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English Pork Pie Company's delicious Cornish pasties (EPPC).
English Pork Pie Company's delicious Cornish pasties (EPPC).
The English Pork Pie Company’s delicious Cornish pasties (EPPC).

Who doesn’t love food suggestions? No one we’ve ever met. Food can mend heartache, create bonds, and, well, we need it to survive, so why not talk about it?

In honor of Food Network’s New York City Wine and Food Festival (October 16-19), we were joined by Buffalo, New York’s esteemed English Pork Pie Company Wednesday (October 15) for a @MindtheGap_BBCA #MindTheChat Twitter chat on U.S. food and restaurants.

EPPC’s founders and fellow Brits, Damian and Vicky Parker, established the English Pork Pie Company in 2008, wishing to give Americans cause to rethink British food stereotypes and expatriates something to talk about. The couple couldn’t have predicted their success: they won “Best British Shop in America” for three consecutive years (2010-2012) and “Best British Shop in the World” in 2010 and 2012. Yes, you read that right; “Best British Shop in the World.” They’ve since had the pleasure of supplying their delicious pies to “Disney, Busch Gardens, Gordon Ramsay and UK Embassies and Consulates across the U.S.” The Parkers are some serious foodies. Here’s what everyone had to say:


The posts start with talk of where to find a good curry:


The question “wait, do Americans like pork pies?” is answered:


Bringing us to the topic of sausage:


Mind the Gap asks EPPC what Americans crave:

(That’s some serious dedication!)


Good news! EPPC has just launched a proper Fish and Chips shop, “Chippy“:

And they plan to expand:


Soon there was debate on what Brits do best and worst with food:


And what about what British foods Americans love and hate?


Where do you find BBQ in Detroit, MI so good it’ll restore your faith in mankind?


And what do Brits think is mega gross in the U.S. to eat?


To both Brits and Americans, steer clear of crocodile cheesecake. Unless you’re in Australia. Because at Queensland’s Silky Oaks Lodge, it’s real, and served with smoked barramundi, pickled papaya & chutney, and herb salad.


To read more about ECCB’s creation and success read the Parkers’ story here. And feel free to check out their fantastic menu while you’re at it. Also, keep up with the couple’s new Fish and Chips shop Chippy through Facebook and Twitter in await of their official website launch.

And if you’re in New York, check out NYCWFF; tickets are still available!


Join @MindTheGap_BBCA on Twitter every Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm ET for a Q&A using hashtag #MindTheChat.

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By Helen Donahue