Pie Party: The Best Freaking Day of the Year


Why is today different than all other days? Because today we eat pie!

Sit down, children, and let me tell you the tale of the Pie Party! Now as you may know, each summer since 2010, the great and holy day known as Pie Party is celebrated among close-knit groups of friends via the eating of circular foods (usually pie) and the consumption of wine spritzers.

This year was no exception. From as far north as Evanston and as far south as Lakeview, nearly a dozen pie-hungry observers gathered at the abode of Alyson Lyon to take part in this sacred day. There were pies galore! From a tangy key lime to a sugary pecan. Savory pie-like foods, including quiche and pizza, were served as well. And white wine spritzers were consumed en masse.

But do you know why we celebrate Pie Party? Listen.

Pie Party originated in Columbia, Mo., a small college town that is full of Wal-Marts and stoners. On the outskirts of this town, there was an apartment known as the Sexplex, whose all-female inhabitants one day had a hankering for pie. And so, they decided to bring their friends together for a day of feasting on pie and pie-like foods.

pie dudes

Historical image of the first pie party

The friends gathered and feasted on oodles and oodles of pies. And it was good.

Once the inhabitants of the Sexplex scattered far and wide across the globe, Pie Party became only a memory…until 2010 when Keith Ecker (that’s me!) brought Pie Party to Chicago, where it has taken root and become an annual summertime floating holiday.

Now, you may be asking, “Why pie?” There are four reasons: friendship, community, life and pie.

  • Friendship: By bringing a food item to the pie party, you are providing nourishment to your friends.
  • Community: The pies represent the dual nature of community, specifically its diverseness and solidarity. The diverseness is represented by the variety of pies, from strawberry cream to French silk. The solidarity is represented by the universal circular shape.
  • Life: A pie is a circle. Life is a circle.
  • Pie: Duh.

Pie as far as the eye can see!

So I urge you to honor this delicious holiday by gathering your friends for a lazy day of pie devouring and spritzer drinking. Just be prepared for the Pie Day of Atonement, which coincidentally occurs directly after Pie Party day. This is the day where all the pie revelers bemoan the pie gods by gripping their stomachs and saying, “Ugh. I can’t believe I ate all that pie!”

One response to “Pie Party: The Best Freaking Day of the Year

  1. 🙂 Oh, the memories. I still have a soft place in my heart for pie, but have now moved on to Tacos. Viva Tacos de las Martes! I really can’t eat that much pie EVER again. If I knew how to link photos, I’d link one of myself and Emily, the other original Pie Party founder!

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