Monday, June 29th, 2015

Adelaide based Eire Pies were recently judged as some of the best Artisan Pies in the country at the “Australia’s Best Pie Competition” held in Melbourne earlier this month.

The competition was a part of the Food Service Australia 2015 trade show, staged in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and received over 600 entries from Australia’s best pie makers.

The Eire Vegan Chickpea and Lentil Pie won a silver medal (the highest award given in the category) and the Eire Steak and Potato Pie won Bronze.

Eire Pies’ home base is  the Eire Café in the Adelaide suburb of Clapham, a gourmet food destination owned and run by partners Stephen Lowery and Zoi Kokoti.

Eire Café Executive Chef and co- owner Stephen Lowery said “ Coming home from the trade show with medals was a great thrill, particularly given that our pies were up against so many other gourmet pies from all across the country.”

Eire artisan pies were added to the Eire Café menu when a disgruntled customer berated Stephen for not stocking pies in the then newly opened café. “I asked the agitated customer to come back tomorrow and I’ll make him a pie by hand. I did and he came back and has been coming back ever since. The smile on his face inspired me to create a range of handmade pies which have now become our best sellers”.

Stephen and Zoi were attending the Food Service Food Fair to show off their Eire Pies to potential customers thereby broadening their already growing distribution. Eire Pies can be found in specially selected Foodland stores throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area as well as in the Eire Café itself.

The medal wins are a further sign of recognition for Stephen and Zoi after their win in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards where Eire Café won the award for best start up business.



For more information contact:
Zoi Kokoti : Director- 0401 085 545

Stephen Lowery : Executive Chef & Director – 0410 464 961

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The combination of Stephen’s skills as a professional chef and Zoi’s business management expertise has resulted in a very viable business with a growing reputation in Adelaide for gourmet pies and a place to go for an exceptional food experience in a relaxed, friendly environment, capped off with excellent customer service.

Today, Eire Café represents a truly unique café experience in what has become a very competitive market. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, Eire Café now offers a menu that ranges from simple classical French, modern Irish and Mediterranean dishes featuring artisan breads and pies, stocks and sauces, through to desserts and organic coffee.

Offering cooking classes, wine tastings, private functions and Friday tapas nights with live music, Eire Café represents a very exciting concept truly on the cutting edge of the Australian food scene.

As word has spread about Eire Café and in particular its mouth- watering gourmet pies, demand has grown for Eire pies, supported by wholesale distribution to small, local supermarkets and gourmet food outlets. The business is now supported by a dedicated and tightly knit staff of six.

Eire Café’s rapid success has not gone unnoticed by the South Australian business community. Eire Café was announced the South Australian Start Up Award Winner in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards. 

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