We have a winner!
We received more than a dozen limericks in our quest to select a judge (who will join our esteemed panel) for Pie Social, Saturday, November 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt and 2nd streets in Phoenix.
The third annual event -- co-sponsored by Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row -- will feature pies baked by 14 celebrity chefs, as well as a community pie sharing section. (Dust off your cookbook -- bring 2 pies and you'll get 5 tasting tickets; or pay $10 for 5 tickets, proceeds go to Bioscience High School clubs.)
Competition was fierce in the limerick contest.
We were particularly fond of Kiersten Traina's entry:
When shortening and flour join forces They round out a dinner of courses Apple, chocolate or cherry Rhubarb or mixed berry And so goes the sweet Life of Pi(e)
And there was this from Charlotte Merrill:
I'll umpire the Gauntlet of Pie, on a berry and cherry filled high, and I'll glide down each row with my apron in tow praying for oversupply.
We also got a smile from Allen Freeman:
There was a young schoolboy of Tie Who was baked by mistake in a pie. To his mother's disgust He emerged through the crust, And exclaimed, with a yawn, "Where am I?"
But only one stole our hearts.
Ashley Messick sent in the winning entry:
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If there's really one thing I adore It's a baker's mathematical lore. Measure round then divide By how great it is wide And you get pumpkin three point one four.
Ashley lives in Scottsdale and when she's not obsessing over pie, she does marketing and PR for Blood Systems, the national headquarters for United Blood Services. Warning, bakers: Her grandma was a darn good pie maker.
Congrats, Ashley! And thanks to all. Hope to see everyone at Pie Social.