Introducing Baklava Couture
Katerina Georgallas is the owner of Baklava Couture, a company that “steps outside the pastry box,” aiming to create a baklava that is truly unique compared to what you may have tried before. These creations are made to order, and what’s more – you can have them shipped to anywhere in the US. We are very excited she was able to talk about his business with us.
Carla David Design: How did you get inspired to start your own company?
Katerina Georgallas: The summer I was laid off, my father and I were talking about Greek desserts and how they always taste the same in the same syrup. I was playing around with garden herbs (rosemary and lavender) to infuse a family recipe syrup to try on baklava. Friends and family really enjoyed the new concept, and I it built on from there.
CDD: What are some exciting or unique details about your products and services?
KG: Before selling at local farmers markets, I was already intrigued with supporting small, local businesses. The markets opened up opportunities for me to meet my beekeeper who I source all my honey from that goes into the syrup. Today, we use a combination of local and small family farmers for olive oil (instead of butter), pistachios, hazelnuts, and depending on the season, produce farmers for cherries, berries, pumpkin and other seasonal baklava flavors.
CDD: What makes you happiest about what you do?
KG: I love sharing my creativity with others. Seeing their excitement is what circles back to motivating me on new flavors and concepts. I have always wanted to be my own boss, so this opportunity has really fulfilled a personal endeavor for me.
CDD: What is your favorite baklava creation?
KG: Hmm…I would have to go with our Smoked Salt and Basil or our Pistachio Lemon.
CDD: How does baklava resonate with your culture?
KG: I grew up with the Greek variety of baklava, Walnut Cinnamon, so working on a concept to stray away from the traditional has been eventful. The more I grow with Baklava Couture, the more I am intrigued to go further into the roots of baklava and offer more traditional varieties from all over the baklava world.