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Chef Peter Burbela is an acclaimed chef with experience as chef/owner of fine-dining restaurants in Maplewood, New Jersey and Vieques, Puerto Rico. His specialty is bringing together traditional flavor profiles from around the world. He is passionate about old world processes for charcuterie, smoking & curing foods, and blending them with modern techniques to create better, more consistent products. Burbela is a career-changer, receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology before following his passion into the food business. This engineering project management background has influenced much of his approach, combining his passion for great food with the preparatory processes & cross-utilization to maximize profits, which is so important for a successful business. The end result of his unique approach is wholesome food packed with flavor!
Chef Burbela’s wife, Courtney Maier Burbela, is a regular face behind the Burbelmaiers counter. A graduate of Foxcroft School (Go HOUNDS!) & Lehigh University, Courtney spent 17 years in the art business before becoming a private marketing consultant 12 years ago. In that time, Courtney has compiled a string of successful branding & strategic partnerships within the New York art world. Courtney uses her business experience, combined with a love and understanding of great food, to design & implement the Burbelmaiers’ marketing program. She will also likely flash you a smile & help you choose a pie or two.
Courtney’s BFF from boarding school, Kendall Blythe, holds down Burbelmaiers’ finances and is Chef Pete’s favorite sous chef when she’s in the kitchen. A graduate of Foxcroft School (Go FOXES!) & the University of Maryland, Kendall brings more than 20 years of high-level operations experience focused on the design & delivery of cost-effective business & IT solutions. Working as a consultant primarily within the insurance sector, Kendall has built a strong reputation for integrating data, systems, processes & providers to deliver solutions. Her passion for processes shows up in her love of cooking & fine service. If it’s busy at Burbelmaiers, there a good chance that Kendall is helping to hold down the kitchen & front counter as well.
It’s simple story about our rather lengthy but romantic name. Bürbelmaiers is quite literally the marriage Pete Burbela and Courtney Maier (now Burbela). Years ago in an email about a brainstorming session for a small-town savoury pie shop, Burbela/Maier was mistyped as BurbelMaiers, and the rest is history.
Bürbelmaiers is our dream come true, and we didn’t get here alone. We want to acknowledge just a few of the people who have been instrumental in helping us make Bürbelmaiers happen.
Thank you to a small group of people who have been unwavering in their love and support in every way, shape and form, starting this journey with us and providing us everything we needed, when we needed it. Bürbelmaiers is because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you:
Ann & Gus Maier | Nestor Burbela | Brigid Siegel & Rona Bernadette | Mike Signoriello | Maureen Costello & Scooter McCrae | Mike, Alice, & Maddie Polanski | Kendall Blythe | Richard & Grace Krivonozka | Rich Biletta | Steve Warnek | Kristin & Randy Walker | Beth Ann Brozo | Laine Conklin | Elix Granda
Mason Scherzer, thank you for your time, your talent, your generosity, and – mostly – thank you for your unwavering playfulness and commitment to getting all of our graphics together. You ROCK. Steve Funaro, the Bürbelmaiers logo and concept work was the best wedding present ever!!! Thank you for cleaning us up and turning it out! Stephan Peters, thank you for embracing Courtney’s typo and coming up with our wonderful, mouth-full of a name! Tamara Rafkin, we know that your time is always best-spent making your fine art photography, thank you for graciously photographing our shop and our products so that the world can see what we are up to.
There just isn’t a better spot to be in than Ocean Grove NJ. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms, encouraging words, and your wisdom! We are so excited to be a comfortable place for everyone in Ocean Grove to gather, eat and commune. The Purple Zebra, Chamber of Commerce, Century 21 Coastal Realtors, Daily Bread