Grand Traverse Pie Celebrates Pi Day 2017
February 22, 2017
Grand Traverse Pie Company Celebrates Pi Day (3.14) with free pie, school celebrations and contests
(Traverse City, MI) – In honor of Pi Day - a day noted by math enthusiasts around the world- on Tuesday, March 14 (3.14) the Grand Traverse Pie Company (GTPC) will be celebrating all day serving a free slice of ABC (Apples, Blueberries, Cherries) pie with purchase. Pie is a perfect complement to the crave-able comfort foods offered including Chicken Pot Pie, traditional Beef Pasties and gourmet Mac and Cheese.
Michigan Agriculture Involvement
Pi Day, March 14 is also part of Michigan Food and Agriculture Month events, so GTPC is joining forces with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), and Michigan Farm Bureau in encouraging Michiganders to celebrate math, education, and agriculture. In fact about 1,500,000 pounds of apples, blueberries, cherries, sugar and flour, all grown and processed in Michigan, goes into these delicious pies every year. “This is a great time of year to honor the role our farmers play in providing us with a safe and abundant food supply, as well as a being a strong contributor to Michigan’s economic foundation,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD’s director. “We offer tremendous business and career opportunities in Michigan. From skilled trades to technology-based careers to veterinarians to starting your own food-based company, the possibilities for ag education are endless.”
Michigan Education Involvement
GTPC honors the day every year with a variety of pie/pi themed events. This year GTPC is pleased to team up with Michigan State University (MSU) and Wayne State University (WSU) for Pi Day celebrations. GTPC has partnered with students in the MSU Broad College of Business MBA program to serve pie slices on campus, along with ice cream from the MSU Dairy. “A central component to the business education here at Broad is the focus on community betterment, so we do this type of fundraising at the business college because it is who we are as Spartans and who we are as Broad MBA students,” said Steve Newark, organizer of the Pi Day event and President of Community Outreach for the Graduate Supply Chain Management Association. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center in Ingham County and the students learn valuable lessons in supply chain management. Additionally, WSU will host 1,000 6th - 9th graders for a STEM conference on Pi Day and plan a “Pi Off” contest to recite Pi Digits in competition with Dean Raskind, B.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics. See the video showing Dean Raskind's skills at reciting Pi.
Social Media Contest
To top off the Pi Day celebrations GTPC will again run the popular video contest offering prizes for schools to win $500 in cash for supplies and individuals to win gift cards and free pie for a year. Rewards will be given for reciting Pi digits and for the most informative and entertaining video showing how Pi is used in our everyday lives. To view some ideas see Pi Day video entries or here for Contest Details.
History of Pi
Pi, Greek letter (), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535… Pi is an irrational and transcendental number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. The symbol for Pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was made popular by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.
The Power of Pie
“We are thrilled to be celebrating Pi (Day) and pie with the MSU and WSU students and faculty this year. Pi Day is special as it ties in education while creating PIE memories with a bonus of helping others in the process. That’s the Power of Pie and Pi together,” said Mike Busley, co-founder of the Grand Traverse Pie Company. “We believe that respect leads to loyalty which promotes growth which allows us to give back to people which gains respect. We strive to be one of the state’s most respected brands while making a difference in Michigan communities benefitting children and families, that’s The Power of Pie.”
16 Grand Traverse Pie Company shops
The Grand Traverse Pie Company is proud to be in their 21st year of making pie, offering over 40 varieties of hand-crafted pie. Every shop location has on-site bakers, delivering the made-from-scratch, and just baked taste of pie each and every day.
- Ann Arbor (734) 997-9702
- Brighton (810) 225-7437
- East Lansing (517) 203-3304
- Grand Rapids-Kentwood (616) 977-7600
- Lansing (517) 315-0900
- Midland (989) 839-4872
- Norton Shores (231) 799-3399
- Okemos (517) 381-7437
- Portage (269) 903-4991
- Petoskey (231) 348-4060
- Plymouth (734) 459-9200
- Rochester Hills (248) 438-8110
- Traverse City – Two locations in Downtown TC (231) 922-7437; (231) 933-3972
- Troy (248) 458-0322
- Terre Haute (812) 235-1582
Michael Busley, Owner