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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tanner Burgard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanner Burgard.

Tanner, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always loved to cook. I have vivid memories growing up of being inspired by the joy and community that happened when our friends and family would gather around the table, and it felt really special to me that the cooks were kind of the architects of all that happiness.

I worked in restaurants in high school in college, but never cooked much, mostly worked the front of the house and dabbled in the kitchen when they’d let me. After college, I sort of did what I was “supposed” to, and used my degree and got a pretty safe job in corporate real estate banking. I was constantly throwing dinner parties at home, daydreaming about cooking while I was at work, and consuming everything I could that I thought would make me a better cook and host, whether it be meals at great restaurants in Denver or food media that inspired that same feeling I felt as a kid. Midsummer 2020, I was working from home and realized this wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life, and although the pandemic had thrown a wrench into the restaurant scene I thought I wanted to join, I knew the hospitality I wanted to provide to my future customers through food wasn’t going away, and the pie shop was born.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Small business is hard. It’s a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding, but it’s hard. You wear every hat imaginable and are often tasked with figuring things out and being responsible for real objectives way outside your comfort zone. I have really enjoyed learning so many new skills to try and move this business up and forward the way I believe it can move, but managing all the moving parts has been a real opportunity for growth for me.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Mile High Pie Co. is a local, artisanal producer of gourmet Pies and Quiche, available in the Denver area. We specialize in frozen take & bake pies, both in classic sweet flavors and our gourmet savory options. I’d like to think we are known for producing a really high quality, a delicious product without BS or shortcuts. Our crust is all butter, flour, water, salt and baking powder. Our sweet fillings are real, whole fruits, real sugar, and either cornstarch or flour, and our savory fillings are always made from scratch from real ingredients cooked by real people. There aren’t any artificial flavors, shortcuts or compromises. We make the best pie we can make so that when you bake it up at home, you can put that same fresh from the oven hospitality that I set out to provide right on your table.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love living in Denver. I moved here 6 years ago when my girlfriend at the time (now wife) got into medical school. Ive watched this city grow a lot in that short period of time, and it has its pains, but the culture of this town and the community people continue to create and nurture is unparalleled in my opinion.

Pricing:

  • 6″ pies are $12-14 (serves 1-2)
  • 10″ pies are $28-32 (serves 4-6)

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