Boston, Mass. (January 20, 2011) – To celebrate National Pie Day this month, the historic Omni Parker House will treat guests to a complimentary slice of Boston Cream Pie inside the hotel lobby on Friday, January 21 at 4 p.m. In addition, a portion of all Boston Cream Pie sales in Parker’s Restaurant, located inside the Omni Parker House, from Friday, January 21 through Sunday, January 23, will benefit the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, which is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The Omni Parker House is the birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie, which is also the official Massachusetts State Dessert. Today, after 155 years, the Boston Cream Pie served in Parker’s Restaurant is still considered to be the crème de la crème of Boston Cream Pies.
Harvey Parker opened the ornate, five-story Parker’s Hotel and Restaurant in 1855. During this time, chocolate was primarily consumed as a beverage or in puddings. When Harvey Parker hired creative French Chef Sanzian to create and serve a versatile menu in his restaurant, his bake staff decided to drizzle chocolate icing onto a sponge cake filled with vanilla custard. Instantly, the Boston Cream Pie was born and became an immediate and perennial hit. The original Parker House recipe for the pie was so popular, that in 1958 it became a Betty Crocker boxed mix. On December 12, 1996, the Boston Cream Pie was proclaimed the official Massachusetts State Dessert. The bill was signed into law in the Omni Parker House’s historic Press Room. To help celebrate the hotel’s 150th anniversary, in September of 2005, the World’s Largest Boston Cream Pie was displayed at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The pie was sixteen feet in diameter and topped with another Boston Cream Pie resembling the Parker House structure from 1855. The monstrous dessert included 1,300 pounds of cake, 800 pounds of filling and 500 pounds of chocolate frosting.
January 23 has been deemed National Pie Day by The American Pie Council® (APC), a group that is committed to raising awareness, enjoyment and consumption of pies. It is the only organization dedicated to preserving America's pie heritage and promoting America's love affair with pies. For more information or to book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.
Omni Parker House
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