Dee Smith began her culinary career as a teenager working in restaurants along the Hudson River in New York. She expanded her working knowledge of the business at well known restaurants in Florida and then on Martha's Vineyard. In 1983, she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Dee shifted her focus from the kitchen to the business of food, and was employed over the next twelve years by Hilton Hotels, the Flatley Group, and Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation, where she was the Senior Buyer for all Center of the Plate.
In 1993, Chef Dee opened Dee's Harbor Café, a renowned breakfast and lunch restaurant in Oak Bluffs,Massachusetts. In the three years that the Café was open, it earned "Best Breakfast" and "Best Lunch" in the Vineyard Gazette Readers Poll. When her restaurant closed each afternoon, Chef Dee catered special events both at the restaurant and at venues around the Island. In 1997, Chef Dee began catering full time and her catering company Tea Lane Caterers, Inc.™ was born. In addition she created the Phantom Chef which offers gourmet meals delivered right to your doorstep.
In 2008, Chef Dee launched A Savory Pie Company™. Savory pies are based on a center-of-the-plate entree as an easy, entertaining culinary item with sustainable goals for the community. Savory pies are filled with wholesome fresh ingredients like roasted chicken, eggplant parmigiana, seafood, mac & cheese and, what may be the most mouth-watering of all, turkey dinner pie.
Baked, Sliced & Served, with a side of salad, soup, and a loaf of French bread this is a dinner gone easy. Savory Pies are baked in old-fashioned reusable pie tins that can be used over and over again. A Savory Pie Company™ has begun a campaign for the fight against breast cancer by donating a nickel to the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group for each pie tin that is returned to their facility. Not only does this become a recycling support program for
the environment but supports the dream of finding a cure for breast cancer.
A Savory Pie Company™ is located in the wooded hills of Chilmark Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.