- By Jonathan Ruales
- In Holiday
- Posted January 23, 2018
National Pie Day
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!
However, today we are not talking about this pie.
We are, however, talking about this pie!
A wise American Author named David Mamet once said, “We must have pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” We couldn’t agree more David! Pies can turn company outings into cooking challenges, with many individuals who are proud of their pie-making abilities and are ready to prove it! Heck, pie alone could be corporate entertainment! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it’s time to sit back and let’s talk about the humble beginnings of pie, and no we aren’t making a “humble pie” joke.
Ancient Greeks are believed to be the originators of pie, thanks, Greece! This belief stems from Aristophanes, a comic playwright of ancient Athens. In his plays (5th Century BC) there are mentions of sweetmeats including small pastries filled with fruit. Romans weren’t far behind, the 1st-century Roman cookbook “Apicius” makes various mentions of recipes which involved a pie case.
By 160 BC, Roman statesman Marcus Porcius Cato wrote a book where he recorded the most popular pie/cake called “placenta.” Also called “libum” by Romans, it was similar to a 21st-century cheesecake on a pastry base, often used as an offering to the gods. It must have been pretty delicious!
Now pies are offered at corporate outings, team building events, leadership activities and beyond with critical acclaim!