I’m really excited to introduce you to the beautiful owner of James Street’s Golosi Deli, Selena Quested. Selena is extremely passionate about food and sources only the best products for her European styled deli located in Burleigh Heads. Here she shares her journey to becoming a gourmet deli owner, her favourite cooking ingredients and her personal Gold Coast dining recommendations.
- Where are you from originally? I grew up in a rural area called Myocum (just outside Byron Bay). My parents instilled a love of fresh and healthy food in us at a young age. We never had take-away and ate together as a family every night. Food has always been a source of pleasure for our family.
- How did it all begin…your Golosi journey and why did you choose Burleigh Heads in particular? I’ve previously owned a shoe store and worked within the retail buying industry but my passion was always food. After years of traveling the world experiencing local foods and ingredients; a conversation with my best friend Gabriel Finardi gave birth to Golosi. We both grew up in the Northern Rivers of NSW and wanted to provide customers with quality ingredients from local Australian suppliers. It’s sad that so many fabulous small Australian producers are being forced out by big supermarket chains. We chose Burleigh because of the wonderful community feel. The locals have been really welcoming and supportive and I have had some truly touching moments in store.
- What has been the most challenging part of running Golosi? People find Golosi quite different to most delis as we wanted a European feel. The idea was to make walking into the store a sensory experience with dark comforting walls, exquisite smells and beautiful produce to feast your eyes on. We have often been described as “a warm welcoming hug” by people. Aside from offering quality local products, we have fresh market flowers delivered three times a week, beautiful locally baked pastries, and a large selection of Italian goodies (as I am madly in love with Italy).
- What are your personal favourite food products? I cannot resist a Buffalo mozzarella or fresh Burrata. It’s my weakness. Anything with truffle also excites me, as do artichokes! I’ve developed a serious crush on them after my past few trips to Rome. And I love Pepe Saya butter.
- What’s your regular comfort meal? A dish my Nanna used to make; spaghetti with butter, olive oil and Parmesan – no more, no less. Simplicity at its best. To this day it transports me back into my Nannas kitchen and I can feel her fussing over me. Pure love!
- What are your top Gold Coast recommendations? For a quick drink and chili taco after work I love to pop into Bin 12 in Burleigh Heads. My favourite restaurants are Little Truffle in Mermaid Beach and the Fish House, also in Burleigh Heads. In winter, I love to drive up the mountain to Clancy’s Irish Bar; there’s a gorgeous fireplace and the duck is divine.
- What’s your favourite wine? I love red wine. I don’t have a favourite. I am incredibly partial to a good French champagne and a single malt scotch (the more peat the better).
- What is your signature dish? Roast pork and sticky date pudding.
- What advice would yo give to others wanting to open up their own deli or store? The most challenging thing about Golosi is two fold. The days are long (most days we trade 6-6 for 7 days a week) and the store has a life of its own. Every single day is different. There is no one thing which is consistently our best seller and we seem to be constantly expanding into new areas. I’ve learnt to let go and not get attached to anything. My advice to others is to make sure that your heart is truly in your venture. Don’t jump in expecting business to be a breeze – it isn’t, but if you love what you do, it somehow makes it all worth while.
I have to agree with Selena, Golosi Food Emporium is definitely an experience. Perhaps its the freshly baked croissants and bread…the flowers or the French pear candles…one thing’s for sure you won’t leave this deli empty handed.
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Reprinted from http://goldcoastpost.com.au