Karen Heisler and Krystin Rubin first worked together to start Mission Pie, which is a for-profit business that serves sustainable food including sweet and savory pie. The two met a few months before Mission Pie opened in its original, smaller location. Rubin was finished with a farm apprenticeship and looking for work. Friends kept emailing Rubin the craigslist posting for a Mission Pie manager, so she decided "what the hell" and decided to apply.
Heisler is also a co-founder of Pie Ranch in Pescadero, which is a non-profit sustainable farming parcel. Pie Ranch is one of the ingredient sources to Mission Pie. Heisler is an original Mission Pie partner, and Rubin eventually joined her. Rubin said the two, "live upstairs, on the top floor," of the building that houses Mission Pie. Here are Rubin & Heisler's picks for Bay Area food spots.
LOCAL FAVORITE SPOTS
Rubin: "I am a creature of habit. I think that comes from being a baker." Both describe Middle Eastern Old Jerusalem Restaurant as a regular eating spot, and Heisler said it’s "the OJ," and that "I feel so blessed 'Wow, this is on our block.'" She is a fan of the OJ's cucumber salad, which is not on the current menu.
Rubin: "For a treat, I love Range. I love to sit at the bar. The bartenders are friendly and wonderful. I like to have a cocktail and a couple of dishes."