Pie Demonstration & History of the Pie

AHF celebrated Pi Day on March 14 with a pie demonstration and learned some fun facts about the history of the pie. Chef Katie McCurdy, culinary educator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will provide sweet and savory pie demonstration and provide some pointers and insights for attendees about pie making, like what makes dough flaky, pitfalls, remedies, substitutions for ingredients and more. In addition to the pie demonstration, attendees will learn about the history of the pie as a dessert and why it’s considered a comfort food. Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to submit a favorite pie recipe, which will be compiled and shared with AHF members.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Describe the history of pie as a dessert and why it's considered a comfort food
  2. Explain how pastry is made and list two tips for pastry success
  3. Share favorite pie ideas and/or recipes
  • Duration:  1 hour 
  • Accreditation: 1.0 CEU - AND (through 3/14/2023) & ANFP (through 12/31/2024)
  • Type:  Monthly Webinar
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Course Activities

Meet the Speakers: 

Chef Katie McCurdy
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Chef Katie McCurdy is a classically trained chef and culinary educator for The James Mobile Education Kitchen. She has a Bachelors in Health Science from The Ohio State University, as well as a culinary degree from the Columbus Culinary Institute. Her role as a culinary educator has allowed her to use her passion for food and nutrition to meet the needs of her community. She helps develop community programming intended to promote overall health, wellness and focus on disease prevention. Chef Katie loves to help people see food in new ways and to spend time encouraging people’s creativity in their kitchen.

Melissa Heuer
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Melissa Heuer is the Senior Director of Nutrition & Hospitality at The Bethany Children’s Health Center.  She has been a registered dietitian for thirteen years.  She specializes in nutrition operations and clinical nutrition management.  Her previous experience in dietetics includes Nutrition Operations Manager at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, System Clinical Nutrition Manager for INTEGRIS Health, and Nutrition Services Director at Bethany Children’s Health Center.  Prior to dietetics, Melissa was a social worker, which has been invaluable to her work in management.  She has a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a M.A. in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Melissa is also active in the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (OkAND).  She has served as President, State Policy Representative, Secretary, and Convention Chair.