SANTA MONICA (July 8, 2013) — Registration is now open for KCRW’s annual Good Food Pie Contest, back for its fifth year. To help kick-off pie season, Good Food Host Evan Kleiman is teaming up with the Orange County craft brewery, The Bruery, to create a special pie-inspired beer. Designed to replicate the flavors of rhubarb raspberry pie, the recipe encourages sweetness balanced by tartness, intense fruit character, and a “graham cracker crust-like” flavor.
Now, KCRW is asking listeners, foodies, drinkers and bloggers to submit their name ideas for the otherwise nameless brew. KCRW will host a live Twitter chat Monday, July 8 with Evan Kleiman and The Bruery to answer all “pie beer” questions. The hashtag #PieBeer is being used for the chat. Finalists will be announced Tuesday, July 9, with the winning named declared Wednesday, July 10 on Evan’s Facebook page.
KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest continues to grow, with 285 pies entered in 2012. This year, two new categories have been added, Vegan and Kids, for bakers under 12, in addition to Fruit, Nut, Cream/Chiffon/Silk, Savory, Vegan, and LACMA Art-Inspired. Pies will be judged by a panel of professional bakers, chefs and celebrities, which will be announced throughout the summer.
“I never expected the Good Food Pie Contest to become what it today. Every year gets better and bigger, from the quality of pies to the community that joins us; it’s like KCRW’s summer family picnic,” says Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food.
KCRW’s Pie-A-Day series is also back to kick-off pie season, with a new pie recipe featured on the Good Food Blog daily through Labor Day. The site will also include pie announcements, baking tips, pie pictures and more. Fans can also submit their own pie photos which will be aggregated on the blog using the hashtag #PieADay.
KCRW is also partnering with Cooks County for a special Home Cooked Monday Dinner benefit, which includes a three-course seasonal menu, plus snacks for $35. For dessert, Cooks County’s Roxana Jullapat is teaming up with Evan Kleiman and Nicole Mournian, Gjelina Pastry Chef and last year’s 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest champion, for a one-of-a-kind pie. All proceeds from the dinner will help raise funds for the event.
For more information, entries and details on KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest please visit: http://kcrw.com/pie
For all things “pie” including Pie-A-Day recipes, interviews with bakers, pie pictures and general pie news and updates, please visit: http://kcrw.com/pieaday
For more details on the Pie Beer Naming Competition, please visit: http://kcrw.com/piebeer
To purchase tickets for the Cooks County Home Cooked Monday Dinner benefit, please visit: http://kcrw.com/cookscounty
KCRW’s Good Food blog can be found at: http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood
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Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journalists who have devoted their lives to food. Good Food is the only radio show where you can hear LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold each week. Get Jonathan Gold’s weekly restaurant suggestion sent to your phone! Text “Good Food” to 69866 and get a text with the name, address and phone number of this week’s restaurant.