Courtesy of Mark Wagner
When Los Altos resident Grace Libby pined for a slice of her son-in-law Mark Wagner’s signature pineapple upside-down cake, he went to great lengths to accommodate her.
The Town Crier’s Food & Wine section solicits stories of local food experiments and traditions. Reader Mark Wagner took the bait last spring and shared the story of introducing Californians to a strange cuisine from a strange land: the good old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake.
His in-laws, Grace and Lester Libby, lived on Miranda Way in Los Altos for nearly 50 years before moving to a condo at Parc Regent. Grace pined for a slice of Wagner’s traditional birthday treat – the aforementioned pineapple cake – but Wagner was in Cincinnati and she was in Los Altos. He started calling around to Safeway, Draeger’s Market and local bakeries to see who could provide a local slice.