Big Fat Greek and Italian Pastries

A vendor with Countryside Farmers' Market since 2005.

People: Diamond Marcum

Products: Sweet and Savory - Greek and Italian. Baklava, Halvah (gluten free), wildberry and apricot pasta flora, Greek wedding cookies, twisted coffee cookies (Koularakia), biscotti/Paxamadia, pizzelles, frosted Italian cookies, finakia, Russian tea cakes, apple and cherry strudel, spinach pies. Special orders to make your event "an affair to remember" - free delivery.

History: After many years of baking and receiving kudos for baked goods gifted to family, friends, and coworkers for their celebrations and donating gourmet pastry to many charitable organizations my husband Frank said to me, “Why don’t we become entrepreneurs and make a buck or two with your pastries?” I thought "How can I take money for my baked goods?” After much discussion and getting the proper paperwork prepared to start a company in the spring of 2004, BFG+I Pastries was established and the rest is history.

I am very proud of my Greek-Italian heritage. I’m the eldest of eight siblings and very appreciative to both my parents for teaching me the culinary skills I have today. I prepare sweet and savory baked Greek and Italian pastries. My pastries are a high-quality homemade product, made one recipe at a time and baked fresh daily. Any leftovers go directly to the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. I purchase my ingredients from Akron purveyors and local farms to support a more sustainable community. I adhere to the highest standards in sanitation and safe food production. I am a Licensed Home Baker from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and I have a Mobile Food License from the Summit County Health Department.

Sourcing: I purchase mostly organic ingredients from local farmers and purveyors within a 40 mile radius.

Methods: Bake fresh daily, one recipe at a time, to ensure high quality.

Fun Facts: I worked for two of Akron's "first families" in the restaurant business - the Thomases of the Diamond Grille and the Iaconminis of Li'l Joes Pub in Bath.

The Plain Dealer food editor remarked at my booth, "this booth reaks of butter". Jane Snow of the Akron Beacon Journal said, "the best Italian iced cookies ever".   

To my many customers, I thank you for your business from the bottom of my heart. You’re the best!

Phone: 330.256.8006