BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – For the owner of Elsie’s Plate and Pie, the business is a little different this Thanksgiving season. Elsie’s Plate and Pie owner Paul Dupre said that over the four years in business, the pies have become a community favorite, especially during Thanksgiving.
“We weren’t even at full capacity last year this time around so it’s a whole different ball game now,” said Dupré.
This year, the Dupré team will bake more than 1,000 pies compared to 650 last year. It was an eventful day, but it was a challenge that the whole team took on.
“I joked all week that we were going to bake 1,000 pies, but I didn’t really think we would bake 1,000 pies,” said pastry chef Brant Palazzo.
“It’s kind of turned upside down from what we usually do,” said Dupré.
Getting the job done means everyone is on the bridge, even for those like Chloe Johnson, who no longer works there but still shows up to help.
“Every time I come home I don’t mind coming and helping because I love to bake pies, I love spending time with my people,” Johnson said.
Dupre said the restaurant was inspired by family, tradition and his grandmother Elsie.
“The pie was always the thing with my grandmother Elsie, it was always what was for dessert,” Dupre said.
Dupré is grateful to continue to share his grandmother’s recipes with the community.
“First they say if you can get through the first two years you will get there, and I think that rule is no longer in effect now, now is if you get through the pandemic you will get there. “said Dupre.
“I hope we can do more next year. We will overtake it. 1,500 next year, ”Johnson said.