| Events |

Pie Social 2011 Winners Announced

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Don't know about you, but we're still on a sugar high after the second annual Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social.

And with good cause. Hundreds of pies were consumed Saturday afternoon in downtown Phoenix, as some of the best chefs in town squared off in an extraordinary display of pie love. Chocolate was big.

You joined in, too: Community bakers brought everything from caramel peanut and chocolate marshmallow pecan to cherry chocolate and sweet potato pies, as well as a lemon chess we're still trying to get the recipe for. (We'll pass it on to you later this week if we do.)

The event raised funds for the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School's arts program -- and the student volunteers who worked their butts off all day Saturday certainly earned it. Thanks also to Cindy Dach and all the folks at Roosevelt Row.

Oh wait, that's not what you're here for, is it? You want to know who won the celebrity baker competition! Read on.


Ten celebs baked their hearts out, and as was the case last year (when Justin Beckett's pecan/fig dominated) we had a stand-out (though the judges praised the entire spread, agreeing the bar was definitely raised this year).

Pie Snob Traci Wilbur takes home the prizes for Most Memorable, Most Creative and Best Taste, for her apple chile pie, while Virginia Senior from Urban Beans won Best Presentation for her apple pie.

Wilbur also snagged the People's Choice award.

Thanks to our judges: Chow Bella's Carol Blonder; Matt Pool of Matt's Big Breakfast, Giant Coffee and The Roosevelt; Barbara Harris of Feeding Frenzy; Gwen Ashley Walters of Pen & Fork and Andrea White of the sadly-no-longer-local Saffron Kitchen.

And thanks to you, Chow Bella readers, for joining us. See you next year!

All the pie porn you can handle is here in our slideshow from Saturday's event.

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.