Other Endeavors…

Though we are both still very passionate about pie, pi(e) and local foods, we QT Pi(e) mavens decided the project had run its course, and we were ready to focus on our other endeavors. For Erin, that meant a return to school. For me (Quelcy), my food and blogging focus is here…


Thanks for popping by the QT Pi(e) Project, and I hope to see you With The Grains.

Pi Has A Sound Too!

We have the taste of pi(e) covered, but apparently, the mathematical constant needed a soundtrack too.  If only the two forces could combine in the real world, it would make for a great Pi(e) Social!

NPR wrote this about the musical diddy:

Monday is March 14 — aka 3/14, a date celebrated the world over as “Pi Day,” after the irrational number. This year, to celebrate, musician Michael John Blake had the idea to compose, record and put on YouTube a musical interpretation of the most famous mathematical constant.

His approach? He decided the song would be in C, then assigned each note a number: C=1, D=2 and so on up through 9. Using those assignments, he played the sequence of pi: 3.14159 through 31 decimal places. He assigned numbers to chords, too, but could only play the chords every other note and still make it sound vaguely musical.

Finally, he used pi as the basis for the tempo — it’s 157 beats per minute, which is half of 314. He played this part on several instruments, as you can see in the video above, and layered them to make a song. The result isn’t exactly catchy, but it’s certainly melodic.

“It’s random enough to where it’s kind of odd, but then, because it’s all based in the major scale, it musically works out to where it’s sort of pleasing to the ear,” Blake says. “For me, it has this great combination of pleasant but also slightly weird — kind of haunting.”

Erin’s Update from Spring Break

March 2011

Erin has re-entered the bubble known as academia to pursue graduate education.  That means she has Spring Break again!  Lucky her!  While the Pittsburgh skies were still sending snowy, wet messes, Erin enjoyed some San Fran sun.  She sent pictures of one of my favorite San Fran locales:  Mission Pie!  I had a friend who worked there, so it was a must on my visit to the city several years ago.  Someday, I will attend one of the barn dances on their farm.

Here’s the Mission Pie story:  Mission Pie is a corner café, bakery, and neighborhood gathering place in the Mission District of San Francisco, located at the intersection of two busy streets and several vibrant, interwoven communities. Our seasonally shifting menu of pies, baked goods and light savory fare focuses on the produce of nearby farms that employ organic and sustainable methods. We are here every day to engage folks toward a deeper relationship with and responsibility to the environments, enterprises and people that sustain us.


Open Thread: Pittsburgh’s Small Press Festival

September 25-26, 2010

Open Thread is an arts & literary service organization based out of Pittsburgh, whose books, events, and online presence highlight emerging artists and writers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Pittsburgh SPF is Pittsburgh’s annual small press festival, organized by Open Thread, sponsored by AIR: Artists Image Resource, and supported in part by The Heinz Endowments.  The QT Pi(e) Project was one of the artisanal vendors on site.

The Pie Preparation

The Event

Erin was the head pie girl for this event as I (Quelcy) was away camping in Allegany State Park.  Erin added new flags to our supplies and experimented with some new packaging ideas.




Parking Day and Night

September 17, 2010

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement.  The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

The Polish Hill (Trailer) Park(ing) Day was a collaboration between The Caravan Collective and the lovely folks of Lili Coffee Shop featuring friends from, Copacetic Comics Company, Mind Cure Records, the music of Robin Vote and our delicious pies a la mode!

One of the Polish Hill neighbors brought deliciously deviled and locally sourced eggs.

Then Erin became a ghost, and that was the end of Park(ing) Night.

Happy Flag Day From The QT Pi(e) Project

A Window Display at Wildcard
June 14, 2010

Located in the heart of the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Wildcard is cards, paper, stationery, bags, wallets, buttons, jewelry, t-shirts, craft supplies, original art, vintage, gallery space and a whole lot of creativity under one roof!  With its focus on local artists and crafters, Wildcard often plays host to artists like us!

According to trusty Wikipedia, in the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.  This year, we used Flag Day as a celebration of another American tradition:  pie!

Wildcard owner Rebecca peaks through the QT Pie flags.  Thanks for having us!

The Waffle Shop

June 13, 2010

QT Pi(e) and Pals at The Waffle Shop

Here is a bit about The Waffle Shop from the waffle iron masters:

The Waffle Shop is a neighborhood restaurant that produces and broadcasts a live-streaming talk show with its customers, operates a changeable storytelling billboard on its roof, and runs a take-out window that sells food from countries engaged in conflict with the U.S. The shop is a public lab that brings together people from all walks of life to engage in dialogue, experimentation and the co-production of culture. The project functions as a classroom for students from Carnegie Mellon University, an eatery, a TV production studio, a social catalyst, and a business. Our customers are our funders, audience, and participants as we film during open hours, inviting interested patrons to express their unique opinions and personalities.

On June 13, 2010, The QT Pi(e) Project hosted a talk show at The Waffle Shop.  We were the follow up act to a former astronaut who spoke about space food and adventures beyond the bounds of earth.  For our segment, we interviewed participants of our “Pie Luck” and engaged the audience with questions and a contest.

Why would I be yelling at Erin?  I probably wanted more pictures!

For the interview segment to ours, Tom Totin of “Cookspeak” interviewed a former astronaut!  They talked about space food and adventures.

From the Pie Luck Participants

June 2010

We equipped our Pie Luck participants with disposable cameras and tasked them with documentation.  We wanted to see the sources of their local foods in photos and maps.  Take a peek…

Pie Luck: The Event

June 2010

On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, the QT Pi(e) girls hosted a “Pie Luck Picnic.”  What’s a Pie Luck?  A Pie Luck was our version of a Pot Luck.  We provided pizza-pie dough and piecrusts made from local ingredients.  Our creative attendees came bearing ingredients to add to both, which we then baked, ate and enjoyed in an ambient, backyard setting.  It was a chance to wine, dine and mingle with a new mix of people, but that’s not all!

Now for the Pie Luck photos…

Grow Pittsburgh Garden Primer

May 2010

This is what Grow Pittsburgh said:

Don’t know the first thing about vegetable gardening? Never even picked up a spade? Fear not – A Garden Primer will cover all the basics, including which tools beginner gardeners will need, what and where to plant, and when to harvest. In addition, those taking part in the course will be given step-by-step instruction on everything from starting a compost to properly transplanting seedlings. Whether working with a spacious backyard or an apartment balcony, participants will receive specialized advice and guidance to get their vegetable gardens going whatever the space.

This is what Quelcy heard…
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We Found A Grain Source!

March 2010

We took it for granted while scheming that we would be able to find a local wheat source.  The places we had in mind turned out only to be mills who did not grind their own grains.  The prospects of an ALL local pie were beginning to look bleak just about the time an internet search led us to Saint Vincent Gristmill.  What a relief and what a lovely hiatus from the city to the wintry fields.  Quelcy and her gentlemen friend made the journey on March 6…so close to Pi(e) Day!  Part of the excitement of sourcing local foods is the adventure in finding them.  The trip to Saint Vincent was not only beautifully scenic, but it led to some great antiquing opportunities as well!