Bond Street Eats was born out of a passion for the simplicity and deliciousness of good quality, wholesome food that celebrates vegetables and plants.
After living in Dubai for four years and spending three months in South India studying yoga Elaine Young, the founder of Bond Street Eats, returned to Brisbane fired up and inspired to share some of the delicious food she had learned to make during her travels. “I hope to not only make nourishing, plant-based food more accessible, but to create food that is so delicious that everyone is inspired to eat more plants.” Says Elaine.
For many years Elaine has been learning to cook for herself as a vegetarian: “I’m a self-taught cook. The food is simple, nourishing, everyday stuff I cook at home made from whole, natural ingredients, but it’s packed full of flavour. It’s basically all the delicious salads and vegetables most people wish they had the time to make.”
Bond Street Eats is still in its infancy, with Elaine having started the initial business’ set up mid 2018 and serving at the Brisbane City Markets from the end of October the same year. It felt like a slow process to begin with between waiting for council licenses and market applications, but it was worth it. Within six weeks of selling at the markets Elaine’s sales doubled, the feedback she has received has been amazing, and customers are returning each week with friends in tow.
Elaine’s biggest challenge at the moment is the transportation of her super fresh food, as well as ensuring she has the time and labour required to make enough food to keep up with the demand.
Initially, Elaine’s intent for Bond St Eats was to just sell at 1-2 markets per week. But with the amount of work that is required for each market Elaine is now realising that there needs to be other avenues through which she can get her food out there.
Elaine’s dream is for her food to be sold from her own café, which would be attached to a yoga studio. Ultimately though, Elaine would like to see more and more people eating the type of delicious, nourishing, plant-based food that Bond St Eats serves. For this to happen, Elaine envisions having multiple outlets around the city (and even further out in suburbs) which are more take-away in style; places where people can come and fill up their reusable containers for their gatherings, or stock up for their lunch/dinner for the week.
Elaine chose Wandering Cooks as the place to start her business because as soon as Ange showed her around and explained the concept Elaine knew my her values and the direction she wanted to steer her business would fit in perfectly. Initially it was the emphasis on sustainability and the solid practices in place that attracted her but the more time Elaine has spent there, the more she has come to appreciate the community and culture of like minded people, all supporting each other; not only within the staff and customers of the kitchens but extending to guests, suppliers, farmers, producers, business owners, previous customers…..it really is amazing!
Damn tasty salads, curries and soups made by a true legend.