Pear tart proves sweet success for Winterville restaurant

WINTERVILLE, NC (WITN) An eastern Carolina restaurant owner won thousands of dollars in a nationwide baking contest and now she wants your help to raise money for a local charity.

Laura Smith of the Biscuit and the Bean in Winterville won $5,000 for herself and $1,000 for the charity of her choice for her pear tart, in the General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest.

She and her son Josh Smith chose to give that prize to Timbo's Tower, which is raising money for a fire training tower in the town.

This week you can help the Smith's raise another $1,000 for Timbo's Tower by voting for her pear tart online.

Laura Smith says, "We're just humbled and honored by the opportunity that we've been given and quickly, honestly we're amazed."

Josh Smith says, "It's more than a coffee house, it's a community. This is the best way we can think of to give back to the community especially for those who keep us safe here in our time of need."

To vote just go to the General Mills Convenience and Foodservice Facebook page and like the photo of Smith's dessert.