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.


George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver in 1906 courtesy of Library of Congress

George Washington Carver in 1906 courtesy of Library of Congress

Hello Everybody! Today, January 5th is the anniversary of the death of George Washington Carver in 1943. Since he was born into slavery, we do not know his birth date. Carver was a famous botanist, chemist and inventor who came up with many new uses for the sweet potato, peanut and soybean. His life story is remarkable and so much has been written about him and we encourage you to look it up and read for yourself.

Today we have a Sweet Potato and Peanut soup in his honor, as well as our Sweet Potato Pie. Come on in and warm yourself up!

Happy New Year!

Hey Everybody, it’s New Years Eve! Just letting you all know that we are OPEN 9 to 4 today and yes, we are open on New Year Day for a short while from 10 to 4.

Have a safe and happy new year and thank you Petaluma for another year of pie!

Christmas Eve

Hi Everybody!
We are open until 4pm Christmas eve. We made extra pies on a first come first served availability. We have lunch, too.

Closed Christmas day. Open Saturday 9 to 9.