Pawa Catering is bringing Indigenous Native produce front and centre to the Melbourne food scene

Pawa Catering (Pawa) was founded by Gundijtmara woman Niyoka Bundle (image right), and her husband, Manx man, head chef Vincent Manning, who provide inventive, flavourful, nutritional dishes that highlight the value of Indigenous food. 

Pawa means ‘to cook’ in the Gundijtmara language. Operating in Naarm (Melbourne), Pawa is working to fuse European favourite dishes with ethically sourced Indigenous ingredients to create a unique, exciting fusion and experience for everyone to enjoy

Pawa specialises in event food catering, whether your event needs morning tea, afternoon snacks or hot lunches, Pawa has you covered. Pawa creates Indigenous fusion dishes range from finger food and vibrant salads to pastries and colourful canapes, all featuring a variety of delectable native ingredients.

Good Food that Does Good

But at Pawa, they go beyond the menu. They aim to provide delicious food that makes a difference – this means supporting native produce suppliers, provide regular employment for Indigenous waitstaff and reduce our environmental impact through biodegradable packaging and limited deliveries. Pawa aims to source the best produce; their menu will feature a wide variety of seasonal ingredients sourced from local Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses in Victoria. Pawa’s native food supply source incorporates a strong partnership of Indigenous farmers, foragers and wild harvesters throughout the country. 

Looking Forward

Pawa’s next stage of their business growth is to open a café located in Melbourne Art Centre, next to Yarra River. The Pawa team will also incorporate their sister business, Taka Gin into the café’s food and drink offerings.

First Australians Capital is proud to support Pawa’s expansion and growth with capital investment. Pawa Café aims to launch in late September.