Upper Michigan natives Jessica Barbera and Larry Lapachin are passionate about pasties. Jessica is a 3rd generation pasty maker. Her grandparents started (and parents currently operate) a pasty shop in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Jessica helped her grandparents and parents make the dough and prepare the vegetables; she learned from the best.
Larry was raised on a steady diet of pasties in a traditional Yooper mining family. Larry attributes his pasty obsession to his mom's weekly pasty dinner. Dissatisfied with the typical pasty, Larry and Jessica began making a new style of pasty in 2003. Lar even became a bit of a pasty-snob, but thinks that everyone should enjoy a delicious pasty!