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Community Pie Contest at the Book House in Millburn

February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Submit your best pie to be judged by local dignitaries and business owners. 

Join The Book House, Farm & Fork Society, and Eva Lesko Natiello author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The Memory Box, to celebrate National Pie Month on Sunday, February, 24, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Book House located at 281 Millburn Ave, Millburn.

All amateur bakers are encouraged to submit their best pie to be judged by local dignitaries, business owners and residents. The panel includes Deputy Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, professional pastry chef Michelle Retik from Squirrel and the Bee, real estate agent Joanna Parker-Lentz of The Jodi & Joanna Group and  Eva Lesko Natiello, author of “The Memory Box.” Pies will be judged on three categories: crust, filling, and appearance. Extra consideration will be given to pies inspired by a literary work.

Prior to judging, Eva Lesko Natiello will read from her novel, talk about the symbolism of pies in literature, and sign copies of her best selling book. To preorder The Memory Box, email The Book House at

“A pie is not just a pie. At least not in literature,” says Eva Lesko Natiello. “With all its possible fillings, crusts, smells and tastes, the pie in your favorite book may not be dessert, alone. It’s often a literary device symbolizing a theme, like resilience or hope. It’s interesting to see when pie is used as a foil for darker messages of greed or revenge, which we don’t notice until it’s too late!”

The event is free to the public but registration is required to enter the contest. To register and review contest rules, go to For a list of suggested books with pies, visit the event page on the The Book House’s website.

“Pies in Literature” is the first pie contest in Millburn in almost a decade. The event is part of the Book to Plate Series started by Farm & Fork Society at The Book House. Book to Plate is a monthly series that brings you amazing food, authors, and books, all in one place. Join the company of like-minded friends who value the health of their body, mind, and environment. Past book-to-plate events include “The Farm Cooking School Cookbook: A Case for Seasonal Eating,” “Clean Cocktails: Righteous Recipes for the Modern Mixologist,” “Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping,” “Naturally Sweet Food in Jars,” and “Food in The City.”  

About Farm & Fork Society

Farm & Fork Society is a food cooperative based in Millburn, NJ dedicated to building an integrated community comprised of local farmers and members who pre-purchase shares of organic/sustainable crops on a seasonal basis. With more than 100 members from Essex, Union and Morris County, the group supports small local farms with the best environmental practices. Produce is either certified organic, organic stewardship, eco-farmed or sustainably grown. Animals products are raised without antibiotics and hormones and the farmers can trace back all the materials they use in their farming. The seasonal produce is literally farm-to-table, coming directly from the farmer and picked up in Millburn. Visit the group’s website for more information and to sign up for their newsletter.

About The Book House

More than a bookstore, The Book House is a community hub, where your next read is waiting for you. Come and grab a coffee, flick through new pages, discuss your latest read, or simply enjoy the company of friends, in a cozy atmosphere. The Book House features the latest releases, popular series and personal picks for you and your kids to enjoy. Owner Nadege Nicoll is particularly proud of her handpicked kids section, where she features literary treasures, with a beautiful message of empathy, tolerance and acceptance. The Book House hosts a roster of informative, fun gatherings geared toward our community needs and wants. Feel at home at The Book House, lose yourself in a good read, and forget about time for a few chapters.


February 24, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Book House Millburn
281 Esses Street
Millburn, NJ 07041 United States
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(973) 564-6262
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Farm & Fork Society
973 943 6711
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