(Dan Swartz)
(Dan Swartz)

Patti LaBelle is running late. But no one here seems to mind. The crowd of staffers, members, Walmart execs and the lucky legislative aide who happened to get “the email” are too busy rubbernecking the passed trays carrying slices of sweet potato pie to notice that the woman of the hour is missing.

The event, “A Reception and Tasting with Patti LaBelle celebrating her featured desserts sold exclusively at Walmart,” was set to start at 3 p.m. on Thursday. By 3:02, the room on the third floor of the Longworth building was packed.

Not familiar with the fame trajectory of Patti’s pies? After a hilarious video of a fan named James eating said pie went viral last year, LaBelle’s desserts quickly became the Furby of the bakery aisle.

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