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Wednesday, 5 September, 2007 0:06 AM

The Eat Well Guided Tour of America Rolls Through Ann Arbor and Hosts Pie Event in Ypsilanti

PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSTAINABLE TABLE

The Eat Well Guided Tour Bus started its run in West Hollywood, California and will end at the Farm Aid Concert in New York.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

 

The Eat Well Tour has rolled through town and made a stop in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area on Saturday. The event was designed to visit farms, restaurants and food markets in search of sustainable foods using renewable resources without adding any synthetic pesticides, artifical hormones or antibiotics.

Representatives from Sustainable Table, a food-related consumer program based in New York, were on hand to visit the area. They made stops at Zingerman's Deli, The Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, People's Food Co-op, Eve Restaurant, Ypsilanti's Growing Hope community gardens, Dos Hermanos and La Fiesta restaurant in Ypsilanti.

The main event was "Pie Lovers Unite," which was held inside the Ypsilanti Ladies Literary Club. A total of 31 pies were entered into a pie judging contest. Residents from the surrounding communities were asked to bake a pie and donate it for their cost of admission. Donations were also being accepted for admission.

"There were a lot of pies," said Sustainable Table Founder and Director Diane Hatz. "I think it will be hard for us to beat. Everybody put down where the ingredients came from. Michigan takes its pie seriously."

What was her favorite pie at the Ypsilanti event? "I think Michigan Cherry. I've haven't had a cherry pie that good on this tour. It might be tied with Nebraska for number one," Hatz added.

There was also a Pie Walk contest. There was 17 pieces of paper taped to the floor with names of local farms. One person stood on each piece of paper. Then, pie-themed music started playing. Everyone walked from one farm to the next (or from one piece of paper to the next) in the form of a circle. When the music stopped, a name was drawn. The person who was then standing on the name of the farm won one of six pies from Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor. There was six rounds of the game played with six different pie winners.

K.T. Tomey, a resident of Ann Arbor, made an Apple Tart pie for the event. Her secret was to use as many local ingredients as possible. She used applies from the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. The sugar was made in Michigan. Peach preserves were from Petoskey, Mich. The butter she used was made in Taylor, Mich.

"I am part of the Slow Food international organization started in 1986. We're helping to host the event. We discussed it at our meetings," said Tomey.

Emily Jenkins, also living in Ann Arbor, made a pie called Zwiebelkuchen, German for "onion pie." The U of M employee used onions for the main ingredient with a quiche filling.

"I thought some people came without eating dinner and to have something without sending their blood sugar up," said Jenkins. "I've made it four times before and its popular. I volunteered with Growing Hope and I found out about it. Have some pie and meet some people. I used to live in Ypsilanti. Its always a selling point."

Four judges looked over the 31 different pies that were entered for judging. They examined the pies based on the following criteria:

  • Taste: Best-tasting pie
  • Pretty: Most aestetically pleasing
  • Savory: Best Non-Sweet Pie
  • Unique: Most unexpected in a good way
  • Local: Most local ingredients

The award-winning pies from the Ypsilanti event are:

  • Tastiest Pie - Nathan and Family's Apple Blueberry Raspberry
  • Prettiest Pie - Evelyn Bunting's Apple Pie
  • Best Savory Pie - Jill Thacher's Savory Onion Pie
  • Most Unique Pie - Ruth Blackburn's Tofu Potpie
  • Most Local Pie - Faye Ogasawara's Savory Eggplant Pie

The Eat Well Guided Tour of America will make stops in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania on September 3rd and 4th. It will also stop in Hudson Valley, New York on September 5th and 6th. The Tour continues to Red Hook, New York on September 7th and New York City on September 8th. It will conclude at the Farm Aid concert in New York City on September 9th.

For more information, visit www.sustainabletable.org.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Two berry pies and a peach pie are in the running for an award.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Check out all the pies!

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

K.T. Tomey baked this Apple Tart pie for the competition.

 

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