Carolyn Bane grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in Art History from Harvard University. After working in museums in New York for several years, she realized her dream was a small place with takeout food and catering. As a regular customer, she begged her way into the kitchen of Diner, a local restaurant that pioneered the farm-to-table in Brooklyn, where she met Sarah Sanneh, her partner at Pies 'n' Thighs.
Carolyn joined Sarah and Georgia native Stephen Tanner the original 6-seat Pies 'n' Thighs in its first days, and fell in love with slow Southern cooking. Sarah and Carolyn reopened Pies 'n' Thighs in its current Williamsburg location in 2010 and in 2015 they a new location on the Lower East Side. She met her husband Dan Ross-Leuwyler, now chef/owner of Fritzl's Lunch Box, while working for Carlo Mirarchi at Roberta's. They live in Brooklyn with their young son.
Pies 'n' Thighs has been featured in the national media including Food Network and Cooking Channel, in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, The New Yorker and has been named "Best Donut" by New York Magazine and named "Best Southern Comfort" by Time Out New York.
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
When I was very young, my sister and I had matching aprons with big cherries printed on them. I wore it until I couldn't fit it over my head!
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
I have not been before
If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
Getting out of New York in February to eat, drink, and meet a ton of chefs with some of favorite people from Pies 'n' Thighs!
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would love to get an insider tour of LA's farmers markets from Suzanne Goin, and I would love to cook with David Tanis, Michael Solomonov from Zahav, and my friend Briana Holt, an amazing baker in Portland, ME.
I never leave home without my:
graham crackers for my son.