Julie Moreno of Jewel's Bakery and Cafe: Pie Social Celebrity Bakers 2013
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the fourth annual Pie Social on Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at Second and Roosevelt streets. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now till Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one.
Lauren Saria Julie and her daughter Justine Hankerson, who will be head chef when the cafe opens.
Today: Julie Moreno and her daughter Justine Hankerson of Jewel's Bakery and Cafe
This will be Julie Moreno's first year competing in Pie Social and, quite frankly, we're a bit surprised she found the time. When we stopped by the East Phoenix storefront that will eventually be Jewel's Bakery and Cafe, we found little more than a shell of a restaurant, with a heck of a lot more concrete and power tools than we'd been expecting. She's had to put the opening back a few times already but has her fingers crossed they'll be done in a few more weeks.
And while Julie has the gluten-free baking more than under control, her daughter Justine Hankerson will be head cook and in charge of all things savory. There will be gluten-free pizzas, sandwiches and salads to look forward to, all of which have passed inspection by Julie's gluten-eating husband to ensure maximum taste.
So what can we expect at Pie Social this year? Both of them were pretty tight-lipped but hinted that they've pooled their talents to create a sweet and savory pie.