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The Southern Pie Company Has Worldwide Flavor

By Jake Levin

From its humble beginnings as a home bakery to its move into a brick and mortar on the Chester, Vt. town green, The Southern Pie Company has excelled in importing uniquely flavored pies to New England.

Leslie Blair, one of the co-owners of The Southern Pie Company along with her husband Scott, met her future husband in scenic Vermont. He was a big fan of sweets, as she recalls it, so she made him a homemade southern-style pie. Three years later, thanks to the determination of the couple, The Southern Pie Company shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

"Coming from the south, we wanted to showcase traditional Southern pies that you don't see in new England," Blair said.

Blair's culinary background includes a degree from Johnson & Wales University that was inspired by an interest in cooking long before that. Her husband has an amazing mind for business, she said, and thus takes care of all of the marketing for The Southern Pie Company and the pavement pounding to attain new accounts.

"Bringing these two aspects of business together has been a strong foundation for us to build on," Blair said.

There's much variety within the flavor of the pies, such as pecan made with bourbon. Whereas Blair's grandmother used lard, The Southern Pie Company uses mixes with butter and shortening.

Various chess pies and buttermilk pies can be found on the shelves, as can the sour cream triple berry pie which put the business on the map in the first place.

The sour cream triple berry contains a combination of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with a sour cream topping that creates a soft, cake-like layer over the fruit. This is Scott's personal favorite, but Leslie prefers the coconut chess pie. This pie, as she describes, contains a bottom creamy layer and a top layer of coconut that gets nice and toasty.

"I love using old recipes from family members, 'church lady' cookbooks and the like," Blair said.

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