A Piece of the Pie

The Post and Courier

By Teresa Taylor Sep 21, 2010  

First it was farms, then fish and now there's a new local twist on the pay-it-forward business model: Community Supported Baking.

Dolce Bakery in Charleston is offering a six-week share of artisan pies and tarts. The selection of pies will alternate each week between sweet and savory choices, and each pie will serve 8-10 people. The CSB is $140 and will run Nov. 11-Dec. 16.

Dolce owner Michelle Diminich is a Johnson & Wales University graduate who has worked at Peninsula Grill and was head pastry chef at McCrady's for three years. She also was the bakery manager at Earth Fare for two years.

The baked goods will be available for pickup Thursday afternoons (on Tuesday during Thanksgiving week) 1-5 p.m. downtown at the Queen Street Grocery.

The sample menu tempts with Chicken Pot Pie with Golden Cheddar Biscuit Crust and Local Veggies and Sweet Potato Custard Pie with Gingersnap Crust.

Call 408-5991 to sign up, or visit

Excerpt from A sweet feast: Local chefs show holiday desserts can be a piece of cake

The Post and Courier

By Theresa Taylor Nov. 15, 2011

"Early influences

Michelle Diminich aspired to be a chef as a young girl growing up in Atlanta, and her family was very supportive. She took her cooking cues from both Nathalie Dupree on television and taking hands-on classes with Janet Gaffney. (Both Dupree and Gaffney now live in the Charleston area.)

"I remember a class devoted exclusively to French baguettes and breads. In the late '80s, these classes weren't as common as they are today, so they were very special," says Diminich, who bakes for Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery and has a custom-order business at

Another fond memory is her great-grandmother making popcorn balls for the Thanksgiving gathering. "They were a gooey mess of molasses, raisins and peanuts. There would be a huge tin of them at the beginning of the weekend, and by the end, we were fighting over the last few.""

Party set tonight for Wine + Food poster unveiling

The Post and Courier

Nov 15, 2011  

The 2012 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is getting a new face tonight.

That "face" is the official new poster, which will be unveiled at a party from tonight at Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside in Mount Pleasant. The festivities will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. with wine from Whole Foods and nibbles from Dolce Bakery and The Pampered Palate.

Cost is $25. Tickets available at or at the door.