Pies, pastry bags, and Ms. P's

Courtesy of Ms. P.

The Martin Luther King holiday is approaching next week, so Peace Through Pie founder Luanne Stovall reached out to remind us about the pie socials that will be celebrated over the coming week. Stovall is the artist who felt "called by the pie" to develop a grassroots culinary tradition for the MLK holiday. The movement began in 2009 at Austin's Sweet Home Baptist Church (1725 W. 11th) in the historic Clarksville neighborhood, where a group gathered to enjoy pie, share family pie stories, and be uplifted by gospel music and Rev. Steve Manning's stirring reading of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. From that humble beginning, the annual pie social tradition has grown to include other local churches as well as public schools in Austin, Pflugerville, Leander, Del Valle, Hutto, Manor, and Round Rock, in addition to churches and schools in other parts of the country. In her press release, Stovall says, "In our increasingly turbulent world, we have a great opportunity to come together in an intentional way to celebrate diversity as a strength and to cultivate trust. We can see the world as the pie that nourishes us and there is room for everyone at the table." For a complete listing of upcoming local events, go to

Perry Ray of Ms. P's Electric Cock is busy trying to grow her popular fried chicken trailer business into a brick-and-mortar outlet and is hoping to get a boost from an appearance on CNBC's show Restaurant Startup starring Ft. Worth chef Tim Love and New York restaurateur Joe Bastianich. The concept of the show is that would-be restaurateurs pitch their projects, and Love and Bastianich decide whether or not to invest. Ray was the only Texas participant in the second season of the program and flew to Los Angeles to film her segment. While she waits to hear when her segment will air, she's staying busy with one trailer at 1101 South Congress and another working special events. "I took the second trailer off Craigslist and eBay and decided to use it for catering and events such as South Bites coming up during South by Southwest," Ray told us last week. We'll keep you posted about when Ms. P will make her TV debut.

Grab your pastry bag. The That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition hosted by the Capital Confectioners at the Round Rock Sports Center is coming up Feb. 21-22. While there's no rush to buy tickets, there is an impressive lineup of cake decorating and sugar art classes taught by a roster of highly regarded industry professionals before, during, and after the show, and it is important to register for those as soon as possible. The class offering 12 students the opportunity to work on a large scale, themed cake installation with two instructors before the show looks particularly worthwhile for cake professionals. For registration information about all the classes, go to

Correction: The original version of this article stated that Ms. P's trailer was located in the Picnic food court on Barton Springs. Ray is using that trailer for her mobile operation. Her correct address is 1101 South Congress.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Austin food news
The art of the deal

Virginia B. Wood, Aug. 28, 2015

New honors and old traditions

Virginia B. Wood, Aug. 14, 2015

More Food-o-File
Finding community

Virginia B. Wood, Sept. 18, 2015

Town and country

Virginia B. Wood, Sept. 4, 2015


Austin food news, Peace Through Pies, Luanne Stovall, Perry Ray, Ms. P's Electric Cock, Tim Love, That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition, Capital Confectioners

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle