Next time you’re in sunny San Diego and someone invites you to take a pie, beware. It might contain mustard, tapioca, nacho cheese, and peas, among other… um… interesting ingredients.
While no one – well, not that we know of – ate those ingredients, they were contained in pies handed out at Driscoll Boat Works’ annual Halloween Pumpkin Toss. The Toss was started five years ago as an employee-appreciation party, but it has now grown into a broader event, bringing together other local marine businesses, yacht crew, and community members.
The title event, the Toss involved pitching pumpkins from a scissor lift about 30 to 40 feet high, down into a water-filled trash can. Of course, not every pumpkin made the plunge. But thankfully the ones that missed the mark also missed some of the motor- and sailing yachts nearby. (All kidding aside, the Driscoll staff makes sure that none of the yachts on its property are in danger of being damaged.) A pig roast kept everyone well fed.
As for the unusual pies, they were part of a pie-tossing competition (above) in which Driscoll employees were given a chance to hit the owners, Tom and Chuck Driscoll. (Incidentally, Tom and Chuck are the third generation of their family to own and run the company.) Now, usually the pie toss involves normal pies. But reps from Rocket Research, a fellow San Diego marine company, decided a prank was in order. Jaime Kensinger, Driscoll’s concierge/marketing coordinator, tells me the switcheroo and rest of thel event were “a blast,” though “I was haunted by the smell of mustard in my hair for days afterward!”
No word on how the Driscoll staff and family will retaliate – yet…