October 21, 2021

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Storytellers: Pie queen delivers ‘party packages’ all around Denver

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Martin Howard provides pies as Chocolatina all over Denver. He calls it a “Party Package deal,” and it includes two pies, two quiches and 1 drag queen with a music.

DENVER — Baking is a small bit science and a very little little bit rock ’n’ roll  — at the very least it is for Martin Howard.

“That’s an additional issue I like about being a chef — you do not have to have severe hair,” Howard claimed, as he pressed pie dough into tins even though tossing his pink-and-blue-streaked blonde hair. “I’ve never ever been a person for major hair. Get together hair!”

Howard is an award-winning pastry chef who moved to Denver from New York Metropolis about 3 1/2 years back. When the pandemic strike in March, the baker, who was operating at a catering enterprise, had to start wondering creatively at the time gatherings were being canceled.

“It’s just so up in the air this catering enterprise, you never know,” Howard claimed. “The get-togethers cancel true swift, or the figures drop a large amount.”

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He mentioned the plan for a new small business was sparked when he posted a photograph on social media of a pie he built this summertime. His friends went nuts for it, and a lightbulb went off.

 “I was obtaining some unemployment so it was not too lousy — and then together came pie,” Howard reported.

Pie was good, he claimed, but there was a missing component. That is where by his other work came in. A career that had also taken a strike since of COVID-19.

“With COVID, you can’t accomplish inside for the reason that it’s 25 feet and a mask — and that is extremely hard,” Howard claimed.

Howard’s other occupation is as a drag queen named Chocolatina, Queen of the Dessert. He’s now combining the musical stylings of Chocolatina, with the pastry chef artistry of Martin Howard.

“I’m likely to be a drag queen and offer pie,” Howard explained, as he reworked into Chocolatina a single tumble morning. “Pie is a comfort meals and in these occasions men and women are definitely craving ease and comfort meals.”

Each individual Saturday, weather allowing, Howard delivers pies as Chocolatina all in excess of the metro space. He calls it a “Party Deal,” and it contains two pies, two quiches, just one drag queen, and one music executed are living. His buyers spend $100 for this exclusive experience.

“For me, it is fantastic due to the fact I have received a are living audience no make any difference how small, they are just starved for enjoyment because there is no dwell entertainment any more,” Howard stated. “It’s just a earn-gain for anyone. It tends to make them happy, it makes me happy — there’s pie and that will make men and women pleased as properly.”

The Pie Queen has been very effective so much. He sells out each weekend. Howard also delivers pies for sale during the 7 days, sans the drag performance.

“This was truly exciting, and the pie seems genuinely good,” reported Tracy Gray, whose coworkers ordered a Chocolatina overall performance as a surprise. “I should’ve dressed up for it!”

Howard explained he hopes this eventually spins off into a pie store entire with drag queens. For now, he’ll continue to keep serving up pies close to city. He stated he’s proud of what he’s been in a position to achieve when the pandemic put a roadblock in his way.

“I’ve been in Denver for about 3 years now, and I’ve been making an attempt to figure out wherever I belong and strangely this just popped up,” Howard stated. “When you’re in Denver and they want pie, you give them pie!”

The Pie Queen is no more time taking orders for pies for Thanksgiving, but there is still a way to get some desserts right before the holiday getaway. He’ll be promoting them at Bruz Off Fax, 1495 York St., from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25  

Howard said he’ll be there as Chocolatina, serving up pumpkin, pecan, apple-cranberry and pear-blueberry pies. He also recommends examining out his site for other orders.

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