The event has four categories: fruit, nut, crème, and pumpkin/sweet potato. Each category is judged by professional pastry chefs and general restaurant managers.
No one should be intimidated by this, though. Vassilatos said it’s anyone’s game. In fact, her daughter won a second place ribbon when she was 9, the first time she had ever baked pie.
“She has not repeated that performance, much to her chagrin,” Vassilatos said.
This year the South Side Pie Challenge will be held on November 4 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. The event is free, but pies are $3 a slice and include a cup of coffee.
Music courtesy of Brian Smith. To listen to “Happy,” click here.
Header image courtesy of the South Side Pie Challenge.