By Alcina Charlie, Senior Communications and e-marketing: On Tuesday 24th June 2014, a handful of us VTO staff, dropped by at the humble home slash factory of Lapita Cafe to see why their products are loved by so many, even including world renown chef and author Robert Oliver who has been coming to Vanuatu since 2011, just to cook & film side by side with the company owner Mrs Vatausi McKenzie, including several other Ni-Vanuatu chefs who have all taken Vanuatu local food and cuisine to the next level. In both episodes of chef Robert's TV series "Real Pasifika" Mrs McKenzie boasts her own recipes and highlights preparing and serving delicious laplap with chicken and fresh tomatoes and herbs, locally spiced marinated octopus with curry leaves and coconut cream served with yam simboro and breadfruit nalot. Yum! This has made Lapita Cafe stand out as the champion in utilizing and cooking Vanuatu local foods.
The company purchases fresh ingredients from rural farmers and create as well as cook up healthy and delicious snacks, wild nuts, finger foods, and jams, for the health conscious consumers. The family-owned business started specializing in local food in 1999 and continue to be passionate about reaching their goal to promote and enable the public to eat local, natural, and organic food which not only taste good but improves health and livelihoods. Lapita has started exporting to Australia as well as New Caledonia and a branch is currently being set up in Noumea. The Vanuatu Tourism Office congratulates Mrs McKenzie and her team for the wonderful achievements for Lapita Cafe as well as Vanuatu at large, and we look forward to continue working together in promoting the destination, through Lapita's local foods and products to overseas markets. For further inquiries call +678 27015. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . View gallery here.