Ever tried Derby pie? To many Southerners the recipe for the gooey, bourbon-soaked dessert practically belongs to everyone. Alan Rupp would disagree. His grandparents Walter and Leaudra Kern created the recipe about sixty-five years ago, for the dessert menu at the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. “If you wanted to get a hold of Derby Pie, you called Walter Kern’s name in the old phone directory,” he says.
Now, the pie supports a thriving family business, and Rupp has become an aggressive defender of its trademarked name. Learn more about the not-so-sweet legal proceedings surrounding one of the Bluegrass State’s favorite pies on this week’s episode of Gravy, the Southern Foodways Alliance’s bi-weekly podcast.