing and my words getting jumbled (embarrassing I know) but it was on International Women’s Day that I summoned the courage to tell them my idea… and…. THEY LOVED IT!

They got busy measuring, designing and building and finally a few weeks before our March 2nd Grand Opening they loaded up the Ute and brought it over to install. Securely in place it was quickly shrouded in black fabric ready for the official unveiling at our Grand Opening.

Seeing double: Jennifer and Catherine hard at work
Seeing double: Jennifer and Catherine hard at work
Handmade tile by tile by the Strutt sisters
Handmade tile by tile

Visit their facebook page and see the album of our Counter Artwork Progress from start to finish

Grand Opening Day: The Unveiling!
Grand Opening Day: The Unveiling!
Mrs Goodness Me with Catherine & Jennifer Strutt
Mrs Goodness Me with Catherine & Jennifer Strutt

Q&A's with the Strutts

What's in store next for the Strutt Sisters?

Well, we are flat out all year by the looks of it! At the same time as working on the counter we have been madly building up stock for two Art Bazaar markets coming up and a weeklong stall at the National Folk Festival. We are also getting together our entries for the prestigious Archibald and Sulman Art prizes. In April we have a guest spot exhibition at Sydney's Nicky Ginsberg, NG Galleries and have a possible exciting new commission for our fast growing interior decorating side of the business in Victoria!

What was the best bit about creating the counter at Goodness Me Organics?

We've had a blast doing the counter! Firstly, we had never worked in this way before- we had always made artwork as artwork. But this was a completely different way of thinking as it was still artwork but "artwork as shop fit out". The focus is not only on form, but form AND function which we've never done before. We've been lucky in that GMO’s brief WAS brief and we pretty much could run free. This enabled us to have some fun with the design and layout and try out new colour combos, textures and patterns. We made the theme all about a great day out doing something relaxing and fun with family and friends as well as on fresh produce.

Where did the inspiration come from?

We only work with images from between 1950 to 1960 with SOME exceptions from the 30s and 40s. When Anna came to us roughly pointing us in the direction of this as her preference we knew we were kindred souls! We have also kept to this theme when choosing the fabric, tin and stencilled tiles as well as, most importantly, the colour scheme.

What challenges did you face in making the counter?

There were not too many challenges we had to face as basically this was just one of our artworks on a giant scale and we are pretty much on top of our technique now as far as what works and what doesn't. What we hadn't come across however, is how to make an artwork durable and water resistant enough for a busy cafe. We coat our fabric with a type of resin which is extremely durable and waterproof but we have a lot of paper on the work as well which doesn't sit under resin well but at the same time we couldn't leave it bare. After much googling and emailing we have discovered a waterproof water based estapol for paper and after a few trials we are satisfied it will do the job we need it to do and seal the paper. We also had to choose a background colour which not only complimented the work and its varied coloured tiles but the existing colour scheme in the cafe itself.

What interested you in accepting the commission to make a counter for GMO?

This was one of those in the right time at the right place moments! We had, for a long time, been tossing around going into interior decoration as we have a pretty big love for colour and have over the decades learnt what works and what doesn't and why. We have always been certain we could make the tiles on our artworks work as feature walls, kitchen splash backs, flooring and anything else. Teamed with our sense of colour and design we had an itch we needed to scratch and the frustration was growing as to where to start!

Then one day, after a business talk we gave, a free looking spirit walked up to us and said she needed a counter made for her new organic grocer and cafe and did we want to do it in our typical Strutt style?!

It seemed an out of the blue and fateful question and we struggled not to blurt out "YES!!" before asking all the sensible logistical questions one should ask first! 🙂 🙂

Thank you Thank you Thank you Catherine and Jennifer for creating such an iconic and fabulous artwork for our Café Counter – We LOVE it!

Love Anna, Andy and the whole team at Goodness Me Organics

By |April 28th, 2013|news|0 Comments

Thermomix Recipe: Choc Chia Cake


(Easily adapted for non thermomix users)



  • 5 tablespoons Chia Seeds Soaked in 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cacao
  • 125 grams coconut oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 175 grams almonds
  • 120 grams Rapadura Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Gluten Free Baking Powder


  1. Preheat Oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a Round Springform Cake tin with baking paper
  3. Soak and Stir the Chia Seeds for 5 minutes until thick and gel-like
  4. Grind Almonds on Speed 9 for 20 seconds OR use almond meal
  5. Add all other ingredients (including Chia seeds in water) and mix on Speed 5 for up to 1 minute until completely combined
  6. Pour into tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin

Tip: Decorate with Fresh Raspberries and dust with Icing Sugar

Thermomix Australia loved our recipe and made it ‘Recipe of the Day’ on their facebook page on January 20th 2012!

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By |March 2nd, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments