Eyes on the Pies
(An interview with Johnathan Dye of Mr. Dye’s Pies)
By Nigeria R.
”Looking for those pies…pecan sweet potato is heavenly…could cause a serious addiction…you have to promise not to tell my mother that I have found a sweet potato pie better than hers’ and it was baked by a man…” – Jorena Lewandowski
Grandmas all over the world may as well throw in the towel. There’s a new baker in town and yes… he’s a man. Johnathan Dye, a cum laude graduate of UW-Parkside has been in the kitchen since the young age of 4, so cooking and baking are as natural as breathing to him. When I sat down with the chef and asked him what made his pies so special, he simply said, “The lovin’ is the oven.”
“I love that every time I’m in the kitchen, it’s a chance to make someone’s day better”, says the 35-year-old pie pusher.
After I heard one of his customers rave about his sweet potato pies, I had to find out for myself. Sweet Jesus, it was love at first bite! Sweet enough to be a pie, but not so sweet that you go into a sugar attack. With Mr. Dye’s Pies, you can actually taste the sweet potatoes. It’s even really good to know that each pie also comes in a sugar-free version for those who are health conscious.
My personal favorite is the Pecan Delight, a sweet potato pie topped with sweet, crunchy pecans. I prefer mine with a ton of whipped cream on top. And then there’s his Purple Monster Pie, a sweet potato pie like no other. Only the hungriest, toughest and bravest pie eaters can handle this beast. This baby is an all-natural, one of kind crowd pleaser.
So, if you’re anywhere near the Milwaukee area, Mr. Dye’s Pies are a must try. One bite and you will be screaming his slogan, “Official as a Referee Whistle.” Prices range from $20 – $34. Call 414-759-4992 to order your sweet potato pies today for a weekend pickup. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the grocery store for your whipped cream. You won’t want to be without it.