Nerdie Foodie: Waitress the Movie

Hi Nerdie Foodies! It’s been a while since there has been a new Foodie post. This post is a special one, not only is Pi Day is just around the corner, but it is also the 10th anniversary of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Writer, director, and co-star Adrienne Shelly made this movie called Waitress (2007) which also starred Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, and Andy Griffith.

I just want to take a moment to shine a light on the history and legacy of this film. Adrienne Shelly, wrote this movie in dedication to her daughter Sophie. But what’s even more powerful is that Adrienne never got to see her movie debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and its subsequent success prior to her death in 2006. In her honour, her husband Andy Ostroy, created the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to support women filmmakers. The Foundation is partnered with the Sundance Film Festival, the American Film Institute (AFI), the The Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly known as the Independent Filmaker Project), Women in Film and many more to provide grants, scholarships and funding. It has advisory board that includes Diablo Cody, Paul Rudd, Michelle Williams, Cheryl Hines, Emily Deschanel, and Keri Russell just to name a few.

Now onto the pies! There are about 18 pies that Jenna creates in the movie. As much as I would love to feature all 18 pies (I might turn this into a Waitress Nerdie Foodie series in the future), we are just going to feature five of them now. Let’s go!

(Updated on March 11, 2021)

Mermaid Marshmallow Pie

The creator of Jenna’s Pie Palace, shares with us her recipe for this colourful pie recipe that is inspired from the movie. This one is for all the marshmallow lovers out there. Plus, the best part? The only baking you have to do is the crust! Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Jenna’s Pie Palace)

Lonely Chicago Pie

One YouTuber, Leah K, shows us how to make the Lonely Chicago pie. A pie that our main lady Jenna makes with her doctor, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Check out the video below!


I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s 
Wrong and I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie

This one is a very simple pie.

“Vanilla custard with banana. Hold the banana.”
– Jenna (Waitress)

Lori Lange, from the blog Recipe Girl, shares with us her take on this simple yet long-winded named pie. Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Recipe Girl)

Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having an Affair Pie

Jenna does not have a perfect marriage nor a perfect relationship with her husband. It’s very clear in all these pies that she creates and the names that go with each one. But she is doing her best to get her life together for herself and her unborn child. This pie is a fruity doozy. Check out Glory’s, from Gonna Bake a Pie, version here!

(Photo Credit: Gonna Bake a Pie)

Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie

Speaking of fruit, the final pie of this post will take you to heaven! Lindsay (from Love & Olive Oil) shares with us her decadent recipe for Strawberry Chocolate Oasis pie. You could definitely opt out of the bourbon if you wish to make this kid-friendly. Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Love & Olive Oil)

Thank you to Adrienne Shelly for making this film. I remember watching this movie roughly around the time it came out. It might just have started my affinity for pie and baking all thanks to the main character, Jenna. She shows us how baking can be another outlet to express ourselves, even if it is a little bit unconventional. With that I leave with you the pie song from the movie.

Tune in next week for Part 2 of our double feature celebration of pie when we take a look at recipes inspired by Waitress, the Musical!

Stay nerdalicious!

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