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."