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Updated: 04/24/2013 08:03:20AM

Culinary celebration takes over Pies & Plates

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HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Chef Mykel Velasco instructs a class on making chicken spinach egg drop soup, as Cindy Epstein watches carefully.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Chef Mykel Velasco stirs the pot of soup as Pies & Plates owner Cindee Murphy, Beth Lanni and Cindy Epstein share a laugh with another guest.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Beth Lanni, director of Pies & PlatesÂ’ Culinary Academy and staff instructor, was one of the judges in the soup contest. Here she tastes one of the entries.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Tristan Murphy, the head cook at Pies & Plates for many years, discusses one of the entries in the soup contest with fellow judges Cindee Murphy and Beth Lanni as they determine the winning soup. A forth judge, Carolyn Gulick, is not pictured.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Four-year-old Lilith Svoboda is happy with her cupcake design.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Jack Meehan, 6, who is visiting his grandparents from Massachusetts, shows his cupcake decorating and eating skills.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

All of the completed cupcakes were displayed in the store after the event.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Ambrose Svoboda, 7, opens his mouth wide to take the first bite of his cupcake.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Cody Murphy completes another cupcake.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Trinity Gohl wears a bit of her frosting.

HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Emily Gohl decorated many cupcakes.

Sue Hemingway is a freelance photographer. Contact her at suepaquin56@yahoo.com.

By SUE PAQUIN

Photojournalist

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Pies & Plates, 2310 Tamiami Trail, held a 10-day celebration
of culinary events for the community. Children and adults attended classes, demonstrations and contests on everything
from cupcake decorating to a soup contest. Participants even learned how to prepare an entire meal from award-winning guest chefs. For more information about upcoming events, call 941-505-7437 or visit www.piesandplates.com.

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