Villa Tempest started out in 2010, as an idea, a simple idea,
… the name of a family home.
From that, in Hanoi, Vietnam it grew bespoke Pie Service and Weekend Market BBQ Service. A few years later the desire to build a business around the idea of a, “Bed and Breakfast,” Operation in a popular, summer and winter, German tourist destination grew and with it the hope that this could be a family business opportunity for us. As a sideline operation to the B&B idea we considered the idea of a Weekend Beer Garden, based around the brewing of small batch, handcrafted beers, AND a Savoury Pastry Service for expats in need of a little comfort food.
Unfortunately, the Bed & Breakfast idea dwindled as an option as the practicalities of work, school and access to community services, and reasonably priced housing became a greater priority. The Beer Garden idea morphed into a Hobby Brewing Club, known as Hobbybrau Hamburg (you can still find them on Facebook), and as for the pies? Well… we left Hamburg behind, (odd lot of expats there,) and moved to Shanghai.
Now, The PieMan is exploring options with fresh ground flour for pastry use and bread baking, and to gradually test a market that is already supplied by several Pie Manufacturers.
In the meantime, here are some of the things we’ve done, do, hope to do, and hope to continue to do: