Photo Gallery | Physicians, chefs face off in pumpkin carving contest
Saturday, three St. Vincent's physicians competed against two local chefs in a pumpkin carving contest held at Pepper Place. Chef Clif Holt of Little Savannah beat out the competition to win first place in the contest.
The other contestants included Dr. Justin Gerth, general surgeon for St. Vincent’s East, St. Vincent’s Blount, and St. Vincent’s St. Clair; Dr. Kathleen Ingram, OB/GYN, St. Vincent’s Birmingham; Dr. William Tapscott, general surgeon, St. Vincent's Birmingham; and chef Cameron Carr of O’Carr’s Deli.
Dr. Tapscott's "Freddie" pumpkin, which he carved with assistance from his two sons William and Duncan, won the People's Choice award.
“St. Vincent’s enjoyed partnering with one of our neighbors, Pepper Place Saturday Market, for this event,” John O’Neil, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health System, said. “This event gave St. Vincent’s and our physicians a fun, festive way to support our local farmers and to encourage the use of fresh produce and products.”
“Our farmers bring in such beautiful produce this time of year, and we wanted to celebrate that,” Lisa Beasley, market manager of Pepper Place Saturday Market, said. “We thought this event would be a great way to embrace the harvest season and let our chefs have a little fun, too. St. Vincent’s Health System is such a great neighbor of ours, and we loved partnering with them on this contest," Beasley said.
The carving contest also included festive pumpkin cookies and face painting. Around 100 people attended the Saturday fall festivities at Pepper Place.