Damian and Vicky Parker started The English Pork Pie Company in 2008, knowing that the British expatriate community residing in the United States deserved an authentic pie that rose above the lackluster market attempts at British fare that predominated.
Both Damian and Vicky are extremely passionate and patriotic when it comes to British cuisine and wanted to alter the American perception of English food. Stateside, British cuisine has a less than stellar reputation, being labeled as bland, boring and uninspired. The English Pork Pie Company strives to change these negative stereotypes one baked pastry at a time.
It all started when Vicky first moved to America with her parents in 2000, but eventually went back to the UK to attend University where she met Damian. They both studied Accounting and Law while Damian’s free time was consumed by gamekeeping as he often went out on grouse shoots and deer stalking expeditions. This is what first introduced him to the world of butchery.
A family friend and skilled butcher took Damian under his wing in West Yorkshire and began to teach him the craft of artful pie making. The butcher also taught Damian the ins and outs of curing meat while sharing age old family recipes with him.
Upon graduating from University, Vicky went off to work at the main office of Morrisons Supermarket while Damian worked at Marshall’s as an accountant. The two were married in 2007, and decided that it was time for a change. So the newlyweds shipped off to the US with aspirations of founding a company that would bring delicious, authentic British food to the mouths of their fellow Expats and the American masses. But they did not depart England before scouring the country for every type, varietal and style of meat pie they could find. Needless to say, they did an extensive amount of research, which is why the menu at The English Pork Pie Company features the widest selection of traditional pork pies, cured meats and baked goods.
Damian and Vicky come from humble beginnings and have built The English Pork Pie Company into an internationally recognized brand as evidenced by their winning of the Best of British Shop in America award and the Best of British Shop in the World award in 2010.
They didn’t simply get lucky or stumble upon success however; they worked tirelessly. It all began in a tiny converted kitchen in a garage in Vermont. By saving every penny and reinvesting it into The EPPC, they steadily grew their business and were eventually able to purchase more and better equipment, which expanded their range and quality of products. They outgrew their quaint Vermont kitchen and relocated to an upstate New York bakery but quickly outgrew that space as well, which forced them into their first factory.
With business refusing to slow down, Vicky and Damian were forced to move again, this time into their very first plant, and current location, in Buffalo, New York. With a full scale factory, plenty of space and state-of-the-art equipment, they were finally able to supply the overwhelming demand for British pork pies in America. Their current factory also allows them space to work on producing new products like savoury and dessert pies.
The English Pork Pie Company goods can now be found all across the US in places like British speciality shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs as well as select supermarkets and delis. The EPPC has garnered so much attention and praise that they now supply some of Britain’s biggest celebrities with authentic pork pies, sausages and bacon as even Hollywood and pop superstars tend to get a little homesick.
So thanks for reading our story. The English Pork Pie Company will continue to fuel the entire British Expat community here in America with authentic, golden brown pork pies for years to come. We thank you for your continued support. Cheers!
5 ESSENTIALS OF THE ENGLISH PORK PIE COMPANY
1. Proper Filling
We fill all of our pies to the brim. There is never a need to go searching for a morsel of meat in our pies. The meat will most certainly find you.
2. British Ingredients
All dry ingredients used to make our products are imported from the United Kingdom.
3. Freshly Farmed Vegetables
The majority of produce used in our foods comes straight from local farms.
4. Put One In the Oven
The EPPC products are great as a cold snack, but to fully experience the majesty of one of our pies, try them hot from the oven.
5. No Artificial Additives, Colorings or Preservatives
We only use preservatives in our cured meats. Everything else is additive, artificial coloring and preservative free.