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Contestants selected for Home of Economy-Grand Forks Herald Pie Bake-off

The four-week tournament will begin Aug. 22.

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A fresh baked apple pie is a favorite among many to top off a holiday meal. (John M. Steiner, Forum Communications Co.)
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GRAND FORKS — The 16 bakers for the first Home of Economy-Grand Forks Herald Pie Bake-off have been chosen, selected from a field of 32 candidates from Greater Grand Forks and beyond.

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Competing in the event will be Rose Fuchs, of Grand Forks; Evan Andrist, of Grand Forks; Tammy Schmitz, of Grand Forks; Brityn Proulx, of East Grand Forks; Victoria Bouvette, of Grand Forks; Mallory Handford, of Grand Forks; Amy Lents, of Grand Forks; Jeannine Lazur, of Reynolds; Peggy Raddatz, of Grafton; Caitlin Olson, of East Grand Forks; Brenda Dufault, of Grand Forks; Alexandra Lunseth, of Manvel; Brenda Kovar, of East Grand Forks; Jill Hanson, of Newfolden, Minn.; Lynda Kappel, of Manvel; and Brenda White McCauley, of Grand Forks.

The field was selected by the Herald, based on submitted biographies, third-party nominations and a random drawing.

The Herald will highlight each baker in stories and photos that will publish online and in the newspaper's print and e-editions in the coming days.

About the event

The tournament: The Home of Economy-Grand Forks Herald Pie Bake-off will place 16 local and regional bakers in a bracketed tournament that will – for those who advance through the rounds – last four weeks, starting Aug. 22.

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Judging: Among the judges will be Kristen Whitney, executive chef at the North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe; Lane Leech, head chef at Harry's Steakhouse; and Jessica Rerick, a trained chef, food blogger, former Herald food columnist and owner of Craveable Kitchen, a line of gourmet kitchen spices and mixes.

They will use a scorecard system to blindly judge two pie bakers at a time. Based on the scoring, one baker will advance, while the other will be eliminated. The tournament will continue until a champion is crowned in September.

Sponsors: Along with Home of Economy and the Herald, business sponsors for the event are Wall’s Medicine Center (sponsoring Lynda Kappel), Hugo’s (sponsoring Jill Hanson), Hope Church (sponsoring Caitlin Olson), Altru Health System (sponsoring Brenda White McCauley), Harry’s Steakhouse (sponsoring Jeannine Lazur), Ground Round (sponsoring Peggy Raddatz), the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce (sponsoring Amy Lents), Toasted Frog (sponsoring Brenda Dufault), Alerus (sponsoring Tammy Schmitz), North Dakota Mill (sponsoring Evan Andrist), Valley Senior Living (sponsoring Brityn Proulx), Bremer Bank (sponsoring Victoria Bouvette), American Crystal Sugar (sponsoring Mallory Handford), Northern Roots Boutique (sponsoring Alexandra Lunseth), the Lighting Gallery (sponsoring Rose Fuchs) and Blue Moose (sponsoring Brenda Kovar).

Also, Greenberg Realty is the tournament’s apron sponsor.

Sponsors were assigned via drawing, except in cases where the contestant has a connection to a sponsoring business. The business that sponsors the eventual winner will receive a free advertising package from the Herald.

Prizes and gifts: The overall champion will have the choice of a pie safe from Home of Economy (worth $1,400) or a $500 gift card from Home of Economy. The top winner also will receive $500 cash from the Herald, in the name of their business sponsor. The second-place baker will receive $200 cash from the Herald, in the name of their business sponsor.

Also, all contestants will receive aprons from Greenberg Realty; $25 gift cards to Hugo’s for each pie they bake, courtesy of Home of Economy; scrapers and flour from the North Dakota Mill; finely granulated, powdered and brown sugar, donated by American Crystal Sugar Company; and $10 gift cards for Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops from the Grand Forks Herald (underage contestants will receive a Hugo’s gift card).

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