Patti LaBelle honors pie fan on Thanksgiving

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Is sweet potato pie the new pumpkin pie?.

LOS ANGELES ( — A Los Angeles man who caused a run on Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies with his hilarious review will be spending the holiday with the singer.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a place set at Patti LaBelle’s Thanksgiving table for the man whose video went viral and made her sweet potato pie a hit online and in stores. Many stores feature special sales during abbreviated hours during the holiday, but Patti’s Pies, as they’ve come to be known on social media, are nowhere in sight. James Wright Chanel first posted the online review of the pie on his Facebook page and within days Walmart sold out at stores across Southern California and the country. If you’ve tried to buy one and Walmart was sold-out, don’t panic: the retailer has secured an additional two million pounds of sweet potatoes so they can re-stock store shelves. The pies are in such high demand, that a “black market” has emerged on sites like Craigslist and eBay, where one pie, which normally sales for $3.99, is going for as high has $40. “He ate the pie and he loved it, and started talking about it,” LaBelle said, “and from his mouth to everyone’s ear, the people who didn’t know about the pie already they knew more about it after James did the wonderful video.” “He’s wonderful,” LaBelle said. “I’m going to help him get a deal with somebody because he needs to be recorded and we’re going to record together, him and I.”

Stores have signs posted next to empty dessert racks telling customers to check their respective Facebook pages for alert on when the pies would be back in stock. In the South, where slaves were in charge of white people’s kitchens and, in effect, the development of their palates, pumpkins were gradually replaced with sweet potatoes. Though there is no shortage of talented, accomplished African-American cooks, it’s a challenge to find food products offered by, or even endorsed by, African-Americans on the shelves of a grocery store.

We’re not the ones getting rich from flocking to Wal-Mart in droves, but we’re sending a powerful message as consumers: Black dollars can be as valuable as gold.

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