Dale's Fried Pies is building a mobile kitchen to serve freshly fried sweet and savory fried pies far and wide.
Dale's Fried Pies is building a mobile kitchen, and we need your help!
In August of 2012, Dale Mackey began serving freshly fried pies at local events, Farmer's Markets and small businesses from a made-by-hand vintage-style pie stand. Since opening, Dale's Fried Pies has established itself in the mobile food community of Knoxville and has enjoyed rave reviews from customers near and far. After just six months in business, Dale's Fried Pies has been featured on PBS, WBIR news, the Knoxville News Sentinel and on the Garden and Gun Blog.
Dale's Fried Pies began modestly, with dreams of expanding and evolving one day. And guess what? That day has come! In order to provide the freshest pies possible, expand our menu and find more diverse venues where we are able to set up, it is time for us launch a mobile kitchen. This takes considerable time, knowledge and funds, and we could use your help. In donating to Dale's Fried Pies, you are supporting a small creative business whose aim is deliver a delicious product to the customers we so value.
Dale's Fried Pies serves sweet and savory fried pies ranging from traditional flavors like apple and peach to eclectic new favorites like green chile chicken, the Elvis (banana, peanut butter and Benton's Bacon) and mac & three cheese. Using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, Dale makes each pie by hand with care.
We love serving our local community, and do our best to give back by donating food and merchandise to local non-profits, and by establishing Dale's Fried Pies' Awesome Girl Squad, which provides small grants to girls who want to pursue a creative project.
We have acquired a trailer that needs to be tailored to our needs and safety standards. Our plans have been approved by the health department. Your donations will be used towards the following:
- new walls and flooring
- countertops and storage
- mobile propane frying unit, hood and vent
- painting and vinyl decals
Once we have met our goal, all additional funds raised will be used for additional cosmetic improvements, so please don't hesitate to donate if (fingers crossed!) we've already reached our goal. These include:
- container garden onboard the mobile kitchen
- contribution towards diesel truck, so we can pull the mobile kitchen with a vehicle run by our filtered used vegetable oil
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Undertaking the renovation of a food truck or trailer is always a challenge. We've heard from everyone who has undertaken such a renovation that there will be mishaps and mistakes along the way. We are working to create an efficient and functional kitchen in a very small space, and we don't have a lot of background in some of the work that needs to be done, such as wiring and plumbing. However, we have some very trustworthy advisors, who have gone through the process of rehabbing a food truck themselves, and we are working with a contractor who has undertaken projects far larger than getting a mobile kitchen up and running! We are sure that we will hit roadblocks we can't even imagine right now, but we are confident that we have the support and gusto to forge ahead and solve problems as they arise.
Unfortunately, no. You can use the punch card any time we are set up and selling from the stand or mobile kitchen! Starting in May, we will be at the Market Square Farmer's Market almost every week and weekly at the Bearden Beer Market in addition to other locations!