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Wow!  What a wild "season"!  Crazy busy but loads of fun!  When my son asked me what I'd like for Mother's Day I said - a nap!  Time for us all to catch our breath before the summer games begin!
We want to thank our seasonal friends for your patronage and we hope you all have a GREAT summer!  You'll be missed!  For those of you lucky enough to enjoy Florida year round - stay tuned!  We have some fun things planned just for you!  

Finally, we'd like to thank all of you who shared our 10th Anniversary Celebration with us! We had a great time and hope you did, too!  Check out the pics from our special events at the end of this email!

Cindee, Dennis and the Pies &  Plates' gang

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Officially summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere 
on June 21, 2013, at 1:04 A.M. but here in Florida  
we all know that summer begins when the snowbirds leave!
Pies & Plates Summer Hours  
10 am - 4 pm
Somethings different...
Have you seen our new look?

Dinning Room

Nice long counter...and a mirror overhead!
We changed things up a bit so we can offer culinary adventures in the evenings in our dining room!  Why just go out to dinner when you dine with us and have a culinary adventure, too?  Watch our emails for more!

Soup Contest Was Just Souper!
broccoli and cheddar soup
Congratulations to our
soup contest winners!

Valerie Colbert - 1st Place
Sue Paquin - 2nd Place
Linda Abridello - 3rd Place

Valerie's Broccoli Cheddar
Soup will be featured on our menu
next week - May 13-18th!


Let the Culinary Adventures Begin...
Rene 3
Exploring the Flavors of Thailand
with Dinner Boot Camp Star
MSG Rene Marquis
Saturday, June 8th at 6 pm
During this culinary adventure, Chef Rene will be serving and demonstrating how to prepare a true Thai Dinner - including Tom Kha Gai (a coconut ginger chicken soup), Yam Neau (a Thai Grilled Beef Salad), Pad Thai, Thai Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice and Muang Sangkhaya (a decadent mango custard)!  Delish! 
Note, you may bring your own wine to this adventure.
 Wine glasses, corkscrew and other beverages provided!  
Did you know that Chef Rene is one of the top military chefs in the country?  He has competed in and won many national and international culinary competitions including the Culinary Olympics!  These days, he does more judging than competing!  Lucky for us he has a passion for teaching as well!  Registration includes a four course meal prepared before your eyes with instructions on how to prepare each course at home and the opportunity to ask the chef all the questions you want!  Rene has a big personality so it will be loads of fun!
Plan a Private Party

Rene's December Class  
What better way to thank your clients or staff than treating them to a culinary adventure!   Great for social groups, business associations. client appreciation or a gathering of friends!  
Call Beth Lanni our Culinary Academy Director
at 505-7437 for more info!

Anniversary Celebration Tool Contest Winner

Congratulations to Dawn Hayworth of Punta Gorda
who got five correct answers!
  Tool Contest Answers
In This Issue
Soup Contest Recipes
Upcoming Classes
Mother's Day Humor
Funny Ending
Casting Call
Pies & Plates 
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Three Grands with Whoopies

It's Summer!
Time to
Whoop It Up!

Bring in this coupon
and get a free whoopie pie with the purchase
of a lunch entree and
a beverage!
Valid thru May 18, 2013

2012 Award
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Best Restaurant for Lunch, Desserts, Coffee, Salads, Wraps & Panini and Catering!   And, Best Bakery, Best Gift Shop and Best Gourmet Foods! 
On Sale

Whole Gooey Butter Cake Display
On sale $29.99
Perfect for Mother's Day Entertaining

Around Town

May 8th, 6 pm 
The Footlanding Wednesday Night Pub Run Free. 
The Pub Runs are between two and a half and three-ish miles long looping around downtown Punta Gorda using both sidewalks and trails. The runs begin at The Foot Landing and end at The Celtic Ray.
May 16th  
Gallery Walk in Downtown Punta Gorda  5-8 pm

May 17-19th
Hibiscus Festival, Gilchrist Park

May 18th
Key Lime Festival
10 am  Fishermen's Village

May 27th  
Memorial Day Ceremony
and more at Fishermen's Village (noon) followed by a reception in Military Heritage Museum.
Something to brag about...
We just received word of another award...
Taste of the Town

Congratulations Prize Winners! 
If your name is listed below then you are one of the 45 guests who won door prizes during our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

 Mary Ann Carbone, Robbie Slinkard, Lynn Ruesch, Dorrit Tompkins, Sarah Sorson, Deb, Ryan, Nancy Wilson, Sue Duniec, Sylvia Pohlman, Nancy Hefner, Valerie Colbert, Cheryl Karba, Charles B. Wallace, Kris Dunn, Joe Fortune, Barb Lancette, Harry Gustavson, Gerald Duniec, Deborah Woodard, Sue Hooley, and Hollie Alberts.

You have until May 11th to collect your prize!  Sorry but we can't mail prizes to you.  If you've left the area then maybe you can have a friend stop by and pick it up for you.  Any prizes not collected by May 11th will be forfeited!   Thanks for entering and we hope you enjoyed our celebration!

Coming Up in the Culinary Academy
Mother's Day

Cooking Classes
Make Great
Mother's Day

Sign Mom up for a
class by clicking here
or buy a gift card and let her pick the class she wants!  


Mon., May 13 at 6 pm
Maralee McGowen

Summerlicious Seafood with Maralee McGowen

Maralee McGowen says you can easily make seafood at home! She is repeating one of her most popular menu's! She will be teaching you to make Sauteed Shrimp with Red Pepper, Carrot and Napa Slaw, Hoisin Glazed Scallops with Spinach and Cilantro and Pan Seared Salmon with Baby Greens and Fennel! Fresh and delicious! 
Tues., May 14, 2 pm
Beth Lanni

Springtime Lemon Berry Cheesecake

Come learn how to make Pies & Plates' famous Lemon Berry Cheesecake! This luscious cheesecake features a chocolate crust, a luscious creamy cheesecake filling and is stopped with a very unusual struesel berry topping!  

Register now!    

Coming Up in June 
A Special Guest Appearance by  
Chef  Vanessa Jaurique
Vanessa Jaurique   

California Cuisine
June 8 at noon!   

Check out this amazing menu!  Come hungry and ready to learn!
Chilled Gazpacho with Toasted Country Bread and Manchego CheeseArugula and Melon Salad with Goat Cheese Champagne Vinaigrette and Candy Dusted Pecans, Asian-Style Braised Beef Short RibsNot Too Hot Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Broccolini and Mixed Berry Molten Chocolate Cake accented with Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet with Drunken Berries!  You won't want to miss this class!!
Take a look at what Vanessa served at her last class...Wow!

Vanessa's Mexico Class

Come Hungry! Click here to register now! 

Photos from our Anniversary Celebration





I just could not decide on just one funny ending...
Oh, how true...           

Subject: What My Mother Taught Me

  1. My mother taught me RELIGION.
    "You'd better pray that will come out of the carpet."
  2. My mother taught me TIME TRAVEL.
    "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
  3. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
    "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
  4. My mother taught me IRONY.
    "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
  5. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
    "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
  6. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
    "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
  7. My mother taught me about ENVY.
    "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
  8. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
    "Just wait until we get home."
  9. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
    "You are going to get it when you get home!"
  10. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
    "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
  11. My mother taught me WISDOM.
    "When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
  12. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
    "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you".
Funny Endings   (Just couldn't decide which one we liked best)              
Mommy Rhapsody (Mother's Day Opening 2010)

Mommy Rhapsody

In Tha Muthahood
In Tha Muthahood
Anita Renfroe debuts
Anita Renfroe debuts "Your Mama Raised You Right" at the Grand Ole Opry
Things Not To Say To Your Wife Song
Things Not To Say To Your Wife Song
Casting Call
Cutthroat Flyer