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'Top Chef' Star Among Celebs Judging P.S. 29 Pie Baking Contest

By Heather Holland | November 28, 2012 11:22am

COBBLE HILL — P.S. 29's pie contest has some serious foodie cred.

Gail Simmons, a judge on the popular TV show "Top Chef," and New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark will be among the luminaries choosing the winner of the bake-off at Eat Pie & Shop, a Dec. 2 fundraiser for the school's PTA.

Now in its fourth year, Eat Pie & Shop will also feature a professional photo booth and a holiday shopping gift fair. Starting at 1 p.m., parents and a panel of judges will sample pastries made by amateur and professional local bakers.

The star-studded judging panel also includes Gia Giasullo, co-founder of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Steven Gutterman, executive chef of Gastronomie 491, and local restaurateur Jeff Lederman of Strong Place, Bocca Lupo and Nectar.

The winner of the pie contest gets bragging rights and a gift package from Food & Wine magazine.

“We can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sampling pie, shopping for local, artisanal gifts, and watching the kids enjoy themselves,” said Rebecca Fagin, principal of P.S. 29.

Throughout the afternoon, pie lovers will get a chance to sample a variety of delicacies, from sweet to savory, for $5 a slice. Danny Meyer’s Downtown Brooklyn Shake Shack will be offering frozen custard, and Brooklyn Farmacy will be serving holiday treats.

More than 30 vendors from Brooklyn flea markets will display and sell handmade goods. Local artisans and merchants like DUMBO’s Half Pint Citizens and Cobble Hill’s Fork + Pencil will also be on hand.

“We know it’s been a tough year for the community and we hope to bring the neighborhood together for a fun, happy day,” Fagin said.

Proceeds from the event go to P.S. 29’s PTA and current programming. The event will be held at P.S. 29, at 425 Henry St., on Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information see the group's website.