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Occu-pie Bay Ridge! Pie social draws crowd for ample pies, good cause

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Erin Evenson wowed the crowd with her candied acorn squash mousse and dulce deleche pie at the social.
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Dean Rasinya of the Bay Ridge Community Council sampled the cranberry pear pie.
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Chris McCreight, Susan Romero, state senate candidate Andrew Gounardes and Dean Rasinya chowed down on the 15 varieties of pies during the annual pre-Thanksgiving event.
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Everyone who baked a pie was a winner — including Caroline Mansuetto, associate director of development for the Guild For Exceptional Children.
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Bay Ridge reporter Dan MacLeod and his fiancé Kate Richmond baked this tasty pecan pie, which was quickly devoured by the otherwise pecan-starved crowd.

Pie-eyed Ridgites showed up at the Art Room on Third Avenue on Sunday for a gigantic banquet of Thanksgiving treats — and to raise money for a good cause.

A nascent holiday tradition, the Bay Ridge Pie Social is a fundraising event for the Guild for Exceptional Children, a nonprofit that works with developmentally disabled kids.

“Bay Ridge has always been synonymous with a proud volunteer spirit,” said organizer Justin Brannan. “I like to think of the holidays as a time when the whole world starts acting like Bay Ridge.”

Not that we could hear him over the sound of our own masticating.

Local bakers made a plethora of pies for the second annual event — from a sage-scented maple pork belly and potato pie, to a Dodgeville, Wisconsin cheddar-crusted Winesap apple and rosemary pie, to a Greek pumpkin pie made with phyllo dough.

Erin Evenson, the creator of the pork belly pie — a savory and rich treat that helped balance the otherwise sugary treats — also made a candied acorn squash mousse and dulce de leche pie, and said that she spent days working on her treats.

“It’s a serious hobby,” the legal assistant said.

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at @dsmacleod.

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