About Us - Marshall's Pasta & Bakery
Pasta and Bakery is a family- owned restaurant/ catering/ retail store of homemade
Italian food. Operated and owned by Blake and Jodie Marshall and their 4 young daughters.
After playing pro-football for eight years in Edmonton, injuries forced Blake to seek a second career. Blake’s love of Italian food and cooking inspired him to open Marshall's Pasta and Bakery, after Blake & Jodie studied the business of "pasta". They created a business plan and chose London for their location because Blake attended the University of Western and loved the city and the people.
The store offers fresh pasta, sauces, Portuguese breads, prepared meals, lasagna, soups and Blake credits brother Greg, the Mustangs head coach, with coming up with the recipe for the store's meatballs! In the summer, you will find Blake barbecueing Pino Italian sausages, outside on the patio.
The business expanded into catering - meals for large or small groups ranging from the Mustangs to intern doctors to events large and small. The wholesale deliveries of bread to local restaurants also keeps the Marshall's busy. The Marshall's ventured into preparing meals for hot lunch programs at elementary schools and now provide a dozen schools with fresh, hot pasta lunches.
Though the couple has enjoyed business success, Jodie said serving good food to customers has been the real motivation. She recalls one customer, in particular, who moved her to tears. "She said, 'Buying food from Marshall's makes me feel like a good mom"
London Free Press: Mon, January 19, 2009
Blake & Jodie Marshall enjoy an extra helping of success after joining
their pasta business with a popular bakery
By HANK DANISZEWSKI
Nothing goes better
with a plate of fresh pasta than a fresh, crusty Portuguese roll.
That was part of the simple logic that prompted Blake and Jodie Marshall to combine their pasta business with Lusitana Martins Bakery. Last year, the Marshalls purchased the 40-year old bakery business when owner Fernando Martins retired.
Blake Marshall said this was everything we were looking for," a former Western Mustangs and Edmonton Eskimos football star. Moving to the new store has a central location, good parking and street access. Both Marshall's and the Lusitana Bakery had built up a loyal clientele over the years and "we still make the same bread the same way,' " said Jodie.
Blake made sure of that by spending more than a month training with Fernando to learn all his bread-making techniques.
We have grown the business quickly, due to a growing demand among busy families for high-quality, easy-to-prepare meals.