Balkan Bites  

New York,  NY 
United States
http://www.balkanbites.co
  • Booth: 1370


Bite into culture

Balkan Bites is a female and family owned business that makes wholesome Southeast European comfort foods such as Burek: a portable stuffed phyllo swirl that’s flaky on the outside and oozing with goodness on the inside. 

 

We make our phyllo dough from scratch using unbleached flour, extra virgin olive oil, and real butter, stretch it into thin layers, then fill it with savory ingredients such as spinach, European cheeses, and sautéed mushrooms. 

 

Our products are sold frozen and ready-to-eat, without additives or preservatives, for anyone to enjoy anytime, anywhere, meal or snack—whether it’s paired with a salad or a coffee in hand. 

 

By making authentic Balkan cuisine more accessible to all, we aim to bring a piece of our culture into people’s everyday lives.


 Press Releases

  • Balkan Bites, a female and family owned food company, will debut their wholesale line of frozen, ready-to-bake Southeast European comfort foods at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show at the Javits Center in New York City (Booth 1370 in the New Exhibitor Pavilion). The company will feature its full line of Burek: a portable, stuffed phyllo swirl that’s a daily staple in the Balkans. 

    Flaky on the outside and oozing with goodness on the inside, the Bureks are available for wholesale purchase in five savory flavors: Spinach & Cheese, Ricotta & Feta Cheese, Mushroom & Goat Cheese, Potato & Onion, and Beef & Onion. Each filling is wrapped in a delicate phyllo dough made from scratch using unbleached flour, extra virgin olive oil, and real butter. All of the products are sold frozen, ready-to-bake and never contain any additives or preservatives. Simply pop them into an oven for about 30 minutes and serve warm for anyone to enjoy anytime, anywhere as an appetizer, meal, or snack. Though great on its own, it can be easily paired with a salad, coffee, tea, hard-boiled egg, pickle, sour cream or garlic-yogurt sauce for extra satisfaction.

    “We started as a pop-up vendor with Urbanspace last year, but due to demand and positive feedback, we wanted to make our Bureks more accessible through foodservice channels so that anyone can enjoy it year-round,” said Ariana Malushi, Balkan Bites co-founder. “Our company values are based on bringing a piece of Balkan culture and hospitality to New Yorkers through our products. When it comes to making our Bureks, we can’t cut any corners—it’s all about sharing that authentic, quality taste we grew up with.”

    About Balkan Bites

    It all started when Ariana approached her aunt Alida with a simple idea—to teach her how to make traditional Albanian recipes in honor of her late grandmother, Magbule. On Sundays, they found solace in baking together, reminiscing about her while bringing her recipes to life. Soon enough, they were debuting their Bureks at local markets in NYC, quickly gaining momentum as they expanded their presence. In December 2019, Balkan Bites was listed by Eater as one of the best food vendors to visit at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and sold out at the World’s Fare outdoor market in Queens. Their ‘unBurekable’ bond grows stronger every day with a shared passion to make Balkan cuisine more accessible to all.

    For media inquiries contact: Ariana Malushi at info@balkanbites.co. 


 Products

  • Spinach and Cheese Burek
    Spinach cheese stuffed phyllo swirls...

  • Stuffed with nutrient-rich spinach, creamy ricotta and tangy feta cheeses, this flaky phyllo swirl is perfect for a well-balanced meal or snack. Add a dollop of garlic yogurt or sour cream for extra satisfaction.

  • Beef and Onion Burek
    Beef and onion stuffed phyllo swirl...

  • Stuffed with carefully sautéed ground beef and golden-brown caramelized onions, this flaky phyllo swirl is a convenient, protein-rich treat you can grab-and-go. Pro tip: Wash it down with Ayran, a refreshing Turkish yogurt drink to complete your meal.
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