The guiding spirits of this gathering of pie enthusiasts are the bakers Jen Bervin and Ron Silver, coauthors of the cookbook Bubby's Homemade Pies (Wiley, 2007), a spirited paean to cobblers, crisps, crumbles, buckles, tarts, turnovers, and more. Bervin began hosting pie socials more than a decade ago in Bisbee, Arizona, where she was living at the time. "I come from a long line of Midwestern pie bakers," she says, adding that her family gatherings invariably included a table full of pies baked by her mother and her aunts, who would swap recipes and techniques as they savored one another's creations. After she moved to New York City, in 2001, and began baking pies for her friend Ron Silver's Bubby's Pie Company, she revived the pie social tradition. The functions follow a standard protocol: every pie is photographed, and every participant fills out an index card detailing the provenance of its recipe, be it James Beard or Aunt Mildred. Then the sampling and socializing commence.