Raw deal delivers healthy appetites

Gerald Short and Susanna Stavenhagen-Short with one of their delicious cakes at It's Rawsome Cafe on Petrie Creek Rd, Rosemount.
Gerald Short and Susanna Stavenhagen-Short with one of their delicious cakes at It's Rawsome Cafe on Petrie Creek Rd, Rosemount. Nicholas Falconer

BEAUTIFUL colours, shapes and textures run from the walls and land on the plates as an inventive duo combines their artistic passions.

Gerald Short and Susanna Stavenhagen-Short united her love of art with their love of raw foods by creating It's Rawsome Cafe and The Dancing Cashew Gallery.

The walls of the Rosemount business are filled with German-born Susanna's paintings and the plates are served with creative, colourful and local raw ingredients.

"As far as I can think back in my life, I always had a passion for art and food," Susanna said.

"In my life, they complement each other.

"I wanted to do something where food and art go very much together."

As a professional artist in San Francisco, Susanna knew all to well how tricky it was to start a new professional base abroad.

So when the opportunity arose to combine art with food at a cafe, the couple jumped at the chance.

"I am an artist so everything that I do, I put that part inside of that," Susanna said.

Gerald admired his wife's ability to create artworks out of everything she touched, even the gardening.

"She layers and colours her food to the extreme," Gerald said about Susanna's food-art.

As important as making food specialities and showcasing her art collection are, Gerald and Susanna thrive on opening up Sunshine Coast palates and perceptions.

The couple has spent most of their lives adhering to a vegan-inspired diet, encouraging people to discover raw possibilities and fight illnesses using food.

After curing herself of thyroid problems and helping friends conquer cancers by changing to healthy diets, the two are true believers in something Hippocrates once said: "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food".

"I have cured myself from all kinds of ailments and I have always done it with food," Susanna said.

"We have tried out everything (with diets) in our lives."

Gerald and Susanna were well aware of the challenge of influencing the views of the everyday meat-eaters but they have at least conquered the first hurdle: making raw fruit and vegetable dishes look great.

In the end, however, the individual will make up their own mind about vegan food.

"We hear so many stories about people and food, how they have come to enjoy this (raw) food," Susanna said.

"Everybody has their own path and they have to do what is right for them."



Fresh greens are a must-have

Buy fresh and crisp produce

Look for organic goods

Try making fresh dressings - they're basic

Drink lots of water

Don't be afraid to try something different

Talk to your local grocer

Substitute canned and packaged goods for fresh

Check ingredients on products

Educate yourself - lots of information is out there.



522 Petrie Creek Rd


Phone: 5641 1800

The cafe is 100% vegan.

The mousse-style cakes are all dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. The cafe has an a la carte lunch menu and country-themed fixed evening menus for Friday and Saturday nights by reservation only.

Topics:  art art gallery healthy eating restaurant rosemount

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Lower clinch consecutive Cotten Shields

Lower Clarence claimed its third consecutive Cotten Shield trophy after defeating Clarence River.

In-form captain Ben McMahon and Mark Ensbey prove unstoppable.

Skip bin catches alight

MAKING SURE: Rural Fire Service members from Ulmarra and Gulmarrad drench the skip bin to ensure it does not re-ignite.

Skip bin catches alight

Singer on path to stardom

VOCAL SKILLS: Year 12 student Alyssa Castle is well on her way to a promising singing career.

Student sets her sights high

Local Partners

premium_icon Cotton Vale duo charged after grandson accidentally shot

A FATHER and grandfather have been charged over the accidental shooting of a five-year-old boy at a property west of Brisbane last month

Join Ivory Crush protest against elephant products

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL: Sharon Pincott, pictured with Willa, says the world's largest land mammal is in trouble.

Conservationists are heading to Australia's first Ivory Crush

Skoda Superb wagon is spacious and nimble — the anti-SUV

Skoda Superb Wagon 162TSI.

Why drag an extra half a tonne of useless, expensive metal around?

5 words you are using incorrectly

VOCABULARY: This do would never homework where the word icon was incorrectly used.

How to avoid sounding like a teenager, even if you are one

To the stranger who Photoshopped my picture

This is what mum and I actually look like, imperfections and all. Photo: Supplied.

A stranger Photoshopped my pictures and shared them on Instagram

Don't delay: this test could save your life

LIFE-SAVING: Rob Patch is on a mission to convince people to have their sleep apnoea checked in order to prevent an early death.

"The doctors said I had come there to die.”

Cricket's Merv Hughes can’t stomach drink and drug-drivers

AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Merv Hughes of Australia prepares to bowl on December 26, 1990 in Australia. (Photo by Getty Images)

former Australian cricketer’s first car was an HT Holden wagon.