As American as firefighter pie
Delicious is as delicious does: A firefighter pie eating contest at White LinenNight is guaranteed to be tasty
Succulent, mouthwatering, hearty and irresistible.
Lest you think firefighters and pies have nothing to do with each other, the Heights' Pie in the Sky is drawing in the lines for you.
Which are almost one in the same, truth be told.
If you find yourself ogling hunky rescuers stuffing their faces with creamy creations, it's not a function of that plastic wine glass in your hand. Pie in the Sky is hosting its first annual pie eating contest at 7 p.m. Saturday, where five teams of three firefighters each from Stations 11, 13, 15, 31, and 62 will face off in the creme de la creme of contests.
"We have a regular group of firefighters that come in to eat," said Marlene Stubler, owner of Pie in the Sky. "They volunteered to bring one of the fire trucks down for White Linen Night."
But Stubler knew she could do one better than that. She asked five of the local firefighters if they would participate in a contest, and sugar-coated the deal with pie. When the firefighters couldn't resist licking their chops in anticipation, Stubler knew she'd hit the sweet spot.
"There'll be chocolate cream, vanilla cream, and lemon cream pies, and the station team must pick what they want to eat," Stubler said.
"Cream is hard to eat, and has a lot of density to it," explained Stubler. Which will be a difficult task to accomplish, when the pies must be consumed as fast as possible, in relay fashion. With their hands tied behind their backs.
The catch? "They have to make the pies, too!" Stubler professed.
Each three-man team will have a bowl of filling, a bowl of toppings, and each pie made must weigh a certain amount, which Stubler will determine by contest eve. If it doesn't weigh the right amount, the teams will be required to add more ingredients. And if it weighs too much? Stubler exclaimed, "They have to eat it anyway!"
The winning bunch will receive a trophy for their respective station, and various gift certificates and tickets. And, of course, bragging rights as the city's most efficient Betty Crockers.
With Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale serving in the master of ceremonies role, and shackled men in uniform destined for sticky, delicious messes, your sweet tooth can't avoid being satiated.
Tote a napkin along for the inevitable drool, because you can afford to overload on these empty calories on your White Linen Night tour.