Friday, January 25, 2013
Judging a pie contest filled with talented bakers from Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite community is harder than what it looks like.
No matter the filling in these Pinecraft pies, each one is layered with love. Whether it's the layers of crunch pecan, the detailed crust work on a pumpkin pie or the drizzling of cream cheese over raspberries, the pies that the folks of the Sarasota Amish and Mennonite community churned out could easily go on display on food art museum. But by the time I was finished with each piece, they were unrecognizable. Just crumbs everywhere, nary a bite to be found for the most part. Yeah, that's the tough life of a pie judge. I was lucky to be invited by cookbook author and Cooking and Such editor Sherry Gore, who sought someone to help fill out the roster of judges for the second annual Pinecraft Pie Contest at Everence Federal Credit Union…
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite community will find out who has the right touch in the oven.
You cannot spell Pinecraft without pie. Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite community will put that to the test Friday at the second annual Pinecraft Pie Contest when the friendly residents will show off what they can stuff in that crust. The contest takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Everence Federal Credit Union, 3407 Bahia Vista St. Judging begins at 11 a.m. The event first started last year with the grand opening of Everence, which is a bank and ministry that caters to Mennonite populations across the country. The folks wanted to figure out how to figure out to have some sort of community gathering, but one thing was constant, said Kjell Purnell, managing director of Everence Federal and its financial advisor firm. "It seems …