Bird Noosa

Second Serving of Bird

Image source: Photographer Megan Gill

When Bird Noosa opened in Noosa Junction, it proved a hit with holidaymakers and locals loving the homemade flavours, ease and freshness of the food. Deb Caruso discovers another Bird is in the making.

Bird is the word when it comes to fuss-free catering and delicious free range rotisserie chicken. Since opening in Noosa Junction less than two years ago, Chrissie and Peter Degotardi’s passion project has built a strong following with foodies looking for delicious and easy meals, catering and more. 

The couple originally moved to Noosa in 2015 opening the men’s boutique Orlebar Brown in Hastings Street. After successfully building up that business and transitioning it back to the brand’s head office, Chrissy returned to her original career in the food industry, identifying a need for good-quality charcoal chicken that was free range. 

Bird’s bespoke flavour comes from a homemade spice mix and mangrove and ironbark charcoal with the right amount of heat and smoke to ensure the Elgin Valley chickens are cooked to perfection. 

Add roast potatoes basted in the juices from the chickens rotating above, delicious homemade gravy, smoked butter and baguettes and you have a nutritious and delicious meal to enjoy while on holidays or after a hard day’s work.

Bird has built a reputation for its fresh salads that use local ingredients and includes the likes of Noosa Reds tomatoes and greens; Potato Salad; Pumpkin and Kale; or Bird Caesar Salad 

“Our coleslaw with lime dressing has built a cult following,” Chrissie said. 

“All the salads are made fresh daily and change regularly.”

The butter is smoked in-house; finger sandwiches with chicken, celery and chive mayonnaise have become a firm favourite and the team have recently started baking their own traditional French sourdough baguettes and are planning to spread their wings with an additional store opening in the heart of Noosa’s tourist district.

The new outlet will see Peter and Chrissie return to Hastings Street with a kiosk-style shop offering all the Bird favourites including Bird’s famous free range rotisserie chicken, smoked butter, baguettes and fresh salads.

“Roast chicken and fresh salads are a perfect summertime meal and go hand-in-hand with sitting on your balcony overlooking the beach – it’s fresh, easy and delicious,” Chrissie said. 

“We’ll be cooking twice a day for Hastings Street and delivering food fresh out of the oven and kitchen. 

“It makes sense to offer our simple, wholesome and nutritious meal options to the tourists and holidaymakers.”

Keep an eye out for Bird, hatching on Hastings Street in time for Christmas. 

About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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