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DC businesses prep for Super Pi(e) Day with pie, pizza and a wedding

In 2009, Congress officially designated March 14 as Pi Day. And while elementary school students are busily memorizing the mathematical constant to as many places as their brains will allow, marketers around the country rejoiced at this newfound opportunity to allow Americans to indulge in as many Pi(e) tie-ins as their brains could dream up. This year, we are told it's Super Pi(e) Day (3.14.15). Here are a few ways to indulge.

Local DC institutions One Eight Distilling and Whisked! are combining for an afternoon pop-up event of the grown-up variety on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The distillery, located in Ivy City, is offering free tours and tastes of its spirits every half-hour. Whisked! will be selling pies and quiches by the slice in the distillery's tasting room. Preregistration for the popup is not required, though Whisked! owner Jenna Huntsberger recommends that if patrons want to take a full pie home with them, they should order in advance. Consider toasting Albert Einstein as you sample the distillery's vodka, gin and whiskey—it is his birthday, after all. Must be 21 to attend.

In addition to partnering with Two Rivers Public Charter School for its Pi(e) Day fundraiser, Teeny Pies, out of Union Kitchen, is offering 4-inch pies at fitting prices ($3.14). The Savory Pi(e), a set of four, 5-inch savory pies of all one flavor, is, you guessed it, $31.41, says Teeny Lamothe, founder of Teeny Pies, and the "Pi(e) Nerd," any 9-inch sweet pie plus Teeny's Tour of Pie is also $31.41. All pies must be preordered by Thursday; pickup is at Union Kitchen and delivery is available. More info under "Contact."

Sticky Fingers, a vegan bakery in Columbia Heights, will have special pi-symbol cupcakes available for purchase in store or for pre-order, says owner Doron Petersan.

Only want a bite of pie? Head to Pie Sisters in Georgetown. "We are giving out 314 free pie bites, first come first serve," says Erin Blakely, owner of the pie shop.  

If a pizza pie is more your thing, head over to &pizza on U Street to witness the first "&wedding." Sam Blum, community manager for &pizza explains: "There's a couple who will have their wedding in front of the very large ampersand at &pizza's U Street location. The couple, Katie Hendrickson and Michael Moyer, not only love pizza but felt the ampersand perfectly communicated their coming together. Katie is also a math teacher so Pi(e) is dear to her heart in many ways."

None of those tickle your fancy? Check out some tips from the American Pie Council and make your own sweet or savory concoction (and send us snaps!). Or order a pizza and call it a day. 

Read more articles by Allyson Jacob.

Allyson Jacob is a writer originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Innovation and Job News editor for Elevation DC. Her work has been featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati CityBeat. Have a tip about a small business or start-up making waves inside the Beltway? Tell her here.
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