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February 9, 2024

Friday Food Insider: Euro-African meat pies in North Berwick? Yes, really

Courtesy / Alessandro d'Emarese Here's a look inside the Bouley Farm and Market in North Berwick, where Baker Brü will be located.

Attention all foodies: A new bakery is coming to the Bouley Farm and Market in North Berwick.

But the startup will have an unusual twist.

Baker Brü is a South African and Italian culinary "experience," derived from family legacy recipes featuring meat pies. The bakery will be opening at 381 High St.

The project is being developed by Alessandro d'Emarese. He's a professional chef who has spent most of his 15-year career working on luxury yachts that cruise U.S. waters as well as the Bahamas and the Mediterranean. 

“My father is from Italy and has always been a baker and in manufacturing of baked goods,” said d'Emarese. “He owns a bakery that sells meat pies, breads and pizzas in South Africa, where I grew up.

"Having my father's influence, it was an easy transition to becoming a baker from being a chef. The recipes I use are a combination of my father's recipes and things that I learned traveling the world making food for the rich and sometimes famous.”

D'Emarese told Mainebiz that when he was in the process of looking for a place to open, he knew that the Bouley Farm and Market was the spot.

The market has recently been remodeled and had a kitchen space available. There will be a fresh cut flower kiosk in one of the corners and the store will be filled with items you would expect to find at a farmers market.

Courtesy/ Alessandro d'Emarese
Exterior shot of Bouley Farm and Market located at 381 High St.

The bakery is expected to open on March 1, but d'Emarese said he is still waiting for a few loose ends to be tied up before he can commit to the date. 

About the menu

As well as meat pies, he intends to make bread, pastries, tartlets and mini-quiches. There will be a hot table where daily meals will be freshly cooked for people looking for a warm lunch. Some of these items will include lasagna, cannelloni, pizza, fresh soups and roasted meals. 

D'Emarese also intends to make fresh pasta available from the cold area, where you can also buy frozen pies and lasagnas to take home and bake yourself. And for my gluten-free friends, don't worry: There will be some gluten-free versions of his popular items as well. 

“It has always been a dream of mine to make and sell meat pies in America as it has always amazed me that its not really a popular dish in this part of the world where people seem to love convenience and eating on the go,” said d'Emarese. Coming from South Africa it is part of our culture and almost a daily meal.”

The market will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be seating outdoors for patrons to take their items and enjoy.

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February 12, 2024

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