2nd Annual Great American Pie-Off: Bday Bash For NY Theatre Experiment Held 7/18

New York Theatre Experiment is turning 5 and you're invited to the best birthday party of the year. The Second Annual Great American Pie-Off: A Birthday Benefit for New York Theatre Experiment

Bake a Pie! Think you're the best baker out of all of your friends? Prove it! Think your office/theatre company/sports team/frat house can beat any single baker?  Or at least have fun trying? Show us! And win!

Enter a pie individually OR as a group (up to 5 members) and win one of our fabulous birthday presents

Prizes already announced include amazing donations from Toloache, Apotheke, Time Out New York, and more

The winning pies, judged on taste, presentation, and originality will be selected by our fabulous celebrity judges:

Dominique Ansel, Executive Pastry Chef at DANIEL
Kara Janx, Project Runway Contestant
Bobbie Lloyd, President of Magnolia Bakery
Dave Martin, Top Chef Contestant
Erin Moriarty, CBS News/48 Hours Correspondent

Come taste some pie, play our Party Games (including GUITAR HERO), and have some fun!

Also: Bid in our silent auction for AMAZING prizes!

Click here to see pictures from last year!



Growing up north of Paris, Dominique began his culinary education at 16, apprenticing in a restaurant kitchen before going on to complete his compulsory military service. Upon his return, drawn to the precision and science of pastry, he set his sights on Paris, eventually landing at Pâtisserie Peltier. A year later, and already on his way to becoming an accomplished pâtissier, Dominque made what would be an invaluable crucial choice when he joined the legendary Fauchon. He would spend seven years there under master Pastry Chef Christophe Adam. He made his way up the ranks quickly, focusing first on viennoiserie, and then on entremets, Working on Fauchon's unique cakes was revelatory. It taught the pastry chef balance in flavor, texture and aesthetics. This in depth experience provided him with a strong foundation from which he would create exquisite recipes of his own design. Further more as the company expanded, Dominique was called
upon to travel to many of Fauchon's boutiques and production facilities worldwide where he
would manage and train an international staff and guide them in the production of Fauchon
classics and new desserts.

Daniel Boulud invited Dominique to New York, naming him Chef Pâtissier in summer 2006. At DANIEL, Dominique's chocolate and fruit dessert menus evolve with the seasons, offering classics with a twist. Characterized by elegant lines and cleanly focused flavors, his desserts draw on an array of international ingredients, and are as stunning to the eye as they are dazzling on the palate. His artistry and talents were recognized recently by PastryScoop.com with their 2007 award for "Best Dessert Menu in the United States". Most recently, in February 2009, Dominique Ansel was been named one of the top ten pastry chefs in the United States by Dessert Professional Magazine.


Magnolia Bakery, home of cupcakes, cakes, and pies, is a New York institution with 3 locations in Manhattan. The exterior of the bakery downtown, as well as its cupcakes, were featured in "Lazy Sunday," a Saturday Night Live digital short broadcast in December 2005. The bakery was also featured on "Sex and the City," and in the films "Prime" and "The Devil Wears Prada." For more information visit www.magnoliabakery.com.


Millions of fans around the country recognize Dave Martin as the inimitable and beloved chef from Bravo TV's "Top Chef" Season One. Undeniably the most popular chef on the show, he won viewer's hearts and palates with his intense layering of flavors and vivid descriptions of his dishes. His approachable yet sophisticated take on old classics, like his signature Black Truffle Mac 'n' Cheese, made him a hit from the streets of NYC to the shores of St. Tropez. And, of course, Dave has forever secured a place in pop culture and Wikipedia with his hit line: "I'm not your bitch, bitch." His line of t-shirts bearing the phrase has been the top seller on the bravotv.com website and sold out several times over.

There's no doubt that Dave is on the "it" list in Hollywood! Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen hired him to cater their 20th birthday party, where he served a vegetarian and seafood menu. He's recently been spotted on the red carpet with Charlize Theron, Russell Simmons, Lindsey Lohan, Ivanka Trump, Rachel Bilson and Chef Yossi (Dustin Hoffman's personal chef), and his catering company was hired to cater the star-studded L.A. Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl's annual summer launch party. He also served his tasty morsels at the Extra TV's exclusive Emmy suite in August 2006.

It's not just viewers and celebs who love Dave, his passionate and infectious personality also endeared him to judges and guests on "Top Chef". After winning a multi-faceted challenge that showed off his outstanding recipes and people skills, Dave was hand-picked by restaurant mogul Jeffrey Chodorow's (Social) to cook with his team at the Cannes Film Festival. Along with Jeffrey and celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein (Michy's), Dave prepared delectable dishes at an exclusive party for executives from Jimmy Choo, Halle Barry and Hugh Jackman on Social's $30 million yacht.
Dave chose to attend culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA, and graduated with honors. While still enrolled in school, he formed his own catering company, As You Wish Catering, and took on the Executive Chef role at XO Wine Bistro in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Dave now resides in New York where he is teaching classes at The Culinary Loft in Soho, and traveling on the road for various events. The new year is stacking up nicely for Dave with a Latin American/Southwestern and New Mexico fused restaurant concept called Bandolero set to open in Los Angeles. Additionally, he will be launching a new web based cooking program on devour.tv, giving lectures at The Natural Gourmet Institute, and consulting with students at Stern/NYU on a new fast casual concept for the city.


Erin Moriarty has been a correspondent for 48 Hours since 1990. She has covered the death of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the war in Iraq. Before that, Moriarty was the consumer correspondent for CBS This Morning 1986-90 and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in 1990.

Drawing on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and battered women's syndrome. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings and the 9/11 investigation, overseas. Her exclusive behind-the-scenes report on the defense of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was broadcast on 60 Minutes in 1997.

Moriarty has received numerous honors, including nine national Emmy Awards, a 2001 Overseas Press Club Award for her work on 48 Hours and two Association of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards for the weekly talk show that she co-hosted with Nancy Giles on WPHT Radio in Philadelphia (2003-04). In both 2000 and 2003, she was honored with the Top 100 Award from Irish America magazine. In 1988, Moriarty received the Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America for "her many contributions of both local and national significance as a consumer reporter."

Prior to joining CBS News in 1986, she was an award winning consumer reporter for the NBC Owned and Operated WMAQ-TV Chicago (1983 86). She was also a reporter in Columbus (Ohio) at the NBC affiliate WCMH-TV (1979-80), Baltimore at the CBS affiliate WJZ-TV (1980-82) and Cleveland at CBS affiliate WJKW-TV (1982-83).

Moriarty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was graduated from Ohio State University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences and received a law degree from the university in 1977. Moriarty is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Maryland.


Kara Janx's obsession with design started in her native Johannesburg, South Africa where she was born and raised and studied Architecture at the University of Cape Town. She moved to New York in 1997 to work at Kohn Pederson Fox on the acclaimed renovation of the Museum of Modern Art. It was during this point that her interest in design switched from Architecture to Fashion and Janx started attending classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In 2003, Janx launched her first collection at an exhibition for emerging talent. The Fashion Industry immediately took notice and soon, Janx's designs were sold at boutiques and department stores nationwide.

But it was when Janx auditioned and got selected to be part of the cast of the second season of PROJECT RUNWAY that the world took notice of her beautifully quirky clothing. Placing as a runner up, her collection was
shown at 7th on Sixth and Women's Wear Daily called it "a near-perfect
collection with designer vision and terrific clothes."

Janx's classic cuts and unique accents have given her a reputation in boutiques across the country and internationally. Her feminine clothes are hip, colorful and functional, embracing not only the technique with which she skillfully does her work, but also the city in which she lives.

Janx's clothing has been worn by Julia Roberts, Kim Catrell,Natalie Portman, Salma Hayek,Claire Danes, Tori Spelling, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Garner among others and have appeared in the pages of Elle Magazine,Harpers Bazaar, New York Times, Nylon, Gotham, Lucky, Women's Wear Daily, Blackbook

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This year is a very special one for us--we're turning FIVE! So, raise your glass (or your juice box) and join us in a yearlong celebration of new voices and our company's fifth birthday, as we undertake this season's exploration:

"The (your voice here) Experiment."

Last year, through our season-long "American Experiment," we explored American themes, identity, and voices and created new work inspired by the historic and transformative American moment that was 2008. In this new moment, in which progress, inspired leadership and abundant hope are colliding with a deep sense of uncertainty and a variety of daunting global challenges, we ask: What kind of art does this moment call for and inspire? What does the voice of NOW sound like?

This season, through "The (your voice here) Experiment", NYTE is excited to explore these complex creative questions. To this end, we are launching a yearlong search for timely, compelling, dynamic new works; and in the spirit of our fifth birthday, we are also pleased to announce five major programming initiatives, all aimed at the cultivation, generation and support of new voices in the American theatre.

All year long, we'll be doing what five year olds do best: playing hard and dreaming big. Join us on this creative playground for a year of exuberant exploration and celebration!

Our Mission:
New York Theatre Experiment is dedicated to artistic exploration and innovation, and therefore challenges artists to explore the creative process and investigate new and published works in fresh, innovative ways.

NYTE produces works that expose the complexity of the human condition and strives to both develop and select plays that invite audiences to more deeply examine themselves and their world. We view each project as an experiment, an opportunity to discover new ways to bring stories to full and powerful life.

NYTE was founded in 2004 to serve as a creative home for artists, and we remain committed to providing artists with a forum for ongoing growth, exploration and development.

Through our educational programming, NYTE is also proud to commit to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and audiences. NYTE's programs are designed to empower and inspire, and like our productions, are intended to make theatre accessible, relevant and personal for all audiences.

The company members of New York Theatre Experiment (NYTE) are Rori Bergman, Emberli Edwards, Laura Gale, Allyson Morgan & Joseph Schultz.

For more info visit www.NewYorkTheatreExperiment.org.

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