Celebrate Pi Day With These Local Favorites

Offerings include special pies from Achatz, Grand Traverse, Zingerman’s, and more


Photograph courtesy of grand traverse pie company

When it comes to Pi Day, there are two distinct groups that people that celebrate, both of which share an affinity for one common denominator — the circle. 

Math enthusiasts occupy the first group and celebrate Pi, the mathematical term represented by the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. Pi is used to represent the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference always equaling 3.14159. Fittingly, since the late 1980’s, we’ve been using March 14 (3.14) to celebrate this mathematical constant. 

For the other group, it’s a day to celebrate a much more delectable circle – pie. And as Pi goes on indefinitely, so does our appetite.

In honor of the holiday, we have tracked down a number of local eateries for you to get your fix. Whichever way you like your Pi(e) — numerical or edible — you’re bound to find a place to celebrate your love for math and pastries below.

We’ll leave it up to you to calculate the ratio of slices consumed to your own circumference in the end.

Achatz Handmade Pie Co.: Slices will be available for $3.14 at various locations in the metro area including Oxford, Chesterfield, Armada, Shelby Township, Troy and Beverly Hills. achatzpies.com

Eat: This Ann Arbor eatery will be selling slices for $3 and whole pies for $20. Current flavors are Michigan apple, sweet potato ginger, mixed berry in a traditional pastry crust (made with lard), or key lime in a butter and graham cracker crust. Whole frozen chicken potpies are also available. Whole pies must be pre-ordered.
1906 Packard, Ann Arbor; 734-213-7011; eatannarbor.com

Grand Traverse Pie Company: Traverse City’s sweets export goes big on one of their favorite days of the year with a free slice of pie with any purchase. Find your local shop in Rochester, Troy, Plymouth, Brighton and Ann Arbor. gtpie.com

Sister Pie: The Detroit bakery that’s grabbing national attention is selling slices for $3.14. The current menu includes Salted Maple, Banana Pete, Sweet Carrot and Chocolate Coconut. Malted Lime pie is available for pre-order only for a Pi Day pick-up.
8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit; 313-447-5550; sisterpie.com

Crust: This Fenton bakery and wholesaler will be selling slices of double-crust pie for $3.14 while quantities last. Aside from the sweets, they’re also selling three-topping pizzas for $12 each starting at 11 a.m.
#104 W. Caroline, Fenton; 810-629-8882; crustandbeyond.com


Later This Month:

Zingerman's Cornman Farms: On a pie-related note, check out the Pie & Mash pop up presented by Zingerman’s Cornman Farms every Sunday through the end of the month. Chef Kieron Hales will offer up beef burgundy pie on March 18, and chicken tikka masala pie on March 25. Each personal-sized pie comes with a mashed side. Pre-order not necessary but preferred.
8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter; 734-619-8100; zcob.me/pieandmash


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