Cary resident takes top honors at pie-baking contest
UNION – Beth San Filippo of Cary not only captured "Best of Show" honors at the McHenry County Historical Society's 2013 Heritage Fair pie-baking contest, but she also took third place in the open class for her rhubarb, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry pie.
San Filippo's "sawdust" pie bowled over the panel of judges, which included Kathy Ferris of Tom's Farm Market & Greenhouse in Huntley; County Board member Jim Heisler of Heisler's Bootery in Crystal Lake; and Laura Stricker of Swiss Maid Bakery in Harvard. It features pecans, coconut, egg whites and graham crackers doubling as "sawdust." Sandwiched between San Filippo's two, award-winning pies in the open class was Jean Hunt (blueberry mix with graham crackers).
Other winners, in order of finish:
• Fruit: Jim Ratway, Woodstock (apple); Eileen Lane, McHenry (apple walnut); Jean Turner, Huntley (apple).
• Berry: Jesse Garcia, Union (raspberry); Kevin Schultz and Melissa Rosinski, Union (blueberry).
Winners received gift certificates good for museum merchandise, books, memorabilia or membership, plus ribbons or trophies. Fifteen bakers took part in this year's contest.