KCRW’s 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest
Yesterday, I was suddenly craving a broccoli and mushroom quiche. So I decided to make one.
It was my first time whipping one up, and it turned out pretty darned tasty.
Here’s the recipe I used here (substituting whole milk for evaporated milk because it’s all I had in the house).
One might consider a quiche really just an egg pie. After all, it IS baked in the oven, lives in a pie shell, and it contains various fillings. It’s savory and can be quite delicious.
Call it kooky, but I feel that my sudden urge to make a quiche was a kind of premonition for how the rest of my day would end up.
I was grazing by some contemporary art classics in the LACMA, when I suddenly remembered that the 4th annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest was being held in the afternoon just outside the museum on the big lawn. Interesting how my impromptu visit to the exhibits at LACMA, led to a spontaneous afternoon of pie tasting in the park! How wonderful! I decided to saunter over to see if I could try a slice or two.
Hundreds of pie fans were mulling around with small paper plates grabbing samples of homemade pies. Family tested recipes of apple pies, chocolate and banana pies, blueberry and savory pies were among the various tents occupying Hancock Park just off 6th street across from the Levitated Mass site.
By the time I got there, about an hour after it had already started, many of the pies had been quickly gobbled up, but I managed to sample a few of the remaining (mostly apple) pies. (Note: do not try this on an empty stomach… can you say “sugar high!?” This I learned the hard way.)
Good Food’s Evan Kleinman announced the winners – a few of whom, swept up the competition, cleaning up in multiple categories for fruit pie, nut, cream/chiffon/mousse and savory pies. They also had a special category inspired by Chris Burden’s Metropolis II installation at LACMA). If you haven’t yet seen this amazing mini-highway-city-like exhibit, then you must be hiding under a levitated rock. (Get it? heh, heh.) Do yourself a favor and check it out! It’s so cool and hypnotic to watch.
Anyway, back to the pies… The judges were numerous and included a variety of pie lovers (just to name a few) chef Michael Voltaggio, Russ Parsons (LA Times), Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Rustic Canyon and Milo and Olive) and of course, the notorious Jonathan Gold (LA Times).
Those wearing aprons proudly strutted their stuff across a concrete catwalk. They also got free membership into the museum.
Next year, I vowed I would BRING IT.
Until then… Quiche anyone?