Peace, Pie and Rock 'n Roll
CCBC partners-in-pie grads share recipe for “Dangerously Delicious” success
Mary Wortman, owner of Dangerously Delicious Pies, “Baltimore’s only pie bar,” in Canton and Hamden, Md., and a 1986 CCBC grad, recently shared her insights with fellow alumni and friends of the college. Here are excerpts from Mary’s conversation with CCBC about what inspires her and her partner-in-pie, husband, John, CCBC Class of ’89.
What would you consider your recipe for success?
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
You mentioned being “very green” when you purchased the business. What did you take away from that experience?
I would definitely recommend knowing more about the field to anyone starting a business. I just have never been good at taking my own advice. I guess I have always felt enough confidence that I can take a situation and make it better.
You supply the pies for the Orioles post-game interview “pie in the face” time. How did this get started?
In 2013 our friend Rick suggested we try to take our delicious cream pies over to the O's. Everyone I talked to loved the idea, but couldn't give me permission to bring them. By the time I finally made it through to the person who could get it done, the season was over.
The next spring, I started calling early and just needed the approval of one more person – Adam Jones. I received the call one night early that season, telling us we were all set to go. We were there with our first pies on Opening Day 2014.
Every Oriole’s home game, we deliver one pie for "smashin" and one pie for "eatin." If they don't use them, they eat them both.
Why is music such an important part of the business?
Rodney “The Pie Man” Henry, who founded Dangerously Delicious Pies, is a musician. He started the business 15 years ago when he was touring and needed places to crash. He grew up baking pies with his grandmother, so he would bake a pie and trade it for a place to lay his head. People LOVED the whole pie and rock-and-roll connection, so it took on a life of its own.
Do you read and/or worry about online reviews?
I used to stay awake at night worrying about reviews, but I’m learning to let it go. People will go out of their way to leave a bad review, but most times will not take the time to leave a good one. I do get back to each person, because if it is a valid complaint, I want to make it right. If it is a good review I want to make sure they know how much we appreciate their kind words.
What is your favorite pie?
My favorite pie is the Salted Caramel Pie and John's is the Pulled Pork BBQ.