Today is National Pi(e) Day, when we celebrate the punny coincidence that the abbreviation for the mathematical constant Pi happens to sound a lot like one of the greatest desserts ever created- pie. We can say that last part with confidence, because we’ve been moving delicious foods throughout the Metroplex and beyond for over three decades now.
If we’ve learned one thing in our 35 plus years of service in the DFW food distribution industry, it’s this:
Never talk to pi. He’ll go on forever.
(Insert eye rolling and groans here.) No but really, we’ve learned a lot about service in our decades of experience as your number one transportation and logistics provider in the DFW Metroplex. We’ve learned that customers appreciate a courier who offers a live person to speak to at any time of day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, weekends, holidays, and every day in between.
We’ve learned that offering a multitude of services, with a focus on finding the unique combination of delivery options for each customer is the way to make sure that deliveries succeed and clients feel cared for.
We’ve learned that a commitment to honest and integrity is far more important than a bottom line or quota, and that, when you commit to serving others responsibly, the rest just kind of falls into place.
We could continue to (justifiably) brag about our impeccable on time rate or our rave-worthy customer service, but, instead, let’s get back to the fun of the pun- National Pi(e) Day.
While figuring out the true numerical value of this mathematical symbol might be a job better left to the nerds (we use that term with great affection), National Pi(e) Day isn’t just for those who are too smart for their own good. We all can enjoy this fun and pun filled holiday!
Here’s a little history on the pie, and why it’s so worth celebrating on a day like today.
The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to eat pie, although, at that time, the crust was not consumable. In order to keep meat from drying as it was cooked over a clay fire pit, they would make encasings with reeds. This kept the meat tender, and one could eat the filling straight from the casing.
In the 14th century, the Romans, having learned the pie-baking practice from the Greeks, were the first to publish a pie recipe consisting of rye crust filled with goat cheese and honey. Not exactly the pies you bring to Thanksgiving Dinner, but a step in the right direction.
The English were fans of meat pies, sometimes referred to as “coffyns”. If you can picture this, the crust would encase a bird of some type, whose legs were left on while cooking to create handles so you could more easily enjoy your pie. In the 1500s, fruit pies, or tarts, were enjoyed in England. The first recipe for an apple pie is referenced in literature in 1589. Around 1645, a published English recipe showed the early pumpkin pies were made with squash and cinnamon.
While the English settled in America in the 1600s, pies like the pumpkin pie weren’t popular in America until the 1800s. By 1945, many different types of sweet pies as we know them today were popularized in cook books around the nation.
So the phrase “as American as apple pie”…it doesn’t have much truth behind it, considering all pies, including our beloved apple, got their start in Europe.
Today is the perfect day to celebrate a little culinary history and make yourself your favorite sweet pie. Or, better yet, just buy one and eat it! National Pi(e) Day only comes around once a year, 3.14, or March 14th, to be exact.
Thankfully, our DFW food distribution team is here every day of the year, delivering your delicious pies, frozen foods, and fresh produce throughout the Metroplex and even beyond DFW.
Once you put down your fork full of cherry pie, visit us on the web here, or give us a call at 972.680.8000. We’re standing by, ready to serve!