1000 Words: Pork, pies and cleaver-wielding women


I’m cheating on my 1000 Words premise by typing these words, but these two images require a little explaining. Both are hanging on the walls of Elaine’s Pork & Pie, the small restaurant next to Eastside Cafe that is run by Elaine Martin, a longtime leader in the Austin food community. We had a very lovely Feminist Kitchen book club meeting there last week, and Elaine’s friend Dee Kelleher, who suggested the restaurant in the first place, pointed out these photos on the wall. The image at the top of this post is a photo of Elaine’s mother and grandmother, who was only about 16 years old at the time this photo was taken. Both were pie bakers and inspirations for the pie-centric shop on Manor Road.


Right next to the 1916 photo is this one, a 1985 photo that features a cleaver-wielding Elaine surrounded by her fellow (and female, you’ll note) cooks at Moveable Feast, a restaurant venture in Northwest Hills that Kelleher ran in the 1980s.

Sorry for the terrible quality of these pics. If you get a chance to swing by Elaine’s Pork & Pie, take a minute to browse the photos on the wall. You’ll leave with more than a belly full of strawberry and cream cheese pie.

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