As you’ve probably heard, this fall we’re holding our first Lowcountry Pie Getaway October 10th through 13th in Savannah, Georgia. In a nutshell, it’s an opportunity for a dozen bakers to come and hone their pie making skills with me, Ken Haedrich, “Dean” and founder of The Pie Academy.
I’ll be doing my share of mini lectures and short demos, but this is primarily a “hands-on” event; you’re coming to bake and learn-by-doing, with me right there at your side to encourage, hand hold, instruct, and have fun with. I’ve no doubt we’ll all become fast friends, and quickly turn this weekend into a sort of family reunion of kindred pie making spirits.
That being said, we’ve had a number of emails and questions about the weekend, so we thought we’d clarify some of the stuff you’ve been wondering about. Here goes.
Is there space left?
Yes, but only a handful of slots. We expected as much, going into the summer. But as summer winds down and folks start thinking about fall pie making, we anticipate a late- summer rush of sign ups. So please let us know right away if you’re interested; we don’t want you to be disappointed. Due to the hands-on nature of this event, we simply must limit the getaway to twelve people.
That was simple. First, it’s close to our home in the Lowcountry. It’s got that perfect mix of Southern charm, walkability, a rich history, lovely architecture, culture, and great food. There’s plenty to do, but you won’t feel rushed. Our beautiful host inn – exclusively ours for the weekend – is in the heart of the historic district, so you can walk everywhere. And the inn itself has gorgeous common rooms and a private courtyard if you simply want to relax.
I haven’t made that many pies or consider myself to be very experienced. Will I feel out of place?
Absolutely not. We already have a range of skill levels among the current enrollees. The beauty of a small group like ours is that it allows for individualized attention. No doubt, we’ll all learn at least a little something from one another.
How will the days and classes be organized?
While the emphasis of the weekend will be pie making, we’ve scheduled the days so you’ll have plenty of time to explore if you choose to. Essentially, you’ll be baking half of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be devoted to double crust and crumb topped fruit pies, and Sunday to savory pies and tarts. You’ll be a pie crust and pie making-dynamo by the time Monday rolls around. When you’re not baking, you’ll be on your own, with more than enough fun and adventure to be had. In addition, we have a couple of special events on our schedule, including a Pie and Ice Cream Social on Saturday night and a Send Off Dinner on Sunday night. (Departure is Monday.)
Will I need to budget for meals?
Very little. We’re taking care of all the meals, except for dinner on Saturday, when you’re on your own. I’ll actually be preparing most of the food for the event, including some featured recipes from my brand new cookbook, Comfort Food, which will be out this summer. If you have any special food needs or allergies, let us know and we’ll accommodate you.
Do I need special shoes?
Yes! The most comfortable ones you own. Between baking and walking – think cobblestone streets and historic walkways – your feet will get a workout. Dress accordingly.
Do I need to budget for a rental car?
Again, you’ll be staying right in the historic district; everything is nearby. And there is free pedicab service anywhere you want to go. (Tipping is customary.) Unless you plan to explore outside Savannah, you’re much better off just taking a taxi from the airport and into town. It’s a short 15 or 20 minute cab ride and you’ll save quite a bit by not renting a car.
Since we started planning for the getaway, we found out that the 25th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival will be held the same weekend. If folk music is your thing, this could work out nicely for you. The Savannah Theatre also has a special presentation that weekend called Savannah Live, a 2-hour variety music show that gets rave reviews. Aside from that, pack lightly: you’ll need room in your luggage for the great gifts in your Pie Academy Swag Bag that we’re putting together for all attendees.
How do I get a registration form?
If you’d like to look over the registration form or you’re ready to sign up, or you have any other questions, simply contact Bev – firstname.lastname@example.org – and she’ll take care of you right away.