By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As folks gear up for Thanksgiving this month, one Philadelphia restaurant is selling pies to help those who don’t have enough to eat. One chef is partnering with a local hunger relief organization.

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Red Owl Tavern executive chef Caitlin Mateo is working overtime baking pies.

“This year we’re selling traditional pumpkin pie and then we also have an apple streussel pie.”

It’s for their 2nd annual “Month of 1,000 pies” hunger drive.

“Last year, we sold 496, so just shy of 500. The goal is definitely over 1,000 pies this year.”

Pies are available at the restaurant; you can buy one for $12 or 2 for $20 and proceeds benefit Philabundance.

“Philabundance is a huge Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization and they’ll also serve a huge Thanksgiving dinner on the holiday and hopefully some of our donation can benefit that dinner.”

For those baking their own apple pies, Mateo dishes out some tips.

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“It’s good to use a baker’s apple, one with lower moisture. Certain types of red apples are better to use when you’re baking apple pies; but juicier apples will make your pie a little bit more soggy.”

And her secret ingredient for pumpkin pie?

“I always like to throw a little bit of liquor into my pie. A little bit of bourbon or brandy adds a little extra touch, and I think that it helps with the flavor!”

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