Monday, October 15, 2007

Pies for miles. Or at least a few city blocks.

Yesterday was the First Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest. I was too late to register, but happily attended with a few friends. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sampling entries for an pie contest in what felt like a grade school gymnasium.

There were all kinds of pies, including one that included bacon and pork, and another with black pepper and cheddar cheese. Of course there were tons of traditional pies, but we were all surprised by the shortage of streusel-topped desserts.

Bobtail Soda Fountain was serving up ice cream. Their organic vanilla is insanely good.

In total, there were 79 different entries. I bet the judges had a severe stomach ache after trying all of them, but it's a small price to pay to serve your community. Little Miss Avery had her first taste of apple pie, and I think she liked it.

I am on the email list for early registration next year, and apparently my apple pie needs quite a bit of work, so I'll be practicing for the next several months. Let me know if you'd like to be a guinea pig. The only thing that's concrete for next year's entry is the name, coined by Jody. My pie will be "The Dominator."


Anonymous said...


Thanks for the blog entry and for attending the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest. I saw that you were surprised about struessel topped pies, there is a reason for that. Many years ago at an in home apple pie contest Dave Schroeder an organizer of our event, made his first apple pie and won the competion. In the ensuing moments after his victory and to this day his victory has been contested as he made a Betty with a crumble top and not a full fledge pie. We have since set the rules up as all pies need to have a double crust, which we feel is fair since the crust is probably the most difficult part of the pie to master. Another side line to this Story is "THE SCHROEDER PIN" the bronzed rolling pin, this is to honor Dave and the hard work that goes into making the perfect crust.

We are also in the process of carefully modifing the rules about meat,without excluding lard.

Can't wait to meet you and your pie next year.

Martha Ring
Bucktown Apple Pie Contest
Fouder, Chair and Sponsor

Anonymous said...

"When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it's not, mmmmmmm, boy."