Oprah Winfrey wants to know what Fredericksburg locals have been asking for years: "What do we have to do to be adopted by this family?" The Van Cleve family of Spotsylvania County, that is.
The Van Cleve Seafood Co. has made the "O" List of Oprah's Favorite Things in the magazine's August issue, hitting stands this week.
The feature of Van Cleve Seafood reads: " 'Oh Miss Mercy,' Gayle exclaimed after sampling this decadent homemade pie—a 200 year-old family recipe—packed with more than a half a pound of blue crab meat held together by a blend of gooey cheese in a flaky crust. The question is what do we have to do to be adopted by this family?"
Owners Shelly Van Cleve and her two daughters, Allie Van Cleve–Cushing and Monica Van Cleve–Talbert, introduced their blue crab pie to local customers in 2000 at their Spotsylvania County restaurant.
The restaurant has since closed and the family has shifted their focus to wholesale efforts. The pie can now be found in hundreds of grocery stores along the East Coast and is featured in gourmet catalogs.
"We are so honored to have been sought out and now featured on Oprah Winfrey's list of favorite things," said Monica Van Cleve–Talbert. "It’s every food entrepreneur's dream. This is the 'Oscar' of the food industry."
The Oprah's Favorite Things list premiered in "O, The Oprah Magazine" in 2002. Winfrey has been sharing her list of favorites items and products since her television show in the 1990's.