We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadia Deljou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadia, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most influential and important decision I made, was choosing to move back to Atlanta. It’s a city I love deeply and experienced much of myself in. Coming back after 3 years in New York, I really came to understand and appreciate it in a different light. For me, community and family is above all else. I grew up in a very culturally rich family where community support and involvement runs deep. Choosing to pursue myself, both in a career sense and personal sense couldn’t have been as successful as it’s been without having the support, engagement, and encouragement of my community.
What should our readers know about your business?
I created Delle, a community that engages in the greater context of cuisine and culture as a way to help elevate peoples’ relationship to the arts. Be it food, music, or culture. I envisioned creating a platform that merged my various interests and interacted with people in a refreshing and inspiration way. We curate and host ticketed events, or pop-up dinners, where we take guests through an immersive dining experience elevated by music pairings. We also host interactive cuisine-based cooking classes, and recently launched our online community. There we give members 24/7 updated access to cooking demos, music reviews, curated playlists, introduction to spices and how to use them, recipes, cooking tips like what tools to use etc. It’s a way to give members hands on tools to elevate their at home cooking and keep them, engaged and inspired. I often have to remind myself that working for myself is not only a privilege but a choice. I put a lot of energy and emotion into what I do, because it’s a part of who I am. I hold a lot of gratitude for how receptive people have been to Delle. With that, I feel really seen and really honest with who I am and what I’m doing. However with that, you must also embrace the vulnerability of being seen and learning to not personalize everything. Its been a really great opportunity to hone in on my self-wroth and how that comes from your own internal sense of value and love. I’m learning to juggle various responsibilities, hold myself accountable, while also remembering to give myself some grace with the process. I often say food is so much more than food. It really goes beyond what’s on a plate. I’m continuously fascinated by the commonalties between cultures and the cross-overs of cuisine. How food ties us to home, to tradition, but also paves way for the new.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s say its Fall in Atlanta, because truthfully that’s the best season here in GA. I would fill our week with lots of outings at restaurants, like dinner at Banshee. That’s probably the most tasteful spot to dine out in Atlanta, without cleaning out your wallet. The food is exciting, consistent, super unctuous. And the atmosphere feels like a dim-lit bistro in New York. After dinner, we’d walk across the street to Argosy for some seasonal beers, and a really lax yet lively atmosphere. The next day I would take my friend to the beltline, near O4W and Renoldstown for a bike and a stroll through all the incredible places along the route! My favorite place for a coffee in that area is Dairies- they’ve got superb pastries and a delicious lavender oat late. Depending on our mood, we’d check out Miller Union, Staplehouse, or Le Colonial for a beautiful evening. Some other places we’d hit are Three Taverns for really good beer on tap, Brash in Buckhead for a morning coffee and croissant, hiking at Indian Trails, more pastries at White Windmill on Buford Highway. My favorite spot to walk around, hangout or enjoy a really hardy Southern lunch is Westside Provisions District. It’s one of my favorite places to eat, notably at JCT Kitchen, grab a snack from a bar in that area, or just enjoy some ice cream and that gorgeous Autumn view. At some point, we’d check out a show either at Aisle 5 or Terminal West, and swing through Deljou Art Group off Howell Mill for some luxurious fine art. viewing. I would definitely cook a multi-course meal for my guest – that’s easily my favorite way to host visitors. Atlanta is growing and ever-evolving, and I’m excited to continue growing with it!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been so many people involved in my story. I am who I am because of the unconditional support and love from my family and close friends. Without them, I would be in a very different place in life. If I were to shoutout just one however, it would be my dad. My dad is both an entrepreneur and artist – he’s the most giving and the most creative person I’ve ever known. My dad is such a visionary person. His creativity is unparalleled and the way he balances such an emotionally driven gift with reason and logic is admirable. My dad understands the creative flow and how passion drives such an energy. He’s given me both emotional and structural support to explore my own creativity and has shown me the value in relationship building. Kamy knows everyone and then some. He makes people feel so important and really gives all his time and attention to those he comes across. He’s taught me the value in networking and how having people around is vital and important to both our emotional, professional, and mental health.
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