Today's pie recipient is a gentlemen I've met just six or seven times, but he's the type of person you don't forget because he brings laughter and joy to all those around him.
His name is Kenny Gilbertson and he owns Gilbertson's General Store in Keyeser, WI.
Keyeser has become a mandatory stop for me following a morning of shopping in "Amish Land." The town (and I use that word loosely) is unincorporated and invisible to most. It's located just northeast of DeForest and slightly past the Dane County line. Since your GPS may not locate it, Keyeser's main street is located at the junction of C & DM.
There are two businesses in this one-eighth-horse town: a church and Gilbertson's General Store. Gilbertson's has served Keyeser and beyond since 1894. As a side note, it's "famously" home to the Keyeser Indians - there are t-shirts for sale - but I'm not exactly sure what that means.
The General Store has a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, but the main draw is at the back of the store. There you will find a small bar, five bar stools, jars of pickled things, and very reasonably priced beer. Pull up a seat, sit a spell and if you're lucky, Kenny is tending bar on your visit.
Kenny Gilbertson - It seemed fitting to use the sepia-toned photo.
Kenny - with Hubbard's Banana Cream Pie
If asked, he'll proudly tell you about his strong Norwegian heritage and about the four generations of Gilbertsons who have owned and run the store. Kenny loves a good story which he'll deliver to you in deadpan Steven Wright fashion. He loves to talk and make people laugh.
While you're listening and enjoying your beer, be sure to take a gander at all of the interesting pictures and quotes hanging on the bar's walls. Do beware of the F-Word jar. Tossing an F-bomb here will set you back a dollar per instance.
I chose Kenny for Pie #3 because he was happy long before Pharrell Williams made it famous. He makes people feel good and important. And, really, how can you resist someone with a contagious laugh ending with "Aye-Yie-Yie!!"
Thank you for being you, Kenny Gilbertson!
NOTE: Kenny was delighted to receive his favorite flavor of pie from Hubbard Avenue Dinner. It's rumored he elected not to share with his fellow card players following delivery.
If you'd like to visit Keyeser, here's a great upcoming event to check out: