Lisa Helmick of Daleville is the mother of five children, three of whom, Grace, Luke and Sarah are at Greenfield Elementary school and two at home, Rachel and James. The registered nurse turned stay at home Mommy has a busy business that just incorporated under the name, “The Pie Lady.” Helmick specializes in to die for chicken pies and a scrumptious chocolate pecan pie.
Her children came like stair steps and after moving back to Virginia two years ago following an 11 year stint in Michigan, Helmick, a Pulaski native, started thinking of a healthy alternative that folks might purchase to pop in the oven on a busy night.
Said Deb Carter of Troutville a frequent customer of Helmick’s, “This is the answer to the working woman’s dream,” which she described as the most delicious combo of chicken pies that she has tasted. Helmick’s sister is a teacher and last year she gave all of the other teachers at her school a chicken pie, because that is the kind of gift she wished students and teachers would giver her, said Helmick. “Everyone is so busy that a nutritious meal ready to be put in the oven is just what we need on hectic days. Combine it with a salad and dinner is served.”
Her chicken pies are a variation of a friend in North Carolina’ s French version of chicken pie. With the help of her husband Rob, she has developed a small menu of chicken pie varieties. A chicken etching is featured in the dough of the top crust. The varieties are “Just chicken” that kids love, Chicken and veggie with peas, carrots, corn and green beans, Chicken and ‘shrooms (Rob’s addition) and Chicken, broccoli and cheese, her favorite. She makes them in regular 9 inch rounds for $12 or “Chicken Littles” perfect for one or two people at $7. The dreamy choclate pecan is $14.
She has a commercial freezer. After making and preparing the pies, the family helps her fold the box, which Helmick stamped with a rooster and hen motif from her fondness for scrapbooking and chicken pies and then frozen. Helmick has a commercial style freezer in the basement. “Most people just place the order and pop by to get a frozen chicken pie. They take it home and cook it for an 1hour or until the crust is golden brown and dinner is ready!”
Helmick requires 3-4 days notice for large orders. If a person buys 5 pies then each is $1 off regular price. To place an order, call her at 992-6146 and ask for “The Pie Lady.”