AURORA – As I reported in Nibbles this week, as a person of the pie persuasion I was thrilled to witness the opening of a new bakery devoted strictly to pie. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the cozy Humble Pie Store opened Oct. 20 at 300 Elati St. selling an array of freshly baked sweet and savory pies. The building in Denver’s Historic Baker District has long been home to various neighborhood markets. The puff pastry-crowned Beef Short Rib Pie is an extraordinary treat filled with silky, shredded slow braised beef, potatoes, carrots and onions in a light gravy with a hint of wine. Another winner is Farmer Dave’s Famous Buttermilk Banana Cream Pie set in a buttery-chewy crust made with house-baked graham crackers. For their organic pumpkin and other fruit pies the bakery uses a fine butter-based crust. More details at humblepiestore.com.
Classic Pastries and Pies, Oct. 27, Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora. Information: auroragov.org/cooking. Details: Learn the pie-baking fundamentals including pie crusts, choux pastry, custards, ganache and fruit fillings
Pies for the Holidays, Nov. 13-14, Kitchen Table Cooking School, Greenwood Village. Information: kitchentablegv.com. Details: Learn how to make and bake Pumpkin Rum, Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Mousse, and American Apple Pie
Marczyk Fine Foods is hosting a pie competition 1 to 2 pm Oct. 27. Categories: pumpkin/squash, apple, and wild card. To enter your pie, email email@example.com. Details: marczykfinefoods.com.
WORDS ABOUT PIE
“One thing that I see now is, even in the highest levels in the upper echelons of restaurants, I see comfort food. It might be comfort food with a certain refinement. You know, it’ll be a chicken pot pie with a beautiful sail of puff pastry or something. But people tend to gravitate toward those familiar flavors when times are tough.” – Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema on NPR
• John Lehndorff is the former executive director of the American Pie Council, head judge at the National Pie Championships, editor of Pie Times, and spokesperson for National Pie Day, Jan. 23. He is the editor of Colorado Table which appears in the Aurora Sentinel, Buckley Guardian and Life Science newspapers and web sites: aurorasentinel.com/colorado-table. Send pressing cooking or dining questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For regular updates, “like” the Nibbles Facebook page. Radio Nibbles airs 8:25 a.m. Thursdays on KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, and kgnu.org).