The idea came to founders Laura Harker and James Mernagh over a bottle of beer. “We thought we’d give selling pork pies a go, seeing as savory pies don’t exist in Germany,” explains Laura in an article for the Esk Valley News. And so Pieoneers, as they call their company, was born.
Their first challenge was finding a kitchen that adhered to Germany’s strict food hygiene regulations. Das Gift—a small Scottish pub in Neukölln—provided a solution and a place to sell their wares. With all their paperwork in order, James and Laura began selling pies at the pub, at markets, and online.
Their second challenge was explaining the dish to Germans and other folks not familiar with the British classic. Young Germany asked James to explain the dish for our readers: Pies “…are a traditional snack in the British isles. They consist of a pastry casing filled with seasoned minced pork. Some contain jelly, but ours don’t. They can be eaten hot and cold and there are a lot of variations on the basic pie. Popular ones include; Pork and Apple, Pork and Stuffing and Gala Pies, which contain a hard boiled egg or two.”
Starting in November of 2013, the Pieoneers have been hosting a monthly Pie Sunday event at Das Gift when hungry fans can come by and sample their pies—from vegetarian pasties and chutneys to pork and prune pies. On their blog they feature the many varieties the English dish can take, as well as other “obscure English delicacies.”