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Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Slow Food Miami president Donna Reno and folk singer Valerie Wisecracker
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First place: Summertime Blueberry Pie by Marlin Ebbert. Ebbert used Meg's Berries from Gainesville.
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Second place: Moctezuma's Delight, a chocolate tart with spicy pecans, by Johnn Carr
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Third Place: Lucila's Fruta Bomba Crème Brulee Pie by Lucila Jimenez
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Starry, Starry Night and Passion Fruit Pie by Jana White (Sixth place winner)
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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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Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Pie with Hatcher Mango
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Judges' Table: (clockwise from left) Hedy Goldmith, Glen Terry, John Critchley, Kristin Connor, Janet Van Aken, and Victoria Pesce Elliott
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The new garden space at Merrick House, which will be planted by Boy Scout Troop 7
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The porch at Merrick House
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The Whisk Family: Efain Connor (sister of Whisk Gourmet's Brendan and Kristin Connor), Julie Connor (mom), Susan McGrath, and Peggy McMahon
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Teena's Pride herbs
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