From Owner and POO (Pie Operating Officer) Rachel:
I've always had a sweet spot for sweet things. For my dad, a meal wasn't finished until dessert was served. My grandma Lu was well known for her tall, billowy, lemon meringue pie. Growing up, I was the only kid I knew who asked for birthday pie instead of cake. At that time, Poppin' Fresh’s French Silk was the pinnacle of pie.
In February 2016, I started baking pies for friends and family, testing various crusts and fillings, and stretching my pie muscles. With my whole-career history in the restaurant industry, my heart for hospitality, and a dearth of pie shops in the Twin Cities, I thought: “Now is the time. Life goes fast, the people you love die too soon, get after what you want.” So here I am, combining my passion for pie, my talent and experience, and my sense of urgency to get after it.
Over the last 16 months, I’ve moved from being a pie freak on my own to being on a team of pie-lovers and pie-makers. My spouse, Karen Ratchet Mattison, and my friend, Jodi Steenson, have joined me in business as Pie & Mighty. We are also blessed by a mighty squad of friends and family who join us to make pie boxes, fetch ingredients when our hands are all doughy, wash dishes, engage in “quality control” pie eating, and do all kinds of supportive tasks. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL! As of May 2017, we have moved into a new kitchen space that supports our growing capacity and offers us more opportunities to move toward being a full-on pie shop.
Pie & Mighty Current State (June 2017)
Pie & Mighty is an occasional pie shop sharing space with DiNoko’s Pizzeria. We bake often and use an email subscription list and social media to announce pie availability, flavors, and when and where to get pie. Our capacity has started small and is growing. If you want in on this, sign up to be in The Pie Loop (just pie ordering and news, no spam).
Generally, our pies are 9 inches---cut into a 6 generous or 8 "regular sized" slices. We make a butter-lard crust and use the best, seasonal ingredients available. So while fruit is summer-amazing, there will be fruit pies. As the seasons turn, so will the pie flavors and you can expect sweet and savory choices.
Pie prices start at $23, and often we offer up our test pies--that may or may not have a slice missing--priced appropriately. My spouse tells me that every pie is delicious and magic, but really, some are experiments. We want to get these inexpensive pies into your hands because your feedback is crucial for our improvement. ALL pies that leave our kitchen are good for eating! We’re going for quality in all the ways and we appreciate your input on every pie you try.
Pie & Mighty Future State
Pie & Mighty is destined to be your brick and mortar, neighborhood pie shop and the answer to the question, “Where do you get great pie in the Twin Cities?” We’re full of pie, but we’re smart: we’re trying to take every growth step with thoughtfulness and care. Although we’re eager to shout “PIE!” from the mountain tops, we’re being careful to not grow too fast and get in over our heads. So we’ll keep making pie, getting it to you in a variety of ways, and building our foundation so when we can invite you into Pie & Mighty the pie shop, we’ll be sure we can meet all your needs. Also, we need to save up for this fancy, spinning pie display case ------>
pie + joy
from Team Pie & Mighty (Rachel, Ratchet & Jodi)