Passion for community
We believe in supporting the communities that support us. That’s why we’re committed to being a good neighbor in the communities where we live and work. For more than 90 years, a passion for the community has been an important part of who we are.
Nobody should go hungry or worry about their next meal, which is why we support programs like St Johns Food Pantry that provide relief to hungry families.
Making a difference in the community:
Worcester County Food Bank collects and distributes donated food to people in-need across the county through a network of food pantries and community meals programs. To fulfill our mission of creating a hunger-free community, we depend on community support from individuals and companies like Table Talk Pies. As a local food producer, employer and longtime partner and friend of the Food Bank, Table Talk Pies does a lot for people in-need in Worcester County.
By Donna Boynton TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
WORCESTER — The day comes every year to mark the mystery that is pi, but once a century it is magical.
Yesterday was the day that the calendar aligned with pi — 3/14/15, celebrating that infinite mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — 3.1415926 …
“Pi is a number,” said 11-year-old Katerina Nemera of Dudley. “But it is also today — the third month, the 14th day and the 15th year.”
Pi Day will still come every year on March 14, but will have to wait until 2115 for the next 3/14/15.
In honor of the day, the EcoTarium opened at 9:26 a.m., with a day of events that included a Pi parade, storytelling, a math challenge, and most importantly — the edible pie.
Table Talk Pies, a family-owned business that has been a Worcester tradition since 1924, provided around 1,000 pies for the day — lemon, apple, blueberry and chocolate eclair — for patrons to snack on and, of course, for a pie-eating contest.
Table Talk has been celebrating Pi Day within the local community for the past several years with the Worcester Public Schools; this was the first year it celebrated the day at the EcoTarium.
“This is a fun way for them to learn about math,” said Deborah Chad of Worcester, who brought her children, 2-year-old Aoife Gahan, 7-year-old Eamonn Gahan, and 6-year-old Sean Gahan, along with her brother Stephen Chad. “It was a good day to get out of the rain, to have fun, and a learning opportunity.
Manning the pie table and giving out temporary pi tattoos was Harry Kokkinis, vice president of operations at Table Talk Pies.
“It’s a real special day for us,” Mr. Kokkinis said. “Pi makes the world go ’round. We use pi every day in making our pies.”
Mary Sherman walked around the EcoTarium holding a small lemon pie and wearing a blue shirt with white numbers — 3.1415926 … — and a small calculator pin. Mrs. Sherman is the chair of the Math Department at Grafton High School.
“I get all excited about pi,” she said. “For me, Pi Day is a way of explaining the symbol of pi.” The number pi is represented by the Greek letter of the same name.
Mrs. Sherman has turned Pi Day into a friendly competition and community service. Students were asked to bring in a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry, and in exchange they would receive a ticket to get a Table Talk Pie at the cafeteria. If they wanted an additional pie, they would have to increase their food offering by one each time. The pies were distributed by the National Honor Society, which also boxed and delivered the donated food to the Grafton Food Pantry. The class with the highest percentage of canned goods to students would be rewarded with a pie of a different kind — a pizza party.
Mrs. Sherman asked her students to send her an email at 9:26 a.m. Saturday for bonus points.
Mary T. Cocaine is the eldest daughter of one of Table Talk’s founders, Theodore A. Tonna. She watched as young children donned aprons and hairnets to roll out their pie dough and make their own mini pies.
“My father used to love making pies,” she said. “He always said, ‘You have to put romance into making the dough. When the dough is right, it speaks to you.’ ”
She added, “To watch these kids, they are so excited. It sort of brings back the memory of the romance of doing something my father loved.”
Update: In 2016 Table Talk Pies donated over 42,000 pies to local schools to help celebrate Pi Day.