We have winners!

PiKu contestThank you all for your outpouring of creativity! It was very difficult to pick a winner, but we did.
Congratulations to Ami & Len!
You win the grand prize of a gift card for $31.41 for your touching poem:
Pecan Pie for Dad
He lays healing far away 
Each bite; remember 
We are also awarding a second grand prize to the Class of Springhill Montessori for learning about pi and pie and writing a haiku, all in one day! Thank you Nicole, for bringing them all in.
There are 16 excellent entries, so we will post them in the shop.

Runners up win an eat π coffee cup:
Hot pie steaming nice 
I will eat a little slice
You can’t have a bite
Maggie Stader-Oesting 
(This is a sentiment we hear among our customers all of the time.)
Hark! The timer dings! 
Hot, crispy pie emerges.
Hangry beasts,  be fed. 
Amy and Samantha 
(Great use of the word “Hark!” and “Hangry”.)
Honorable mentions get pie themed buttons:
Pandas Love Pie Too 
Bamboo Pie is their First Choice 
But Any Will Do
Rachel Pasco 
(Because how can you not like pandas.)
Oh, politicians! 
No substance in cream puff 
Today: I vote pie 
Francesco Preston

(Tapping into the zeitgeist of our time.)

Endless signs of spring 
All shades of green presenting 
Matcha cream tempting
(A celebration of season nods to the Japanese origins of Haiku.)
Thank you I’ll take three
Two for me, Em will have one
Sharing, what’s pie for? 
Andrew Norton 
(Clever integration of three, one, four and pie.)
Some say Pizza counts 
But I don’t Really Think So
Apple Purist Here
Eric Ritz
(You tell them, Eric! Eat Pie Not Pizza!)
I will get a tie –
Once again on fathers day 
I would prefer pie 
Tom Wilson
(We agree. Pies not ties!)

And the winners will be announced soon

We WILL announce the winners of the Pi(e)Ku contest by the end of the day on TUESDAY 3-15. It got too busy in the store for us to properly evaluate all of the poems.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Pi Day Is Just Around The Corner

get your pi gear hereHey Everybody! It is almost time for Pi Day! That’s right, March 14th or 3.14 is the day to celebrate math and pie at the same time. This year Pi Day falls on a Monday and as usual, we will  be holding our Pi(e)Ku poetry contest. You could win a gift card worth $31.41!

You can enter the contest online here or come into the shop for some inspiration.

The deadline to enter is 3:14 pm on March 14th. Winners will be announced online and notified by email by the end of the day.

And don’t forget to order your pies for that special day. We are usually very busy on Pi Day, so if you want a pie with the pi symbol on it, or even just a round one, please order ahead online, in the shop or call 707-766-6743,

Celebrate Pi Day with Petaluma Pie Company and enter our Pi-ku poetry contest.

Happy Year of the Monkey!

Hey Everybody! It is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese and Lunar Calendar! Kunghei fatchoy!

Once again we have a new pie tin based sculpture on display made by our very own artist in residence Shana! Born and raised in Petaluma, Shana has been at Petaluma Pie Company for four years and counting. Every year, she  brings to life our recycled pie tins by transforming them into animal shapes from Chinese zodiac signs. This year is the year of Monkey.

Why don’t you come in and celebrate with Banana Cream Pie?

Year of the Monkey at Petaluma Pie Company

Shana and her Monkey

And now a look back at animals of the zodiac made of pie tins:

Year of the Sheep at Petaluma Pie

Shana’s Sheep

Year of the Horse at Petaluma Pie

Shana and her Horse

Year of the Snake at Petaluma Pie

Shana’s Snake

Today is Fred Korematsu Day!

“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.” – Fred Korematsu

January 30th is Fred Korematsu Day. In 1942, at the age of 23, Fred Korematsu refused to go to the government’s detention camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of disobeying the government’s order, he challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066. The case, Korematsu v. United States made it all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to security reasons.

In 1983 the case was effectively overturned by a team of lawyers led by Dale Minami after lawyer and UC San Diego professor Peter Irons found evidence that the government had suppressed US intelligence reports which found Japanese-Americans did not pose a security threat.

In 1998 Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. After September 11th 2001 Fred Korematsu joined other Japanese Americans in standing with Muslim Americans at a time of fear and suspicion. More recently, he filed a amicus (friend of the court) brief in a Supreme Court case challenging the incarceration of mostly Afghan prisoners without due process in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Fred Korematsu died at the age of 86 in 2005. He left a legacy of standing up for civil rights, whether for himself or others.

If you are in San Francisco, you can attend the 6th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration at the Herbst Theater. If you can’t make it out of Petaluma, we will be serving two fine Japanese-American pies today, Matcha Green Tea Cream pie and a special preview of our Japanese Curry Hand Pie.
 6th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration more info Buy Tickets Saturday, January 30, 2016	7:30 PM	 Herbst Theatre	San Francisco, CA

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“…before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world” – Martin Luther King Junior

It was Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Friday but today is his day. Every year we remind you that his favorite pie was pecan pie, and you can come and eat a pecan pie while reflecting on MLK final Christmas Sermon, where he talks about the interrelated nature of the universe. When you eat that pie and drink that coffee, think about the labor of so many, from agricultural workers, to dock workers, to truck drivers, to pie makers and even office workers in so many parts of this country and the world that come together to bring you this and many other meals.

Here is a larger excerpt of the sermon:
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman. And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. “

New Year, New Hours

Hello Everybody! As you may have noticed, it is a brand new year. We have changed our hours for the remainder of the winter. We are still open every day, but from Sunday through Thursday we are now open from 9 to 7, Friday and Saturday are still 9-9.

In other shop hours news, we will be CLOSED from Tuesday January 12th through Thursday January 14th for a little rest. We will re-open on Friday January 15th.