It was pie heaven at the Merrick House in Coral Gables this Saturday. About two dozen pies were submitted for the contest at theSlow Food
Hedy Goldsmith, pastry chef at Michael's Genuine, was the Chief Justice of Pie. The other judges were: Ariana Kumpis (Ariana's Etiquette), John Critchley (Area 31), Victoria Pesce Elliott (Miami Herald), Janet Van Aken (Norman's 180), Glen Terry (King Mango Strut Parade), and Kristin Connor (Whisk Gourmet).
Pies were judged on appearance, taste, creativity, use of regional ingredients, and creative name. Taste and appearance (including runniness/firmness) got the most weight.
While the judges were ensconced inside the Merrick House, Presidential
summit-style, guests picnicked on the grounds. Boy Scout Troop 7 broke
ground on a new Heritage Garden, which they will officially start
planting this week.
There were a few vendors, as well. Teena Borek from Teena's Pride Farm was promoting her upcoming fall CSA and
selling herb plants: a variety of basils, fire sorrel, and chocolate
mint. Seriously Organic, a new foraging and sourcing company, sold
organic eggs from near Orlando. Family members of Whisk Gourmet's Brendan and Kristin Connor gave out free
the pies finally emerged from judging, they were set upon by the eager
guests. The rains came, and the guests grew restless waiting for the
results of the contest. The judges had to make their final
deliberations and score sheets needed to be tallied (a pie contest judging app
anyone?). Around 4 p.m., the scene nearly became mutinous when there were
still no results, and folk singer Valerie Wisecracker began singing the fifth reprise of "Who Got the Best Pie?" (a song she composed in honor of the event).
this all-American afternoon was saved from a riotous end when the
winners were finally announced at around 4:15. Summertime Blueberry
Pie by Marlin Ebbert won first place. Second place was Moctezuma's
Delight, a spicy chocolate tart with pecans, submitted by Johnn Carr.
Third place was Lucila's Fruta Bomba Crème Brulee Pie by Lucila
Jimenez (yes, that Lucila Jimenez).
Longan Walnut Bolaraisin Pie by Robert Barnum took fourth place. Yam I
Am by Carol Garvin and Passion Fruit Pie by Jana Carvin took fifth and