2008-10-30 / About Town

Many good pie bakers in Jamestown contest

The upside to having a pie baking contest is being able to sample the entries. Here, left to right, Bob Gibbs, Emma and Andy Brown fill their plates with the delights. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten The upside to having a pie baking contest is being able to sample the entries. Here, left to right, Bob Gibbs, Emma and Andy Brown fill their plates with the delights. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Sixteen entries vied for top awards in the Oct. 25 Community Pie Cook-off sponsored by Central Baptist Church.

Winners in the best overall pie category were Janice Spotts, who took first place with her Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie. Emma Willis came in second place.

Taking honors in the most original pie category were Peggy Burse, who used her mother's Harvest Pie recipe to garner first place. The pie included apples, apricots and cranberries. Jim Traer took second place. Barbara Hannah captured top place in the crowd pleaser category with her unusual Wild Knotweed Fruit Pie, which uses a widely available roadside weed in the recipe.

Judges for the cook-off were Kevin Gaudreau, general manager of Providence's Ruth's Chris Steak House and former Jamestown chef; Jim Bryer, chief of the Jamestown Fire Department; and Phil Larson, retired chef.

In addition to the pie judging and tasting, the event featured a fruit tart demonstration by Steve Liebhauser of Slice of Heaven. The event was the first in CBC's yearlong Seasonal Taste of Jamestown series.

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