Nothing says the South quite like pecan pie, so it make perfect sense that St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School uses it for a fundraiser. The third annual Slice of the South Pecan Pie baking contest benefitting the school’s Alexandra Engler Memorial Scholarship Fund took place Jan. 19 at the home of Amy and Ty Whitley. Engler’s daughter, Ariana, was a third-grade student at St. Luke’s when her mother was murdered during a 2010 in a home invasion. Engler’s mother, Bonnie Hunt, attended the event and helped welcomed guests.
The pies were judged on appearance, crust, taste, texture of filling, structure and personality using a rating scale of Bless Her Heart, C’est La Via, “Comme Ci, Comme Ca,” Slap ’Yo Mama and Geaux Nuts. Judges were the Rev. Canon David Seger, Jess Searles and St. Luke’s alumnae Mary Elizabeth Hart.
After lots of tastes and much deliberation, the winners were finally chosen. They were Allyson Laborde, first place; Robin O’Sullivan, second place; and Barbara Simmons, third place. Donna Canezaro took first place in the Geaux Rogue category, and Zimena and William Davis won the Golden Sharks division.
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