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KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest 2016


Join KCRW for the Good Food Pie Contest! The celebrated event is back, taking place this year on Sunday, October 2nd at Royce Quad, between Royce Hall and Powell Library.

For the eighth year in a row, home cooks and professionals alike will compete side-by-side to woo the judges. Once again, the judges will be a collection of LA’s finest chefs and food writers — armed with a fork and on the hunt for Best in Show. Check out the list of judges here!

Enter a pie, cheer on the competitors, visit the Fowler galleries or just come by and enjoy a slice. Good Food host Evan Kleiman will preside over the afternoon pie festivities which will include music by KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad, pie tasting, food trucks, kids’ activities, an artisan marketplace and more. Bring sunscreen, a blanket and relax in the afternoon sun while spending the day with KCRW!

Winners of this year’s Best in Show & Best Crust will receive Breville Smart Ovens. Plus, first in each of the eight categories will get Breville Panini Presses. Second and third place winners all get prizes and gift bags too! PLUS first prize winner of the Sweet Potato Pie category will receive two tickets to the LA Premiere of “Almost Christmas” on November 3rd.

Have questions? Visit our FAQ page.


All Day
The Pie Marketplace – Shop and taste the goods from over 20 vendors with sweet, savory and warm weather treats

Family Activities/Cookbook Swap – Picnic on the grass, play some lawn games and bring a cookbook to exchange at the swap with other book lovers!

Pie Stage
11:30AM – Sherry Yard, long time Spago pastry chef and renowned baker, is the future pastry queen at the soon-to-open Helms Bakery in Culver City. On Sunday she will demo a Chocolate Pot Pie that’s both simple and spectacular.

12:15PM – Clemence Gossett of Gourmandise School in Santa Monica Place is bringing her grain mill and a wealth of knowledge on Sunday. Clemence, one of LA’s best teachers, is committed to teaching us how to use local grains in our baked goods. She will make a Sonora Wheat Pie Crust. Yum!

1PM – Rose Lawrence’s Red Bread had legions of devastated fans when she closed her shop in 2014. Today she teaches and pops up frequently in the food community with her addicting creations. She’ll be making her Cracked Cookie Pie.

1:45PM -The talented confectioner and baker Valerie Gordon makes chocolate and baked goods for Valerie Confections on First Street, at Grand Central Market and in Echo Park. She’ll be showing us how to make Foolproof Fruit Filling.

Pie Tasting
2:30pm –  Line up at the KCRW info booths to grab utensils and sample pie from some of the most creative bakers in Southern California

4pm – Pie Winners Announced: Join Evan and the 2016 judging team for the winner announcements and coveted Best in Show!

Fowler Museum
12-3pm – Easy as Pie Placemats
Kids in the Courtyard

Before treating yourself to pie, create your own fruit-and-veggie-print placemat using raw ingredients found in pies. This family activity is inspired by a process used by artist Belkis Ayón to create her beautiful prints on view at Nkame.

2pm – Cristina Vives and Katia Ayon on Belkis Ayon
Culture Fix
On the exhibit’s opening day, guest curator Christa Vives, and the artist’s sister and director of the Estate of Belkis Ayón, Dr. Katia Ayón, offer a tour of Nkame – a retrospective of work by the late Cuban visual artist Belkis Ayón. Vives and Katia Ayón draw upon their personal experiences of the artist and share insights into Belkis Ayón‘s influence on contemporary Cuban printmaking.



Easy, self-service, Pay-by-Plate parking is available in Lot 4. Enter UCLA campus LOT 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-by-Plate area of the lot.  Automated pay stations in Pay-by-Plate accent $1 and $5 bills and credit cards.  The parking fee is a maximum of $12 for the whole day.

Note: Parking in Structure will require that you walk up Janss Steps (87 steps) to get to Royce Quad.  Please allow an additional 5 minutes to walk from this structure.

Ride sharing drop offs (Uber, Lyft): Address: 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095




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