For mathematicians, those who proudly revel as Nerds and for fans of flaky crust, March 14th is a special day to celebrate 3.14159265359 and the greatest culinary creation on Earth. Pi(e). And because Pi Day happens just once a year, be on the lookout as local bakeries, cafes and pizza parlors pile-up special events and offers.
The Seattle area has become a pie paradise, for fans like me. In fact, we're home to Art of the Pie an ongoing series of highly sought after pie making classes by pie expert Kate McDermott. McDermott told me Pi Day is one of her "all-time favorite days of the year," adding, "I had a fleeting thought of taking the day off, sort of like a pie makers holiday. But, I can't quite bring myself to do that."
And consider the number of places where I enjoy pie around town:
- You can't say Tom Douglas and Dahlia Bakery without thinking of his famous coconut cream pie.
- At Fuel Coffee, you can grab and go with personal pies from High 5 Pie Company.
- In Ballard, Pie Bar offers the chance to double your delicious sins with pie and cocktails.
- Homemade pie by Voula at Voula's Offshore Cafe under the Ship Canal Bridge is a timeless slice of Heaven.
- If a savory pie is what you're after, there's Pies and Pints in Ravenna or Pie in Fremont (both feature the sweeter side, too).
- Finally, don't forget grocery stores. You'll find the always-delicious Whidbey Pie Company pies at Metropolitan Market and other locations.
But about the Pi Day celebrations?
Both locations will be featuring $3.14 slices throughout the day to help you celebrate. Plus, Lost Lake Café will be throwing a Pi Day party that could get messy for a great cause, featuring a 2pm pie-eating contest that will earn $500 for a charity of the winner's choosing.
Let's just hope it doesn't turn into a scene reminiscent of another moment in Northwest pie history: the blueberry pie eating contest in the movie "Stand By Me." (watch at your own peril, if you dare)
Happy Pi Day, pals. Send us your pics @SeattleRefined and @ScottCarty.