Meet Lavrentis Konstantindis, Partner at All Greek
All Greek is a small family run independent food shop specialising in fine Greek food products. The store has been open for seven months and all products are hand selected from the best producers all around Greece.
Birmingham has got masses of potential! It has a rich cultural background but has not quite yet built the reputation of other cities in the foodie scene. In recent years a lot of effort has been put in by locals to boost the city’s foodie profile. As the city’s food scene grows, we have spotted an increased interest in fine Greek food and also a gap in that market. We’ve seen huge support from the locals over the past seven months, and we hope that their continuing support will help us grow and reciprocate to the community.
DESCRIBE THE INDEPENDENT SCENE IN THE CITY IN THREE WORDS:
Up and coming.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT IN STORE AT THE MOMENT?
I actually have three at the moment. Since the barbeque season kicked in we have consumed more sausages, and we particularly appreciate the wild boar sausages that we have in store. Another favourite is Erythrotyros, a cheese dipped in red wine, ideal for grilling or frying. And last but not least are Florina red peppers by the Naoumidis family. Organic peppers grown on the family’s own land – these are stuffed by hand with cheese or pickled cabbage, and marinated in vinegar and grape must – a great accompaniment for the barbecue.
DO YOU COLLABORATE WITH ANY OTHER INDEPENDENTS IN THE CITY?
Yes, we are teaming up with a company called 4023 (forty twenty three) to primarily promote genuine Greek food in Birmingham and the region.The chefs at 4023 have 20+ years of collective experience in cooking having worked alongside their parents in their popular restaurant in Greece. Our shared passion for food brought about our collaboration and will see the guys at 4023 taking the property next door to us and converting it into an eatery offering delicious food to eat in or take away. Together we will be able to offer our customers the gourmet eating and shopping experience at the Greek space that we are creating on Stephenson Street.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SUMMER IN THE CITY?
The food and farmers’ markets. I like buying my food from the market, and Birmingham has got many food markets selling specialist and fresh produce. With the good weather the whole market experience becomes more enjoyable.
WHAT’S COMING UP FOR ALL GREEK IN THE COMING MONTHS?
As people are getting to know us, we are getting requests for a few products that we currently don’t stock. Therefore, in the coming months, we are going to concentrate on increasing the variety of our products to accommodate the needs of our customers.