Free pie and coffee on Lemon Meringue Day

PUHI — The Regency at Puakea celebrated National Lemon Meringue Pie Day by distributing complimentary slices of lemon meringue pie until 4 p.m. at its Puhi facility.

“It’s really hard to find something to celebrate which no one else does,” said Aram Keulian, the marketing director for Regency. “This works really good and we got the help of Marty Amaro and Kaua‘i Coffee who distributed complimentary cups of coffee to go with the pie.”

Janice Bond of AARP brought over Memory Robinson, the AARP Recruitment and Recognition chair, to celebrate Robinson’s birthday with a slice of lemon meringue pie.

“Since I heard they were giving away pie, I decided we’d rather do pie than cake for Memory’s birthday,” Bond said.

Pies were created in advance for the day-long celebration by the Regency Executive Chef Ryan Theis and baker Sarah Kendall.

“This was a little tricky,” said Theis, who has been working at the Regency for three years. “The tricky part was the meringue where you needed to make it brown, but not burnt. And having coffee to go along with pie, perfect.”

Jason Fujinaka, the on-air personality for FM97, said the pie was good, especially the filling which he described as “smooth.”

Amaro said he is leaving Tuesday for a convention and show on O‘ahu and would love to be able to take some over to make everyone jealous.

Theis said the residents at Regency love the pie.

“We have a committee who meets with Ryan to discuss the menu,” Keulian said. “They’ve already told him, ‘No more cakes, pies.’”

Theis said among the favorites for the residents are the sour cream apple pie and the coconut, banana and chocolate creme pies.

“Since medieval times, we’ve had an affinity for lemon pies and custards, but meringue didn’t start rearing its pillowy head until the 1600s,” said Ashley Strickland in a special to CNN on the eatography website. “Alexander Frehse had the bright idea of combining this tangy-sweet duo into a pie in the 19th century.”

David Mamet said stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie, on the Sara Lee website. It’s National Relaxation Day and also, coincidentally, National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

Aram said next on the itinerary for the Regency is a day at the beach, Wednesday where they will be treated to Theis’ creations with hot dogs and hamburgers.

But before that, it’s biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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