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Contest Wed Oct 17 2012

Nothing Compares to Pie: Photos From the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

lots of pies.jpgThis Sunday Drive Thru Editor Robyn Nisi and I paired up to judge the Eighth Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest. We sampled about 20 of the nearly 100-plus pies submitted for the amateur division, picking the best pies to be submitted to the semifinalist rounds based on its filling, crust, overall appearance, etc. The pies ranged from soothing and addictive to not fully baked and just discrusting! We felt like we were speed dating, getting to know each pie by judging it from its looks and personality in less than four minutes. There were some surprises: Red Hots mixed with apples, chocolate crusts, pulled pork, and creative designs made with crust. Here are some of our favorites.

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The winner of the amateur division was Murphy MacDonald's Rustic Apple Pie. The Pro Division Winner was Dinah Grossman from Cheap Tart Bakery. All of the proceeds from the event benefit Friends of Holstein Park.

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Rebecca / October 18, 2012 12:31 PM

Who did the leaf-topped one? It's gorgeous.

john / October 18, 2012 11:50 PM

My roommate made the SAME Chicago flag pie last year and didn't get a pic! It was better, too. Copying is for wusses.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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