May 7, 2013

Shari’s Cafe & Pies proudly accepted Four Gold Medals at the 2013 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida last month.  Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs & commercial pie companies from around the country & Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995.

Shari’s took home the Gold Medal for three Pies, all in the Premium Category:

  • S’Mores Galore
  • Fresh Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream
  • Tropical Coconut Cream
  • Banana Cream Dream

“Shari’s has a history of making the best pies in the Northwest”, said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President of Menu Development. “And our guests have always recognized the quality of our pies. We always knew that our pies could compete with the best in the country. But these awards validate that we can compete…and win”.

This was Shari’s third trip to Orlando in which they brought home the gold from the National Competition.  In 2010, Shari’s won Gold Medals for the S’mores Galore and Montana Cherry Pies.  In 2012, Shari’s won three gold medals: Oregon Marionberry, Peach Perfection and Sour Cream Lemon.

“We’re elated with these wins”, Bechtel said.  “We knew that our commitment to using only the finest Northwest ingredients made our pies competitive with any pies in the country.”

Shari’s is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 101 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Contact:  Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing