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OMG! $65.00 for a Thanksgiving pie [moved from Manhattan board]

I called The Little Pie Company this morning to inquire about their pie menu for Thanksgiving. This year they are offering a smaller variety...that did not surprise me, but what left me totally speechless was the price...$65.00 for a 10" pie. I know that the cost of ingredients has gone up, but (if I remember correctly) last year's Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie was $45-something.

Am I the only one who is shocked?

The holiday pies at Two Little Red Hens cost $19.00 - 6" and $25.00 - 10"

Guess you know where I will ordering from this year.

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  1. Wait... people would actually rather pay $19~$65 for an extremely simple pumpkin pie instead of making their own?

    Or am I missing something that's really special about these pies...

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    1. I'm a Manhattanite (former Coloradan) who bakes and cooks almost every night (bread included). But many of us have kitchens in old prewar, walk-up construction without full sized ovens (as in most long cookie sheets don't fit in it and a 9 x 13 pan is the cut off--forget a large turkey and roasting pan). My kitchen is about 3.5 x 6 (railroad corridor style so walls/bar on 3 sides), if I were overweight, I could not open the oven and stand in it at the same time. It's easy for me to go to mom's suburban house and make multiple pies, sides and turkey in the course of a couple days because she has two full-sized ovens, a 8 burner stove and a full size freezer--that Thanksgiving is impossible in my kitchen. I also live a few blocks from Two Little Red Hens and if I were having Thanksgiving at my place I would probably get pies from them too. Have you had their pumpkin or Brooklyn blackout cupcakes?! The OP might not be lazy, they might have some very difficult kitchen choreography and might not want their shaky steam radiator to dry their pies out prematurely.

      1. As someone who works on Wall Street, I'm pretty sure there are no more lazy, rich Manhattanites left these days.

        1. re: bnemes3343

          i call BS. anyone who can afford a $65 is simultaneously doing something very right, and something very wrong. i guarantee you present a similar pie that you bought for half the price at dinner with a "omg. best bakery every ever! i waited in line for 4 hours and paid enough money to fill an empty SUV with gas" preface and you'll get the same reactions.

      2. Am I the only one who is shocked at last year's price of $45???? For a pie??? To very loosely paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson, "that better be one tasty $%^&*() pie."

        1. $65.00 for a pie? Apparently I'm in the wrong line of work.

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          1. re: jpc8015

            jpc, I was thinking the same thing!!! I could bake them here in Houston, DRIVE to NYC, sell them for $65/ea and STILL make $$. (I'm envisioning a little table set up in front of Dean & Deluca at 84th & Madison) I certainly dont begrudge anyone their profit margins, but geez...... and do I need to point out that $65 would actually provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner for 6 people anywhere else in the country?

            1. re: Cheflambo

              But would you be making your pies with "golden" apples?

              Oh, and if you can make an "entire" Thanksgiving dinner for six people for $65.oo, I want to shop where you shop! '-)

              1. re: Cheflambo

                Yeah, but you would need a publicist to tell the world how great your pies are and build up the hype. So figure that into the pie cost.

                To be fair, you wouldn't be paying NY prices for rent, etc either.

                1. re: rworange

                  Granted, I don't live in Manhattan anymore, but am well aware what things cost there, including rent, taxes, utilities ad nauseum. I also know that in my old neighborhood (Carnegie Hill) there are plenty of people who would think nothing of paying $65 for a pie that they didnt have to make or even carry home. Simple economics (whatever price the market will bear) allows $65 pies to happen.

                  That said, I know this is a "foodie" site. I am somewhat surprised to see there are so many people here who don't want to bake their own pies, even for this once-a-year meal. I'm giving serious thought to taking advantage of this peculiarity and offering MY pies to the locals (Houston) at a somewhat more reasonable (market-bearing) price. I'd even deliver them for a nominal extra charge.

                  And yes, here in Houston, I think it IS possible to put out a respectable Thanksgiving dinner for 6 people for $65. Im going to shop my local Kroger today with a full list of foods and see if the cost can really be kept that low. Stay tuned.......

                  1. re: Cheflambo

                    There are lots of "foodies" that don't cook and even some who cook don't bake.

                    1. re: Cheflambo

                      Making my own pies here in DFW. In fact, I made my crust today with lard and butter. I'll be making pumpkin, banana cream, pecan, and chocolate bourbon pecan, and it won't come close to $65 to make all of them!

              2. That's beyond ridiculous. By that same token, there are lines down 43rd every year for Little Pie Co. at Thanksgiving. Maybe they're trying to manage demand.

                1. As a home pie baker myself, the price is absolutely absurd. Ka and Ching to Little Pie Company. It's all about supply and demand. You want good pie, you can't make good pie, you buy good pie.

                  For those urban sophisticates wanting to give it a go...here is my thread. Click onto the slideshow for step by step pix.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477353