If you have been reading this blog for while you might remember that I entered in the 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest last year (2012) but wasn't able to bring my finished pies to the contest as my older son was injured in a soccer game that morning. My presence was needed in the ER, not at LACMA.
Fast forward 365 days and I am still enjoying the high from yesterday's contest. Yesterday was the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest which was held at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
A few practice pies:
|Blueberry Practice Pie|
|Savory Practice Pie|
|Caramel Custard Practice Pie|
I entered in two different categories this year: Custard and Savory.
For the custard category I made a Caramel Custard Pie with Graham Cracker Crust which I created last year. We were instructed to make two pies per category; one for the judges and one to give out slices to the public.
|Caramel Custard Pie with Graham Cracker Crust|
|Suz's Bombay Pie|
If you are interested in the recipes for either of my pies, comment below or email me. I would be happy to share with you.
At approximately 12:15 pm I loaded up the car with my four pies, butterflies in my stomach and my exact plan of how I would get to Los Angeles in 45 minutes. The cutoff time for pie dropoff was 1pm. Yikes!
Attention Quilters - look at this awesome pie made by Mary : It is a Blueberry Peach Matisse Pie which was part of the LACMA inspired category (pie was to somehow convey any artwork inside LACMA). Quilters, this is an Applique pie - she cut out the shapes and then laminated them to the top of the pastry crust! It was a gorgeous, gorgeous pie. I was truly bummed when she did not win or place in this category.
I had so much fun - I could of cared less that I didn't win. I met so many nice people, had a wonderful time making people happy with my pies and was able to see some of the Los Angeles area food luminaries that I admire.
|Just after I've dropped off my pies I'm thinking, "What Am I Doing Here?"|
I walked around viewing the other pies before the public was allowed in to taste. Loved the shapes and creativity of the names of pies.
Here's my custard pie!
|My poor pie was having a hard time in the heat.|
|Mary's Blueberry Peach Matisse Pie|
Here is Mary and I - neither one of us knew this was being taken. I had a blast standing next to Mary in the hot sun (vampire me stood back in the shade most of the time) while chatting about pie and meeting her adorable niece. What do you think Mary - next year?
|Anxiously waiting for the public to be allowed into the area to serve our pies.|
|Of course I was going to try my fellow baker's pies. So good!|
|Serving the public was awesome.|
Almost every baker wore an apron to the pie contest as it has become a tradition. Do any of you quilters recognize mine?
Happy Baking Everyone!