by Martha Bayne
I'm helping out with Eckhart Park's volunteer-run gardens this year, and tomorrow I'll be hawking tomato seedlings as part of an event that also promises to include some tasty blueberry concoctions. The gardeners' club at the park (1330 W. Chicago) and the West Town Tavern are hosting a blueberry pie contest; "celebrity" judges include 27th Ward alderman Walter Burnett, pastry chef Christine McCabe, Kendall College culinary school dean Chris Koetke, Kendall chef instructor Chris Quirk, Time Out Chicago food writer David Tamarkin, and the Reader's own Mike Sula. Pie drop-off starts at 10 AM and judging begins around 11:30.
After the judging the pies go on sale, as do blueberry tarts baked by West Town Tavern chef Susan Goss, and there'll be sundry other Arbor Day-related events, including that tomato sale and a giveaway of some filbert trees. All proceeds go toward seeds and other supplies for the park's gardens. Come say hi at the plant table.