The Thanksgiving dinner table wouldn't be complete without pie — pumpkin, pecan, apple or cherry (although feel free to go weird, in the spirit of our pilgrim forebears). But most of us lack the time or skill (or both) to turn out a good pie. While you could hit your nearest grocery store for something to fill the pie void, with a little advance planning, you can get something made by hand by caring professional bakers. Here are twelve great places in metro Denver to get your Thanksgiving pie this year.
3333 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood
Granny Scott's is ramping up pie production for the holidays with several flavors available. And the bakery will fill special orders — like a gluten-free crust or a favorite family recipe — as long as it has the ingredients on hand. The deadline for special orders is November 17, or November 19 if you're choosing from the shop's standard pie list. Pies can be picked up as soon as the shop opens on the day you request. Check Granny Scott's website for a list of pies and other details. Pro tip: Throw in a few of Granny Scott's empanadas with your order; they make a great appetizer for your Thanksgiving gang.
One of John Hinman's pies, as served at the Post Brewing Co.
4850 East 39th Avenue
If you've been to the Post Brewing Company, you've probably tasted John Hinman's pies. Although primarily a wholesale bakery, Hinman's is building out a retail space inside its enormous Park Hill production facility. This year you can pre-order pies for pickup between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23. Hinman teamed up with Laws Whiskey House to create a Lawless Bourbon Pecan Pie ($26), but he'll also have Dutch apple, pumpkin, cherry and classic pecan available ($19 to $25). The bakery will also be taking orders for brioche pull-apart buns, sourdough batards, cranberry-walnut boules, biscuits and a few other baked treats. Call or e-mail email@example.com.
Hinman is also using his space as the headquarters of a new bakers' guild, where dues-paying members can sign up to use bakery and kitchen equipment. "I'm trying to get a real bakery and pastry community going here," he explains. If you're interested in joining the guild, give Hinman's a call. He already has a granola maker, chocolatiers and chef Jensen Cummings of Brewed Food using his commercial kitchen.
The Humble Pie Store
3550 East Colfax Avenue
You can't go wrong choosing a year-round pie shop as your go-to for Thanksgiving dessert. This year the bakeshop's pies include spiced pumpkin, chocolate bourbon pecan, salted caramel apple crumb, chocolate chess, apple blackberry lattice and gluten-free spiced pumpkin. Order your pies by midnight, November 20, on Humble Pie's website or at the in-store kiosk set up just for the holidays. Pickup days are November 22 and 23 at the drive-through station Humble Pie is setting up at the East High School Promenade just down Colfax Avenue from the store. Pies come in two sizes, and there's also quiche for those looking for a breakfast option, too. If you stop in at the store to use the kiosk, stay for one of Humble Pie's seasonal cocktails — and a slice of pie, of course.
Kitchen Table: BBQ & Comfort Food
1426 East 22nd Avenue
The Kitchen Table is baking up pumpkin, sweet potato, raspberry chocolate, peanut-butter chocolate and Dutch crumb apple pies for your Thanksgiving feast. In fact, you can order a whole Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the sides. Call the restaurant for details, deadlines and pick-up times.
A pie being made at Long i Pie.
Long I Pie
Long i Pie at the Temple Bakery
2400 Curtis Street
Shauna Lott's pies are baked in cast-iron pans with a thick, rustic crust and a variety of creative fillings. This year she's making whole pies for $28, a set of nine mini-pies for $30, or two date-sized pies for $15 — perfect for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner or double date for four. Choose from Drunken Nut (bourbon chocolate pecan), Honey Flower (salted honey lavender), Grandma's Pie (spiced apple cranberry), Redhead's Revenge (sweet-potato ginger) and Pumpkins in the Mud (pumpkin pie topped with chocolate ganache). If you're ordering mini-pies, you can mix and match. To order, fill out the form on the Long i Pie website; pick-up times are available from November 22 to November 24 at Temple Bakery, Stem Ciders and Black Shirt Brewing.
8203 South Holly Street, Centennial
If you're looking for something a little less traditional for your Thanksgiving table, check out the list of pie-topped cheesecakes and "impied" muffins from this bakeshop in the southern suburbs. Choose from Dutch apple caramel, spicy pumpkin or cherry-cranberry, or surprise the family with Black Forest, banana cream or chocolate salted-caramel, to name just a few. Cupcakes come in tasty combos of fruit fillings and flavored cake, like pumpkin cake with apple filling or red velvet with cherry-cranberry. Select a pick-up date and time and order your desserts on the Makery's website.
Marczyk Fine Foods
770 East 17th Avenue
5100 East Colfax Avenue
Brothers Pete and Paul Marcyzk were already running two of the town's most lauded specialty markets when they decided that if they were going to provide the kind of baked goods their customers wanted, they'd need to learn to do it themselves. And they did, perfecting a French baguette that gets raves. We can't promise they'll be doing all the baking this holiday season, but we can promise that the lauded pie crust will contain both butter and Niman Ranch lard, for incredibly flaky results. Find out more here.
1543 Champa Street
Mermaids Bakery offers a baker's dozen of pie options, from seasonal specialties to creamy confections. Each pie is made to order, so call 24 hours ahead or fill out a form on the bakery's website. Nine-inch pies are all $21.95 and range from strawberry-rhubarb to pecan to Buckeye pie with chocolate cream and peanut-butter cups.
Westword file photo.
Project Angel Heart's Pie in the Sky
Every year, Project Angel Heart teams up with Bluepoint Bakery to provide you with Thanksgiving pies while raising money to help deliver nourishing meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Orders can be placed on the Pie in the Sky website; pies include apple, cherry, pumpkin and pecan ($25 each), or you can choose to have a pie delivered to one of Project Angel Heart's clients. The deadline for orders is November 17, and the pick-up day is November 22. There are nineteen pick-up locations around Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder so you can choose a location near you. Last year, Project Angel Heart sold 4,847 pies, and this year the goal is 5,780.
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There's no better combination of beverage and dessert than coffee and pie. Sugar Bake Shop is teaming up with Novo Coffee for a Thanksgiving deal. Choose a pie and a bag of Novo holiday blend coffee for $32; order at one of Novo's Denver cafes by November 19 for pick-up on November 22 and 23. For pie orders without coffee, call the bakery 48 hours in advance for all the Thanksgiving standards, plus chocolate chess, coconut cream, Dutch strawberry and lemon chiffon. But do yourself a favor and show up early for your pie pick-up so that you can relax with a cup of java at Sugar's coffeehouse.
2461 Larimer Street
Troy Guard's dessert emporium is ready with your apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, plus something sure to wow your Turkey Day guests: a bourbon sweet-potato pie topped with torched marshmallow and chocolate chips. Call or stop in at Sugarmill or any of Guard's other restaurants (TAG, Mister Tuna, TAG Burger Bar, Los Chingones, Bubu or Lucky Cat) to place an order. Pre-pay for pick-up at Sugarmill on November 22 or 23.
1422 Larimer Street
The little shop that serves as a front for Frank Bonanno's speakeasy, Green Russell, really does sell pies: maple bourbon pumpkin, mulled blueberry, salted butterscotch pecan, and apple caramel are the options for this Thanksgiving. Place your orders online by 5 p.m. November 21 for pick-up on or before November 24.