It's the South Side Pie Challenge.
Last fall I attended the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest and wrote about it here. It was great, and wonderful, and delicious, but I was left with an unsettled, unsatisfied, if stuffed, feeling.
That's because I wanted a pie contest down in my neighborhood.
And now it's happening! We have one venue--Ray Elementary School in Hyde Park, three judges so far, four categories, and twelve Canadian rosette prize ribbons. It's all very exciting.
We're raising money for the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs, a food pantry and a soup kitchen that serve several south side neighborhoods and operate under the umbrella of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A couple of weeks ago on WBEZ I heard an astounding statistic--that visits to food pantries and soup kitchens in Chicago went way up this year. Like, by 68%. Perhaps you, like me, think that these organizations can use a little help as we head into winter.
And to do so, what we need now is pie bakers--lots of pie bakers. So break out your recipes and start perfecting your pie crust. Our categories are Fruit, Nut, Creme, and Sweet Potato/Pumpkin. Go register at our website. Practice on your family. And bring it.
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