Elliotts Fine Foods

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Introducing the Elliott's




Well welcome to our first Blog post, slightly scary, but kind of fun too!  I apologise now for the fact that I am not a writer, and you will most probably find spelling and gramma errors, but you will all have to overlook those and just take me as I am!

So I guess the first thing to do is introduce you to the Elliott's.  Our team consists of three, Pat, the husband, dad, talented chef, surfer, the level-headed one, then me, Rachelle, wife, mumma, sometimes chef, function co-ordinator, fiery stress head, and lastly the little guy, Finn, almost 2.5 year old, non-stop toddler, fussiest eater ever, and the most gorgeous little thing I have ever met. We are a team, and a strong team.

Pat and I were together 10 years before we got married, and on our amazing honeymoon in the Cook Islands, a vague idea for Elliotts Fine Foods was formed.  We wanted to start a family and knew the days of me working full time as a Head Chef was coming to an end.  So the thought was to start a stall at Eumundi Markets and see where it headed. All at the same time, things started happening.  The restaurant I was working for was sold, I was 3 months pregnant (suffering horrid all day sickness) and had got a space at the markets. We coasted along, Pat working fulltime as Head Chef at a local restaurant, and me doing the markets and other bits and pieces that came up. In February 2011 we welcomed Finn Harrison Elliott to our little family, and that my friends is when the real fun began!

While Finn was THE BEST thing to ever happen, it was also the hardest, as a lot of parents will say. He is lucky he was so damn cute, because there was not a lot of sleeping, and a lot of crying, for quite awhile! It took us almost 7 months to get his reflux under control, and once this happened he was like a completely different baby.  The other big change for us was when Finn was 2 weeks old, Pat was told that his work would be closing, a slightly stressful time!

But that lovely people is how the catering side of Elliotts Fine Foods was born, which is now just over 2 years old.  And the first year is a complete blur to me! But two things I do remember are the function meetings in the early days, which involved a small baby tagging along, and me hoping like hell he would be perfectly behaved, and also the first ever wedding we did.

Now that wedding, while it was still one of the most perfect weddings we have done, I have NEVER worked so hard in all my life! We went in with sparkly eyes and naive minds, came out the other side, shattered, and physically sore, but so satisfied at what we achieved. And to this date, it is still the most guests we have catered for, food and beverage, canapés, entrée, mains and dessert. The wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to the amazing people that helped us make it happen. While the lead up, and the day it's self were huge, it was the clean up that almost did me in! I vividly remember sitting on our work kitchen floor, leaning up against the wall, surrounded by wine glasses, beer glasses, champagne glasses .... so many frickin glasses. I will never ever forget how many glasses a wedding party of 150 people use, and how long it takes to wash them. We were so thankful that Pat's mum was staying with us for a holiday, Finn was having the time of his life with his Nana Lee, while his mum and dad were contemplating failing asleep on the dirty kitchen floor.

But that was the day for me that I realised, we really are an amazing team, we did a fantastic job, BUT I learnt so much, there were things we would have to rethink, and things we would never do again, namely washing that many glasses again ... for free.

So a lot has happened in our lives in the last 2 years, and that is really what this blog is about.  To introduce us, to give an insight into the world of catering, weddings and other functions, to share recipes and other bits and pieces.

I hope you enjoy, and I don't bore you to much!

Thanks letting me be part of your day :)


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