Eatery, markets and events: A taste of Spain on Coast
FROM weaving magic with words, to tickling taste buds at her Spanish-themed eatery, the journey for Kingscliff’s Kylie Mitchell-Smith has been a long and varied one.
Mrs Mitchell-Smith began her career co-ordinating events at the Royal Albert Hall in London before becoming a voice-over artist and business development officer on her return to Australia.
But it is her love of travel that is the inspiration behind her latest venture, food catering company The Spanish, an offshoot of her Palm Beach eatery Pablo Pablo. The Spanish started off as a permanent fixture at Miami’s Marketta street food stalls every weekend, before expanding into catering for weddings, festivals and parties.
What inspired you to open your own business? My love of Spain and culture. My business partner Leeroy has the hospitality experience, together with my PR/marketing its a good team. We worked together at Babalou Kingscliff before Pablo.
What do you most enjoy about operating your own business? Creating new menus, ideas and popping up at people’s fiesta to feed them. The Latin way is all about family, food, fun.
What’s the biggest challenge in operating a business in Tweed? Still being regional we don’t have the city business infrastructure to be busy all the time, so we constantly reinvent ourselves to keep up with the market. But the area is growing rapidly with lots of choice and is slowly being branded as a leading food destination.
What’s the biggest advantage in operating a business in Tweed? The local produce is second to none. I like the relaxed beach lifestyle. It means most people are happy, chilled out for a good time.
What are your future plans for the business? We want to expand The Spanish to pop up more paella tents – we do two street food markettas a week in Miami, generally a function each week and Pablo Pablo our Latin eatery. We would like to pop up at more weddings, they are fun!