Val Lucks

Val Lucks

Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Pie Officer of PIE Inc

About Val Lucks

Valeri Lucks is the co-founder, co-owner and Chief Executive Pie Officer of PIE Inc. restaurant group in Milwaukee, WI (Honeypie, Comet, SmallPie, Palomino, Buttercup) and Chicago, IL (Beard & Belly, Honeypie Bakeshop).  Valeri has a B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern University and over 40 years of pie making practice.  Prior to embarking on her restaurant career, she spent many years in the corporate world in organizational development and talent acquisition roles (and usually bringing pies to meetings).  Her love of pie and community took her on the adventure of a lifetime with the opening of her first restaurant, Comet Cafe, in 2005.  Since then, PIE Inc has grown to a small company with over 150 employees and multiple beloved neighborhood cafes.   Valeri’s recipes and pies have been featured in Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure, Time Out USA, Eater, Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin Public Radio, on the Food Network and many more.  When she is not working on pie recipes and restaurants, Valeri can be found on a long walk with her dog Bernice or a long road trip in search of America’s best pies.

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