Occu-pie Bay Ridge! Pie social draws crowd for ample pies, good cause

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Erin Evenson wowed the crowd with her candied acorn squash mousse and dulce deleche pie at the social.
Dean Rasinya of the Bay Ridge Community Council sampled the cranberry pear pie.
Chris McCreight, Susan Romero, state senate candidate Andrew Gounardes and Dean Rasinya chowed down on the 15 varieties of pies during the annual pre-Thanksgiving event.
Everyone who baked a pie was a winner — including Caroline Mansuetto, associate director of development for the Guild For Exceptional Children.
Bay Ridge reporter Dan MacLeod and his fiancé Kate Richmond baked this tasty pecan pie, which was quickly devoured by the otherwise pecan-starved crowd.

Pie-eyed Ridgites showed up at the Art Room on Third Avenue on Sunday for a gigantic banquet of Thanksgiving treats — and to raise money for a good cause.

A nascent holiday tradition, the Bay Ridge Pie Social is a fundraising event for the Guild for Exceptional Children, a nonprofit that works with developmentally disabled kids.

“Bay Ridge has always been synonymous with a proud volunteer spirit,” said organizer Justin Brannan. “I like to think of the holidays as a time when the whole world starts acting like Bay Ridge.”

Not that we could hear him over the sound of our own masticating.

Local bakers made a plethora of pies for the second annual event — from a sage-scented maple pork belly and potato pie, to a Dodgeville, Wisconsin cheddar-crusted Winesap apple and rosemary pie, to a Greek pumpkin pie made with phyllo dough.

Erin Evenson, the creator of the pork belly pie — a savory and rich treat that helped balance the otherwise sugary treats — also made a candied acorn squash mousse and dulce de leche pie, and said that she spent days working on her treats.

“It’s a serious hobby,” the legal assistant said.

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at @dsmacleod.
Posted 3:29 am, November 23, 2011
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