Brand New Hudson Valley Bakeries
Fresh from the oven, two new Dutchess County bakeries heat things up
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Many folks in the restaurant business come from other careers, but Debra Every may be the only former bond trader and opera singer to open a pie shop.
Every, who launched Me-Oh-My Pie Shop & Café in Red Hook in May, says she was singing in Stockholm with the Royal Opera one long-ago Thanksgiving when, desperately homesick, she decided to bake her own apple pie. “I couldn’t get it to work — the ingredients were just different there,” she says. And somehow, that failure stayed with her. So when she retired from singing to raise a family and grew “bored out of my mind,” she returned to baking.
She started as a pie and cookie wholesaler about three years ago working out of her Rhinebeck kitchen. Then the business took off. Her thin-crust chocolate chip cookies were voted “best dessert” at 2009’s Taste of Rhinebeck, so she opened the café.
Befitting her worldly past, she says her café is not your typical county pie shop. “I’m told it seems very European,” she says, with its mahogany counters and pendant lamps. Tables and couches seat up to 19 people to enjoy her top-line espresso accompanied by a slice of cranberry, sour cream pear, chocolate pecan, plum, banana cream, or coconut cream pie.
She uses local produce whenever possible — “I buy from the farm stands up the street,” she says — along with fresh butter, sugar, and cream. Her lunch menu includes quiches, pot pies, soups, sandwiches, and what she calls “bites”: small slices of freshly baked baguette with toppings like Angus beef and caramelized onions or grilled zucchini with goat cheese.
“I never thought I’d be starting my third career, at 57, in a new business, with no experience,” she says. But it may turn out to be her favorite career.
Me-Oh-My Pie Shop & Café. Firehouse Plaza. 7466 S. Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook. 845-835-8340. Open Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.