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Café Olé opens on North Main Street in Wolfeboro

New eatery offers fresh, delicious and organic local edibles

CAROL HOLYOAKE’S NEW EATERY, Café Olé, is open for customers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Sunday. Check out Café Olé on Facebook to see what’s on the day’s menu. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
November 29, 2012
WOLFEBORO — There's a new eatery on 33 North Main Street in Wolfeboro. Café Olé (the Olé stands for organic, local edibles) offers an eclectic range of flavorful fare served in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

It shares an entrance with the boutique, Made on Earth. Just follow the scent of French pressed coffee, fresh baked goods and the day's soups and sandwiches. Owner Carol Holyoake says the menu is built on whatever is in season, so the offerings change according to availability, and there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

The meat for her lamb chili and the chicken curry is purchased from Top of the Hill Farm and vegetables for her stews and salads come from Pork Hill Farm. Her tahini dressing-laced kale salad, including bright orange bits of roasted butternut squash, begins with a visit to the farm to select from among five varieties of the greens that are proving to be quite popular.

"I have to chuckle," she says, at the popularity of that salad in particular, for she was introduced to kale when she received a bundle of it in her Pork Hill Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allotment. No one seemed to know just what to do with it. "We were all posting recipes as we tried out different ways to prepare it," she recalls. "I was a little reticent," and now, "It's flying off the shelf."

The baked goods may include pumpkin bread, whoopee pies or a date coconut oat bar, or rhubarb/ cranberry crumble, all homemade and sweetened with maple syrup, fruitjuice, honey, molasses, or Sucanat (whole cane sugar) to name a few sweeteners in her repertoire.

Café Olé serves breakfast, too, including porridge and an Aussie-style bacon and egg breakfast sandwich.

Wade Hlushuk, a chef himself, seated at a table recently for lunch, says he and his wife, Theresa, have become regulars after just a week. " We've tried everything on the menu," he said. You walk away feeling refreshed. You don't get that heavy feeling you can get after a meal…and she pours hot water in the glass before pouring in the coffee. I saw that and thought, 'She gets it.'"

Holyoake is pleased with the positive feedback she's been receiving, including "Thank you for doing this." "I'm trying to walk the talk," she says. Her ingredients are organic and sourced locally whenever possible, the cleaning products are kind to humans and the environment; and the presentation dishes in the case are recycled finds put aside for her by the Huggins Street Fair volunteers, as are stacks of white china and some of her glassware.

Commenting on the hours of help getting the place ready she has received from volunteers, Holyoake says, "It just seems like it was meant to be. Everyone's been so supportive. The business domain name was available, I've found a Fair Trade organic coffee roaster in North Conway that can supply us…" It's all coming together.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Sunday.

Check out Café Olé on Facebook to see what's on the day's menu.

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