Jessica Sissons grew up on a dairy farm where free-range was a way of life rather than a label on a supermarket shelf. With this innate knowledge of quality and the importance of the humane rearing of animals for human consumption she has opened Bezela on Elgin Street in Carlton (directly opposite La Latteria) with business partner Tim Merrett.
Bezela is a deli focusing completely on free-range produce. The space, simply finished with white walls and furnished with wooden shelves and tables that carry biscuits, crackers and anchovies among other premium products also has a fridge cabinet holding cheeses, proscuittos and hams from ethically raised pigs, as well as dips and sauces “made by an old Greek lady I know”, Sissons says with a smile.
She has ciabatta rolls for lunch filled with your choice of antipasti and hot dishes that are also sold in the freezer to take home. Her eggs, free-range naturally, are from Kangaroo Island, and sit in a wooden box to be picked by the customer from the pile of straw on which they sit. A lovely personal touch.
And the name? Bezela was the name of Sisson’s pet cow. The calf was left without a mother when she was born and Sissons took care of her.
Sisson’s has previously worked at King & Godfree and La Parisiennes Pates, so you know you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands at Bezela.
105 Elgin Street, Carlton
(03) 9347 9393