Why the radio silence?

Hello, pie enthusiasts!  We've been laying low here at Dale's Fried Pies, but for good reason!  We are working on rehabbing a food trailer so that we can expand where, when and how many pies we can sell this year.  It's a lot of work and it's slow going, but we are so exciting about our new trailer.  Stay tuned for ways that you can help us get the trailer up and running!  

In the meantime, if you're craving pies, feel free to contact us for custom orders of frozen or fried pies to tide you over until April, when we will be out and about again at local fairs, farmer's markets and festivals, and keep us in mind for your next private event!  The pie stand is still available for weddings, corporate events and parties!

Get excited.

Dale

We're excited, and you should be, too!

We're excited, and you should be, too!

Alexa and Michael's Wedding

This fall, we were lucky enough to be a part of one of the most beautiful and fun weddings that ever there was.  The lovely Alexa and Michael had a glorious wedding on the grounds of an old Boy Scout camp in South Carolina.  It was a stellar weekend, replete with music, bonfires, delicious food and so much love.  Alexa and Michael decided to serve Dale's Fried Pies instead of traditional wedding cake.  We had a blast with them all weekend and loved serving their sweet guests.

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Awesome Girl Jashara Mitchell

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 three 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 Jashara Mitchell, our second inductee into Dale's Fried Pies' Awesome Girl Squad, and my new favorite musician.  Read on for Jashara's description of herself and her project.  We'll keep you posted on her progress after she receives her grant this month.

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"Growing up in the inner-city surrounded by poverty and negative influences will often times lead young women and men to make bad decisions that can affect their lives forever. I have made choices that have led me to travel down a road similar to most of my schoolmates, family members and friends. This was the road most traveled, were I was raised, a road that leads to teenage pregnancy, high school dropout, and total dependency on government assistance. However, this is not the road I will continue to move along, and I would like to encourage others like me to take the road less travel or teach them how to switch lanes and discover the importance of education and sexual health.

I am currently getting my GED through a job training program called SEEED, along with other young women. However, I am often disturbed by the mental and physical health conditions of my classmates. [I've begun]... to think about the high school girls in the inner-city who don’t have access to the resources offered in Knoxville surrounding physical and mental health.  Because of the climbing teenage pregnancy and STD cases reported in inner-city Knoxville I  would like to hold a Health Fair for the young women in my community. The Pathways Health  Fair will be free and open to all women in the inner-city. This health fair will promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of smart decision making so that they are better equipped to choose a pathway that leads to success. Available services will include; Free pregnancy testing, STD testing, women counseling, sexual health classes and parenting classes."

Want to donate to the Awesome Girl Squad?  Just click on the donate button below!

Thank You.

A message from Dale:

'Tis the season to be thankful, and boy howdy, I am.  In July of this year, Dale's Fried Pies was just a dream.  I knew I loved making and sharing my pies, but the idea of starting a business from scratch felt scary and overwhelming.  I knew I wanted to move forward, though, so I started a little website stating my dream, and I shared it with a few friends.  Donations started coming, as did words of encouragement and offers for everything from legal help to manual labor.  A month later Dale's Fried Pies officially opened.  It has been just as scary and overwhelming as I imagined, but it has also been extremely rewarding, fun and educational.  I love making and selling these pies. So much.

I'm tearing up as I write this.  I am so thankful to those of you who believed in me from the very beginning.  Your support, in all of its beautiful forms, was just what I needed to take the leap forward and follow a dream.  I am thankful for those of you who I have met in the process- my lovely customers, my cheerleaders, my advisors and my fellow mobile food vendors in Knoxville. There are far too many of you to list, and that is something for which I am very, very grateful.

XO,

Dale

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Mobile Food Summit at Bearden Beer Market

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!

Dale's Fried Pies at Market Square Farmer's Market!

At long last, we're pleased to announce we will finally be debuting our pies at the Market Square Farmer's Market this Saturday, September 29th!  We're extremely excited to be joining such a great group of farm, food and craft vendors.
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This day will be doubly exciting because our proceeds will go to Graham Marema, our first inductee to Dale's Fried Pies Awesome Girl Squad!  We can't wait to see (or, more accurately, hear) what Graham will produce!
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We won't be there every Saturday because of prior pie events and travel commitments, but check us out on the following days (and look at our Calendar page for a full list of where you can find the stand):
Sep 29
Oct 27
Nov 10
Nov 17
Dec 1
Dec 15
Dec 22

One Month In

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).

Mongolian Fried Pies

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

From empanadas to khuushuur to Southern American fried apple pies- fried pies are an international phenomenon.

 

Photos from the Launch Party

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!

Awesome Girl Graham Marema

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.

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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!

Pie Stand Photo Shoot

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.

Want to throw your own Dale's Fried Pies tea party, or have us provide pies for your next event?  Just give us a shout at dalesfriedpies@gmail.com!

Wedding Heart Pies

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.

Interested in serving Dale's Fried Pies at your wedding?  We love to provide pies in addition to or in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, or to come in and serve sweet and/or savory pies as a midnight snack for your guests!  Give us a shout atdalesfriedpies@gmail.com!
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Launch Party- This Sunday!

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.

I'm pleased to announce that the pie stand party WILL be happening, this Sunday, August 12 from 4-8 p.m.  at 815 Banks Avenue in Knoxville, at the home of my dear friend Lila.
We will be sampling a whole mess of pies, including: apple, nectarine, banana nutella, peanut butter & jelly, green chile chicken, curried sweet potato and piña colada.
T-Shirts will be available for $15, as well as $2 raffle tickets for a prize pack including a bunch of goodies and 12 pies in ANY flavor you can dream up.
I'm sure you're all wondering what I did in lieu of hosting a pie party last night. Since we had the stand all set up, we decided to do an impromptu rainy day photo shoot. Naturally.

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Photos by illustious Shawn Poynter.

Pie Stand Unveiling

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?).

Almost There!

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]