food & grocery: The Lunch Room's pie party features tempting treats made with love
Mary Bilyeu, Contributor
The moment I saw on Facebook that there was an opportunity to sign up for the event, I staked a claim to two spots — one for my son Jeremy and one for me. Of course, I didn't tell Jeremy that I was going to feed him a vegan meal; I merely invited him to eat pie for dinner!
The festivities were held in the normally spacious kitchen where the Mark's Carts vendors prepare their food. But 60 lucky revelers were crammed into the room, happy and hungry, so the space was a bit cramped.
People sat on a few chairs and benches, stood in corners, and even sat on the floor; two of our hosts very sweetly brought stools for Jeremy and me to sit on as they watched us trying to balance our trays on our knees. Because these were good, kind people who wanted to support a local business and celebrate the beauty of pie, everyone was gracious and cooperative. It was a truly festive and friendly atmosphere!
- Sweet Potato Pocket Pie: Sweet and spicy, with a filling that was mostly smooth but still offered texture from tidbits of perfectly tender sweet potato, this hand-held pie was substantial and filling and delicious.
- Chocolate Banana Cheesecake: Dense and rich, the banana flavor shone through and was ideally complemented by the chocolate. As a native New Yorker, I prefer my cheesecake to be drier rather than pudding-like; The Lunch Room got the texture just right.
- Chocolate Raspberry Tart: Sultry and seductive, with a sharpness from the raspberry flavor shining through the richness of the chocolate custard, this tart was creamy and decadent.
Their generosity of spirit even extends to welcoming potential new friends to join the Mark's Carts gang: Phillis told me that applications are being accepted until Feb. 15, if you think you might have a fabulous food idea and want to open your own cart. Three spots are open, so click here for more information.
I offer rounds of applause to Bill, Phillis, The Lunch Room staff, and everyone who played a part in the pie party. Jeremy and I can't thank you enough for welcoming us to eat pie for dinner... and wonderfully delicious pies, too, which had clearly been made with great care and love.
Until April 1, when we can indulge in all of your wonderful dishes and baked goods again!
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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.