March 14 is National Pi Day, a holiday officially recognized by the U.S. government since 2009. The Greek letter "pi" is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (You might remember it as the never-ending series of numbers you learned in school that start with 3.14....). To celebrate, many restaurants and stores are rolling out specials on pie.
Here are the ones we've rounded up:
Whole Foods Markets' Midwestern stores are participating in a promotion by selling an entire fresh-baked apple, blueberry and cherry pie for $3.14. Each store is offering its own take on the promotion, in addition to the $3.14 pies. At the Milwaukee store, for example, Whole Foods Market will also retail two slices of pizza pie for the sum of $3.14.
Restaurant Pi, which has four locations plus a food truck, all in St. Louis, couldn't miss this opportunity to capitalize on its name -- which was initially in honor of the city's area code (314). From its food truck, the restaurant will give out free cookies in downtown St. Louis around lunchtime. For those who just want a beer, it will cost just $3.14 (natch) for a Schlafly pint all-day long. Around 6 p.m., at Pi Delmar, the Pi-memorization contest begins, with gift cards and T-shirts as prizes.
Every single Morton's The Steakhouse location around the country -- from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta -- will offer a slice of key-lime pie for $3.14. Sweet, isn't it? Especially since a slice of that same pie will normally run you $10.50.
Want to test your memorization of Pi? Elsewhere Bar, which is in the Midtown section of Manhattan in New York City, has pledged to give each customer who can recite Pi's number to the tenth degree a free glass of wine with a meal. Start studying!
Boston's Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro helps get your Monday off to the right start by offering a slice of pie for $3.14 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. only. Wash that down with a cup of coffee and pretend it's a breakfast pastry.
- Don't feel like going out? Make your own winning pie at home with these recipes from KitchenDaily.com.