Alfalfa's Autumn Pie Contest will serve up a slice of community

Can you beat Heidi's Punkin' Pie at Alfalfa's?
Can you beat Heidi's Punkin' Pie at Alfalfa's?

Alfalfa's Market in Boulder believe that organic, agricultural practices help the planet and also create community -- and what better way to bring people together than pie? The market makes plenty of them. But on Saturday, Alfalfa's wants to see what you can do. See also:Buy pie, support Project Angel Heart with Pie in the Sky

Preset your ovens and roll out that dough, because Alfalfa's is partnering with Edible Front Range to host the Autumn Pie Contest, a community competition, on Saturday, October 19. And whether you are the Betty Crocker type, a master pastry chef or have never set foot in a kitchen, you can compete.

To enter, register by October 18 at Guest Services at Alfalfa's or online. Then bake up a pie that fits in one of these four categories: Best Apple Pie, Best Pumpkin Pie, Best Gluten-Free Pie and a Wild Card, which allows for just about anything. Ingredients will be taken into consideration, though, and contestants are encouraged to utilize GMO-free and organic ingredients in order to match the standards of Alfalfa's; recipes must be included with the pies.

All pies will be judged by a panel of experts including Lynne Eppal (editor of Edible Front Range), Dana Derichsweiler (owner of the Walnut Cafe), Lenny Martinelli (owner of Three Leaf Concepts), Ashlea Tobeck (pastry chef at Escoffier), John Lehndorff (food writer/editor and executive director of the American Pie Council), and Elisa Bosley (editor of Delicious Living magazine).

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, the judges will do their work while pie fans watch -- and enjoy free samples of pie from the Alfalfa's bakery. The winners will be featured in the winter issue of Edible Front Range magazine -- and anyone who enters will get a 10 percent discount when they shop at Alfalfa's through the end of the month.

For more information about the contest, visit alfalfas.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.



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