Savory As Pie
There’s pie and then there’s pie. The latter is a rare breed. It’s the kind of pie that—the second it hits the table—has the power to draw in an entire crowd and stop time for a little while.
Whitney Williams makes that kind pie.
As in, best pie we’ve ever tasted. We almost want this to be our little secret…but alas.
The mastermind behind WEW Pies says that her love of baking runs in her family and credits her mother and grandmothers as strong influences of her pie adoration. “Pie is an under-appreciated dessert,” she laughs, “and it needs to be brought back!”
And bring back, she has.
It all started on a drive out to Sullivan’s Island last fall when Whitney’s fiancé, Charles Cole, suggested she follow her dream of baking pie for others. She listened, contacted the Charleston Farmer’s Market, and now has her very own spot every first and third Saturday at Marion Square. (By the way, big thanks to soon-to-be-hubby for pushing for that delicious dream come alive.)
Nestled on the row closer to Meeting Street, you can find Whitney and Charles (just look for real-life versions of gorgeous Ken and Barbie) serving up everything from savory creations (think Onion Pie made with parmesan peppercorn crust and bacon from Meathouse) to fruit pies like her Peach Pie made on a cinnamon sugar crust. Her specialty? The crust. “I try to make every crust different,” Whitney explains. Notable crusts include her Tequila Lime Pie made with Nilla Wafers and cashews or her Cayenne Brownie Pie whose crust had just enough salt for a perfect sweet/savory blend.
This summer, look for a hodgepodge of flavors depending on what’s local and in season. If it’s breakfast you’re craving, Whitney also whips up a Grits Pie (yes, we said grits) made from the Geechee Brothers grits with bacon, egg, and cheese on a cheddar biscuit-like crust. “We always had breakfast casserole when I was younger,” says Whitney of the savory creation, “so I thought, ‘why not make a pie out of this?’”
Whitney also takes special orders, has a handy mini-pie maker on-site at the Farmer’s Market, and even drops off pie each week at City Lights Coffee should you miss your Farmer’s Market opportunity. Her favorite part of the process? “I love watching people eat my pies!”
We think we can help you with that.
Story by: Evans Craddock
Photos by: Andrew Stephen Cebulka