A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the most sought after party of the year (in my opinion) Pie Party Potluck Live hosted by Jackie Gordon of The Diva That Ate New York and Ken Leung of Hungry Rabbit. Getting a ticket to the pie party is equivalent to Willy Wonka’s golden tickets. However instead of candy and chocolate we are lusting after all the sweet and savory pies that each guest is required to bring.
Since I had attended the last fete a few years ago, I knew tickets would go fast and immediately grabbed mine once they were available. With my golden ticket in hand, what to make? After a conversation with Jackie she was hoping someone would make pie pops and I suppose I just couldn’t resist saying no.
I was planning on making a strawberry rhubarb pie for all you at this spring, why not make it portable?
Oh wait, these aren’t pie pops that I’m sharing with you today are they? Yeah, turns out pie pops are cute but a pain in the but to make.
Here are the little guys from the pie party, like I said cute but about only half actually stayed on their sticks. I love the idea of two bite pies, especially with that sweet and tart filling you get from the strawberry rhubarb. I don’t love all the work that goes into making it. I think the only reason I didn’t give up was because this dough was made out of Kerrygold butter that they graciously supplied us pie partiers as sponsors of the event.
In all honesty though, the butter makes all the difference in your dough. I learned that the first time I attended Pie Party and Chef Tagere from the GE Monogram center gave us a pie dough making demonstration. It was an epiphany and I finally understood why I couldn’t build a decent crust. Fast forward a year and a half, when it comes to pie dough making there is only one type of butter I use.
How about more Pie Party fun? With 100 attendees, majority of them food bloggers we had quite the amount of pies to go through. This year the savory was more balanced with the sweet, with pies such as mac and cheese pie with a bacon lattice and 5-spiced duck phyllo pies.
Being held in the spring there were plenty of fruit based pies and the winner for me were these berry hand pies from Mind Over Batter but I also loved a chocolate orange tart that I squirreled away in my take home container. For the complete list of pies check out Ken’s recap post and of course thank you to Jackie and Ken for another fantastic party!
Thank you to the sponsors as well for the great gift bag to take home with us! This party is truly the best when some of your favorite brands are in attendance, such as OXO, Kerrygold, Jarlsberg, Woolwich Dairy, Dub Pies, Wusthof and Anolon.