Pie Camp Pie High
Pie Camp was so much fun! It’s a week later, and I’m still on a Pie Camp Pie High. I’m getting emails and texts from Pie Campers about how much fun they had, how much it meant to them, and pictures of post-camp pies.
Pie Camp has found it’s new home at The Quintessa.
The big kitchen there was just about perfect for teaching in, and for making our pastry creations, plus the view of the water and Olympic Mountains is picture postcard perfect.
After settling in to our rooms, we gathered informally in the main kitchen. Pie Camper Andrea had graciously brought sparkling rosé which we enjoyed while we created name tags with the essentials — Name, Town, Favorite Pie. We wore them through our days together.
We made a few other things too!
How Much Pie Can You Talk About for 5 Days?
You know, some have asked, “What about Pie can there be to talk about for five days?” Well, there’s ALOT actually. We talked pretty much for five days straight and could have gone on for five more…easily!
And when we were not talking pie, we were baking pie. I looked in the kitchen on Saturday night at 10:30 and there were pie experiments still going on.
We rolled our way through:
- 40 pounds of King Arthur Flour
- 20 pounds of Irish Butter graciously supplied by the KerryGold
- 15 pounds of Leaf Lard
- 20 pounds of sugar
- 10 dozen eggs
- 20 pounds of ripe organic apricots generously sent to us by Frog Hollow Farms (thank you Farmer Al!)
- 16 pounds of local farm grown rhubarb
- 30 +++ pounds of raspberries, blueberries, apples and pears
Camp Counselor Robin and I team taught a session on edges, lattice work, and decorative tops. Campers then practiced them as we made little 5 inch pies.
Knowing that we would be making and eating pastry and fruit, our meals were protein rich and full of veggies and greens. Pie Camp Chef Vincent Natress of Relish lovingly prepared them and Kevin Cedargreen of Cedargreen Cellars matched perfect wines to his menus. Chef Vincent and Kevin received thumbs up from everyone!
Pie Campers took advantage of the free time built in each day to go bike riding, visit the village of Langley to hunt for treasures in thrift stores and boutiques, walk the 2 miles to the beach to make sure their 10,000 steps were met, and we all enjoyed our visit to the Famers Market at Bayview on Saturday morning.
We practiced the fine art of relaxing, too.
I think I can say for all of us, that we had a pretty Pie-fect time.