About Upper Crust
Made with consistent quality and care since 1988.
Christine’s Upper Crust Pies has been making, baking, and delivering delicious, freshly-baked
pies to the Bay Area since 1988. The pleasure of making our pies by hand, lovingly from scratch, still
endures to this day…a pleasure that we are happy to pass along to you. Our passion is evident today
as each pie is made and delivered with consistent ingredients, quality and care.
Same traditional recipes, just a different size mixing bowl.
Our traditional recipes are the same as when we started ~ nothing has changed except the size of
the mixing bowls! We continue to make everything from scratch, using only the best ingredients
that money can buy; a difference our customers can taste. Our quality is uncompromising ~
we refuse to make substitutions, take short-cuts, or sacrifice taste to save time or money. We
make our pies just like you would make in your own home, if you had the time. They are
handmade quality with an authentic homemade taste.
We use only the best, all-natural ingredients.
All of our ingredients are the same as you would find in your
own kitchen cupboard, or growing in your own backyard. To
make our pies, we start with a big bowl of real fruit, picked at its
peak. Then we stir in a little sugar and just enough tapioca or
rice flour to thicken the natural juices. Finally we put it all in our
hand-rolled, flaky, and mouth-watering butter pastry. No cans,
no hydrogenated oils, no Trans fat, no artificial
ingredients or fillers, and no preservatives!
Our pies bring back warm, sweet memories.
People say our freshly-baked pies bring back memories of good
times and celebrations past… 4th of July, Thanksgiving, or Birthdays… warm pie right from the
oven, filling your senses with intoxicating aromas of fruit and pastry. When you taste an Upper
Crust Pie you are immediately reminded of tradition and enjoyable, loving memories with family
and friends. Enjoy an Upper Crust Pie and Taste a Memory!
Christine Milne is the owner and founder of Christine’s Upper Crust Pies.
Giving the gift of handmade pies.
Christine’s passion for pie-making began early as a young girl
growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where she picked wild
berries and made pies for family and neighbors. After a
divorce in the summer of 1987, Christine was living on a
friend’s houseboat in the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor and
sold her first pie to a couple at the end of the dock. Soon she
was picking wild blackberries every morning and baking pies
In the fall of 1987 Christine was cited by police for selling pies
on the sidewalk of Mill Valley, California without a permit. She
moved her operation from the houseboat to a bakery in San
Anselmo where she began calling on restaurants and cafes,
looking for consistent customers. Her first account, a Mill
Valley landmark, is still a regular customer 23 years
In 1995 Christine moved Upper Crust to its current location in San Rafael. While she is no longer
baking the pies herself, Christine continues to play an active role in the company and particularly
enjoys sales and meeting new people. She is also an active member of the community, supporting
both the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and the San Anselmo Chamber. Christine regularly
attends networking events for Women in Business, and was most recently nominated for the 2011
Women Entrepreneur Award for the North Bay.
When she’s not at Upper Crust, Christine enjoys exercising, bicycling, dancing, traveling, and
visiting her children, grandchildren and friends. She continues to bake to the delight of employees,
neighbors, and friends.
Upper Crust’s single bakery is located in a 5,000 square-foot facility in San Rafael, California.
In an average week we deliver as many as 2,500 pies, and over 20,000 during the Thanksgiving
week. Despite the greater capacity, each pie is still carefully made by hand using Christine’s
original recipes. “We do everything ourselves,” says Christine. “No bag mixes, no buckets of filling,
no short-cuts, no inferior ingredients, and no distributors. We make, bake, box and deliver all from
our one facility in San Rafael.”
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“Upper crust makes
they are fresh and
they sure are tasty...
I have ever had.”
~ Brendan, San Anselmo
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