Blue Owl Bakery
Kimmswick, MO
Home of World-famous “Levee High” Pies

The Two Best Desserts You've Never Tried


Forbes Magazine, August 2018

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Everyone in the historic town of Kimmswick, Missouri, knows Mary Hostetter’s restaurant is the spot for a delicious, country-style meal. But word of her famously tall, flaky-crusted Levee-High Apple Pies—each one piled high with 18 hand-peeled and hand-sliced apples—and her pecan pies and cheesecakes has traveled around the world and made her downhome bakery a source for a true slice of heaven.

About The Food

Prepare for a dessert experience like no other because the Levee High Caramel Apple Pie and Levee High Apple Pie are in a class all by themselves. A stunning presentation of 18 hand-peeled and hand sliced apples stacked in a tender, homemade, flaky pie crust and baked to fork-tender perfection, they take the classic pie to new heights in more ways than one. More down to earth in stature, but equally celestial are Blue Owl’s homestyle pecan pies, German Chocolate pie, and cheesecakes—all of which are guaranteed to delight any dessert lover.

Meet The Owner

Avid baker Mary Hostetter started off humbly in 1983, offering homemade baked goods and candies at craft shows, festivals, and fairs in the St. Louis area. But demand grew quickly. By Christmas of 1984, when she received 30,000 orders, she knew she had to expand beyond her home kitchen. The following summer, she partnered with Lucianna Ross, the matriarch of Kimmswick and owner of The Blue Owl Restaurant, to create a country tearoom that would hopefully serve 30 guests a day. Today, Mary welcomes more than 300 customers daily with the help of 75 staff, some of which are part of her own family. She also has nine cookbooks under her apron as well as numerous awards and a small collection of sweets shops featuring over 50 kinds of homemade candies.


The Two Best Desserts You've Never Tried


Forbes Magazine, August 2018

The Blue Owl’s world-famous Levee High Apple Pie® was named of Oprah's Favorite Things in Oprah Magazine!


O's Favorite Things, Oprah Magazine

We've scoured the country for the tastiest items around. The Levee High caramel apple pecan will add a "WOW" factor to your dessert buffet.


The Today Show

An engineering feat in its own right.


The Wall Street Journal, April 2017

Eighteen apples are baked into each [Levee High Apple Pie]; somehow they're shipped nationwide...without topping over!


USA Today - Destination Pies Across the USA

Featured on the Food Network program 'Road Tasted' with Bobby and Jamie Deen.

The only word capable of accurately describing what customers think when they see the apple pie for the first time is "Wow!!"


Forbes Magazine, August 2018

Shipping Days

At FoodyDirect we are doing everything we can to drive down shipping costs for our customers, including offering Low Flat-Rate Shipping.

$ 14.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is reachable from The Blue Owl via FedEx Ground service within two days, you will be presented with the low shipping rate of $ 14.95 upon checkout.
$ 39.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is beyond 2-day ground reach, you will be presented with a flat rate of just $ 39.95 for FedEx 2-Day Air upon checkout.

*Please note that the flat rates above will be applied per shipping box. While some packages can be combined into a single box, most packages from The Blue Owl require their own shipping box. You will be presented with the actual shipping rate before making your purchase.

Next Day Air service and Saturday delivery may be available for an additional charge. Service to Alaska and Hawaii is now available (+$20). Service outside the U.S. currently not available.

Orders are shipped on Monday through Thursdays, except holidays. Orders placed by 8:00 AM (ET) can be shipped the next day. The max allowable transit time for the Levee High pies, fruit pies, and cheesecakes is 2 days; and 3 days for all other items. Perishable items cannot be shipped over a weekend and cannot be delivered on Sunday or Monday.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances can delay your shipment. We strongly recommend that you schedule your order to arrive at least 1 business day before your desired usage date to allow for any delays.

Shipping Options

The following shipping options are available depending upon the delivery date selected and reflect the max allowable transit time of two days:

Ground Shipping (1-2 Days) - If a customer’s shipping address is reachable via FedEx Ground service within 2 days, they will be presented with a $14.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. Orders will be delivered via FedEx Ground service on or before the selected arrival date, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM to residences, and between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to businesses.

2nd-Day Air - If the shipping address is not reachable within 2 days via FedEx Ground service, the customer will be presented with $39.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. The order will be shipped via FedEx 2nd-Day Air and will be delivered on or before the end of the second business day following shipment (unless upgrading to Saturday delivery). Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 p.m. to residences and 5:00 p.m. to businesses.

FedEx Standard Overnight - Your package will be delivered on the next business day after it has been shipped - by 3 PM to most addresses, by 4:30 PM to rural addresses. The flat-rate for Standard Overnight is $49.95.

FedEx Priority Overnight - Your package will be delivered the next business day after it has shipped, by 10:30 AM to most addresses. The flat rate for Priority Overnight is $54.95.

Saturday Delivery - If your shipping address is reachable via FedEx Ground service within 2 days, Saturday delivery is available for the same low flat-rate of $9.95, and deliveries are made between 9 AM and 8 PM. If your address is not within 2-Day ground reach, Saturday delivery is available via FedEx 2-Day for an additional charge of $20 per package (for a total of $59.95). Deliveries are made between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, depending upon delivery address.
Once your order has shipped, you will receive a ship notification email with a tracking number for each package in your order. When your order has been delivered, you will also receive a delivery notification email.

For complete shipping details we encourage you to visit our General Shipping and Packaging Information page.

Packaging & Delivery

All pies and cakes from The Blue Owl are professionally packed and shipped to assure they arrive in excellent condition within the max allowable transit time of 2 days for Levee High pies, fruit pies, and cheesecakes, and 3 days for all other items

All orders are shipped signature release. This means FedEx will leave the package at the doorstep, front desk or gate associated with the shipping address without requiring a signature upon delivery. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the contents of the package are stored in a freezer or refrigerator promptly after delivery. FoodyDirect cannot be responsible for orders with incomplete or invalid addresses, or that are sent to recipients who are not available to store the contents of the order on the day of arrival. FedEx cannot deliver to a P.O. box.

Storage & Care

Levee High Apple Pies

Frozen & unbaked pies can be kept for 3-4 weeks. Baked pies can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

All Fruit & Pecan Pies

Refrigerate for up to 4-5 days and freeze for 2-3 weeks. When left at room temp pies can last up to 3 days.


Cheesecakes can be kept frozen 3-4 weeks. Allow 1-2 hours to thaw, and keep refrigerated up to 10 days.