Pi Day is upon us.
March 14, or 3/14, is the calendar representation of pi (approximately 3.14), which you may recall is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. More importantly, it’s the day math aficionados and pie lovers unite in honor of geometry and food. (It also happens to be the one day this particular mathematics-major-turned-food-writer doesn’t feel like all those years of study were for naught.)
If your only personal thoughts on numbers are "I'd like them to be low when I’m paying for pizza," that's cool too. We've got this year’s lineup of local festivities and deals celebrating all things pi and pie.
Revolution Hall’s whimsical bakery will be launching the O.G. PieCupen—a miniature version of the bakery’s namesake dessert, featuring tiny pecan and pumpkin pies baked into a spiced cupcake and topped with apple pie filling, cinnamon buttercream, and oat crumble. Other Pi Day specials include the O.G. Piecaken for $31.41 (regularly $75) and Apple PieCookies for $3.14 each. 1595 Highway 36 W., Suite 1030, Roseville; thepiecakenshop.com
Prairie Vegan Pies Pop Up
For plant-based pie lovers, Prairie Vegan Pies will be popping up at the Herbivorous Butcher. Although pre-orders have closed, a limited number of extra pies will be available. Flavors include chocolate silk, chocolate peanut butter, key lime, grasshopper, and veggie pot pie with Herbivorous Butcher “chicken.” 507 First Ave. NE; facebook.com/prairieveganpies
Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Muddy Paws’ 5th Annual Pi Day celebration will be combined with grand opening festivities. Slices of cheesecake are $3.14, plus a trip to the sauce bar for $0.86 ($4 total). A variety of cheesecakes, including some St. Patrick’s Day flavors, will be available. Live music from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 3359 Gorham Ave., St. Louis Park; 763-545-7161; muddypawscheesecake.com
The pie-centric chain is offering $2 off any whole pie ordered in-restaurant on March 13-14. In addition, double-crusted fruit pies will feature π (the pi symbol) baked into the crust. Multiple locations; bakerssquare.com
If your tastes skew savory, grab a friend and head to the chain’s St. Paul location. Buy one artisan thin crust pizza and get the second one for $3.14 on March 14. 2111 Ford Parkway, St. Paul; 651-340-4096; pieology.com
No complicated mathematics here: This national chain's Minneapolis (1000 Washington Ave. SE) and St. Louis Park (8126 MN-7) eateries are offering $3.14 whole pies. (Limit one per person.) blazepizza.com