Celebrating Our 40th Year

You could say we were a ‘little’ excited when the new year clocked over to 2016! This year we have been proud to celebrate 40 years and 3 generations working in and serving the local 3121 community with European and Australian produce.

Plans went into place early on to help us decide how to best to celebrate, (whilst acknowledging and thanking Jon’s parents for) 40 years in the business, with family, some loyal customers and our dedicated Laikon Team.

How best to do this? What would showcase Laikon and what we love? Well, you just can’t go past cheese (& wine). Simple. However, it could not be just any sit down, stuffed shirt dinner affair (as much as we love our bowties!!!). Luckily for us we knew the perfect person to assist us in pulling off an extravagant, delightful, entertaining and engaging night.

Enter Raph from A Cheese and Wine Affair. Raph devised a four course degustation, pairing four cheeses, located from four different regions of France, with impeccably matched wines from the same regions.

All that was left for us to decide upon was, what we were going to say, and where. 

We are all about shopping local, we talk local, we know locals, we are locals, so it seemed a little more than obvious that we should find a venue that was, local.

The perfect spot was over at Glasshaus Inside; a warehouse space, abundantly filled, floor to roof, with leafy green flora, lit by wonderfully bulbous incandescent lights, an utterly luscious backdrop to our event. 

On the night, with our speeches and acknowledgments presented, Raph standing with cow bell in hand, set us forth on a journey.

Beginning in Normandie, we compared the pungent taste of camembert and delighted as the flavour developed, richly, when the Apple Cider Brut was introduced. 

Moving down towards Loire Valley we were served a delightful and delicate Picandou – Chèvre. As the knife discovered the perfect ooze we savoured the wonderful match with it’s night partner the Sancerre, (our new favourite wine!). 

Across the lands we found ourselves tasting the the delights of Jura and Rhone Valley. A 15 month aged Comte (one we adore melting on our sandwiches in store) made a wonderful match with a GSM of the Cotes du Rhone. One we enjoyed immensely even for the french version of aussie sliced cheese (couldn’t imagine pairing wine with the Coon/Bega slice of our younger years). 

Lastly, the event closed with a cheese, I am sure, many were challenged to attempt, the Languedoc Roussillon Roquefort – Raph was patient and with the help of the Maury Granche Fortified Wine (also from Roussillon), assisted those tentative souls, with a little bit of ‘dutch’ courage.

In between cheese courses, we delighted in hearing tables meet, discover and discuss their favourite cheese pairings as well as discussing shared local interests and connecting with others from the area. Never has the hashtag #shoplocal been more relevant, shopping local connects and sustains communities as well as the businesses within them and we are nothing without these people.

Spending a delightful night with our loyal staff and customers reminded us what a special place Laikon Deli is and we could’t be more proud of the previous generations providing us with such a wonderful business to develop upon. We hope to see 40 more years in Richmond, which bring as much joy and beauty as our celebration embodied that night.






This is our 40th year serving the Richmond community. Three generations in and we couldn’t have achieved this without the support of our local community. Richmond has seen a wide variety of changes over these 40 years and with that it only makes us acknowledge how lucky we are to still have such loyal support from the families of 40 years ago and the new allegiance of Richmonites beginning their lives here. 

We began with Jon’s late grandfather (and namesake) John who opened his business as a butcher and deli. Serving the local greek and english speaking community who had settled into the Richmond area they themselves lived in. Family was key back then with family working hard to supply the locals with quality meat and deli produce. When John decided to move along Jon’s parents Michael and Kathy bought themselves into the business moving away from the butcher aspect and focusing more on the European produce. Their eldest children Peter and Lana helped out in the family business throughout their parents years at the shop whenever they could. In the early years, Jon could be found behind a child gate gaining attention from waiting customers insiting they pass him his dummy if it was just out of his reach. Finally today we continue keeping this business in the family, with Jon (getting out from behind the barriers of that gate and) taking the reins. We strive to find new and interesting ways to meet the growing and ever changing expectations and needs of our local community, while still focusing on supplying quality European and Australian produce. Who knows in the next 20 years you may find our nieces or daughters serving you behind the counter with their own original flare! 

Our family is forever grateful for the local communities continued support over the past 40 years and we look forward to building our relationship with our customers, the cornerstone of our family business.