Thirty minutes from Moscow, in the rural town of Deary, Idaho, is one of our team’s favorite restaurants--The Pie Safe. I had the opportunity to speak to owner John French and learn more about the beginnings of one of our favorite lunch spots. John and six of his friends bought the building, originally a Ford dealership, in 2016. The seven of them wanted to provide an outlet for local crafts as well as a bakery. The building included a large safe in the middle of it and John had been considering the name Pie Safe for the bakery, so it made for a great play on words.
The Brush Creek Creamery, a Deary business with a dedicated customer following at The Moscow Farmers’ Market, also moved into The Pie Safe and you can watch through the observation window as the cheesemakers hand make their award winning cheeses. The Pie Safe menu includes many delicious options using Brush Creek Creamery cheeses, including Brie, Blue Cheddar, Montasio, and my favorite, Labneh.
John and his friends’ vision of a shop full of local craftsmanship has truly come to life. Browse the shop, which is stocked with locally made quilts, hand crafts, jams, jellies, produce, eggs, and more. Weaving, spinning, and craft demonstrations take place in their newly renovated craft building next door.
John oversees all the baking, cooking, and managing of The Pie Safe and while he loves that role, he is always continuing his learning of the baking process. The Pie Safe bakers are currently teaching him the fascinating art of making the perfect croissant.
He shared with me his favorite parts of owning the business and above all, what he loves the most is interacting with their customers. He also works in construction and enjoys meeting people through that, but he says there is something special about meeting people at The Pie Safe. He especially wants to thank everyone who has supported them in the last year!
I know our office has loved the opportunity to get out of town for the afternoon and enjoy a scenic drive to Deary and then a delicious lunch.
A unique offering from The Pie Safe is the reservation dinners they host once or twice a month. Often on a holiday event, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc., they will host up to eighty people for a multi-course dinner. I was lucky enough to attend one a few years ago--a delicious four course meal with freshly made raspberry lemonade. This year there will be two Valentine’s evenings to accommodate social distancing on February 12th and 13th. This year’s mouth watering menu includes a; Brush Creek Creamery cheese plate, a wilted spinach salad with avocado and bacon, borsht, and a main course of smoked beef tenderloin or parmesan crusted chicken breast, served with twice baked potatoes and sautéed brussel sprouts, finished with pomegranate raspberry cheesecake and a refreshing cranberry sparkler.
The Pie Safe is a must visit for breakfast or lunch and be sure to order a variety of their baked goods to go! My favorites include the chocolate croissant, almond apricot tea bread, or sourdough loaf.
And don’t miss the Pie Safe granola and Brush Creek yogurt!
While you’re there, ask about hosting a private dinner party in their beautifully renovated space and invite your family or friends for a relaxing and
Be sure to check their website: for their full menu, classes and workshops, and special events!
- AVA DRISKILL