Those in the know have been predicting pie's ascent as the dessert of choice for a while now, even going so far as to pronounce cupcakes dead. Pie shops are rising in fashionable urban neighborhoods throughout the country with dressed up and adult flavors. Bourbon pear crumble, anyone? It actually makes a lot of sense that a traditional dish like pie would be embraced by the stylishly homegrown, handmade and locavore crowd. Pie is easily adaptable - it's been around for centuries, after all - and you can make it using just about anything that's in season. What's more, it's an important part of our food history, which I think makes these new offerings all the more appealing.
I'm curious to see how the pie trend catches on here in Chicago. M. and I decided to scout some pie shops and devised a local "pie crawl." We mapped out a list of five pie shops to try and set out on bike one fine spring Sunday. Here's a few snapshots:
|Blood orange shaker pie|