The Pie Guy was born in New England, Connecticut to be specific. After a handful of moves early in life it turned out that he would spend most of his years growing up in Baltimore. Baltimore, like New England, has its ducks in a row when it came to dessert. You see, there isn’t an ice cream section in the stores. There’s a full aisle. Both sides sometimes. So many good options around town. Milkshakes, cheesecake, pudding, chocolate, ice cream sundaes, strawberry shortcake. You didn’t have to look hard, it was everywhere.
When he arrived in Blacksburg for college, he found some great food, but so often the restaurants skip on that last bit on the menu. So many places were just serving frozen cheesecake. And I don’t mean that it had been frozen and they thawed it, I mean it was frozen when it hit the table. So after several years of being frustrated with the options of good local desserts, he bought a cookbook, took a pie baking class, and never looked back. “Actually I do look back sometimes. I see how sad I was when I wasn’t eating pie ”
After a year of playing around in my own kitchen He learned about the Bagel Lady and her transition from home cooking to becoming a vendor at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. After a few meetings and exchanges of baked goods, he offered to help bake for the market one weekend and the rest, is baking history.