What exactly is passion? ‘Merriam-Webster’ defines passion as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”. Inherent in this definition is the notion that passion is beyond measure. In other words, it is an emotion that possesses an infinite energy, an energy capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Unfortunately, passion is too often approached casually, with genuinely tangible examples of its existence proving to be few and far between. For those who call Brighton home – and for Melburnians, in general – passion in its unadulterated form may be experienced at 355 New Street. “Made here, made fresh, made well” is the motto of Lafayette Fine Foods. Since 1993, including 14 years at its previous Hampton Street location, the hallmark of fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and a passion for creating beautiful meals has culminated in a community-focused epicentre of all things nourishing and delicious. For over 27 years, owner Chef Susan McKay and her team have created premium ready-made meals that have been developed and devised with the discerning food lover in mind. Lafayette Fine Foods’ commitment to quality results from a straightforward love for food and the belief that everyone should eat well. Mind you, eating well never goes out of style, so it is with this intention that McKay fuels the fire which provides an array of well considered ready-made meals, as well as a meal-delivery service and finger food and function catering to the whole of Melbourne.

The Lafayette Fine Foods menu is created month to month, with different offerings available each day of the week. McKay’s popular recipes are globally inspired, with considerable South-East Asian and Mediterranean influences. For example, Tuesday dinner might include Malaysian curry puffs, lamb cutlets in a Panko crumb with rosemary and a cauliflower, pomegranate and pistachio salad. Come Friday, however, your table may be graced by slow-cooked beef brisket, Southern – as in, the American South – creamed corn with Cajun spices and/or a sausage and white bean cassoulet, a traditional French bistro staple. Daily favourites are teeming with assorted pies, sausage rolls, pasties, toasties, sandwiches, baguettes, soups, casseroles and curries. As Chef McKay likes to keep her local clientele on its toes, off-the-menu surprise dishes are often available. Inquiries regarding the unexpected are always welcome.

If one should choose to peruse the in-store atmosphere of Lafayette Fine Foods, one shall be warmly greeted by a robust selection of groceries, coffee, sweet treats, wine, gifts, fresh bread, pasta, pasta sauces and surprises around every corner – think free-range chicken liver paté. The dark box shelving and striking silver-and-red floral wallpaper will tickle your interior-decorating funny bone while encouraging your closet foodie to reveal itself once and for all. For, once the fever subsides, you realise that you are snuggly positioned inside a one-stop shop for small goods, finger food, sauces, homemade preserves, boutique gifts and homewares. It just might, lo and behold, occur to you, as well, that the swiftly approaching end of the year means one thing – Christmas requires consideration sooner rather than later. Fortunately for you, Lafayette shines during the holidays with one of the city’s best selections of festive foods. To this day, Chef McKay continues to personally hand-make all of the Christmas cakes and puddings, while her team creates a stunning array of festive fare. Lafayette Fine Foods’ hampers are synonymous with quality and sophistication, making them ideal for friends, family, colleagues and corporate gifts. Choose from the pampering and moreish Festive Treats Hamper, Gifts for Him, the Family Christmas Hamper, the Deluxe Christmas Hamper and the Christmas Indulgence Hamper. Of course, if customisation is your calling, bespoke hampers are also available. Visit Lafayette Fine Foods in Brighton. It is never too late to witness passion firsthand.    

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