Pi Day Party & Showdown @ Lauretta Jean’s

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From the Lauretta Jean’s Pie Flyer: 

MARCH 14th is PI DAY!

Join Lauretta Jean’s for a special Pi Day celebration on Friday, March 14, 2014! Both of the Lauretta Jean’s locations will be celebrating Pi Day on all day on Friday, and we’re throwing a special Pi Day Party at our Division shop from 6-10PM.

Here’s the deets:

Pi Day Party!!! 
*Friday, 3.14
*Division Shop, 6-10pm
*For all you Pie/Pi nerds out there, we’ll be doing pie trivia every half hour. (You can win free slices of pie!)

*We’ll have $3.14 drink and pie specials plus we’ll be running our happy hour ALL DAY!
*Sweet 16 Pie Bracket (More on that below…)

Last, and certainly not least, it wouldn’t be a proper Pi Day without a LOT of pie. Both Lauretta Jean’s locations will have plenty of pies on hand (available whole or by the slice). Choose from: Tart Cherry, Apple Brandy Blackberry, Blackberry Raspberry Streusel, Heirloom Apple, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Cranberry, Spiced Pear, Chocolate Chess, and more!

SWEET 16 PI DAY SHOWDOWN

In addition to all of our other fun Pi Day activities, we’ve made a special Sweet 16 March-Madness Style Pie Bracket! We chose 16 of our favorite Dream Pie submissions and pitted them against each other. We baked and tested a myriad of pies and 3 pies have come out on top. On Friday, we’ll have these 3 pies available for you to try – Malted Chocolate Cream, Ploughman’s, and Calvados Apple & Bacon with a Cheddar Cheese Crust – and you’ll have the chance to cast your vote for your favorite!

Come for the Pi Party, stay for the Pie. 6-10PM on Friday 3/14 at our SE Division shop!

Reader Question: Does Bacon Count As Pie Crust?

Dear MakeMeSomePie.com –

I recently purchased Bacon Bowls. https://www.buyperfectbacon.com/ They are delicious.

BUT!

When I fill them with a substance (any substance) I’m wondering if they are technically pie. Are they? If not is it because pie MUST have a crust?

Please address this issue.

Thank you.

Kurt

Dear Kurt, 

Thank you for your question. The short answer is NO! Proper pie crust is a pastry crust. According to Wikipedia: Pastry may also refer to the dough from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts, quiches and pasties.

So bacon and other meat and meat-like products would definitely NOT technically qualify as a pastry crust. I also like to rule out things such as a graham cracker crust, brownie or cookie crusts… but those are at least in the baked goods category.

But, as we all know well, you can pretty much refer to anything as “pie” – Frito Pie sure as hell isn’t a proper pie, but people still call it pie. Heck, you could throw some sloppy-joe beef on a piece of Wonder Bread and call it Kurt’s Sloppy Meat Pie and no one would really question you on it. Yes, I’d be deeply troubled by that phrase, but that’s more of a personal problem.

So, go ahead and continue making bacon bowls and filling them with filling – you can call them pies, champ.

Signed,

The Mysterious Proprietor of MakeMeSomePie.com

Pi Day 2014 @ Pacific Pie Co.

Lauretta Jean’s Dream Pie Contest for National Pie Day

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From Lauretta Jean’s:

Join us for a celebration of National Pie Day on January 23rd, 2014!

We’ll have specials and festivities all day long at both of our locations, with a special celebration happening from 7:00-10:00PM at our Division Shop.

And, as a special celebration of National Pie Day, Lauretta Jean’s is announcing our first ever ‘Lauretta Jean’s Dream Pie‘ contest! This is your chance to submit your ideas for unique, inventive, crazy, and delicious pies! We’ll select one winner and will make your dream pie come true! If your pie is selected as the winner, we’ll bake you one Dream Pie of your very own (and name it after you!), and will also have slices of your Dream Pie available for sale at both of our shops. Submit your pie ideas via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter using the#LaurettaJeansDreamPie hashtag. Please submit all entries no later than January 20th. The winner will be announced via social media on January 23rd!

Pacific Pie Kicks Off 3rd Annual Baking Contest

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Pacific Pie is inviting all Portland pie lovers to show off their mad baking skills in honor of National Pie Day.  Portland’s renowned pie company is calling for entries for its Third Annual Pie Contest, naming one baker the reigning 2014 PDX Pie Champion.

When:  Sunday, January 19, 2014.  Registration: 11am-1pm, judging 1pm-2pm, People’s Choice Award judging from 2pm onwards.
Where:  Pacific Pie, 1668 NW 23rd Ave., Portland
Categories:  Sweet pies and savory pies
Rules for entry:  No registration necessary and no cost for entry.  Multiple entries per person are accepted.  All entries must be fully baked, ready to eat, and accompanied by a recipe.
Judging:  A panel of prestigious, self-proclaimed pie aficionados have been assembled to taste all the entries and select winners in each category.  Winning bakers get bragging rights and their pies featured on the restaurant’s menu in February.  For additional information, please contact Pacific Pie at 503-894-9482 or info@pacificpieco.com.

Judges:

  • Thea Dieter – 11-year old Pacific Pie customer and pie connoisseur
  • Jen Stevenson – author, “100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces”
  • Cana Flug – owner of Besaw’s and Wildwood
  • Marnie Hanel – national freelance writer
  • Jordan Felix – head bartender, Multnomah Whiskey Library
  • Kate Withiam – Pacific Pie head pastry chef

After the judges sample the pies, the general public will get to taste the pies and cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award.  All are invited to come and enjoy the festivities, or come by either Pacific Pie location on Thursday, January 23rd, the official National Pie Day, for a slice of sweet pie for $3.50 each (normally $4.50) or taste of one of the many classic or creative pie flavors on the menu that entire week.

The celebration continues on Saturday, January 25th when Pacific Pie celebrates the grand opening of it’s NW location and Australia Day (officially on Sunday, January 26th, but adjusted for the time difference.)  Both locations will offer $3 Foster’s beer, $3 sausage rolls, $4 Aussie wine and a $5 special meat pie.  Australia Day is always one of Pacific Pie’s busiest days of the year, with Aussies coming from all over the region to celebrate with other ex-pats.

Google’s 2013 Thanksgiving Doodle Featuring Pie!

Pie, banjo and woodland creatures… these are things I am thankful for. Thanks Google!