Sometimes you just need a taste of home, or at least that’s how it all started for Toronto’s John Mostyn. When his career as a stand up comedian took a hit at the beginning of the pandemic, Mostyn decided to start experimenting with vegan versions of the recipes he grew up with in Scotland, and soon after, the Pielander began. Vegan Scottish pies? We think yes.
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Pielander is Toronto’s first vegan Scottish pie delivery service, creating pies to introduce Canada to the traditional flavours from the UK, all without the animal products. Operating with an online ordering system, Mostyn utilised his background as a commercial cook to launch the business from his own home kitchen in Roncesvalles last May. Even though he relied purely on social media and word of mouth to grow a customer base, it was certainly no slow start – the pies have sold out every week since Pielander began, with fans even driving from two hours out of town to get their hands on them.
“This didn’t exist in Toronto before – there was a gap in the market,” owner John Mostyn explains, “I wanted the pies to taste how I remember from childhood, so even though they are vegan, these pies are the real deal and meat eaters can’t tell the difference.”
All the Vegan Options
Now cooking out of the commercial kitchen space at Sorry I’ve Got Plants, Pielander offers an array of hand pie and pot pie options each week, all with delivery included from the Pielander himself. With flavour options including cheese and onion, smoked chicken and bacon, haggis and potato, and even bangers and mash (all vegan, of course), this Toronto startup quickly built an impressive following.
“The next thing I’d like to see is Pielander being available in stores, so customers can pick them up when they’re out rather than just relying on delivery,” says Mostyn, “I hope to eventually expand outside Toronto and have these across Canada, possibly even with some Pielander stores.”
Place an Order
May 25th will mark one year of operation for Mostyn, and there’s no doubt that this is just the beginning. Place your orders on the Pielander website by 5pm each Tuesday for delivery the following Wednesday or Thursday evening, and get in quick – these vegan Scottish pies sell out!