November means Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving means pie.
Celebrate the delicious christening at Marathon Restaurant, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with a pie-themed event, featuring a pie sample and tasting, contests, raffles, prizes, an appearance by the Philly Phanatic and more.
In addition, MANNA will be launching their “Spot the Pie Man” contest at Pie Day. The MANNA mascot Pie Man will be traveling around Center City on November 10 from noon-2 p.m., tweeting and Facebook-posting clues to where he is. Tweet or post where you spotted Pie Man, and you’ll be automatically entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes.
MANNA is selling four pies this year, with (as always) proceeds going towards Philadelphians coping with a life-threatening illness. Choose from the Signature “Sky Pie,” a rich cheesecake with caramel and walnuts; pumpkin pie; apple pie; and Southern pecan pie.
In addition, check out our top picks for pies in Philadelphia, either to enjoy on site or take home for your Thanksgiving feast:
• Beiler’s Bakery at Reading Terminal Market: This Amish bakery selling homemade baked goods makes a mean shoofly pie, the Pennsylvania Dutch classic.
• Darling’s Diner: Darling’s is known for their cheesecakes, but their pies are straight-up delicious as well. Choose from Chocolate Mousse, Key West Key Lime and more, either sliced or whole.
• Jones: Jones is still the destination for creative comfort food, no more so than with the dessert menu. From the twisted key lime pie with blackberry sauce and lime shortbread to the triple chocolate mud pie with chocolate pretzel crunch, you cannot go wrong.
• Belle Cakery: The newest spot on East Passyunk Avenue, from Fond’s proprietor/pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki, hasn’t even opened yet but in the meantime delicious Thanksgiving treats are available, including pies. To place an order call (215) 271-2299 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your order, name, phone number and approximate pick-up time during pick-up hours, which are November 23 from noon–8 p.m. or November 24 from 9 a.m.–noon. Orders must be received by November 17.
MANNA’s Pie Day Celebration
When: Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Marathon Restaurant, 1818 Market Street
More info: www.mannapa.org