Let's Get The Party Crackin'
Seasonal Entertaining Menu Inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet
We love a good holiday theme. Not content to just crank out a new item or two each season, our pastry geniuses (sort of like flour-covered, apron-clad Christmas elves) strain their imaginations and culinary skills to come up with a whole collection of goodies designed to delight you and enhance your holiday. Some of you who have been with us for a few years witnessed the 12 Pies of Christmas that once tormented our bakers (because they had added 12 more flavors to an already heavy baking schedule) or the year we had an array of pies that all required delicate, chocolate ganache base in half a dozen different flavors. This year we are again raising the bar and proudly present to you a splendid array of Nutcracker Sweets and Eats! Inspired by the classic Nutcracker Suite Christmas ballet, we are breaking out Pavlovas (named after the grand ballerina) making visions of sugarplums a reality, and of course, figuring out new ways to make pies as delicious and captivating as possible. We're bringing back a few favorites that have become staples of your holiday entertaining (like the Turkey Dinner Pie) as well as introducing a host of new treats. Please order early to avoid disappointment as we will sell out and become unable to bake for everyone.
Please note that because so many of you have expressed how much you miss our old restaurant (and especially the tea parties there) we are again hosting a few special tea events. This small series of Christmas tea parties is in our new location in Marda Loop, reservations are required, please see the web page entitled "Christmas Tea" for full details and menu. These special events are the only opportunities for full table service in our new space, all other items are produced for take out.
Holiday Take Out Menu
Full Meals Packages
Deluxe Dining for Two $49.95
Start your delicious dinner for two with choice of Soup (Seafood Bisque, Creamy Cauliflower or Traditional French Pea Soup) or Seasonal Salad.
Your entree is two 6" size of our famous Turkey Dinner Pies (turkey, vegetables, gravy and mashed potatoes nestled in a single-serve, stuffing pie crust) accompanied by ounce container side-servings of house-made cranberry relish and additional gravy, OR,
two 6" size of our Holiday Roast Beast Pies (double-crust pastry full of tender roast beef, potatoes, thick mushrooms, onions and a melange of other veg, all in a red wine hunter's sauce, served with side of horse radish aioli.
Finish off this perfectly scaled down dinner by sharing a 6" sweet pie, your choice of -- traditional apple, cranberry-apple or pecan.
Holiday Feast for Four $99.95
Four appetizers of either Soup (Seafood Bisque, Creamy Cauliflower or Traditional French Pea Soup) or Seasonal Salad start off this sumptuous dinner. (All four servings must be the same selection/flavor please)
Your entree is one of our full size ...
Turkey Dinner Pies (suitable for four hungry adults with a bit left over, or 6 more controlled portions) accompanied by an 6 oz cup each of turkey gravy and house-made cranberry relish, OR,
Holiday Roast Beast Pie (double-crust pastry full of tender roast beef, potatoes, thick mushrooms, onions and a melange of other veg, all in a red wine hunter's sauce, served with side of horse radish aioli, OR, a full size
French Canadian style Tourtiere, accompanied by a side of gravy.
Enjoy your choice of side dish ...mixed root vegetables, brussel sprouts with bacon or glazed carrots on the side, along with 4 brioche buns or 4 buttermilk biscuits.
End dinner on a perfect sweet note with a full size pie -- your pick of apple, cranberry-apple or pecan.
A La Carte Items
Family Size Turkey Dinner Pie with Cranberry Relish (feeds 6 people; $49.95): Roast turkey and vegetables in gravy, resting in a rosemary-sage stuffing pie crust, topped with mashed potatoes. Comes with 6 oz. side of cranberry relish in separate container.
Tourtière ($45): Minced beef and pork and traditional French Canadian seasonings, along with bits of finely chopped vegetables, enrobed in gravy and then cradled is layers of tender, flaky pastry form this traditional Christmas entree.
Artichoke and Mushroom Pie (Vegetarian; $39): Artichokes, mushrooms, leeks, spinach and goat cheese are combined and encased in flaky pastry for a unique and satisfying, vegetarian pot pie.
Single Size Turkey Dinner Pie with Cranberry Relish (feeds 1 person, $9)
Single Size Tourtière with Gravy (feeds 1 person, $9)
(side dishes feed approximately 2-4 people, for ample family serving and larger parties, please order multiples of a desired side dish)
Mashed Potatoes ($6.95 per 12 ounce container)
Turkey Gravy or Red Wine Hunter's Sauce ($4.95 per 6 ounce container)
Cranberry Relish ($4.95 per 6 ounce container)
Roasted Root Vegetables ($8.95 per 12 ounce container): features a mix of slow-roasted seasonal veggies, including butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, onions etc.
Glazed Carrots ($8.95 per 12 ounce container): features the finest carrots available, slow-roasted and glazed with a maple vinaigrette
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon ($10.95 per 12 ounce container)
Garden Salad ($6.95 per 12 ounce container): features a mix of the season’s finest greens, along with grape tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and other crisp, fresh market vegetables. Comes with your choice of house-made dressing, either seasonal vinaigrette or creamy garlic.
Holiday Salad ($6.95 per 12 ounce container): features a crunchy mix of hearty greens along with a bit of roasted vegetables, mandarin orange, apple and dried cranberries, with candied pecans, in a maple-balsamic dressing.
Coleslaw ($4.95 per 8 ounce container): features a rainbow of cabbage and veggies, tossed with our signature tangy, creamy dressing.
Buttermilk Biscuits ($1.95 each)
Fresh-Baked Brioche Buns ($1.95 each)
Christmas Desserts & Assorted Sweets
All of our signature pies featured on our regular menu are also available for holiday purchase, in addition to the seasonal flavors listed below. An assortment of small baked goods and delightful Christmas candy is also available for sale, via advance reservation or grab’n’go in store, until sold out. We suggest you advance order anything you know you want with certainty for your holiday gathering.
We are pleased to present a special, limited edition selection of pies:
Special Sweet Pies for Christmas
Nutcracker Pie: ($33) To represent the nutcracker soldier, a whole troop of crunchy nuts (pecans, almonds, pistachios and others) and dried, holiday fruit are marched into in a buttery, bourbon sauce that is baked in a flaky pie crust until set and golden. It is akin to our pecan pie, but with the addition of nut variety and chopped, dried fruit for chew and sweetness.
Clara's Cranberry-Apple Pie: ($33) Bright and festive, this cheery, red-colored, tart and sweet, cranberry-and-apple filled pie is in traditional pastry.
Mother Ginger Gingerbread Pie: ($33) Inside a gingerbread pie crust is spicy gingerbread mousse, topped with gingerbread cookies and a few dollops of whipped cream.
Snowflake White Chocolate & Candy Cane Pie: ($33) Pastry crust filled with rich, peppermint and white chocolate pastry cream, topped with clouds of whipped cream and snowflakes.
Land of Sweets' Spiced Pear & Frangipane Pie: ($33) Fresh pears and a layer of frangipane (like a British Bakewell Tart) are enhanced with just the right hint of Christmas spice, inside a flaky pastry shell.
Sugarplum Fairy Pie: ($33) Boasting billowy mounds of snowy meringue, like a ballerina's tutu, this pie starts with a flaky pastry piecrust, is topped with a layer of cranberry gelee, followed by an abundance of sweet, pink cranberry curd, and is garnished with frost-kissed, sugared cranberries. It is more sweet than tart, so if you wish to embrace the more tangy nature of cranberry, please instead order the cranberry-apple pie.
Drosselmeyer's Sticky Toffee Pudding Pie: ($33) To We imagine that if this dark and mysterious character made a pie, it would have the deep flavors of everyone's favorite Christmas dessert, traditional sticky toffee pudding, prepared in a pie crust, of course.
Mouse King's Cheese & Dessert Course ($39) Combining dessert and cheese courses together for the perfect pie finish to a fine meal, we pair dried figs, dates, port, honey, walnuts, as well as gorgonzola and mascarpone cheeses, in pastry to create a unique item that hits both the sweet and salty spot.
All of our sweet pies come in our custom, 10" pie pans. When serving them, we cut pies into 6 generous slices, but we believe that when serving them at home or work you can easily feed 8 to 10 people with one pie.
6 Pies of Christmas Sampler Set (79.95) We know that some avid pie fans will want to taste most of the new flavors we've created, so we've made a smaller, sampler set of these items. The size of our normal, single serving, pot pie entree (6" across and about 3" high) is the pan size of Christmas Sampler sweet pies. Each set features a perfect miniature version of 6 pies from the Christmas selection, (Nutcracker, Clara, Mother Ginger, Snowflake, Land of Sweets and Drosselmeyer flavors) These pies would be great as a small dessert buffet, or the right sweet to offer with wine when you have a few friends in, or, they'd be great on office treat day. We estimate 4 sample-sized servings per small sweet pie, and that an average person would likely be able to taste 3 or so flavors, so they'd feed somewhere from 3 to 6 dessert fans (depending, of course, upon appetite and sweet tooth!). Please note these smaller pies are available only as a complete set, and are not available for individual sale due to the complexity of preparing so many individual flavors.
Please visit our new store in Marda Loop to check out our cool collection of Christmas candy, perfect for stocking stuffers, small gifts or just a quality sweet fix for yourself. This season the selection includes imported, German marshmallow mice (pic below) that match our nutcracker theme, as well as some of the freshest gummis around, hand-crafted lollipops and more.
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Turkey Dinner Pie FAQ
What is it? The turkey dinner pie is a very large, family-sized version of our best-selling menu item at Pie Cloud. It is a giant pot pie that features a pie crust made out of our rosemary-and-sage stuffing; it’s filled with fresh roast turkey, gravy and vegetables; and, it’s crowned with dollops of mashed potatoes. It comes with a side of our famous cranberry relish, in separate container.
Is it economical? Yes. One 10” turkey dinner pie comfortably feeds 6 adults, or 4 very hungry adults. Price is $45 per pie (less than what many a decent-sized turkey alone can cost!) It is very easy to cut and serve, akin to regular pie, as the mashed potato quenelles on top of the pie create 6 natural portions.
Won’t my family and friends think a turkey dinner pie is less satisfying than a traditional dinner? No. While it is unconventional to have everything in one pan, you really don’t have to cook all day to dine on all the flavours that a delicious, traditional turkey dinner entails. Many of our guests from last Thanksgiving who purchased this item went out of their way to contact us post-holiday and tell us how the turkey dinner pie was better than — or easily equivalent to — the food they would have typically prepared at tremendous time and expense.
Do I need to heat it? The turkey dinner pie you receive from us is freshly made for you shortly before pick-up and is fully cooked, and then cooled. With a quick re-heating it can be eaten shortly after pick-up, or, refrigerated and then re-heated later (this takes about 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until hot in the middle.) If you're headed to a dinner right away, we may also be able to heat the pie for you, so that it may be consumed as soon as you arrive at your destination. It’s equally tasty, whether you eat it as soon as you get it or whether you re-heat it and serve it hours later. It may also be wrapped and frozen, then thawed and heated at a later date. We suggest thawing our frozen, fully cooked pies for a day in the refrigerator, prior to heating.
Can I really skip all the fuss of Thanksgiving cooking? Yes. It’s not cheating to have us do the work for you; and, you don’t need to feel guilty. Many of our guests who purchased the turkey dinner pie last Thanksgiving ordered it again for Christmas.
What other savoury items or side dishes do you suggest for a holiday meal? You’re likely the best person to predict how much food you need or know exactly how your family and friends like to eat. The Turkey Dinner Pie is an entire meal onto itself (it includes your stuffing, turkey, gravy, vegetables and mashed potatoes all in one pan, with a side of separately packaged cranberry relish.) But, many people are interested in additional accompanying dishes. Some of our customers have holiday guests who like to eat an extra-large amount of a particular component of a turkey dinner, and thus chose to purchase additional sides of those items. You may purchase extra gravy, mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, if desire. If you’d like to add more items to your Thanksgiving meal for extra variety and color, please consult our list of Side Dishes for further ideas. Please note that a 12 oz side dish is suitable for a couple of hungry people. You may need two or more of a specific side for family service of items like extra mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, etc.
What if one of my dinner guests eats gluten-free or vegetarian? Special dietary restrictions can be readily accommodated. Although we do not modify our family-sized Turkey Dinner Pie, you can purchase an additional, single-serving pot pie that easily complies with most specialized eating plans. Gluten-free diners tend to enjoy a Chicken Pot Pie that is made with a shredded potato crust, while vegetarian and vegan guests most frequently dine upon our Roasted Vegetable Pie that features a flaky pastry and creamy sauce, making it hearty (like a chicken pot pie), but completely meat and dairy-free. We can also do a single-sized version of our Turkey Dinner Pie in gluten-free format; it sits upon a shredded potato bottom crust instead of our signature stuffing crust. Our Boston Chowder Pie also features a gluten-free potato crust and is highly popular.
Please phone (403) 813-6747 or email email@example.com to order,
or drop by the store to visit and fill in an order form in person.
This year, you may now order a complete meal package (for optimum ease!) or pick and choose the items you desire in 'a la carte' fashion.
Be sure to clearly identify the specific items you desire, the size of items you want and the quantity of each item that you require.
If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to call to discuss you needs. Orders are not accepted via social media posts or messages.
If emailing your order, please do not send credit card info. Provide a phone number and a staff person will call you back for payment and to confirm that your order has been received and is in the system.
During holiday seasons when order volume is high, please be diligent in following up that your order has been received, paid for and confirmed, in order to guarantee that it will be made and ready. Thank you!
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