pie glorious pie — pie party potluck live

by hungryrabbit on October 18, 2011

pie party potluck Live at Rodeo Bar

With arms full of pies and cameras dangling from our sides, M and I arrived at Rodeo Bar a little after 11am, but the doors were locked. As I peeked through the glass, Lily, the manager, came bouncing towards us and gestured that place wasn’t open for brunch yet. When she saw that we were over-equipped to eat omelets, she realized Pie Party Potluck LIVE was ready for staging.

We jumped into setting up with name tags, pie labels, sign-in sheets, a toaster for warming up the bake goods if necessary, arranging door prizes for display, etc. before the participants arrived. With the buzz and excitement of a party, guests started to arrive early.

It took about an hour for all the pies to find their spots on the long counter—over 70 pies, tarts, galettes and all their cousins gathered in a glorious double conga line. The pie paparazzi clicked away with as much reaching and contorting for the right shot as you’d see at a red carpet event. The group was exuberant in meeting fellow-bloggers and writers—and in anticipation of tasting likely suspects they had picked out of the lineup. Then, it was time to begin the hard work of nibbling on as many of them as possible before getting full.

After several rounds of sampling, we gathered for the raffle of door prizes. We gave away food processor, chocolate gift baskets, bakeware bundles, toaster oven, cookbooks and many more. The day ended with folks taking home small portions of their favorite pies to savor again the next day.

Special Thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their generous support of Pie Party Potluck LIVE:

• Rodeo Bar for donating the venue. Lily, Raoul and staff for making sure our event went smoothly.

Mitch Rose for effortlessly taking photos for this post.

• Quin, Thong (@ningkiling) and the adorable Frances donating their time to help make the party a success.

KitchedAid, Scharffen Berger, Chicago Metallic, Bigelow Tea, Driscoll’s Berries, Jarlsberg Cheese, Ivy Bakery, Gilded Fork, Lillian Huang, Sarabeth Levine, Abby Dodge, Justin Schwartz, Brian Yarvin, Pam Anderson, Georgie Kubarych, Mark Tafoya, Jennifer Iannolo for donating various items for door prizes.

• If you want the recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart

• To read other recaps on Pie Party Potluck LIVE




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Rodney Bedsole October 18, 2011 at 11:42 am


What a great roundup! Thanks again to you and Jackie for putting on a super fantastic pie tasting event. And thanks for providing an opportunity for fellow foodies of all kinds to get together, mingle, meet, and make friendships that will last forever.

What a great event this was, and what a great guy you are!

You rock!


Jen Kim October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

oh my gosh, looking at all these pics now i can’t believe i didn’t eat MORE even tho i went back several times, hehe…thanks for the great job organizing :-)

Tina@flourtrader October 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Bravo to you and the other organizers of this awesome event! How I would have loved to have been there-no doubt the evening was enjoyable as well as memorable for all that attended. Glad you shared this one-inspires other foodies to have events like this.

Georgie October 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I had a great time Ken, Thank you for organizing. I met some really cool people and eat some incredible pies! Hope this becomes a tradition!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite October 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm

So many of my favourite people all in one place. Great recap Ken!

Dragon October 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Such a fun time! :)

Jenn B-H October 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thanks to you and Jackie for all the organizing and plan! It was a GREAT event! Can’t wait for the next one, no pressure. And you apple-onion tart was my fave savory dish. Thanks so much for making and for everything!

Lillian October 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

love the recap! many kudos to you and jackie for throwing one heckuva party… it will be talked about for a long time to come. i second Georgie’s suggestion of making this a tradition – an annual pie potluck would be amazing!

Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) October 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

So awesome Ken! A girl can hope for better luck and a Pie Party Live Reprise? ;)

Jamie October 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

Boo hoo hoo, Ken, you are killing me! You know how I feel about this! Seeing you and many of my absolute favorite people all together in that room makes me want to pick up and move to NYC tout de suite…. and I ain’t even gonna mention the pies! Hugs and love to M…. xoxo Miss you!

Meeta October 19, 2011 at 5:04 am

Oh this looks like my kind of party! Pies galore! Would love to have been a part of this event!

Gail October 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

Love this roundup, loved your tart, love Mitch for taking such good pictures, and of course, love you to pieces!!!!

Jessica (Green Skies and Sugar Trips) October 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

Oh this looks fantabulous!!!!!!! So sorry I couldn’t make it!!!! But the pictures are lovely and it looks like a blast!!!!!

There better be another one!!! :-)

Brian @ A Thought For Food October 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

I can’t contain my jealousy!!! But… at least i can live vicariously through this post.

Margaret October 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

You and Jackie really outdid yourselves, and put together such an awesome party. I had a blast and can’t wait to do it again! xoxo

foodwanderings October 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Such a fantastic event. You and Diva are so good in bringing people together. You both ROCK! & the pies, look divine, yours is particularly sinfull!

Barbara | Creative Culinary October 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

You are fortunate to have so many amazing bloggers that can convene in one space to greet, mingle and break bread (OK, pie) together.

Looks delicious…every bit of it.

serena October 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

This was such an amazingly scrumptious event – thank you for hosting!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m really behind on my blog reading, but I just had to stop by and leave a (late) comment to let you know I loved reading this post! I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it to NYC for the pie party. It looks like a blast! Loved living vicariously through Mitch’s photos. :)

Laura {gourmettenyc} November 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I wish I could have been there. The pies look like they were absolutely delicious!!

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