Making Whoopie in the Rocky Mountains

A Whoopie Pie is like a sandwich made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling.  The original and most commonly made Whoopie Pie is chocolate, but cooks like to experiment, and today a variety of flavors have become popular.

Whoopie Pies are a New England phenomenon and some Mainers have even claimed that they were weaned on Whoopie Pies. 

So, how do you get an authentic New England Whoopie Pie here in the mountains of Colorado? Come on out to The Big Chili Cook-Off in Evergreen on September 11, 2011, where Mainstreet Restaurant will have a vendor booth featuring these spectacular desserts, made in-house at their restaurant with a tried-and-true New England recipe. While you’re there, enjoy the art, the music, the other scrumptious food and the chili & beer ~ all in support of our mountain area volunteer fire departments!

Art of the American West

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), was the 19th Century American painter who introduced the drama and sublimity of the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite to the world through six-foot by ten-foot drawing room paintings. Beginning in 1859, he made three trips west, making oil sketches on paper of the vistas he saw. When he returned to his studio in Massachusetts, he would use these sketches to paint spectacular landscapes of the unsettled west. The beauty of the views he painted generated interest in “The West,” and he quickly became the best-selling living artist of his time. His depiction of nature helped to lift American’s spirits and reaffirm emigrant hopes that the West was everything they were hoping for.

By his death in 1902, Bierstadt had fallen out of favor, and the art world had all but forgotten him. Today, however, Albert Bierstadt’s field sketches sell for five and six figures and some of his drawing room paintings for millions. It’s been over a century since his death, but he now holds a legitimate place in American art history.  

Making Whoopie

A Whoopie Pie is like a sandwich made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling.  The original and most commonly made Whoopie Pie is chocolate, but cooks like to experiment, and today a variety of flavors have become popular.

Whoopie Pies are a New England phenomenon and some Mainers have even claimed that they were weaned on Whoopie Pies. However, the recipe for Whoopie Pies has its origins with the Amish, and in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to find roadside farm stands offering these desserts. These cake-like Whoopie Pies were considered a special treat in Amish families because they were originally made from leftover batter. According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout “Whoopie!”

New England’s earliest claim to Whoopie Pie fame is from the Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Massachusetts. They first started selling Whoopie Pies in 1925 with the opening of their bakery. The Labadie’s Bakery remains in the same location today, and in the meanwhile, authentic Whoopie Pies have become iconic of New England.

So, how do you get an authentic New England Whoopie Pie here in the mountains of Colorado? Come on out to The Big Chili Cook-Off in Evergreen on September 11, 2011, where Mainstreet Restaurant will have a vendor booth featuring these spectacular desserts, made in-house at their restaurant with a tried-and-true New England recipe. Or, if you simply can’t wait until September, head on over to Idaho Springs and visit Mainstreet Restaurant yourself. Treat yourself to a little party in your mouth, and you may find yourself yelling, “Whoopie!”