Good morning! Has your sugar hangover worn off yet???
Thanks to the hundreds of folks who came out Saturday afternoon for the third annual Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social. From the bright sunshine to Tobie Milford's music to spontaneous swing dancing on the grass, it was a lovely day.
Oh yes, and there was pie.
Fourteen of the finest chefs in town baked their hearts out. We bet you'd like to know who won the competition, huh?
Later today we'll have lots of photos and a pie by pie rundown from one of our judges, but right now we do have the final results tabulated and we're ready to share. We had five official categories for the judges -- and a People's Choice award.
Best Presentation: Kristen Campbell, St. Francis Best Taste: Jeff Kraus, Crepe Bar Most Creative: Virginia Senior, Urban Beans Most Memorable: Virginia Senior, Urban Beans Best in Show: David Duarte, Hyatt Regency Phoenix People's Choice: Slade Grove, Slade Grove Creations
Congratulations to all the bakers -- including those who participated in the community baking portion of the event. We heard raves about your pie all day long.
Thanks to our hard-working judges: Carla Wade, owner of Carly's; Brendan McCaskey, manager of Smeeks candy store; Ashley Messick, winner of our limerick contest; Vermon Pierre, lead pastor of Roosevelt Community Church; and Chow Bella's own Dominique Chatterjee, who writes our weekly "Dessert First" column.
Another big thanks to our friends at Roosevelt Row -- particularly Cindy Dach and her volunteers, including the kids from the Bioscience High School, whose clubs will benefit from the event's proceeds.
And thank you to Five & Diner, for topping our pie with ice cream.
Remember to come back to Chow Bella later today for details and photos.
Read up on each of the competitors: Kristen Campbell Makes Cheesecake Batter Virginia Senior Makes Poached Eggs Over Swiss Chard Traci Wilbur Makes Pumpkin Cheesecake Corianne Sizemore Makes Raspberry Pop Tarts Tammie Coe Makes Eyeball Cupcakes Karen Olson Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies Brady Breese Makes Pumpkin Bread Joan O'Connor Makes Mediterranean Pasta Salad Monti Carlo Makes Banana Bread Muffins Mamma Toledo Makes Egg Sammies with Horseradish Cheese Slade Grove Makes Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookies Jeff Kraus Makes the "First Time Crepe" -- Nutella, Elderflower, Spiced Walnuts and More David Duarte Makes Peanut Butter Crunch Bars Winnona Herr Makes Butterscotch Bananas Foster Pudding