Community members from the South Side gathered in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club last weekend to raise funds for the Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Programs as part of the eighth annual South Side Pie Challenge. Contestants donated a record 68 pies and raised $4,500. Judges included the pastry chef at The Promontory, the general manager of Medici Restaurants, and a competitor on MasterChef Junior. Molly Herron, pictured to the left, took home the grand prize for her plum pie named “What a good boy am I pie.” The event also featured live music by the University of Chicago Glee Club and a Chicago-wide youth ensemble.
An hour in, the gymnasium is packed. Near the entrance, people peruses the pies, and watch the performances. On the other end of the gym, tables have filled up.
“This is my favorite day of the year,” says Jordan Koss, left. For them, The South Side Pie Challenge is a yearly outing.
“I’m supporting my best friend in the South Side Pie Challenge,” says Antoinette McCray, right. Gail Davis, who baked a cherry pie, stands center alongside her godson and McCray’s son, Jaylin.
Chris Andrews, prepares a pumpkin/cheesecake pie. Andrews baked a blueberry rhubarb pie for the event, which sold out within half an hour, and placed third in the fruit pie category.
Ruth Andrews, whose key lime pie “The Lime Pie” placed first in the creme pie category, prepares to pass out more pies shortly after accepting her prize. This is her fifth year submitting a pie.
Mickey Cronin, left, and Julie Wu share a slice of pie. The two attended the event to celebrate Cronin’s upcoming birthday.
Gray Moreau poses with her boxed up slices of pie. Moreau attended this event with the other residents of her housing co-op.