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Martha Stewart Loves First Slice’s Pies, We Love Their Community Focus

Apparently Martha Stewart and her entourage love the pies over at First Slice so much it was cited as one of the top 5 pit-stops one should take when indulging in pies in Chicago! First Slice  has a few different locations, with the Andersonville store conveniently located at the corner of Ashland and Balmoral. The store shares a building with the independent eco-boutique Greensky. Martha Stewart’s clan claims the French Silk pie is to die for, but there is so much more to this place than their indulgently delicious sweet pies. First Slice is a cafe that has sandwiches, salads, teas, pies and perhaps more importantly, they feed people in need with the same fresh and healthy foods they make for their customers.

This is not your typical mission driven food organization that supplies shelters with canned goods and nonperishable foods. First Slice firmly believes that feeding people in need means giving them fresh and local vegetables that truly ‘feed the soul’. FirstSlice

Chef and founder Mary Ellen Diaz started First Slice more than a decade ago and began her food career with Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. After spending some time volunteering at soup kitchens she knew she had to combine her work and her desire to feed those in need and turn it into a business she could feel passionate about. Today First Slice has a shareholders program in which families subscribe to receive weekly fresh cooked meals. The money made from the subscribers program goes towards cooking the same quality, freshly cooked meals for over 300 people in need. At First Slice, everyone wins.

So where does the term ‘First Slice’ come from?  In the restaurant industry, the first slice of pie is given to the staff as a symbol of serving the community.

Congrats to First Slice, not only for your delicious pies but for your continued hard work in supporting families and those in need with delicious, fresh-made meals!


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