Pie champion coming soon to Zimmerman

National pie champion and TV personality John Michael Lerma, “The Pie Guy” on Food Network and “Twin Cities Live” will be on hand to judge pies baked by local bakers to help raise money for the local food shelf – Passing the Bread. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reading Frenzy Book Shop in Zimmerman.
Lerma will also be available for a meet-and-greet after the live pie auction, where all the pies entered in the contest will be auctioned off to raise additional funds for the food shelf. He will also autograph copies of his cookbook “Garden County Pie — Sweet and Savory Delights from the Table of John Michael Lerma.”
The winner of the pie contest will be announced around 7 p.m. and awarded with a gift basket valued around $150. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening, with a special pie donated by Lerma that he prepared on Food Network to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Pie contest information may be picked up at Reading Frenzy Book Shop. Pie entries can be delivered the day of the event between 1 and 6 p.m.