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Save the Date: Pie Palooza 2014 will be Sunday, November 2!

Pie Palooza 2013 was a great success. Many, many thanks to all of our volunteers, staff, board members, and partner organizations and businesses, and especially to all the local growers and producers whose items were featured in the meal. We look forward to seeing you at Pie Palooza 2014!

Photos from Pie Palooza 2013

Event Details

Pie Palooza is a delicious Sunday brunch featuring local ingredients and showcasing Madison's best restaurants and bakeries. Each Pie Palooza ticket includes your choice of two slices of scrumptious sweet or savory pies baked by area chefs using local products, a farm-fresh salad, and beverages. Chefs and bakers all over town dream up special sweet and savory pie recipes for this annual celebration of all things pie. The hardest part is deciding which slices to try! All proceeds from Pie Palooza support REAP Food Group programs, which promote the inclusion of healthy, local, sustainably grown foods in schools, restaurants, food stores, and home kitchens.

Pie Palooza 2013 Pie Flavors and Contributors

Pie Palooza 2013's pies came from some of Madison's very best chefs and bakers, including: Batch Bakehouse, Bloom Bake Shop, Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse, Deb’s Lunch, Fresco, Grace Cheesecakes, Harvest Restaurant, Honey Bee Bakery, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Humble Pie, L’Etoile & Graze, Liliana’s, Madison Sourdough Company, Market Street Bakery, Merchant, Mermaid Café, Monty’s Blue Plate, Nutshell Catering, Porchlight Products, RP’s Pasta, Water House Bistro, Willy Street Co-op.

Sweet pies

  • Dark chocolate bourbon pecan pie
  • Salted caramel apple pie
  • Chocoholic cheesecake
  • Vanilla-chocolate custard pie
  • Sweet potato pecan
  • Hickory nut bourbon-caramel pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Chocolate caramel Gateau Basque
  • Pumpkin chocolate pecan
  • Lavender honey pie
  • Caramel apple walnut pie
  • Sauerkraut custard pie

Savory pies

  • Sausage and sweet red pepper quiche
  • "Smoked" duck confit and fruit pie
  • Spaghetti carbonara pie with bacon
  • Roasted shallot quiche with aged Gouda
  • Rustic rosemary, grape, and goat cheese tart
  • Caramelized onion, mushroom, and Montrachet quiche
  • Winter squash, tomato, onion, and Gruyere pie
  • Mini quiche pairs: pumpkin pecan wild rice and potato leek rosemary

Note: Not all pies are available at all seatings, but we promise to have a wonderful selection of both sweet and savory pies available throughout the day!

Pie Palooza FAQ

How do the timed seatings work? We sell tickets for four timed seatings to assure shorter lines and plenty of seats. You may purchase a ticket for 9:30-10:30am, 10:30-11:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm, or 12:30-1:30pm. Walkups welcome if slots are not sold out.

How do I buy tickets? Advance tickets are $16 per person. Tickets may be purchased online until Friday, November 1st or with cash or a check at the REAP office from 9-4 M-F. If time slots are not sold out, tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $18.

Are there tickets for kids? We do not sell children's tickets. But since a meal consists of two slices of pie and a salad and drink, you can choose to share it any way you like. We will sell "extra slice" tickets at the door for ticketholders who feel two slices aren't quite enough. (Extra slice tickets will be $5)

Will there be options for vegetarians? There will be options of both vegetarian and meat lovers throughout the day. We'll note when sweet pies are made with lard in the crusts. Since we never know what the chefs will create, we cannot garantee that options for vegan, gluten free, or other dietary restrictions will be available.

Who bakes the pies? All pies are baked and generously donated by many of your favorite local chefs and bakers. Please thank our bakers for donating to Pie Palooza!