Karina Parry, Co-Owner of Love Bites
Everyone, please welcome Karina Parry, co-owner and kitchen guru from Love Bites Bondi to #shemakesnice. If we could spend every Saturday at the Bondi Farmers Markets eating Love Bites Bondi, we would. Their food is not only beautiful to look at, it also makes you feel amazing because it's local, ethically and sustainably produced, and done so with ultimate flavour in mind. We're so excited to have them as one of our sponsors - just wait until you eat their food!
Hi Karina, what do you do?
Alex (Lawson) and I own and run a small whole foods based catering business called Love Bites Bondi.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Give it a shot and give it everything you’ve got.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
Moving to Australia, having children, and setting up our own business (and my brother moving here with his wife and future LBB co-founder Alex and daughter Chloe).
What is your dream project?
Too many dream projects to pick just one... But currently fixated on pulling together a shoot with Luisa Brimble, Lisa Cooper and Claire Dickson Smith – to create a dark and decadent grazing table.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Lots! We’re about to launch our breakfast pots into grocery. Bondi Bircher – a vegan bircher style muesli with overnight oats, chia and seasonal fruit – that you’ll be able to buy outside of Bondi Markets come August this year.
If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?
Jess Scully. She always seems to be at the forefront of (Australian) creativity and generating noise around it in a way that makes it palatable for the mainstream. A hard line to dance.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
BREATHE, LOVE, LAUGH, BE KIND + BE GRATEFUL (FROM MY YOGA TEACHER).
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
Yes, very much so. I found moving to another country made me much more appreciative of female friendships and more trusting of women in a broader work sense. Having children also brings with it a huge sense of respect for womenkind.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
We're still pretty new to the industry, but overall we'd like to see a greater change in people's attitudes towards healthy eating. Our commitment is to provide beautiful, nourishing food that looks great as well as ticking all the healthy eating boxes – locally sourced produce, seasonal foods and flowers, low sodium, wheat, sugar, no preservatives, meat and fish from ethical sources. In this day and age, there's no excuse for prepping food that doesn't deliver on all counts. There's more and more awareness, but still a long way to go.
How can we find out more about your work?
Website – lovebitesbondi.com
Instagram – @lovebitesbondi #lovebitesbondi
Facebook – /lovebitesbondi