Here’s a friendly tip: If Barbara Deptula ever invites you over for a piece of cherry pie, you might want to eat a little something before you go. When you arrive at her Rittenhouse Square condo, the conversation will certainly sparkle, the laughs will be hearty, and the wine will be plentiful. The pie, though, may never show.
Barbara still pokes fun at herself for purchasing store-bought pie to serve to friends without realizing that the picture on the package was not an actual pie, but instead an empty pie crust.
What this gorgeous blonde, (the daughter, ironically, of restaurant owners) lacks in culinary skill, she makes up for in smarts. Executive Vice President at Shire Pharmaceuticals and longtime St Christopher’s Foundation board member, Barbara understood the need for access to fresh food in North Philadelphia. Shire enthusiastically followed suit, becoming a major sponsor of the Foundation’s Fresh Rx Program, a program that has doctors writing prescriptions for fresh food and patients picking up from-the-farm produce at distribution points throughout North Philly.
With her already impressive resume, Barbara recently added an exciting new title to her bio: wife. She and her dashing husband, Dr. George Pipia, along with colleague and close friend Matt Cabry, gathered more than 60 friends and colleagues for a Dine In that started on the patio of 10 Rittenhouse. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the stars, they moved inside where local jazz singer, Charlene Holloway, brought the house down. Steven Starr Catering served a sumptuous summer dinner of grilled lamb and roasted salmon.
Not long after their Dine In, Barbara and George retired to their house on Cape Cod. But no worries. This tireless couple has no intention of retiring their commitment to Dine In Help Out. In fact, their friends are hoping that next year’s Dine In will be a beachside clambake. And dessert? Well, they’ll bring the pie.