I honestly cannot praise Donna and the baking staff at Manhattan in the Desert enough. My daughter and I were quite frustrated after meeting with another baker who seemed unwilling to deviate from her standard pies. My daughter had very specific ideas of the pies she wanted, including one few people had heard of but her friend in Washington DC made it and gave my daughter the recipe. We suddenly got the idea of dropping into a deli to see what they could do. Donna said the pastry chef could and would make any pies we wanted for the wedding. And all the ingredients would be fresh - and they would use any recipe my daughter provided if she was requesting something special. We ended up ordering ten pies in four flavors. My daughter and I dropped in the restaurant a couple of days before the wedding and discovered her pie flavors in the pastry case - the baker had done a practice run on the pies that were not in his usual repertoire - Donna immediately brought us a slice of each one (complimentary) and they were each so yummy. The full compliment of pies was baked the morning of the wedding, amazingly decorated, and delivered to the reception site (see my also great review of Agua Caliente for receptions). Between the Manhattan folks and the Agua Caliente team, the pies were perfecty displayed, Our guests were so eager to get to the pie - they were begging the bridal couple to do the traditional ceremonial first cut. And every single person said they were so happy to have the pies rather than the usual dried out wedding cake. Kudos to Manhattan in the Desert - great wedding pies. Picture later.
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