Lisa Ludwinski, a Detroit area native, returned to her local roots in 2012 to launch Sister Pie, a bakery serving up seasonally driven pies and cookies. A graduate of Kalamazoo College, Lisa had no formal culinary education, but fell in love with the food industry while living in New York City and decided to hone her craft through on-the-job training and lots of practice. Her impressive professional resume includes stints hosting her own web cooking series, kitchen jobs at New York’s famed bakeries, Momofuku Milk Bar and Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and internships at local foodie favorites, Zingerman’s and Avalon Bakery. Throughout her time in the city, Lisa was inspired by Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the support and encouragement she received from other business owners. She decided to bring her newfound experience home and create Sister Pie.
Lisa initially set up her Sister Pie shop as catering and baked-to-order deliveries, cooking out of the kitchen in her childhood home, before moving to a commercial facility in Midtown last year. She now employs an assistant, a few part-time interns and sells her wares at local establishments such asEastern Market, Shinola, Parker Street Market, Germack Coffee Roasting Company, and Socra Tea. Lisa’s experience in top kitchens and love of her craft shows in Sister Pie’s high quality ingredients, attention to seasonal produce, and innovative flavor combinations.
Sister Pie’s unique and delicious treats include regularly available signature items such as salted maple pie, buckwheat chocolate chip cookies, and assorted flavors of pie sandwich cookies, made from pie crust and creamy filling. Sister Pie also offers a rotating menu of seasonal favorites, with past offerings including pies in exotic combinations such as white bean, asparagus, & turnip; black pepper grapefruit meringue; and sour cherry bourbon.
In July of this year, Lisa signed a lease on a storefront in the West Village neighborhood which will become Sister Pie’s permanent home. Again moved by Detroit’s collaborative environment, she decided to located Sister Pie near another small business, Parker Street Market, which had been supportive of her business and carries Sister Pie products. Sister Pie was the recent winner of Hatch Detroit’s contest for new businesses, scoring $50,000 for building out her new shop.
She is in the process of renovating the shop, which will serve as a bakery and neighborhood café serving pie, cookies, breakfast pastries, granolas, salads, sandwiches, and more. Lisa is building the new Sister Pie to be a warm and inviting community space, with views and seats overlooking an open kitchen and cooking classes held in the main seating area. Lisa hopes to kick off use of the new space with a Thanksgiving pop-up, serving pies from the sidewalk in front of the space. Visit Sister Pie’s website and Facebook page for more information on available treats, updates on their new storefront, and for Lisa’s famous daily dance videos.