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{living well food & family} Baker & Co-Owner of The Pie Chest

“Some of the most important conversations I've ever had occurred at my family's dinner table.” – Bob Ehrlich

Rachel Pennington words by Beth Seliga photography by Beth Seliga & Sarah Cramer Shields (portrait photo)

What began with her helping her grandma in the kitchen at a young age grew into a passion for hand-made foods. It was a dream of Rachel Pennington’s to tap into those early foodie memories at her grandma’s house, so she began The Pie Chest with a goal to share love through simple tasty treats. Rachel also believes in presenting children with more opportunities at a young age to grow their palate and expands their taste buds. What are your favorite recipes to make? I have a favorite pie for each season! During the fall, it is a HoneySpiced Pear Pie. During the winter months, it’s Peppermint Crunch. And for springtime and summer, it’s Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Nectarine Pie [respectively]. Do you have any current projects? What are they? As far as the business, I am focused on how our shop can be a place the community gathers and how we can take concrete actions to better our city from small interactions with customers to major projects partnering with other local businesses/merchants/firms on 4th Street. So, stay tuned! What was your favorite book as a child? Why Was I Adopted? – My parents adopted me as an infant and read this book to me as many times as I asked them, probably at least 50 times! It explained that there are all sorts of different families in the world, and being adopted meant I was loved and treasured.

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What technology could you not live without? My iPod because of my curated music collection. Whom do you admire? Edna Lewis. What traits do you find admirable in others? I would have to say steadfastness, simplicity and graciousness. Where do you love to eat? What do you order? In this city, that is a tough question because we have so much phenomenal food! But one place that I’m really enjoying recently is Smoked in Crozet. I order their fried chicken sandwich with Duke’s mayo, house pickles and hot honey. It hits the spot! What is the best advice your parents have ever given you? My parents provided implicit examples vs. verbal advice. My mom modeled hard work and high, but attainable, expectations. This gave me the inner drive that I use daily. My dad was a gentle and goofy guy who liked to dance and enjoy music; he taught me how to enjoy the simple things in life. cont'd on pg 42

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM November 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 11

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM November 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 11