Considering that the harsh Central Oregon winter of 2016 birthed Duda’s Aussie meat pies, it is really not astonishing that the COVID-19 pandemic turned an chance for the area pie-makers to get even much more creative with their humble handmade ease and comfort food items.
“I imagine folks take pleasure in those people firms that did not just throw their palms up in the air and say, ‘We are not able to do it,’ but as an alternative explained, ‘Let’s consider this and let us attempt that and let’s check out to support the community,” suggests Duda’s Aussie Meat Pie founder and chief pie-maker Amy Duda.
When COVID shut every thing down final March, Amy and her partner Josh determined to step away from their partnership in Duda’s Billiards Bar, with the blessing of Josh’s business enterprise companion/father, who agreed to maintain the bar heading on his individual whilst his son and daughter-in-legislation focused on their food items truck and pie-earning organization. The couple kept their food truck (formerly Duda’s Aussie Pie Truck) at On Faucet on Bend’s east side but altered the title to Jackaroo Pies. According to Amy, who hails from the smaller, Australian coastal town of Coffs Harbour, a jackaroo is a youthful dude who works on a sheep farm in her homeland. Jackaroo is also her youthful son Jack’s nickname.
The birth of Jack in 2018, alongside with the pandemic placing past yr, were the impetuses for the few to get out of the bar business enterprise and target extra intently on the pie-earning small business. Amy admits that it was incredibly terrifying in the starting, primarily very last spring when every thing was shut down. She calls it an “unbelievable blessing” that they were capable to maintain their truck open up the total time, normally concentrating on community company. They delivered donated lunches to healthcare facility personnel, for case in point, and started out carrying out porch deliveries so men and women failed to have to go away their properties to have fresh new, incredibly hot pies. They also turned a fixture at the Northwest Crossing Farmers Marketplace last calendar year, viewing it as an opportunity to penetrate a distinctive location of Bend. Plus, they bought their products into neighborhood grocery suppliers (Newport Avenue Current market, Sector of Option, Locavore and Foodstuff 4 Less).
“COVID pressured us to diversify,” clarifies Amy. “It was this kind of a shock and when we did not have the bar any longer the very little foodstuff truck experienced to fully help our loved ones.”
As frightening and as nerve-racking as it may have been, Amy states it is been likely very well. “Bend is these kinds of an amazing group in conditions of supporting neighborhood organizations and supporting tiny organizations.” It is that nearby assistance that has Jackaroo Pies anticipating a hectic summer season they are again at the NWX sector yet again this 12 months and will be at Munch & New music each Thursday night in Drake Park July 8 as a result of Aug. 12. They hope to get their pies, pasties and rolls into even much more grocery outlets, but as Amy emphasizes, developing the business has to be accomplished thoroughly. “We have to be capable to preserve up with what we’re undertaking now and hold placing out a fantastic merchandise and excellent services. Plus, I’m growing, too—we’re obtaining an additional newborn, owing in Oct, so I am hesitant to put way too significantly on my plate.”
The Jackaroo Pie origin story really began in the winter of 2016, when the newlywed Amy was homebound awaiting her inexperienced card. In research of indoor hobbies and also a little bit homesick for Australia, she started generating the convenience meals she grew up with, which includes meat pies— Australia’s nationwide dish. That experimentation ongoing during a three-thirty day period cross-place RV vacation with her new partner and their four canine. They searched for “Aussie Pie Outlets” in just about every metropolis they frequented and baked their own variations of pies in their little RV oven. Back again in Bend, they have been on a mission to introduce Central Oregon to Australia’s staple.
Now, five a long time down the road, the Aussie-inspired, Oregon-produced Jackaroo Pies features pies made from scratch, by hand. Options consist of the classic beef pie, the sought-right after Ned Kelly with beef, brown gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese, a curried vegetable pie, a pair of vegan solutions, sausage rolls, a extremely well-known spinach and feta roll, a vegetarian breakfast pasty and numerous other menu items.
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