Anyone from the South can tell you that Pecan Pies are as American as their cousin Apple. Jen Biddle, founder of Texas Pie Kitchen, knows this first hand. She did, after all, bake them for two Texas legends, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.
After baking pies for these stars, Biddle’s business started picking up. Not long after, she created Texas Pie Kitchen.
Texas Pie Kitchen is a small business venture that aims to serve as a community-driven business. Under the Zephaniah Community Development Corporation it aims to economically empower those from low-income neighborhoods through small business development and mentoring projects.
The Texas Pie Kitchen provides a four-month culinary job training program and a six-week job-readiness class. Graduates are provided assistance in job placement or entry into culinary school. The organization has experienced an 88 percent success rate for placement for their graduates.
Through the program, there are also financial literacy services through the Central Texas Financial Literacy Coalition.
One of Biddle’s favorite memories of working at the Texas Pie Kitchen is her first student and graduate, Lerrick Martin. Martin was also the first graduate to be employed as an instructor. With everything working against him, Martin completed the program. Biddle remembers his excitement when it came to baking. She enjoyed seeing him evolve into this super confident man.
Their pies can be purchased all over Austin, including at Whole Foods and Randalls.
Texas Pie Kitchen will participate in Creative Action’s I Spy Pie! The event is the fall fundraiser for Creative Action and it features other local bakeries including Jeffrey’s, Tiny Pies and both Central Market’s Bakery and Cooking School.
WHEN: October 20, 2012 from noon – 3 p.m.
Central Market- North Lamar
4001 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
TICKETS: Free to public. $5 donation encouraged.