Elysian Foods was established in 2000 by Basil and Martha Yiannoutsous, working out of their well-known Deli in Miramar. Due to the high demand for Basil’s Taramasalata, he began making it in larger batches and distributing it to supermarkets and delis around the country. The Elysian range of handcrafted products now includes Taramasalata, Elaiasalata, Tzatziki and Marinated Olives.
In 2017 Basil and Martha sold the business to the new owner, Toby Green. Elysian Foods moved up the road (Park Road in Miramar, that is) into a bigger space with a brand new production kitchen and warehouse.
What's in the name?
Elysium, also known as the Elysian Fields, comes from Greek mythology. The Elysian Fields were the paradise to which heroes, on whom the gods had conferred immortality, were sent.
In Homer’s writings, the Elysian Fields were a land of perfect happiness at the end of the Earth, on the banks of the Oceanus.
Aeneas in the Elysian Fields c.1735-40. Sebastiano Conca Italian, 1680-1764