Francine Bryson from CBS’ The American Baking Competition Teams Up With the American Pie Council to Help Pie-Town 2013 Bring a Slice of Life to Chicago
CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2013) –Move over pizza! The real pie is in town! It’s time to celebrate
America’s favorite dessert with Pie-Town 2013, sponsored by the American Pie Council (APC).
Whether you’re a pastry chef, an amateur baker or simply a pie enthusiast, Pie-Town’s wide variety
of activities offer something for everyone. Along with the pie making competition, attendees can
indulge in the Baker’s Square Endless Pie Buffet, multiple baking demonstrations presented by
industry professionals – including Francine Bryson – and the APC Pie Village featuring pie-related
vendors with memorabilia and book signings. Pie-Town returns this year to Loyola University
Chicago where the event will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 17 and continue throughout the
day until 4:30 p.m. The pie buffet and the baking demonstrations are both $5 per person, or $10 per
family of four. Children 7 and under are free of charge.
The APC is now accepting pie entries from bakers seeking a friendly com-PIE-tition. This year’s
category is ‘Your Favorite Holiday Pie,’ and Chi-Town pie makers are invited to compete to see
whose pie makes everyone reach for seconds. The winner of Pie-Town 2013 will receive a two
night stay at the Caribe Royale for the National Pie Championships in Orlando this April. Entry is
$20, which includes lunch, access to baking demonstrations and the pie buffet. Competitors must be
18 years or older to enter and are limited to one pie admission. Pie lovers of all skills are welcome
to fill out an entry form located on the APC’s website, www.piecouncil.org. The deadline for pie
entries is November 13. Pie registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the event and all pies
must be submitted by 9:30 a.m. The Pie-Town 2013 winner will be announced at the awards
ceremony starting at 4 p.m.
Pie-Town 2013 offers plenty of pie fun for non-pie competitors as well. Guests can learn the tricks
of the trade at demonstrations from experts in the field. The first demonstration session will be held
from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admittance to
the classes are $5 per person (children 7 & under are free). Below is a list of the talented
professionals who will share their pie-making expertise:
Chef Matt Zagorski, Everyday Gourmet.
Francine Bryson, CBS’ America’s Baking Competition.
Mary Pint, Baker’s Square Restaurants.
Chef Gloria D. Hafner, Culinary Instructor Afterschool Matters.
Attendees are urged to bring their appetites to this year’s Pie-Town to indulge in one of last year’s
highlights – the Bakers Square Endless Pie Buffet. Here, pie lovers will enjoy a variety of the
restaurant’s award-wining pies – as many slices as they can eat! The Bakers Square Endless Pie
Buffet is just $5 per person, or $10 per family of four, and it is open from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Between rounds of pie tasting, guests can check out the APC Pie Village to browse and shop the
pie-themed marketplace. Here, Linda Hoskins, APC Executive Director, will sign copies of the
American Pie Council’s latest cookbook “America’s Best Pies: Nearly 200 Recipes You’ll Love.”
This book is comprised of 200 mouthwatering recipes from past winners of the APC’s National Pie
Championships. At the APC Pie Village, guests can also find Francine Bryson selling and signing tshirts
from Francine’s Kitchen.
Pie-Town 2013 will be held at Loyola University Chicago’s Corboy Law Center located at 25 E
Pearson St. Chicago, IL 60611. Pie registration will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Other exciting
pie festivities will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event will end with an awards
ceremony at 4 p.m. For more information and to stay updated on all of the nation’s pie news, follow
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