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Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures

Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski

It was pie heaven at the Merrick House in Coral Gables this Saturday. About two dozen pies were submitted for the contest at the Slow Food Pie Picnic.


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.

Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski

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

lemonade.

Avocado and mamey cream pies
Avocado and mamey cream pies
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Avocado and mamey cream pies

When

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).

Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski

However,

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

sixth places.

Slow Food Miami president Donna Reno and folk singer Valerie Wisecracker
Slow Food Miami president Donna Reno and folk singer Valerie Wisecracker
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Slow Food Miami president Donna Reno and folk singer Valerie Wisecracker
First place: Summertime Blueberry Pie by Marlin Ebbert.  Ebbert used Meg's Berries from Gainesville.
First place: Summertime Blueberry Pie by Marlin Ebbert. Ebbert used Meg's Berries from Gainesville.
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
First place: Summertime Blueberry Pie by Marlin Ebbert. Ebbert used Meg's Berries from Gainesville.

 

Second place: Moctezuma's Delight, a chocolate tart with spicy pecans, by Johnn Carr
Second place: Moctezuma's Delight, a chocolate tart with spicy pecans, by Johnn Carr
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Trina Sargalski
Second place: Moctezuma's Delight, a chocolate tart with spicy pecans, by Johnn Carr
Third Place:  Lucila's Fruta Bomba Crème Brulee Pie by Lucila Jimenez
Third Place: Lucila's Fruta Bomba Crème Brulee Pie by Lucila Jimenez
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Trina Sargalski
Third Place: Lucila's Fruta Bomba Crème Brulee Pie by Lucila Jimenez
Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Starry, Starry Night and Passion Fruit Pie by Jana White (Sixth place winner)
Starry, Starry Night and Passion Fruit Pie by Jana White (Sixth place winner)
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Starry, Starry Night and Passion Fruit Pie by Jana White (Sixth place winner)
Clockwise from top: Key Lime Mango with Guava Cream, Moctezuma's Delight Chocolate Tart, Apple Tarte Tatin, and Lemon Chess Pie.
Clockwise from top: Key Lime Mango with Guava Cream, Moctezuma's Delight Chocolate Tart, Apple Tarte Tatin, and Lemon Chess Pie.
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Trina Sargalski
Clockwise from top: Key Lime Mango with Guava Cream, Moctezuma's Delight Chocolate Tart, Apple Tarte Tatin, and Lemon Chess Pie.
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Pie with Hatcher Mango
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Pie with Hatcher Mango
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Trina Sargalski
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Pie with Hatcher Mango
Judges' Table: (clockwise from left) Hedy Goldmith, Glen Terry, John Critchley, Kristin Connor, Janet Van Aken, and Victoria Pesce Elliott
Judges' Table: (clockwise from left) Hedy Goldmith, Glen Terry, John Critchley, Kristin Connor, Janet Van Aken, and Victoria Pesce Elliott
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Judges' Table: (clockwise from left) Hedy Goldmith, Glen Terry, John Critchley, Kristin Connor, Janet Van Aken, and Victoria Pesce Elliott
Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
The new garden space at Merrick House, which will be planted by Boy Scout Troop 7
The new garden space at Merrick House, which will be planted by Boy Scout Troop 7
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
The new garden space at Merrick House, which will be planted by Boy Scout Troop 7
The porch at Merrick House
The porch at Merrick House
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Trina Sargalski
The porch at Merrick House
The Whisk Family: Efain Connor (sister of Whisk Gourmet's Brendan and Kristin Connor), Julie Connor (mom), Susan McGrath, and Peggy McMahon
The Whisk Family: Efain Connor (sister of Whisk Gourmet's Brendan and Kristin Connor), Julie Connor (mom), Susan McGrath, and Peggy McMahon
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
The Whisk Family: Efain Connor (sister of Whisk Gourmet's Brendan and Kristin Connor), Julie Connor (mom), Susan McGrath, and Peggy McMahon
Teena's Pride herbs
Teena's Pride herbs
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Trina Sargalski
Teena's Pride herbs
Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski
Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures
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