Slow Food Miami Hosts Thighs & Pies Annual Pie Contest At The Barnacle Sponsored By Whole Foods Market Coral Gables 9/10/11

Slow Food Miami Hosts Thighs & Pies Annual Pie Contest
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at noon
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 5 – 15. Children 5 & under are free.

Family-Picnic Features Celebrity Judge Panel at The Barnacle Historic State Park

Slow Food Miami is celebrating local ingredients and the art of baking at their annual pie contest to be held at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market – Coral Gables, the event, held as part of Slow Food Miami’s mission to embrace local growers and artisan food makers, will kick off its 2011-2012 event season with a pie contest that features celebrity judges and a picnic lunch.

The Thighs & Pies pie contest will feature up to 30 pies that must be made with a fruit or main ingredient that grows in Florida. Slow Food Miami also encourages entrants to feature ingredients from a local or community garden and use sugars and honeys that are native to Southeast Florida as well. This year, the judging panel will consist of three local culinary celebrities including: Lee Brian Schrager (founder of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival®, Hedy Goldsmith (executive pastry chef of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink restaurants) and Ariana Kumpis (president of Les Dames D’Escoffier Miami). Whole Foods Market – Coral Gables and Breville Appliances have donated prizes for pie contest winners.

Whole Foods will provide delicious and wholesome side dishes and other sweets and Sustain restaurant + bar will supply the “thighs,” their famous fried chicken from Tanglewood Farms. There will be live music from noon – 3 p.m.

Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. followed by a pie sale to benefit the Slow Food Miami Edible School Garden Program.

Those interested in competing or purchase tickets please click here.

Slow Food Miami is the local chapter of Slow Food USA and the International Slow Food Association. Slow Food Miami embraces local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods, pay fair wages and respect our environment. Slow Food Miami is an all-volunteer organization. Our local members are passionate about good food, supporting local growers and celebrating Miami’s diversity. All proceeds from Slow Food Miami events are used to implement local school and community gardens.

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s nearly 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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