We're not sure if there' s a grand sliding scale that lines up all the things in the world -- snow cones and castles and happy thoughts and oysters -- and determines where they stand in relation to one another.
Such a scale might exist, though, because certain things tend to always maintain the same distance, never wavering throughout time. Exhibit A: museums and pies.
Those two things are rarely considered in the same sentence, if only because museums are often mistakenly thought as hoity-toity and pie is considered an everyperson food.
Wrong. Right? Totally. The two concepts slide nicely together on that scale every year come the end of summer, courtesy of the KCRW Good Food Pie Contest. It's on at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, Sept. 7.
The contest is now closed to cooks, but not tasters. That's you, yes? Be down there for samples of vegan, fruit, nut, chiffon, savory, and art-inspired pies. The time is 2 to 4 p.m.
And don't be surprised to see Moby milling about. The electronic artist and lover of architecture -- and pie -- is the vegan judge.
If you get your tastes in and still find that you're pie-mad, make for Ray's and Stark Bar, which will have a hare pie on the menu as well as a pie-in-the-glass (the flavor is peach).
Even if you don't have a single sample, you'll see what is obvious: Sometimes two things rarely considered together, in the same thought, like museums and pie, just work. We don't constantly need to keep apart those things that seem lofty and those things that seem humble in two different sectors. Call it a mash-up of a deliciously cultural sort.