Pie-contest entrants reflect on outcome


Hancock Shaker Village pie contest winner Linda Les kovitz said she and her family are members of the village and its community-supported agriculture program. She said they visit regularly.

Leskovitz has had some success in other contests, entered the country fair pie contest for the second time this year and won second place in the amateur division. Last year she entered a traditional apple pie.

"Well, it was boring. I wanted to try again and win, darn it," she said. "The pie for this year's contest needed to shout, ‘Hey! Notice me,' in appearance and have a taste that shouted, ‘I'm spectacular.' "

Her high apple pie with caramel and pecans filled the bill. It stood out on the pie table, towering above all the other pies. And its Granny Smith apple filling held together with butter-brown sugar-cinnamon streusel was mysterious, delicious and could not be ignored.

She said she bakes and cooks non-traditional recipes that she fiddles with "until I get them just right. I'm already thinking about my pie entry for next year, but I'll have to try something else."

Rachel Portnoy, the pastry chef and partner, with her husband Franck Tessier, of Chez Nous restaurant in Lee, said she hasn't made much pie in her life because the French prefer tarts, but she took the plunge at this year's country fair.

"I've never entered a contest before in my life but I love lemon and I really wanted to try it," she said.

Entering the contest forced her to try pie-making, she said.

She made a Shaker lemon pie decorated all over with autumn leaves. Her buttery crust and lemon-slice filled custard were delicious, but she did not win this year.

"I have no idea what a winning pie is like and what it takes to make one, but I did what I wanted to do," Portnoy exclaimed.


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