Fresh, ultra-local food at Cafe Terra in Eastend.
It was many years ago that I stood on a dramatic Eastend hillside and watched Stephen Girard expertly delineate the clay he would pull from the soil and transform into some of Saskatchewan’s most fascinating pottery. The ingenuity to take the rawest resources and work them into fine things has been the hallmark of Whitemud Clay Studio where Stephen and partner Shon Profit have built a reputation for their creations.
Taking things from raw to rarified also characterizes the newest addition to the Whitemud studio, an ambitious restaurant attached to it called Café Terra.
“I’m trying to express myself through food,” says Profit, noting just one of the interests that led her to undertake a challenging renovation to their studio’s gallery, porch and office to make way for the café. “We’ve met so many people just because we invited them spontaneously to our home for dinner. It was always unplanned and you just used what you had on hand to be creative and feed people.”
Girard’s long-time desire to operate a coffee shop is also woven into the motivation for the new enterprise. “He bought a commercial coffee roaster and started working with that quite a while ago,” Profit says.
Profit grows food for the café in her garden and works in the kitchen with her daughter-in-law Sam, who is a cake sculptor and makes all the sweets. Girard takes time from his pottery experimentations to serve guests. It’s a place where Profit is very likely to move through the dining area to the garden to get just the right bouquet of herbs for a lunch that has just been ordered.
Two intentions shape Café Terra. The first is to bring guests as close as possible to the source of food. This includes, of course, vegetables from the garden outside, wild fruit from the local area, and meat, dairy and other ingredients from farmers as close as possible to Eastend.
“We want,” says Profit succinctly, “to put people in touch with their food.”