Story by Sara Paul
Pellets of sweat melt off Maeve’s intense brow as she bolts down the basketball court. The 14-year-old point guard makes miracles happen on the hardwood and equally blows things up in the kitchen.
When she’s not making foul shots and three pointers, Maeve Beth Cheevers is busy at work at Shannon’s Eye on the Pies, her family’s business, with locations in Warwick NY and Hewitt, NJ.
A budding chef since the age of eight, Maeve has always enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, and now for her community.
“I like food, and I love seeing people enjoying our food. It’s rewarding that I get to help satisfy people’s palates,” she says passionately, adding that she adores her customers and also relishes time with her family members. With her mother Shannon, her father John, her Aunt Erin, and other co-workers who have become like family, Maeve enthusiastically works about 50 hours a week at both shop locations.
A star on the court, a stellar chef, and an all-around hard-working, hard-core hustler, Maeve puts her whole heart in all she does.
“She truly wears her heart on her sleeve and is just so genuine,” comments Shannon Cheevers, Maeve’s mom and owner of Shannon’s Eye on the Pies.
“She has a natural ability in the kitchen and also behind the counter,” says Shannon, noting that customers come to the shop for not only sweet pies, but also Maeve’s sweet smile.
“When they come in, they like to chat with Maeve,” notices a proud mother, adding that, “Her pies are even better than mine!”
With baking in their blood, Shannon admits neither of the mother-daughter chef duo fuss with measurements much.
Maeve agrees saying, “It’s just a gut feeling. When you know, you know!”
Working side by side, mother, daughter, and even Aunt Erin get to have lots of fun while concocting some of the area’s most delicious delicacies. Maeve particularly enjoys making gourmet wraps, sumptuous soups, and savory salads.
Aunt Erin Vanwyck praises her niece for being “funny, bubbly, and a great big cousin to my daughters… I love that smile, and she smiles all the time.”
Maeve was named after an Irish Queen who was a fierce and intoxicating warrior. Doing plenty of justice to her namesake, this young fearless warrior has suffered numerous injuries while playing sports, from basketball to field hockey, track, and swimming.
Maeve is just as dedicated in her own home, where she takes the lead on cooking meals, vacuuming, laundry, and caring for the household pup, a King Charles Cavalier named Milo. The young teen thinks nothing of whipping up a fabulous fettucine alfredo for herself, always making enough for everyone.
While she proclaims without hesitation that her favorite chef is her mom, Maeve also chuckles at the hilarity of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I like that he’s really kind to the young kid chefs he meets,” she notes.
Beyond the world of athletics and appetites, Maeve is musically inclined, playing the piano, trumpet, and guitar. Eighth grade graduation saw this model student receive the Presidential Award and the Consumer Science Award for Cooking. She was also active in the Student Council and the Adventure Theater.
A Hardyston, NJ resident, she will be a freshman at Wallkill Valley Regional High School in the fall. Her favorite subjects are science and engineering, disciplines she looks forward to pursing in college. Culinary school is a possibility, of course, and college basketball, a must.
With her own giant blue eyes on pies and more, our strong heroine inspires one to, as challenging as it is, really just figure things out.
“To find your passion, you have to figure out who you want to be, which is hard and takes time. You also have to find out what inspires you and what makes you want to get up in the morning. Once you figure that out, you have to figure out what kind of person it takes to get there. And then… you just have to do it!”
The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature young people of Warwick who are doing meaningful things. Whether in school, athletics, in the community or at home, we know there are many moving stories that need to be told. These “hero” stories can be from the incredible to the mundane, from the kid who saved his dog from drowning to the teen who takes care of a sibling with special needs. We ask that if you know of any young individuals who would be appropriate for these human interest pieces, that you contact Sara Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-702-3091.