Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 17, 2013

Contest Corner: Tweet to Win a Pure Michigan Pie

A theme at Sweetie-licious

The theme at Sweetie-licious Bakery and Cafe in DeWitt

Mark your calendar now to celebrate National Pie Day on January 23 with the Grand Traverse Pie Company and the Pure Michigan tourism office.

Founded by Mike and Denise Busley in downtown Traverse City in 1996, Grand Traverse Pie Company (GTPC) now has 14 locations in the Lower Peninsula and one in Indiana. The bakery/cafe chain dishes out more than 40 types of dessert pies plus a menu of pot pies, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche.

Stop stop for a bite on Wednesday, January 23rd and you’ll receive a free slice of Michigan fruit pie with any purchase. You can tweet to win one of eight pies being given away to GTPC and Pure Michigan fans on Twitter between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. See the details at

Tom's Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie from Sweetie-Licious Bakery Cafe

Tom’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie from Sweetie-Licious Bakery Cafe

When planning your National Pie Day celebration don’t forget about Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe in DeWitt, where we found the best pie ever: Check out the Great Lakes Gazette story about Tom’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry.

You can order a limited number of Sweetie-licious pies (and other baked goods) online, but if you can stop in at the cafe (north of Lansing) you’ll enjoy the retro and fun atmosphere!

By the way, Sweetie-licious is having a Cookie Contest with a sweet prize package that includes goodies for the winner and the bakery featuring the winning treat for a week. Deadline for entries is February 4.

Although I like to bake, I’d never been good at turning out dessert pies until I learned some secrets from Valerie Hanson during a day in her Bygone Basics kitchen. The apple pie I made and brought home was so good, I think I may bake it again on National Pie Day.

With Bygone Basics I learned to make the perfect apple pie

With Bygone Basics I learned to make the perfect apple pie

When I wrote about learning to can tomatoes and turn out a proper pie  for the Chicago Sun-Times Valerie’s business was in Whitehall; she’s since moved to an historic 1874 home in neighboring Montague and has expanded her “adventure in nostalgia” to include a Bed & Breakfast.

Here’s a sweet idea: Treat yourself to a National Pie Day experience by getting a few friends together to learn to bake one at Bygone Basics.



  1. 🙂 Why, thank you for the bygone Basics mention. We sure hope you’ll come back to see the big changes! In an odd coincidence, as I read your blog post, that very apple pie recipe is finishing in the oven along with an apple crisp pie and a Depression Era apple pie, for a local restaurant to serve.

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