Mission Im-pie-sible

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love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2013/02/08 11:11:46
My mission:  to come to this "Mecca" - the National Pie Championships in Celebration, Florida - to judge pies.

 

In the next few days, I'll post pics from two cross-country road trips from the SF Bay Area, California to Celebration, Florida in 2011 and 2012.  (See American Pie Council's Web site for more info:  http://piecouncil.org ) It will not be in-depth coverage, but a few highlights from these adventures, including some spots I learned about through the Roadfood site and the Sterns's book, 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late.  Thanks to buffetbuster for the encouragement to do this.  See you soon!
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/18 16:25:20
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 11:23:16
I am speechless at those pie tables!  This is going to be a great report!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 12:18:12
I can't wait!
 
 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 12:26:11
buffetbuster

I am speechless at those pie tables!  This is going to be a great report!

Kind of looks like my kitchen does once a year.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 12:33:08
Holy smokes, that's a lot of pie!!!!  Many years ago my mother won a competition in Pennsylvania for the best apple pie.  The funny part is, apple is her least favorite pie.
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 13:11:50
How does one judge all of them?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/08 13:37:16
JRPfeff

buffetbuster

I am speechless at those pie tables!  This is going to be a great report!

Kind of looks like my kitchen does once a year.
And I can verify this.  Which is amazing since it only comes from one baker!

MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 09:58:48
I saw a 'documentary' on this contest a few years ago and it was fascinating.  On the 60" Sony you could almost taste the wonderfulness.  Looking forward to the report.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 12:04:19
Thanks, everyone!  How does one judge so many?  We don't have to judge all of them--only the categories we volunteer for and are assigned to (which is still a bunch!).  More on that when I get to the competition.  For now, here goes the trip part.
When I take I-10 across the country, the route takes me through Pasadena, which is right next to Glendora, which means The Donut Man! 
http://roadfood.com/Resta...verview/7864/donut-man
Their biggest claim to fame are their fresh fruit doughnuts; however, everything I've tried here has been wonderful.  One of my favorites is their Chocolate Bavarian Cream, which was worth every calorie:

 

 
The next highlight of this trip was a stop at the San Francisco Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale, AZ:

 
As many of you know, Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles is a must-stop in this area.  They recently moved their Phoenix location, and they have a location in Scottsdale as well.
http://roadfood.com/Resta...os-chicken-and-waffles
Here's the Betty Boop plate:

Here's the side of grits.  Seriously--that's real butter on top!  Heavenly.

Here's what my neighbors ordered:

Other places I ate in this area were Ciao Cowboy, which was a fun fusion of primarily southwest and Italian cuisines, U.S. Egg (terrific breakfast), and Grimaldi's Pizzeria, which turned out to be a wonderful place of respite from the wild, wacky, spring-break vibe and heat of Scottsdale during Spring Training. Of course, their pizza and Greek salad (enough for two people) were excellent.
http://roadfood.com/Resta...oal-brickoven-pizzeria
Taking a break now.  Back soon!
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/09 12:21:42
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 13:00:09
love2bake...  You are the Real Deal!  You even included baseball!
 
I need one of those Chocolate Bavarian Cream Doughnuts.  I've never been to The Donut Man, but I have had one of their fresh strawberry donuts.  There is so many fresh strawberries on them that they almost seem healthy!
 
Great start and great pictures.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 14:36:46
That is some doughnut!!
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 14:57:17
That Betty Boop plate looks so good!!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 16:35:12
Great start, we want more!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 18:39:35
love2bake
 
Great thread - Thanks for sharing, I am looking forward to future additions.
 
HOWEVER - your statement "we don't have to judge them all...."  Let buffetbuster and myself there and we WILL judge all of them. 
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 19:20:02
The DoNut Man shop in Glendora"s fresh strawberry donut was the best thing i ate all last year. Great photos Love2Bake.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 19:32:44
Yum!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 21:09:23
Mar, Chris, and mr chips - Yes--those doughnuts are incredible!  I told myself the fruit ones were healthy, too.   While I've been there several times during strawberry season, my goal is to get there during peach season.  Glendora has some other fun places, including The Hat (known for their pastrami dip sandwiches and huge chili cheese fries) and Flappy Jack's Pancake House.
 
Haha Mar--yes, legit!  And even though I'm a Giants fan, I don't buy into the Dodgers "hatred" thing.  First of all, life is too short.  Second, it takes the fun out of the game (for me, anyway).  Finally, the Brooklyn Dodgers were my dad's favorite team from his early life in NYC, so I grew up watching them.  I just love baseball.
 
Cajun - You and BB are on! 
 
If you or others are interested, here's a link to apply to judge or volunteer in a variety of jobs:  http://www.piecouncil.org...ricanPieFestival  If the link doesn't work (I had one link fail earlier) send me a PM.  I'm not sure if you have to be a member of the American Pie Council (which I am) in order to participate, but just join up (one-time membership fee $45; $35 for seniors and students, and higher for industry professionals - thanks to Foodbme for researching this)!  Volunteers can earn a free ticket to the Never Ending Pie Buffet at the festival.  Also, if you volunteer, once that day's judging is done, you can try pretty much any of those entries.  It is quite an experience!  For instance, here's where they keep the chilled pies.  The person who monitors them will bring out any pie you want to try.  The rest are on the tables in the judging room.

 
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement!  I hope you'll enjoy the trip(s). 
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/09 22:19:02
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 21:25:59
Sorry--I'll get better at this!
 
lleechef - winning the apple pie category is quite an accomplishment for your mother!  It's one of the most "populated" competitions, plus many of them have spice combinations and/or amounts that are overwhelming, and thickeners are often an issue, too, so major congrats to her!!!
 
JR - I would love to see that pie-filled kitchen!  No, wait--I would love to be IN that pie-filled kitchen.
 
Agnesrob - I hope you can get to Lo-Lo's or Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe--they're legendary in this region for their soul food.
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/09 21:27:12
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 21:28:54
What Are the dates of the National Pie Championships?
If you're going across I-10, and like Grits, (They have regular and Nassau Grits) & Biscuits and Omelets AND Pies, and good cookin', try to stop at the Coffee Cup in Pensacola, FL.
Get off I-10 at I- 110, Go south to the Cervantes exit, get off and turn left just a short ways to Breakfast & Lunch in Heaven!
http://coffeecuppensacola.com/
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/387/the-coffee-cup
If you look at the pictures, at the bottom are pictures of the original coffee urns and the flat top grill. The lady beside the flat top is Creolla. She's been there for decades and is pure poetry in motion. All the orders are called out, nothing written down, never a mistake. What she does with an Omelet is the most beautiful thing that could ever be done with an egg. She takes an egg to another level! At Thanksgiving, they will sell HUNDREDS of punkin pies!
I lived in P'cola 16 years. I guess you can tell I kinda' like the place.
Hours:
M-F 6 AM - 2 PM
SA 6 AM - 1 PM
Closed Sunday. 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 21:42:40
love2bake....  Can you hum along to Danny Kaye singing the Dodger Song? 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7qYcyUjDPU
 
Those were my Dodgers.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 21:55:27
Researched Membership a little bit.
An Amateur membership is $45.00, ($35.00 for seniors and students)
http://www.piecouncil.org/Membership/Amateur
Boy, I can't believe how Buffetbuster could have missed this all these years!
The Pie Championships are on 4/26, followed by the Pie Festival on 4/27 & 28
JRPfeff - Since you're now closer to FL, I'm thinkin' the Pie  Diva needs to be thinkin' about which pie she wants to enter in the Contest!!!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:02:16
I like that you can click on the winners list and get their recipes.
http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/2012EventWinners
The Chocolate Cherry Amaretto Pie Got my attention!!!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:13:56
Food - This is the first year I will be flying instead of driving.   However, I've bookmarked the Coffee Cup, as I have a friend who lives in Mexico Beach, and I expect to get back to the panhandle again.  Hmmm... thanks for checking about membership!  I guess it's a one-time fee, then, because I joined a few years ago and haven't had to pay since then.  I'll correct my earlier entry.
 
The National Pie Championships run for three days (Fri - Sun), and the Great American Pie Festival runs for two (concurrently Sat - Sun).  Friday, the commercial pies are judged (see the big tables at the beginning of the report).  On Saturday it's the amateur pies, and Sunday the professional (typically pastry chefs from restaurants or bakeries) and junior chef categories.  Pie Diva should definitely enter!!!  Or volunteer or judge!
 
Mar - I never heard that song before!  I do remember my dad calling them "dem bums," though.  JI NTS - haha.  I remembered one more reason I cannot dislike the Dodgers:  I had a crush on Sandy Koufax.  I hear he's coming back to consult with the team this year now that there are new owners/management.  Nice.
 
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:22:15
The more I dig into the World of Pies, the more interesting it becomes!
In looking at the list of commercial winners, and thinking when I get the urge for pie, where should I go to get one if I don't want to make one; the name Legendary Baking kept popping up.
So, who are they????
Walla!! http://www.legendarybaking.com/OurStory/History.aspx
Legendary is owned by American Blue Ribbon Holdings who just moved their headquarters to Nashville!
Guess who else they own!!
http://www.abrholdings.com/
post edited by Foodbme - 2013/02/09 22:23:42
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:23:06
Foodbme

I like that you can click on the winners list and get their recipes.
http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/2012EventWinners
The Chocolate Cherry Amaretto Pie Got my attention!!!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!

For some reason the recipe link doesn't work, but yes--access to the winning recipes is great!  I recently made a cherry pie recipe from one of the winners (Valarie Enters) who was featured in the Food Network special on this competition a few years ago, and now she's a pastry chef at Walt Disney World.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:26:16
love2bake

Foodbme

I like that you can click on the winners list and get their recipes.
http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/2012EventWinners
The Chocolate Cherry Amaretto Pie Got my attention!!!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!

For some reason the recipe link doesn't work, but yes--access to the winning recipes is great!  I recently made a cherry pie recipe from one of the winners (Valarie Enters) who was featured in the Food Network special on this competition a few years ago, and now she's a pastry chef at Walt Disney World.

Yea, I noticed that, however, if you go to the first link and scroll down and click on the recipe name it'll pop up.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 22:28:35
Foodbme

The more I dig into the World of Pies, the more interesting it becomes!
In looking at the list of commercial winners, and thinking when I get the urge for pie, where should I go to get one if I don't want to make one; the name Legendary Baking kept popping up.
So, who are they????
Walla!! http://www.legendarybaking.com/OurStory/History.aspx
Legendary is owned by American Blue Ribbon Holdings who just moved their headquarters to Nashville!
Guess who else they own!!
http://www.abrholdings.com/

Bakers Square walks away with the lion's share of blue ribbons in the commercial pie competition.  Still, others win, too, and they get bragging rights and lots of business from the honor. 
 
That's a dangerous site, btw!  Click on Legendary Baking's home page, and they have wonderful pie pics right there. 
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/09 23:02:36
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/09 23:13:21
MetroplexJim

I saw a 'documentary' on this contest a few years ago and it was fascinating.  On the 60" Sony you could almost taste the wonderfulness.  Looking forward to the report.

Rumors have gone around that the Food Network would be coming back again, but so far they have not.  I can't imagine pies on a 60" screen!  I drool over pics on my 13" laptop.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/10 17:43:09
So, I'm trying to keep my two road trips separate, and on this trip I drove northeast from Phoenix to visit a friend in St. Louis (en route to Virginia to see family before heading south to the pie gig).  While I went through some excellent road food cities, I stopped at only two recommended places along the way, because--I forgot to mention this--I was traveling with my puppy.  (When I was at Spring Training and at the pie competition in Florida, I'd arranged for him to stay at a nearby kennel so I could do my thing without worrying about him.)  It's not easy traveling with a dog, but I didn't want to leave him for 3 - 4 weeks, either. 
 
The places I stopped were Robert's Grill, for their onion-fried burger: http://www.roadfood.com/R...view/148/roberts-grill
and Clanton's Cafe for their chicken fried steak: http://www.roadfood.com/R...Overview/3676/clantons   both in Oklahoma.
 
It was too late, and dark, and stormy for me to get any pics of the onion-fried burger, but here are some photos from Clanton's the next day.
Clanton's proudly raises the cattle for their restaurant, and the chicken fried steak was tender, with light and crunchy breading.  (Not shown are the biscuits and extra gravy.)

 
While I waited for my order (it came quickly, though), they had some "fun facts" for guests to read through:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! 
In spite of that tidbit, I enjoyed my breakfast and got a slice of house made coconut cream pie to go:

(Never too early to start practicing for pie judging.)
Back soon!
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/10 18:07:44
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/10 18:17:31
Nothing better than CFS for breakfast.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/10 19:26:59
Onion burgers in El Reno are quite good.
 
We had 2 dogs with us so we ate at Sid's.  They had a picnic table outdoors... for the dogs. 
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 08:17:38
And just think, I had Rice krispies for breakfast.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 08:28:59
This has been a terrific report!  Of the onion burger places in El Reno, I think Robert's Grill makes the best.  So how did the puppy handle the long car ride?  What kind of dog is it?
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 09:17:14
Great report,great pictures, I'll be in Scottsdale in a few weeks, looking forward to some Chicken & Waffles. I feel when a person thinks about coconut cream pie during breakfast, that's what makes them a true Roadfood member. Thx for the trip report........pnwc
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 10:25:33
love2bake

If you or others are interested, here's a link to apply to judge or volunteer in a variety of jobs:  http://www.piecouncil.org...ricanPieFestival  
It looks like the specific classes are for sweet pies only...are there ever any savory entries in the Open class?
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 13:41:24
1bbqboy

Nothing better than CFS for breakfast.

YES!  Especially if they're made from scratch, in-house. 
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/11 14:16:24
Mar - you must have been traveling at a much better time of year!  So happy to hear you took your two dogs.
 
ICM - I eat a LOT of cereal, too--not CFS--especially when breakfast is included with my hotel room.
 
BB - Here's how my puppy (rescued Havanese mix) looked at the time.  He was around 4 mos. old, and slept a lot.  He also started losing his baby teeth on this trip--I found them everywhere. " />

 
pnw - Thank you--have a great time in AZ!!  Yes, even if I'm ready to pop, I've learned to plan for when I'm going to be hungry enough to eat dessert.
 
Screaming - You're right--so far the rules state that all entries must be sweet.  It would be interesting if they started a savory category, and for judges who've had way too much sugar, it would be very welcome!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/15 14:06:53
From Oklahoma, I drove to St. Louis to visit a friend I met in pastry school.  Her family made us a wonderful, classic dinner of steak (her brother was a butcher at a local grocery store), mashed potatoes, beans, rolls, and a strawberry truffle pie (sorry--no pics!)  It was great.  Next time, though, I really want to go to some of the regional favorite restaurants!  The next day we went to the famous Ted Drewes frozen custard stand--a long-time goal of mine.  I loved the concrete I got with Tedad cookies, caramel sauce, and pecans mixed in.
http://roadfood.com/Resta...verview/296/ted-drewes

It's never too cold for ice cream!!
Speaking of which, the next stop on my journey was at the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen in Louisville, KY. 
http://roadfood.com/Resta...-cream-and-pie-kitchen
This shop is fantastic--the array of pies, cakes, and ice cream available is dazzling, and the quality was excellent.  I tried a number of things here, including the Dutch Apple Pie, French Silk Pie, Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie, Shaker Sugar Pie, and a cupcake.  My favorite was the Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie (also had chocolate in it).  It was one of the best pies I've ever tasted, period!  It was so rich I could not finish it in one sitting, no matter how much I wanted to.  My second favorite was the French Silk Pie.  Both of these are unusual choices for me, as I'm not typically a big chocolate fan; however, they were both outstanding.  Sadly, I don't have pictures of half of the items I ordered, because I ordered them to go, and when I had to make a sudden stop while driving, several boxes fell over and didn't look good enough for pics.  So I now always take photos before driving away!
Here's the Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie:

 
Here's the Shaker Sugar Pie:

 
Here's the yellow cupcake with caramel icing--funny little thing, isn't it!

 
Next, I arrived at my sister's home in Warrenton, VA, home of the Red Truck Bakery and Carousel Frozen Custard stand.  I'll be back with that report soon!
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/15 14:10:38
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/15 14:46:03
What a cute puppy!
 
We've made the trip in the summer which was too hot and the winter which meant a different route which was not as interesting.. foodwise.
 
You're hitting some great spots! 
 
That you with the custard?  Looking good!  I need to do that!
 
Those pies are amazing looking.
 
Great pictures.  The driving away before taking a picture isn't my problem.... the eating of item before taking a picture happens more often.
 
Keep 'em coming!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/15 14:58:56
My last trip to Ted Drewe's did not end so well, it was so HOT out that when I showed my friends that a concrete wouldnt come out of the cup....
 
PLOP!!!!
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/15 15:00:22
I would very much like to try that Shaker Sugar Pie!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/15 17:30:24
LOL Mar (re: eating before taking pics).  I think we've all done that!  Yep--thanks--that's me.  I wish I could come to New Orleans and meet people, but for now, I decided it would be okay to "unstealth" myself. 
 
Cajun - Nooooo!!!  You lost your concrete???  That's so sad.
 
rumaki - that Shaker Sugar Pie is definitely a regional specialty.  It's a simple pie that wasn't over-the-top sweet as I thought it might be.  I hope you can get there to try it!  If not, there are recipes online, or you can probably find it in a number of states--maybe in yours?  I remember seeing some sugar pie entries at the National Pie Championships last year.
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/16 10:00:09
Terrific report, love2bake! I remember watching that Food Network special on TV and all those luscious pies. Cute, cute puppy too!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/16 13:46:20
love2bake...  Nice to meet you. 
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/16 17:15:58
tcrouzer - Thanks!  We all wish Food Network would come back, as it's great publicity.  As it is, the two years I've gone we received a little national attention on the Today Show, as they did a short broadcast with Willard Scott during the 8:30 - 9:00a time slot.  
 
Mar - Thanks!  I'm working up to a SoCal trip sometime this year and will try to coordinate with you.
 
So here we are in Warrenton, VA, and this is a medium cone at Carousel Frozen Treats:

 
Honestly, when I ordered it I had no idea it would be this big, but I did manage to finish it, of course.  Open since 1999, this place serves a lot more than frozen custard, although I've not tried anything else.  These soft serves can be swirled with any number of flavors (the above one was orange) and I can recommend it without hesitation.  On my way out of town I went back for a small butterscotch swirl in a cup:

 
In the shopping strip right next to the Carousel is Cafe Torino & Bakery, serving a variety of Italian style pastries and lunch and dinner.  Naturally, I went for the pastries...

 
Also in town is the Red Truck Bakery, recently written up on Roadfood:
http://roadfood.com/Resta.../7877/red-truck-bakery
The frosted red truck sugar cookies could not be any cuter!

 
I also tried their mango and macadamia nut muffin:

 
I did have a beef with this place, however.  In order to try their signature, highly acclaimed Moonshine Whiskey Cake, I would have had to buy a whole cake--they did not sell individual slices of it, nor of many of their other items.  It would be nice if they revised this policy (maybe they have by now), as I'm sure I'm not the only customer who has no need for a whole cake or pie, but would love to have more of their baked goods.
 
Leaving Warrenton and heading south next.  Back soon!
 
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/16 17:17:01
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/16 18:41:10
I want that ice cream!  Custard!  That is so intriguing.  I've never seen one like it.
 
As far as SoCal... Sounds like a plan.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/17 14:49:35
How do they do that?!
It looks most wonderful.
I'm guessing that's caramel.

love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/18 14:47:07
Mar - It's so hard to find frozen custard in CA.  What's up with that!
 
MJ - I don't have a clue has to how they do that--some special equipment, for sure!  This one was orange, but I will probably try the caramel this year.
 
So, I headed south from Warrenton and stayed overnight in Manning, SC.  Along the way, I crossed into "Bojangles country" (fast food haters please forgive!) and got a Cajun Fillet Biscuit.  It was fresh, perfectly spiced (for me, anyway), and I loved it.

 
In Manning, SC, there were two BBQ places:  McCabe's Bar-B-Que and D&H Bar-B-Que.  I asked the hotel staff which one they recommended, and they said D&H.  Let's just say next time I'd try McCabe's.
Here's the pork BBQ close up.  Now, I typically like the vinegar-based Carolina style of BBQ, but theirs just didn't work for me.  Still, obviously some do love it!

 
The hush puppies looked fabulous, but they'd been sitting around a while and weren't fresh.   Boo!

 
No biggie - I saved some calories for my next stop: Celebration, Florida, home of the National Pie Championships!
 
On my first day at the competition, I volunteered as a bakers' assistant, assigned to help an amateur competitor get simple things done, such as cleaning various utensils they'd used, providing them with a few hotel-provided utensils they might need, etc.  Competitors must bring their own ingredients and any special equipment required other than what is provided on site.  Bakers' assistants cannot provide any preparation advice or help in making the pies.  (See a typical baking station set-up below.)  I loved watching the men and women at work. 

 
Also on this day, all of the commercial pie entries are judged. (The photos at the very top of this thread show the astounding commercial pie display.)  I've not volunteered to judge commercial pies; however, once the judging is completed, volunteers can try ANY and EVERY commercial pie they want to.  And we do! 
 
Here are a few pics of some of the commercial pies from 2011.  Unfortunately, the pies do not have names for the display--only the company's name.  When I took these pics, some tables will look empty as not all companies had arrived yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Next time, it's amateur pie judging day!  "I'll be back."
post edited by love2bake - 2013/02/18 14:50:48
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/18 15:03:12
Just WOW!
 
(Boo to bacon)
 
love2bake:  Nothing wrong with having a Cajun Fillet Biscuit as I don't believe you'll find one anywhere in California.  That means it's Roadfood for us.
 
Those pies are amazing.  I love the spiral braid.  I've never seen anything like that  before.
 
I also like the (what I think is) Apricot lattice.  I'm hoping that lattice is made with almond paste.
 
Dreaming....
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/18 15:03:51
Buffet Buster:  Eat your heart out.
 
Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/19 10:49:57
Mar - Yes--I loved the braiding!  It was new to me, and there were several that year.  I tried one and found the pastry tough, though--I don't know if all of them were like that or not.  That apricot (or peach?) lattice was particularly beautiful, and the meringue pie was one of the prettiest I've seen, although it didn't photograph so well.  Almond is a natural with apricot. :)
 
Sundancer - I've strongly suggested to BB that he get himself to this event at some point, either as a volunteer or judge!
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/19 20:41:28
love2bake

http://roadfood.com/Resta...verview/296/ted-drewes

It's never too cold for ice cream!!


You realize you're every mans dream, a woman that looks that good and can eat like that. LOL. My wife says the same thing about Ice Cream but my customers disagree, when it gets cold they disappear.
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/19 20:44:51
I kept looking for peach desert in Georgia, the only thing I found was a peach cream pie and it was far to mucky.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 08:58:51
Hahaha Ice Cream Man - maybe when I was half my age!
 
Seems to me that selling ice cream in colder climates is an ideal occupation, as you can make money when the most customers are there and be off several months when the weather's at its worst (and visit Cocoa Beach!).  I think Ted Drewes sells Christmas trees during its off season, which is an interesting idea, too.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 10:33:39
Beautiful report L2B!
 
Nice hoodie!
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 10:43:35
I don't even think about being busy in the off season anymore, one of the perks of getting older, 6 months on, 6 months off. That soft serve medium on a sugar cone is the same size as ours I've yet figured out how to make a large one. The ripple is put on with a 10,000 dollar add on to the soft serve machine, gives you 8 flavours, you can put 2 on a machine for 16 flavours. We don't do that, we have the old fashion dips.
Ice Cream Man
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 11:30:01
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 13:46:07
That machine is AMAZING!
 
Ice Cream Man...  If you could invent a dipping chocolate that doesn't (didn't?) leak... you could then buy yourself that machine!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 16:14:46
Thanks, CC!  More pies and roadfood coming up shortly.
 
ICM - that video is awesome!  Thank you so much for sharing that.  Dip cones are a fine thing, too.  I love them.  Btw, I've never had a peach cream pie that was anything special, either. 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Mission Im-pie-sible 2013/02/20 16:32:51
Awesome! I, however, like the bacon added to a pie....
 
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