Sunday, November 8, 2015

21 Pies at the Pork, Poultry and Pie Dinner.

Saturday night, I was the guest of the good folks at the First Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock's Argenta District, at the third annual Pork, Poultry and Pie Dinner.  The meal of tasty barbecued chicken, pork, beans, slaw and breads was just a start to an evening of pies... from competition pies to friendly sharing pies. It was a great evening.

And you really need to see these pies.

My daughter Hunter joined me with this friendly family.  I'm glad we could make it.

Three of us were asked to judge the pies at this year's events -- Joseph St. Ana of Crush Wine Bar, Brian Brainard of Heights Taco and Tamale Co. and myself.  I can't share the experience of each of these pies, but I can share how pretty they all were.  And at the bottom, a funny anectdote.

First, the dessert pies.

And then, the competition pies.

And the funny story. So, when you judge anything, the best advice I give people is to eat as little as possible of each item. Otherwise, your survival is questionable.

Our kind hosts cut rather small pieces of pie (which yes, that's usually how it's done, in case you were wondering) and placed them on separate plates for each judge. I joked with Hunter that she had to eat whatever I didn't. I was joking. I really was. But dang if she didn't wipe out what pie I didn't try (except the peanut butter chocolate pie, which she can't have) up to the last, when she had no room left. Poor little girl.

But she learned an important lesson and tried some great pie. So that's a win.

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