The Grand Tasting will boast an array of delicious sips and samples from an impressive number of the country’s top wine, spirits and culinary exhibitors, not to mention the local and regional chefs who will be on hand sharing their creations as well.
One of the best – and most rewarding – parts of the Grand Tasting experience is the chance to talk with the makers, and our Artisan Spotlight series introduces you to a few of these creative entrepreneurs in advance of the fest. On that note, let’s kick things off with at Austin’s own Tiny Pies!
AFWF: How did you decide to start Tiny Pies?
Amanda Bates: My mom, Kit and I have been baking pies together for years. Pie was a standard dessert at dinner time at our house and everyone had their favorite. The idea for Tiny Pies came from my boys wanting to take an individual piece of pie in their lunch sacks to school.
How do you develop new flavors?
AB: Our menu changes based on what seasonal flavors are available. We add a modern twist to old family recipes. We are inspired by desserts from our childhood and like to bake with simple ingredients to let the flavors stand alone.
Which fellow local food artisans do you work with most frequently?
AB: We work with Lick Honest Ice Creams and will be coming out with a new product collaboration for our store in the summer.
Any dream collaborations you’d like to make happen with Tiny Pies?
AB: We would love to work with Aaron Franklin. BBQ and pie just go together.
What can festival-goers expect to sample at your booth?
AB: We’ll have our Sweet Texas Pecan Pie, Key Lime with Marshmallow Cream, Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Chess and Strawberry Basil teeny tiny pies.
Which other chefs are you most looking forward to learning from at the festival?
How can people find/purchase Tiny Pies?
Folks can buy our product: (1) local retailers throughout Texas, (2) order online (we ship nationwide) and/ or (3) stop by our NEW store at 5035 Burnet Rd. We open March 28th!