The ‘sweet’ taste of victory! Meet Fort Worth’s Pie Queen!

The heat was on Monday night at Central Market where 30 local bakers duked it out in a  pie-baking throw-down to end all pie-baking throw-downs. Each came out of their corners swinging, touting beautiful pies made with lavender, TX Whiskey, chocolate covered walnuts, grapefruit (wha the wha?) and other neat ingredients. The stakes: a prize pack that included tickets to the hot-hot-hot Broadway show Waitress, which hits our stage next week. 


Local bakers submitted their tasty entries, which were then judged by a panel of local pie experts: Crystal Willars Vastine, otherwise known as Fort Worth Foodie; Sweet Lucy’s Pies founder and head baker Lindsey Lawing; and Michelle Miles, founder of Fort Worth Woman.

Judges critiqued the pies based on their presentation, taste and texture.

Before the big reveal was announced, Central Market generously donated a check in the amount of $2,500 to Trimble Tech’s culinary program. Students from the program assisted judges in cutting and serving the pies.

Students from Trimble Tech’s culinary program were presented a check for $2,500 from Central Market.

And the winner is…..Jana Chapline for her Lemon Shaker pie.

Jana Chapline won first place in our Waitress pie-baking contest!

“It’s one of my favorite pies because it tastes like lemon bars in a pastry,” she says. “It has real slices of lemons in it. It’s a great summer pie.”

Second place went to Teresa Kaiser for her Texas blueberry pie.

“I just like blueberries,” she says. “We pick them every summer. I wanted to use (an ingredient) that’s native to this area.”

Third place went to Amy V., who turned in a fabulous apple pie.

All three won tickets to opening night of Waitress, along with Central Market gift cards, a Waitress cookbook and other goodies.

A big thanks to everyone who entered, the judges, Central Market and Trimble Tech for helping put this event together! Waitress runs at Bass Hall June 19-24. More info here!

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Jana Chapline, second from left, with judges, left to right, Lindsey Lawing, Crystal Willars Vastine and Michelle Miles. Photo courtesy of Sweet Lucy’s Pies.





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