MANDURAH chef Steve McManus believes in friendly service, good coffee and home made food – and you can’t ask for much more than that.
But the owner of the Dews Berry Café in the Smart Street Mall will be dishing up much more than that when he hosts a high tea beneath the shady boughs of the historic Moreton Bay fig tree at Stingray Point during the Channel 7 Mandurah Crabfest.
His mouth-watering menu includes mini-open Danish sandwiches, frittata, Blue Manna Crab mayo en croute with avocado, Devonshire teas with home made jam and cream, profiteroles filled with apricot cream topped with white chocolate and blueberry ricotta friends.
Wife Priscilla pitched the high tea proposal to the City of Mandurah and the couple was offered the event.
McManus said he was delighted to be involved.
“I love being part of the Mandurah scene,’’ he said.
Yorkshire-born McManus has been in Mandurah for 12 years and has run the café for three.
Previously, he was at Café Mocha and Pronto’s and chef at the Hyundai Stadium for three and a half years.
He still works there three nights a week “dishing up pub grub” on top of his six days at the café.
The father of two is also keen to get into outside catering at homes, function centres and retirement homes.
McManus also runs a unique pay it forward-type scheme from his café.
He serves what he calls suspended coffees in which customers pay for a second coffee or simply donate money which is tallied on a wall chart.
He can then provide a coffee or food for a homeless person.
The high tea is on Saturday, March 19 from 11.15am to 12.30pm.
Tickets cost $50 and can be booked on the Crab Fest high tea website.