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Dessert Mon Jun 21 2010

Imani's Original Bean Pies

One of the great treats about wandering the city is the unexpected finds that suddenly crop up and invite you in to engage with them. When the treats you find are literally treats, as in the form of a delicious pie - well hell, even better.

This past weekend's Takin' It to the Streets festival in Marquette Park was chock-full of speakers, bands and events that made the plodding trip down Kedzie Ave to 67th St. well-worth the journey. As with most festivals, the food vendors ranged from the overly priced and ramshackle to perfect, summer outdoor fare, this time brought to Marquette Park by the BBQ Seitan from the great folks at Soul Vegetarian. In the midst of all these food vendors though, one stood out amongst the others, and brought forth the question what else may be waiting to be discovered on the Southwest Side.

The booth for Imani's Original Bean Pies was set up to offer these homemade Navy Bean pies either by the slice, personal pie or full pie. Unfortunately, they weren't offered in bulk. The pies have a soft silkiness and buttery crust that make for a perfect texture, and with a rush of nutmeg and a delicate sweetness that isn't too sweet, Imani's Bean Pies recall the best homemade desserts from one's childhood. Interestingly, these pies aren't commercially available, but instead are available online as fund-raising vehicles for Your Child Care, a child care service and school on the Southwest Side. Imani's Bean Pies allow one to not only indulge in pie, but also to do good deeds while doing so. Thank you Imani's Bean Pies.

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Khalilah / July 8, 2010 1:47 PM

Greetings Mr. Schulman:

I am pleased to read your acknowledgment of Imani's Original Bean Pies. Actually, the pies are available to buy in bulk at a wholesale price. They are also available commercially at several different Chicago area businesses. Check out
Sister Imani also produces a vegan pie for those of the vegetarian community...

Kidd Misfit / July 8, 2010 7:50 PM

MMMMMMMM_MMMMMM. Best pies ever. Reign supreme over any other bean pie or any pies to be exact.

toure muhammad / July 26, 2010 11:16 AM

You are soooo right. I have a not so secret love affair with Imani's Bean Pies! They are DELICIOUS!!

Niambi S. Muhammad / September 2, 2010 10:50 AM

Imani's Original Bean Pies are the BOMB! The taste just explodes in your mouth! LOL! My family and I love them. Keep up the great work. Keep baking those pies!!!! Peace and Blessings!

Lillie X / September 2, 2010 11:45 AM

I have not had the opportunity in to trying the bean pies. I would love to one day, and from what I hear they are wonderful!!! I am so anxious to get my hands on one for my family and I!!

Allah's 2nd Self / September 2, 2010 12:58 PM

Imani's Original Bean Pie is the talk of Chicago. One taste and you're hooked!

JULE / November 26, 2015 11:08 AM


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