It’s no secret that celebrity chef and Leelanau County summer resident Mario Batali, takes great delight in enjoying a slice of the region’s signature cherry pie every now and again. The pie often touted as Mario’s favorite, is Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Cherry Crumb Pie – the Signature Cherry Pie of the National Cherry Festival.
Taking his love for the pie a step further, Mario is expected to tout the extraordinary taste of the pie during the Fall premier of ABC TV’s ‘The Chew’ this Monday, September 9th. Grand Traverse Pie Company’s founders Mike and Denise Busley recently learned that Mario has requested that his favorite variety of pie – Cherry Crumb Pie be served up to the studio audience this upcoming Monday as part of the season kickoff. Each audience member will enjoy a slice of Cherry Crumb Pie and be presented a GT Pie Holiday Gift Guide. Mario is expected to showcase the cherry pie and discuss the bounty of Grand Traverse Region on the set of ‘The Chew’. Monday’s segment will feature co-hosts Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali, and Michael Symon discussing their favorite summer vacation stories. ‘The Chew’ airs each weekday at 1 p.m. EST on ABC.
“All of us within the Grand Traverse Pie Company family are proud to be a part of Mario Batali’s enthusiasm for northern Michigan. And to that end, we too are committed to celebrating Michigan,” Mike Busley, Co-Founder of GTPC said.
GTPC makes over 95% of its purchases from Michigan companies and promotes three of the State’s key ingredients – agriculture and commerce and tourism. Michigan fruit (cherries, apples, and blueberries), sugar, and flour all come from our State’s growers and processors, and GT Pie will drive nearly $20 million into the Michigan economy this year.
Touted for many years by television’s celebrity chef Mario Batali, the Signature Cherry Pie of the Grand Traverse Region and National Cherry Festival – Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Cherry Crumb Pie has also recently received accolades from O Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and a host of other national media. Still to come, the founders of Grand Traverse Pie Company recently learned that their Cherry Pie is expected to be featured in the influential magazine for ‘foodies’ – Saveur this next month during the harvest season.
Grand Traverse Pie Company has 14 working pie shop locations throughout the Great Lake State of Michigan and Indiana. Additionally GT Pie Company will ship thousands of pies annually of nearly 30 varieties, across the country. Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Michigan Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie have received accolades across the country during both Harvest and Holiday seasons.