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Gina Oliver takes on new challenge with pop-up café Ginger and Olive in Bury St Edmunds



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A woman who developed a passion for cooking and nutrition as a result of numerous health problems is today opening a pop-up café in a Bury St Edmunds community space.

Gina Oliver, owner of Ginger and Olive, found her love of cooking in 2017 when her health rapidly declined and she required a pancreas transplant.

However, due to weight loss from her illness, she became too thin for the surgery, resulting in her kidneys failing.

Gina Oliver will be opening her nutritious café today.
Gina Oliver will be opening her nutritious café today.

To gain weight healthily, she started studying nutrition to degree level and learnt how to cater for a range of dietary requirements.

Despite still being ill, her temporary residency at the Market Cross until Christmas means the 28-year-old, who has lived in Bury since 2012, can follow her passion without the risks associated with a long-term lease.

“Everyone is always shocked when they hear my story but I wouldn’t be where I am without it,” she said.

Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.

In a case of ‘divine timing’, Gina found an advert for the café whilst scrolling through social media on the beach at her family’s holiday home in the south of France.

Before the temporary move, Gina cooked all the meals for her catering business from her home kitchen where she would cook for about 50 clients a week.

All the food sold in the café is made by Gina, whose friends will be helping to run the business during her stay.

Recently, Gina has cooked for a range of events including an immersive wedding-themed murder mystery evening at the Guildhall in August.

Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.

“Since starting the business I’ve been shocked at how busy it’s been but I couldn’t be happier,” said
Gina.

Between the second and third lockdown, she took a space at Boosh in the kitchen, to great success.

Though closed from 2015 to 2021, the Market Cross was renovated by James Stringer who rented out the space initially for creative groups and the performing arts and recently to a variety of community projects.

Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.

“The support I’ve received has been amazing, we haven’t even opened yet and people are already booking tables,” said Gina.

The café will offer eat-in and takeaway options, as well as the ready meals that Ginger and Olive has become known for.

Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.
Ginger and Olive offer a range of nutritious, healthy meals for a variety of dietary requirements.

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