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Pietopia, a Portland pie contest

(post, Kim Carlson)


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A Culinate member named [/user/triciam Tricia] is sponsoring a pie contest in Portland, Oregon, and it sounds fun and thought-provoking. Here are the details, in her words: 

"What kind of pie would describe your life and why? 

"What does it taste like to be unemployed, starting a new job, just married, divorced, a new homeowner or desperately searching for housing? What kind of pie would describe the way you are feeling right now? Could you imagine your thoughts, concerns or joys transformed into the All-American Pie? This is a call to entry that has been put out for the past two years to the city of Portland, my current hometown, to find out what the flavor of peoples lives are through a pie. 

"The idea of Pietopia manifested from my deep love and interest in community, connection, communication, design, and the senses. Everybody eats, so how can this be translated as our common denominator and a way for people to communicate and connect through? I began searching out new ways to apply design-thinking and problem solving to my life passions and Pietopia was the brainchild. 

[%image poster float=left width=400 caption="The fine print."]"I chose to use pies because of their timeless appeal to the seasons, cross generations, and the local culture. I am also interested in exploring the ancient correlation between taste and feeling. The goal of Pietopia is to incite communication, connection, and communing as the interweaving entities within the fabric of our daily lives; as well as how the senses of taste and smell and the feelings/memories they can evoke, spearheading this process and opening doors for understanding. Pietopia seeks to channel our connection with food as a way to communicate, ultimately discovering what the city’s quality of life truly is. 

"The winning contestants receive a unique, silk-screened print that an artist/designer has reinterpreted into a visual poster. These are on display along with explanations as to why/how they taste like the winners lives with the free tastings of each of the pies. By involving artists/designers from the community, it is another way to weave together creative forces, design, and different ways to communicate by showcasing/making them accessible to the community at large. 

"Pie is a commonality for people—friends and strangers—to let down their guard, enjoy a treat, and open up or relax. A slice is the universal symbol for comfort and ease – the perfect segue for meandering conversations and bonds being made, evoking home-spun celebration.

What kind of pie will you imagine?


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