Food Events: New Piemaker in Town

Purple Pie Company Pies     -   photo courtesy of Alex Van Clief

Purple Pie Company Pies – photo courtesy of Alex Van Clief

Meet the Purple Pie Company. Alex Van Clief bakes pies “made with hands, not from cans” out of her home kitchen. Why pie? Well, it’s just something she happens to be good at. Van Clief didn’t actually eat too much of her own handiwork until a few months ago, and yet family and friends all clamored for her pies. She started baking when she was in college in Syracuse. One day at college, Van Clief surveyed the buckets of apples she’d gathered after a day trip to the orchard. She knew what had to be done.

The Purple Pie Company deals in apple and blueberry pies, which Van Clief feels are the most beloved. Purple Pie Company will also feature a seasonal pie. Right now, key lime is the selection. A family sized pie costs $14. Van Clief will even “engrave” your pie with a special crust message! She also sells single servings in dainty glass jars (see below) for $4 a “slice.”

Purple Pie Company Mini Pies - photo courtesy of Alex Van Clief

Purple Pie Company Mini Pies – photo courtesy of Alex Van Clief

And that first pie she ever baked? Van Clief modestly reports that “it was received well.” You too can receive some pie at the “Eight by Eight” group art show at Pink Ghost. You can savor free samples, listen to music, and test your limits at a pie-eating contest. The show starts at 7 pm and it’s free!

Now you know who to call after salivating through an episode of Pushing Daisies….

When: Saturday, August 16 at 7 pm

Where: Pink Ghost, 21 West Las Olas Blvd., Suite B, Fort Lauderdale

How much: Free!

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5 Responses to “Food Events: New Piemaker in Town”

  1. August 14, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Go Alex! The packaging on the mini pies is too cute.

  2. gail shepherd
    August 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    oh lord, tell me they ship or deliver. Miami’s too far for me to drive and those pies look sooooo good.

  3. Bev Murtagh
    August 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Alex,
    You are truly amazing! This pie business idea is so great…and I know just how delicious your pies are. Not to mention the website…you are a genius…how do you do it?

  4. Elliot
    August 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    Do you ship to NYC or does Miami have all the fun?

  5. November 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I just went to the Pinkghost event and I saw the Purple Pie table. I thought those little jars were so cute and the pies looked DE-LISH! So I bought 2 apple and 1 blueberry… and they were soooo good!