Note to reader: Please excuse my hair and the bags under my eyes in any following pictures. Thank you.
Ever since KO Catering & Pies popped on the Twitter scene, my co-worker and fellow foodie, Lara and I have been licking our chops! A traditional meat pie shop that will also be launching a food truck! It sounded to good to be true! Not only that, by they were actually doing an amazing job on Twitter too! Lara beat me to the punch with a brunch trip with her hubs to scout the place out.
This is what Lara had to say about her brunch experience: “My husband and I started our Halloween morning with a trip ‘down under’ for brekky at KO Pies and Catering. Kara nicely explained the menu to us and told us that if anything caught our fancy they’d be able to make it for us. We decided to stick to breakfast and ordered two dishes to share. First was the herbed potato rosti, served with two slow roasted tomato slices, thick cut australian bacon and topped with a fried egg. The potato rosti was crispy on the outside and steaming hot on the inside. The combination of the slow roasted tomatoes and the runny egg yolk created a delicious sauce. The bacon was thick, a little crispy, and full of flavor. The freshly cooked sweet corn fritters were served with avocado, lightly dressed arugula and two slices of bacon. There were sweet corn kernels mixed in and the creamy avocado was a perfect complement. Everyone else there for brekky had slabs of toasted sourdough – most spread with vegemite. For me, a meal isn’t complete without bread. For ‘dessert’ we ordered toasted sourdough with cinnamon sugar. The buttery, sugary, cinnamony toast was the perfect end to a delicious breakfast! Maybe next time we’ll order the vegemite…”
Back to the pies! A little history. Being born in S Africa, and raised by S African parents, meat pies and sausage rolls were a HUGE part of my culinary childhood. There was a tiny shack on Alternate 19 in Tarpon Springs, FL. that we would drive out to almost every weekend to stock up on them. The day that shack shut down was a sad day indeed. Since that time, meat pies and sausage rolls have been few and far between, and when you do find them, they are usually frozen.
Flash forward 20 years, I am in Boston, and KO Catering & Pies has arrived! We headed down the South Boston for lunch, and were not disappointed! When we arrived, we introduced ourselves to the owners, Kara & Sam, who have been fabulous on Twitter and in emails. We chatted with Kara about the business, and you can instantly tell that this lady has a serious passion for all things Australia & Meat Pie! And she is a foodie! The care in which she talked about how they create their recipes was refreshing. It was also nice to hear how they are moving slowly to make sure they do everything just right!
On to the ordering! We ordered and original meat pie and a chicken schnitzel burger, a Lamington and a slice of banana bread. I also took 2 sausage rolls home for dinner. When the pie arrived, I asked for forks, and in no uncertain terms was told that you ALWAYS eat a meat pie with your hands.
Everything tasted as good as it looked! Freshly cooked, crispy, flaky, buttery, delicious. And then there was dessert. Who even knew a meat pie shop would have dessert, and GREAT dessert at that! We had a slice of fresh-baked chocolate banana bread and a Lamington, which is a chocolate soaked, coconut covered yellow cake of some sort. Who cares what it is, it is yummy!
The shop is small, mainly for take-out, with an 8 seater farm table to the side and 2 window bar seats. It is quaint, and you feel like you are eating at an old family friend’s table.
Which leads me to….
For weeks now, many of you have been reading or following Boston Brunchers. KO Catering and Pies is teaming up with the Boston Brunchers to invite 7 lucky Brunchers to experience “Brekky” at the shop!
When: Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:30am
Where: KO Catering and Pies
Who: The 7 lucky food bloggers who wiin this contest!
The contest does have a couple of stipulations:
You must be following @kocatering_pies on Twitter
You must be following @BostonBrunchers on Twitter
You must be local to the Boston area
You must be a food blogger
If you can say “Yes I am” to all of the above, then you are ready to enter the contest! Here is what you need to do:
Comment on this blog post about either your fondness for Australia OR your history with meat pies OR why you would like to try Brekky @ KO Catering & Pies
It’s that easy! Now here are the rules: Entries must be posted by Friday, November 19th at 10pm. 7 winners (once eligibility is verified) will be awarded with ONE invitation to attend the private bloggers’ brunch at KO Catering & Pies. The invitation is only good for the winner. No additional guests may attend. The winners will be chosen by KO Catering & Pies and will be judged according to the creativity of your blog comment based on the judges preference. Only one entry per blogger will be eligible for judging. In the instance that you are unable to attend the event, please notify Eat.Live.Blog and your invitation will be forfeited and given to a runner-up entry.