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?
Shana and her Monkey
And now a look back at animals of the zodiac made of pie tins:
Shana and her Horse
“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.
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 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!
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!
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.