Thursday, March 21, 2013

Get your sweet kick tonight with I Like Pie party

Photo Courtesy//Steven Felschundneff
Indulge your sweet tooth tonight with the clan of Claremont's I Like Pie Bakeshop as they celebrate their ribbon-cutting ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. 

Join the Claremont Village startup for free pie slices and general fanfare. And stop by again this Saturday for a special grand opening celebration, equipped with more decadent surprises. 

The sweet shop opened its doors in Village West in November under the leadership of Claremont resident Annika Corbin.

“When I have my hands in the dough, I feel like I have control over everything in front of me,” she said in an interview with the COURIER days prior to her opening. “It’s the one thing that calms me.”

Ms. Corbin adds a twist to the traditional the American dessert icon by baking each pie in easy to handle, grab-and-go sizes. I Like Pie’s one-of-a-kind pie tins were fashioned from jelly jars found in Ms. Corbin’s kitchen. She says the pie tin manufacturers teased her for sending “little, dinky jars,” but the end result was just right. The small 4, 8 and 10-ounce tins allow those partaking in the delicious delicacies to leave satisfied and not overly indulged.

Ms. Corbin’s pies range from sweet selections like blueberry sage, apple cranberry and pumpkin praline cream cheese to savory options like tomato basil, chicken and herb and pulled pork. Flavors rotate in and out depending on the fruits in season and the fancy of the day’s chefs. Improvisation is encouraged. While the flavors may change, the crust is always crafted from scratch.

The culinary confections are offered in 4 ounce and 8 ounce options with the 10 ounce tin reserved for the savory flavors. Pie lollipops, “toaster pastries” and bastilles are also among the handheld varieties. Whole pies will be for sale, but not by the slice. Items range from $2.25 to $10. 

I Like Pie is located at 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite 102B in the Claremont Plaza next to the Loving Hut and Jamba Juice. The pie shop is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit them at, email or call 621-5152. 

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