I'm so very excited to be a part of this Sunday's Mobile Food Summit, "A night in a garden of culinary delights" at the Bearden Beer Market from 2-8 pm. We will be joining Savory and Sweet Truck, Farm to Taco, Smoke Shack BBQ, PopCulture, Farm to Griddle Crepes and Fox Dogs for Knoxville's very first gathering of mobile food vendors. We've each been given a unique six pack of delicious beer to use in the creation of tasty morsels that we'll have for sale at the event. I'm using a Yazoo Porter to create both a sweet and a savory pie. For more information about this event and and the participants, check out the Bearden Beer Market's website. Hope to see you there!
Things have been moving incredibly quickly since we launched Dale's Fried Pies on August 9th. We're now at the Bearden Beer Market on Wednesday nights from 8pm until about 11 or so. We have several events lined up for the fall, including Downtown Knoxville's Food Walking Tours, the Botanical Garden's Fall Festival, Ijams' Fall Plant Sale, East Tennessee's Biggest Bake Sale and a wedding at the beginning of November. We are really hoping to be at the Market Square Farmer's Market this year, but due to restrictions against hot oil cooking on Market Square, we're stuck until we can find a restaurant downtown that will allow us to use their fryers to make sure the pies are fresh and warm for the market. We're confident we will find a solution, but have to be patient while we work out the details.
The interest and enthusiasm for Dale's Fried Pies has been incredibly encouraging. I'm so grateful to live in such a warm and supportive community. We had some great posts about the stand from local bloggers, a short clip about our opening on the evening news, an extensive article by Mary Constantine at the Knoxville News Sentinel and most recently, a cooking demo on the local morning show.
I have learned so much in the past month, and still have a lot to learn. We are looking forward to growing and evolving as a business and as a part of the Knoxville community. As we grow, we want to make sure we stay in touch with the community that has so graciously supported us, so please send ideas and feedback whenever the notion strikes you! Our current dreams include renting or building our own commercial kitchen, buying a food truck to increase our mobility and flexibility and working with local event planners to book more private events, weddings and parties (because Dale's Fried Pies LOVES a good party).
My friend Dorna recently visited our mutual friend Lauren in Mongolian, where Lauren has been working on a documentary about Mongolian music (check out the awesome blog she's created to document her experience here). During the trip, Dorna sent me a picture of women making khuushuur, a fried Mongolian goat meat pie. Says Dorna:
As far as I can tell, Mongolians have a pretty limited ingredients list. Meat, flour, and sometimes other things. One of the more delicious combinations of these ingredients results in khuushuur, which looks suspiciously like fried pies...
Wikipedia has some things it wants to say too: ahem ahem: "Some Mongolians hold the fresh khuushuur between their palms and also with the tips of all fingers to stimulate the nerves and blood circulation in the hands. This is believed to be curative. In some occasions, a hot khuushuur is placed on the soles of the feet and other selected places to treat neurosis and health conditions related to the balance of the air element of the five elements composing the human body." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khuushuur
We unveiled Dale's Fried Pies' mobile pie stand at a small launch party on Sunday, August 12th in the backyard of our wonderful friend Lila. Folks dropped in throughout the afternoon to sample a bunch of flavors, including rosemary peach, banana nutella, green chile chicken, pineapple with coconut run cream cheese, vegan curried sweet potato, raspberry lemonade, chipotle mac 'n cheese, PB&J and shitake egg roll. We enjoyed music by the lovely Gillian Oaks, Steven Bacon & Kendra Kinsey, Liz & Tim, Walker Marema and our first Dale's Fried Pies Awesome Girl Squad inductee, Graham Marema. We even had a little visit from the local news. It was a great way to get feedback on people's favorite flavors and test out the pie stand in the real world. Since the launch party, Dale's Fried Pies has been busy busy busy bringing the stand to various festivals, and working on new flavors (most recently, the "Elvis," banana bread and apricot). Check out some photos of the event below (taken by the lovely Amy Smotherman-Burgess), and like us on Facebook for even more photos!
In an effort to promote awesomeness in and beyond Knoxville, Dale's Fried Pies wants to support the creative projects of awesome girls. That’s why four times a year, we’ll donate one day of profits from Dale’s Fried Pies mobile pie stand to an awesome girl applicant to help her follow through with a creative project. I'm so happy to introduce you to Graham Marema, our first inductee into Dale's Fried Pies' Awesome Girl Squad, and my new favorite musician. Read on for Graham's description of herself and her project. We'll keep you posted on her progress after she receives her grant from our profits from September 29th's Market Square Farmer's Market.
I have been writing and performing my own music for about five years, but have never gotten the chance to publish my own CD. Both of my parents are folk musicians, so most of my music tends to lean toward a folk-like genre, but as I’ve matured in writing style I’ve tried to branch out and try new things with my songwriting. With the money from Dale’s Fried Pie Stand I would create and produce an album of all original songs; the expenses in this project include album artwork and professional duplication services, which can get pretty expensive. I would love the chance to be able to publish my own work and explore what I can do with this passion. Growing up in a family of musicians means that music has been important to me since I was a little kid, and I more recently discovered that making music might be the thing I want to pursue in college and beyond—however many times I’ve been warned that I’ll never make money that way. Music making is such an ever-changing, essential, and prevalent art; I would love to be able to become a part of it.
You can Listen to Graham's music here!
Want to donate to the Awesome Girl Squad? Just click on the donate button below!
A few weeks ago I rounded up some good-looking ladies and asked my fantastic photographer husband, Shawn, to help us with a Dale's Fried Pie photo shoot to show off the stand. Brynn Gonzalez from Lox Salon did our hair and make-up and we got some fashion advice from Colleen Moore at White Orchid Bridal. It was a fun collaboration and I'm thrilled with the photos, my favorites of which I thought I'd share with you here. You can see even more over at the Dale's Fried Pies Facebook page.
Dale's Fried Pies is excited to be providing pies for our first wedding this November in South Carolina. They decided to forgo traditional cake in favor of apple pies and peanut butter chocolate pies, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's still a few months away, but I'm already having fun experimenting with the flavor requests of the sweet bride and groom, and practicing making these heart-shaped pies for their special day.
Sometimes, despite ample planning and preparation, things just don't go according to plan. Such was the case yesterday, when a nasty weather forecast prompted us to postpone the Dale's Fried Pies mobile pie stand launch party. We spread the word that the event was postponed to Sunday, and not fifteen minutes later the skies were clear, and remained so for the rest of the evening. Que sera, sera.
Photos by illustious Shawn Poynter.
Well folks, the stand is finished and it's finally time to unveil Dale's Fried Pies' mobile pie stand. For those of you in the area, please join us for the stand unveiling party on Thurday, August 9th. Details are here on our Facebook page. We hope to be at the Farmer's Market by the end of August (hopefully earlier) and will be available for private events even earlier than that (fried pie midnight snack at your wedding, anyone?).
We are so close to officially launching Dale's Fried Pies! The stand is finished, thanks to my husband Shawn and his father, Dennis, who built the thing from scratch. It's so wonderful having a husband and father-in-law who not only support my dreams, but over the course of a weekend helped one to become a physical reality. I've been trying out new pie variations, and DANG, some of them are delicious. Once we get a few more ducks in this row and the pie stand is ready to unleash itself unto Knoxville, y'all will be the first to know! [caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="640"] pie to-go bags[/caption]
I want to send out a big, hearty thank you to everyone for their kind words of encouragement and generous donations as I move forward. Things are moving along, and I'm confident that the pie stand will be operational before summer ends.
We'll begin construction on the stand this weekend, and thanks to your support, I've been able to order an ice chest stool (to store ice for herbal lemonade), a sweet director's chair covering, an astroturf doormat and pie bags!
If you wish to donate, check out my wish list and click the donate button on the right. If you like, you can specify which item you'd like your donation to fund or partially fund.
Savory and Sweet
Whitney & Matt
Slowly but surely I’m hatching a plan to unleash my fried pies across the great land of Knoxville, Tennessee. Check back for updates about upcoming events and ways you can help launch Dale’s Fried Pies. Thanks to the encouragement and support of some dear friends, plans are in action for the construction of my fried pie stand, and with any luck I'll be launching it later this summer. Now that we're gathering materials and construction will soon be under way, I'm enjoying dreaming about all the goodies I'd love to pimp my pie stand,
A few friends have encouraged me to a Kickstarter campaign, but I've decided not to because almost everyone I know has Kickstarter fatigue, and also because it will eventually be a for-profit (hopefully) business rather than a community, artistic or charitable endeavor, which are the kinds of projects for which I feel Kickstarter is really appropriate. However, I'm not one to turn away anyone who wants to offer support, so when a friend suggested I post a wish list of items I'd love for my pie stand, I thought I'd oblige, as it sounded like a fun way to start thinking about how I'd like the pie stand to look, and a nice way to give folks who may want to contribute the chance to support by funding concrete items instead of a general idea.
Of course, the best support is kind words of encouragement, so feel free to leave some of those! Also, if you're a culinary dreamer, please visit the Suggest a Flavor page and leave a comment with an idea for new pie flavors you think you'd like to eat.
Pimping My Pie Stand
[caption id="attachment_68" align="aligncenter" width="296"] 30-Inch Director Chair, Natural Frame- $64.99[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_69" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler- $159.95[/caption]
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[caption id="attachment_72" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Gold Ink Pad (for stamping logo on bags) -$9.18[/caption]
To make a donation to fund an item, click the donate button on the right-- add a note to specify which item you'd like to fund.
Slowly but surely I’m hatching a plan to unleash my fried pies across the great land of Knoxville, Tennessee. Check back for updates about upcoming events and ways you can help launch Dale’s Fried Pies. We're having a little backyard gathering today (to celebrate our day off as much as our nation's independence, if we're being honest with ourselves), and I thought it only fitting to whip up some red, white and blue pies! I colored the dough with food coloring and the filling consists of strawberries, cream cheese and blueberries. Happy Fourth of July!