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!
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.
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.
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.