After 20 years away, Cara Oloman has returned to the Lithgow region to open a cafe in Portland with what she hopes are Australia's best pies.
Luscious Lucy Plump 'mmm' Juicy opened for service on Tuesday, February 12 to a wave of customers.
"The area is really important to me because my dad was from here and he just loved the place, he worked at 2LT and mum was on Council and they worked together to do stuff for the town," she said.
Cara's parents have passed away, but she has enjoyed getting to talk about them to those who knew them.
"I feel like I am feeding my family, this is home to me," she said.
Cara previously owned and ran a Lucy store and, in 2011, her pies were voted the best pies in Australia by ABC Radio.
"I sold a few hundred thousand pies, but then I closed that and moved here," she said.
Cara's mother and nan were the ones who taught her to cook.
"It was just their way of cooking, my nan had a truck stop and use to feed the truckers in the 50's and 60's so that's where my awesome flavours came from," she said.
"None of meat is processed, it all comes from Williams Butchery."
According to Cara, the biggest selling pie is the creamy cheesy garlic chicken, with people coming back for more.
Cara and her husband worked together to get the place open for business, doing a new paint job and doing it up with what they had.
"With a bit of elbow grease and a vision and very little money spent, it can be done if you dream it," she said.
With a dad in advertising, creating jingles such as the 1985 Dawson's television ad, Cara wanted a jingle that would be remembered for her business.
"I had a dream one night and this is what came to me 'Luscious Lucy Plump 'mmm' Juicy for a full belly pie or a devilish dish she will grant your every wish' and it just stuck," she said.
Her daughter created the logo to incorporate both her daughters and herself in the design but that has led to backlash from some women.
"Someone said 'I hate your name, I hate your logo, you're sexist and demeaning to women', but the support generally outweighs the negativity," she said.
"It is disheartening to get comments saying I am a sexist person or I'm taking advantage of women, that has really hurt me cause I'm not and that's really hurtful."
Despite some negativity Cara is moving forward and said residents should visit for the pies and the fun.
"This is an awesome place for the kids to hang out, and I don't care if they're loud and funny, we have lots of love to share," she said.
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