It's time to learn about the art of pie-making! Join us to learn how to make Pie Bird Pies' all-butter pie dough, how to roll a pie crust, and how to put together a pie. This in-depth, two hour demonstration will showcase pie-making from start to finish, with educator Kristen Daily sharing one of her most popular spring pies, mixed berry lavender. This delicious pie includes raspberries, strawberries, blackberries + blueberries paired with fresh lemon + lavender, and blanketed by a buttery oat crumble. It's the perfect hint of floral sweetness with gorgeous berries. This pie evokes sunshine + flowers peeking up through the leaves. Kristen will demo both a crumble top + a double crust pie with a pie bird. Every guest will enjoy a tasting during the demonstration + have the opportunity to ask questions. This demonstration is the perfect way for guests to build confidence when it comes to making delicious pies in their own home kitchens.
Kristen Daily (she/her) is the owner and baker of Pie Bird Pies, a home-based bakery in the Drake neighborhood of Des Moines, which she co-owns with her wife, Andrea. Kristen loves to make (and eat!) pie, and she's passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients. Food has always been about connection and community for Kristen, so opening her home bakery has been the perfect way to express that care and joy. When she isn't up to her elbows in flour, you can find her in the garden or walking her beloved rescue chihuahuas, Frida and Norman.
Prior to baking full-time, Kristen worked in the nonprofit sector and taught introductory creative writing and communications courses at Iowa State University, where she received her MFA in poetry. But the pull of the kitchen was too strong to resist, and she opened Pie Bird Pies in May 2020.
Pie Bird Pies received statewide LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit, One Iowa's, inaugural Community Partnership Award in 2021. That year, Pie Bird Pies was also named one of the 33 Essential Restaurants in Des Moines by Eater. And in 2022, Kristen was inducted into Les Des d'Escoffier International, a philanthropic group of women in food, beverage and hospitality. That year, she was also named one of the Iowa Restaurant Association's 40 Women to Watch.