Good fellas to know in the food business

FOR Raymond Vonder, Joel Young and their Good Food Fellas catering and food truck service, providing an alternative option for Sunshine Coast locals is always an attractive prospect.

The duo's idea for the business, which they describe on their Facebook page as "a mission to bring delicious wholesome food to the good people of the Sunshine Coast and beyond”, came about while they worked in Western Australia's mines about three years ago.

Aside from making regular appearances at markets in Caloundra, Marcoola and Noosa Junction, the pair also provide regular catering services at weddings and social events, an area in which their recent popularity has prevented them from maintaining a consistent market presence.

Mr Vonder, 42, said they are planning to return to the Marcoola and Caloundra Twilight scene in early 2018, along with coordinating the Food Truck Rollup at the Mooloolaba Bowls Club laast Sunday and again on January and 21.

"It's actually a bit strange to be organising this sort of event,” he said.

"Food truck events are really popular in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and the Gold Coast council is really supportive of the food truck culture.

"The council in this area doesn't give us a lot of support and the organisation of these events is pretty much left to us.

"We've taken responsibility for it and it's been taking off really well with people around here since we've started doing it.

"It's good to be able to provide an alternative option for people looking for something different on the Sunshine Coast, and to see this culture get such a great response.”

The Good Food Fellas offer a staple range of loaded fries, loaded salads and rolls but their selections of meats are subject to change on a weekly basis.

Varieties range from smoked brisket and lamb curry to smoked pulled pork, beef curry and buttermilk fried chicken, all of which are worked in to the consistent options available on the menu.

The duo are also the only food truck on the Coast, and possibly in Queensland, to offer Bunny Chow - a dish sourced from Mr Vonder's roots in South Africa.

He said their free-flowing approach to updating their menu contributed to the decision to name the business after the classic mob film directed by Martin Scorsese.

"We like to change our menu almost constantly and we cook what we want to cook,” he said.

"We think that's pretty gangster, which ties in with the movie and gave us the idea to run with that name.

"We added 'food' in between and there it was.

"The 'fellas' part also adds an Aussie element.

"We noticed people saying 'Thanks fellas' and things like that, which was another reason why the name suited.”


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