NAME a pie, any pie - and your wish is his command!
Baker Kevin Lees is backing The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign in aid of St Luke’s Hospice - and he’s inviting participants to take the strain out of holding suppers by tasking him with creating their savoury treats.
Kevin and his wife Patricia run Kevin’s Handmade Pies, based in Attercliffe, and specialise in preparing a wide variety of hearty pies, including bespoke recipes by request.
He said his products are more popular than ever - and put his success down to ‘a demand for good quality, homemade food’.
The Great Pie and Peas Up is being held to raise funds for a new inpatients unit at St Luke’s, in Whirlow.
The Star has pledged to collect £100,000 to pay for one of 14 single rooms, and is encouraging readers to help the good cause by holding pie and pea suppers throughout March.
Hosts simply serve their pies and peas and ask guests to make a donation for the meal in return.
A minimum of £10 per person is suggested, and other activities can be added to boost the total raised, such as auctions or raffles.
Kevin, aged 58, and Patricia, 56, of Ravenfield, Rotherham, have been in the pie trade for a year-and-a-half.
They previously owned The Butchers Arms pub in Woodsetts, near Worksop, and before that ran a takeaway food business for 15 years.
Kevin said the popularity of the pub’s traditional pies led them to their latest venture.
“Our most popular is steak and black pudding. It’s comfort food, especially at this time of year - a pie goes a long way and fills you up.
“I do bespoke pies too, and gluten free pies. I’ve used venison and recently someone asked for a partridge pie.”
Kevin’s Handmade Pies has a touring market stall, and also sells produce at Urban Pantry, in Crookes, and Beeches of Walkley.
“It’s doing really well, people want something made with passion,” he said.
“The response that we get at markets is amazing. I put on Facebook where we’re going to be, and people come to every one.
“There’s a shortage of good quality, homemade pies in Sheffield. I think they went out of fashion.”
Everyone who registers for the Great Pie and Peas Up will get a pack with invitations, a poster and place mats.
n Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup to sign up. Log on to https://en-gb.facebook.com/Food4youYorkshireLimited for more details about Kevin’s pies.