Pie Party Potluck LIVE! didn’t happen in 2013 and it almost didn’t happen in 2014.
The last Pie Party was in October 2012. I was too busy with my show Chocabaret in 2013. Plus, that was the year we tried to throw the ill-fated Tea Party-Dance Party: where a high tea party meets a boogie down dance party…, when we might have normally thrown Pie Party. We pulled the plug on the tea party because too many forces made it risky (I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!). We didn’t really plan to host another Pie Party, but our blogger friends kept asking when it was going to happen. Are you doing another Pie Party? When is the next Pie Party? When? When? When?!!!
Finally, the demand won us over and the crowd got the best Pie Party Potluck LIVE! 2014 we’ve hosted to date. Most of the guests were food bloggers from my Tri-State Food Blogger Mailing List and local culinary professionals, but folks traveled from Pennsylvania, too, and we had attendees that came from as far afield as the West Coast. They brought their finest sweet and savory pies to feast on while enjoying each other’s company. This year it was like the Pie Oscars because we had a step and repeat banner; guests posed on the “bread” carpet with their creation before adding it to the spread of over 75 divine pies. Check out the list of the pies in attendance on my partner Ken’s post, Hungry Rabbit, “NYC Parade of Pies”.
I always go gluten-free for Pie Party Potluck LIVE! because I want to make sure the gluten-free guests have enough pies to eat. I made a Bacon, Goat Brie, Leek & Pear Pie in a Roesti Crust and a Brûléed Lemon Curd, Chocolate Tart in a Coconut Rice Crust. The latter was delicious but didn’t work out. I made the crust much in the way that you would make a cookie crust. I combined crisp rice crumbs, coconut and butter, pressed it into a pie pan and baked it. It looked quite gorgy. That was topped with a dark chocolate ganache, then a layer of lemon curd. Sounds great, but physics prevailed. When I brûléed the lemon curd, the heat melted the chocolate and the crust below it. When I started to pull the tart ring off, the crust showed signs of a landslide, so I carefully adjusted the ring and served the tart with it on. Taste-wise, the reviews were great, but I’ll be working on that recipe.
Pie Party does not happen without two entities. The most important is our community of bloggers and food professionals who attend. Our community rocked another Pie Party out of the park. We especially appreciate the folks who post about the event event on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ and who take the time to write about the event on their own blogs because that helps us attract the other essential entity—our sponsors.
Pie Party Potluck LIVE! 2014 Sponsors
Pie Party Potluck LIVE! 2014 was brought to life by a wonderful array of sponsors:
- GE Monogram Design Center
Paula Cecere and her wonderful team run by Chef Tageré Southwell thanks for the hospitality and deliciousness!
- Kerrygold Butter and Cheese
You can’t make pie without butter and you make the best pies with this outstanding butter. We loved the cheeses too!
Cutting our pies got very classy with their stunning pies servers and knives.
Chef Tagere got to play with a wonderful line of pots and pans to make the hors d’oeuvres and do her demonstration for the group.
The big cheese that now comes in adorable mini-sized rounds and was featured in the Chicken Chorizo & Fire Roasted Tomato Pie with Crunchy Jarlsberg Topping
Everyone loves their products and had great fun playing with the OXO tattoos! Have you seen the new strawberry huller?
- Dub Pies
How do you make pies even better? Make them into mini-pies!
- Harvard Common Press
Literally giving the gift of Pie with their book, “Pie” by Kevin Haedrich to some lucky winners at the party.
- Woolwich Dairy
Dazzling our tastes bud with their goat brie and goat mozzarella as well as their chevres.
To add to the fun we ran a bunch of photo contests, during the event, where the bloggers took pictures with our sponsors’ products to try to win cheese, butter, cookware, cookbooks and more!
Here are the Pie Party 2014 posts by our awesome community:
- Amber: Bluebonnets & Brownies - Caramel Apple Pie
- Angela: Mind Over Batter - Strawberry Cheese Mini Pies
- Colleen: Souffle Bombay - Pie Party #piepartyGE
- Eryn: Ugly Food Tastes Better - Pie Party Potluck Live!
- Heather: Real: The Kitchen and Beyond - Strawberry Rhubarb Goat’s Cheese Pie
- Jen: Jennifer Baker - #PiePartyGE: 2014 Edition
- Justine: Little Miss Local - PIE PARTY 2014. The pies brought all the boys to the yard.
- Kate: Food Babbles - The Weekend Whisk
- Kristen: Artful Gourmet - Pie Party GE Potluck & a Potato, Bacon & Gruyere Pie w/ Shallots, Creme Fraiche & Fresh Herbs
- Linda: Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps Cheesy - Mashed Potato Pie and a Pie Party
- Lora: Diary of a Mad Hausfrau - Brandied Apricot Ginger Marzipan Tart & Pie Party Potluck NYC
- Miriam: Garden, Cook, Write - New Knife brings back Old Memories
- Susan: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen - Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
- Urvashee: Dessarts - Mini Strawberry Tarts with Basil Cream
- Vicki: The Vicki Winter Show - WHY I LOVE BEING A FOOD BLOGGER- PIE PARTY AT GE MONOGRAM SHOWROOM
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, Bernice, Sara, Thông and Craig, for helping to make this event a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!
SPECIAL thanks to my partner-in-making-awesome-parties, Ken Leung.
- Potato Crust1 pound potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated (I used russets)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Filling4 ounces bacon, chopped
- 3 ounces Woolwich Dairy Goat Brie (half the 6.5-ounce wheel)
- 3 leeks, chopped (save the dark green part for stock)
- 1 tablespoon celery leaves, finely chopped
- 4 ounces dried pears, diced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 3 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups of milk or a mixture of milk and heavy cream
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt to a boil.
- Add potatoes and bring them back to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. The potatoes should be soft, but hold their shape. Drain.
- Mix potatoes with butter and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
- Press the potatoes into a 9” pie pan, firmly. Make sure you get all the way up to the lip of the pan and there are no holes in the crust.
- Bake potato crust for 20-30 minutes until fork tender.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp and remove bacon pieces. Add enough butter to the leftover bacon fat to make a 1/4 cup.
- Sauté the leeks, celery leaves and pears until soft, season with salt and pepper, adding more butter if necessary. Add thyme and parsley and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
- Put 3/4 of the leek mixture in the pie crust.
- Beat eggs with milk and pour over the leek mixture.
- Sprinkle bacon pieces on top.
- Bake pie until almost done, about 30 minutes. You want to be able to place the brie on top without it sinking into the filling.
- Slice brie in small 1/2” wedges and place cut sides down in a circle on top of the pie. Top with the remaining leek mixture in the center, up to the edges of the brie (you don’t want to cover the cheese).
- Bake until the pie is done, about 10-15 minutes. You may have to cover the edges of the pie, including the brie, with foil, if the crust gets too brown before the center of the pie sets.
- Cool slightly and serve.