We are closing in on our second year of YYC Pizza Week and this involves creative & unique pizza offerings from any local restaurant who wants to participate. Not to mention eating delicious pizza pies all week, and raising money for Calgary Meals on Wheels.
Several people have asked me how this event came to be. Early in 2014 we began discussions with Calgary Meals on Wheels about collaborating on a project together. This progressed to a partnership between two people and Meals on Wheels. You know it as YYC Pizza Week. Our team was a mere 4 back in 2014, yet with help from Meals on Wheels, we some how managed to pull off signing on 45 restaurants and raising close to $10,000 for Calgary Meals on Wheels. We were definitely the little engine that could and undeniably proved ourselves worthy our first year.
With this success in our pocket, YYC Pizza Week – The Sequel had to come back, but we needed to be better. We had to assemble a new & bigger team as a previous member was encouraged to resign following unacceptable practices and complaints from the community. So the original 3 regrouped, got bigger and came back stronger than ever. We formed an amazing team of volunteers who have put countless hours into helping make this event a success and it couldn’t have been done without every single one of them. It definitely takes a village.
Over 40 restaurants are a part of YYC Pizza Week – The Sequel this year, several media outlets have supported our cause, and many local business promotions have been happening all week. You can even find us on digital boards all over Calgary thanks to great sponsors like Pattison Outdoor.
All the participating restaurants have created an incredible pizza offering for YYC Pizza Week and they are all delicious. I’ve been fortunate to sample a few at different media spots throughout the week and I can honestly say I don’t have a favourite – I love every pizza I’ve tried for different reasons! This year we’ve seen some more simple pizzas and some super creative offerings like Banh mi from Beer Revolution, Truffled Pighead Mortadella Fugazza, with Provoleta and Pistachios from Charbar, Braised Bison Lengua Pizza from Cilantro and the BBQ Duck Pizza from Melose Cafe & Bar. Of course each restaurant puts out something fabulous and I couldn’t be more proud to live in a City that wants to give back to their community and support Charity. And who doesn’t love pizza?!
You have a couple days left to try one of the 42 pizzas being offered until October 4th. You can find a pizza place in every quadrant of our City and something for every taste. Learn more about the pizzas, the charity and the team at YYC Pizza Week.
The first photo by the way, is of the Stavro’s Royale Cheeseburger ‘N’ Fries by Stavro’s Sports Pub.