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WAITRESS

About The Pies Of Waitress
Just a pie! It's downright expert. A thing'a beauty... how each flavor opens itself, one by one, like a chapter in a book. First, the flavor of an exotic spice hits ya... Just a hint of it... and then you get flooded with chocolate, dark and bittersweet like an old love affair... -- Joe

Just as vital as the characters of WAITRESS are the pies of WAITRESS, which are presented in a visually delectable style that keeps the film as mouth-watering as it is emotionally engaging. For Adrienne Shelly, the pies always had to be front and center. "I love baking pies and I think that's why I really wanted to give the film a sort of sensuality connected with food,” she said. "I like apple pie, I like key lime pie, I like lemon meringue pie, I like pecan pie. I like that turtle kind of pie, I like that a lot, with the caramel and the chocolate and the nuts.”

For Jenna's inventive and often evocative recipes, Adrienne dreamed up her own concoctions, involving unique combinations of ingredients. They include:

• I DON'T WANT EARL'S BABY PIE: Quiche of egg and brie cheese with a smoked ham center 
• KICK IN THE PANTS PIE: Cinnamon spice custard 
• I HATE MY HUSBAND PIE: "You take bittersweet chocolate and don't sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel..." 
• BABY SCREAMING IT'S HEAD OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND RUINING MY LIFE PIE: New York style cheesecake, brandy brushed pecans and nutmeg 
• EARL MURDERS ME BECAUSE I'M HAVING AN AFFAIR PIE: "You smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust." 
• I CAN'T HAVE NO AFFAIR BECAUSE IT'S WRONG AND I DON'T WANT EARL TO KILL ME PIE: "Vanilla custard with banana. Hold the banana..." 
• PREGNANT MISERABLE SELF PITYING LOSER PIE: "Lumpy oatmeal with fruitcake mashed in. Flambé of course...”

The baking of more than 200 individual pies became a major challenge for the filmmakers – albeit a delicious, if waist-expanding one. Although they brought in a "Pie Consultant” for the luscious end spread (which required around 50 pies alone), most of the desserts in the film were constructed by Adrienne Shelly herself, along with producer Michael Roiff and their props department. Roiff recalls building the unusual Mermaid Marshmallow Pie (Jenna's favorite, and the pie that first wins Dr. Pomatter's heart), at the last minute with Adrienne. "We just kept adding more and more stuff until it fit what we were looking for aesthetically,” he remembers.

Though the pies were often made on the fly, Roiff recalls that, "Adrienne had a very specific idea of what she wanted for each one. I remember going to the grocery store to get ingredients for the spaghetti pie and Adrienne yelling after me, ‘Don't forget the parmesan cheese!'”

Many of the confections, such as the sinful banana chocolate pie from the opening credits, provided an end-of-the-day indulgence for the crew. But, unfortunately, they didn't all come out tasting as wonderful as they looked. Of the above-mentioned spaghetti pie, Roiff discloses, "It was so bad, poor Jeremy Sisto could barely swallow it to complete the scene.”

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