pie party potluck live 2012

by hungryrabbit on November 5, 2012

Pie Party Potluck Live 2012

Thursday morning, October 25, 2012–Before Hurricane Sandy when we had lighter challenges in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

That morning, I packed all the necessary items for the Pie Party–place cards, my origami stands, camera, etc. The last task was figuring out a way to safely transport my pies. It should have been easy enough.

After a twirl around NY Cake and Baking Co., I decided that none of its boxes would work, so I went home to devise a custom case to deliver my babies to the event. The sparkly display stand for my somewhat delicate Cranberry Walnut Tart also provided secure transport to keep the tart from flipping over.

This is the 2nd Pie Party Potluck Live that Jackie and I hosted. Last year, we barely got the chance to taste all the creations. This year, we vowed to do better, but even with my best effort, I couldn’t get to every one of them. For everything I did taste, I was overwhelmed by the quality and inventiveness of the savory and sweet  creations.

The vibe of this year’s event was more formal than last year, partly given the party was held at the stunning GE Monogram Design Center. Not only did GE lend the space as the backdrop for the pie parade, but it also provided h’ordeuvres, wine, cheese and even a demo on how to make pie dough.

Though we didn’t get to eat any Kerrygold butter, Chef Tageré Southwell demonstrated the advantage of using it in her pie dough. She professed that, like the leprechauns, the company must possess magical powers to produce a butter that made rolling pie dough a cinch–and one without cracks.

Additional libations were served courtesy of Smirnoff. I had the pleasure to create two cocktails based on their new vodkas, Iced Cake and Kissed Caramel. The cocktails were of course pie inspired–Coconut Cream Pie and Caramel Apple Pie.

Gareth, owner of Dub Pies, handed out bite-size pies during cocktail hours so attendees wouldn’t be hungry while watching the growing number of pies attendees brought. Everyone took home two frozen Dub pies.

Thanks to Harvard Common Press for its ongoing support of the food blogger community.

Pie Parade

* full list of the pie parade

Like any such event, planning gives you expectations, but the occasion itself provides the vividness and sensory overload. Thanks to Abbey Dodge for donating copies of her new book, Mini treats and Hand-Held Sweets, from Taunton Press. I want to especially thank all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and mostly Jackie for being part of this food blogger community event.

Until next year, keep the good dough roll.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen (Soufflé Bombay) November 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

Ken your photos are gorgeous!! This was such a fun and tasty night! I am so glad I made the trip! I continue to dream about those delicious pies that graced the tables. Thanks again to you, Jackie and the sponsors for an amazing event! xo

Jenn Baker (@jbakernyc) November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

And as ALWAYS you and Jackie did an amazing job organizing it! I had the best time and cannot wait for next year.

Thanks so much to all the sponsors! You were kind and generous! Much appreciated. :-)

Lori @ RecipeGirl November 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’m insanely jealous of this fabulous event!

Jamie November 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

Wow wow wow and yes one day I WILL make your pie party! An extraordinary event, Ken, that you and Jackie should be proud of. And now it seems that it has become not only official but the MUST ATTEND food event of New York! Gorgeous!

hungryrabbit November 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I really hope you can join us next year and bring ‘the girls’. -Ken

kelly November 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm


1. your photos are GORGEOUS.
2. your cranberry tart stole the show. [remarkable both in presentation and taste ::kisses fingers:: perfection!]
3. you mean we weren’t supposed to eat the kerrygold on its own? ;)
4. thank you for capturing my elated-because-i-know-pie-is-coming face. you nailed it.
5. this was seriously the most relaxed, well-organized, fun DELICIOUS event I’ve ever been to. hats off to you & Jackie for throwing such an amazing party and for thinking of every detail! i’m so glad i stalked the list to grab the first ticket ;)


Lillian November 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Lovely photos, as always Ken! I didn’t even know you took that one of me… how sneaky! ;P

I honestly could stare at that first photo of your cranberry tart all day long… will you PLEEEEASE make it again sometime in the near future?? Please & thank you! ;)

Thanks again to you and Jackie for a fabulous event!

Kate | Food Babbles November 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Lovely post, Ken! This party was fabulous and we loved every bit(e) of it. Your pictures are gorgeous and I especially love the one of my husband devouring a DUB pie. Thanks to you, Jackie and all the sponsors for all your hard work putting together such an amazing event.

Gail November 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

I was sad to miss Pie Party this year, but after reading this and seeing your fabulous pictures, I’m even more upset. WAAAAH!
Next year is A MUST for me!

Gorgeous job! Hats off to you and Jackie!!!!


Stephanie April 1, 2013 at 2:18 am

This looks like a fantastic event! If you ever press repeat, perhaps you’d like a few of my original individual pie slice boxes for the potluck. Fun for gifting and taking home pie :) Also, they will soon appear on Anthropologie.com, but I would love to be a part of your pie potluck as well. Thanks!


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