The first annual and First Friday pie contest was a hit and there's no time like the present to mark your calendars for round two on October 4th, 2019! Hosting community events like this is one of the reasons I love my job and the people of the gorge made a strong showing last night. Pie is near and dear to my heart and I've been making pies before my age hit double digits with recipes my parents and grandparent's handed down. I actually ditched the wedding cake for my wedding and went straight for family made pies that my parent's, sister and brother were nice enough to make for me.
Last night we had 14 pies to judge, which is a tough job, but someone had to do it, so we recruited the Major, Paul Blackburn, City Councilor, Kate McBride and Hood River Chamber Board President Janet Davis. The pies entered ranged from a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free sweet potato pie to a crack pie (basically butter and sugar, yum!) and your more traditional apple, pear, peach, pecan and berry pies.
A big thank you to all who participated!
2018 Top 5 Pie Ranking
1 - Oak Street Hotel with a Bluberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Pie
2 - Windermere with a Apple Crumb Pie
3 - Tammy's Floral with a Triple Berry Pie
4 - Gorge Group RE with a Peach Pie
5 - Sportsman's Barbershop with a Plum Crisp
It was on my family farm in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley where I developed a love for cooking and the value of good food. Home grown, fresh, vibrant, good food. As an adult I spent my early years as a civil engineer, but came back to my creative side through encouragement from my husband, family and friends and opened Arome in the spring of 2017. The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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