Sister Pie Founder to Speak at Ferndale Library Jan. 13

Sister Pie Founder to Speak at Ferndale Library Jan. 13

Ferndale, MI – Sister Pie founder Lisa Ludwinski appreciates the pragmatism of her pastry of preference. Pies are a delicious opportunity for a fresh, year-round baking schedule of Michigan’s seasonal agricultural output. You’ll hear about that, as well as much of the story behind the origins and rapid rise of Ludwinski’s popular West Village bakeshop, on Sun., Jan. 13, at the Ferndale Library, with a presentation all about Sister Pie and their debut recipe book.

Pies, in Ludwinski’s regard, are perfect symbols for building a sense of community. “And that’s always been important to me,” she said. “(Pie) demands to be shared; we make it together, we enjoy it together, and that speaks to (Sister Pie)’s mission of being a welcoming and friendly space.” And that led to a perfect pairing of Sister Pie and libraries: since Ludwinski guided its six-year development towards being an inherently community-minded local business, she has since made a handful of stops at local libraries in Berkley, Detroit, and Fraser, signing copies of the new recipe collection in a concomitantly welcoming space for each respective community.

Ludwinski had been studying theater in New York until the fall of 2012 when she began a bit of a pie-baking frenzy in her parents’ kitchen, selling her first 40 pies, changing gears and launching what would become Sister Pie. (The name is a term of endearment Ludwinski shares with her sister, Sarah). “My mom had, for a long time, told me I should open up a restaurant one day,” Ludwinski recalls, looking back at her decision to move back to Michigan from New York.

“I definitely did get a lot of moral support early on; I went into this business with very little expectation of what it could be, but I knew it would be a real big adventure…” That made Michigan an ideal place to begin, not only for its diverse agricultural output but proximity to friends and family for that much-needed encouragement throughout the first two years without a brick and mortar space. Sister Pie opened at its current location (to a line out the door) in April of 2015. Their menu expanded to include cookies, muffins, shortbread, brownies, and more.

Asked to reveal what her most unique recipe was, Ludwinski points to the “sweet beet pie,” which is featured in the book. “People seem to be terrified of beets for some reason,” Ludwinski shrugs, “but we roast and puree beats and it’s a really creamy, bright pink pie and it’s really delicious, actually.”

“I felt lucky and grateful that I had a variety of recipes to choose from,” Ludwinski said of the recipe book, which came out in early October. “So it was all about just editing them down and getting them ready, but it was also just exciting to get our whole story down in one place. And, of course, that story is changing all the time. I’m thinking about writing another one, actually.”

Meet Ludwinski at the Ferndale Library on Sun., Jan. 13; hear the story behind Sister Pie, purchase your own copy of their recipe book and get it signed by the founder, herself.

Staff from Oak Park bookstore Book Beat will be at this event to sell copies on site to attendees, before Ludwinsky begins signing. Anyone interested in attending can order ahead of time, online, via: http://sisterpie.com/cookbook/

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