Pizza Today - April 2017 - 18

with SCOTT WIENER

man on the street

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ife was great when I played
for the Mets. I'm still not sure
how my hometown's recreation department got away with naming their little league teams after major
league franchises, but I was nine years
old and that wasn't an issue to me. All
I cared about was hanging out with
my friends and eating Jolly Ranchers
and Charleston Chews. I didn't mind if
we won or lost, but one component of
the league did inspire jealousy. All the
teams were sponsored by local businesses, and the Mets sported jerseys
supplied by a place called Dave's Wide
Shoes. It was embarrassing. I craved
what I assume every other kid in the
league wanted - the words "Calabria
Pizza" between my shoulders. I'm
pretty sure every pizzeria in my suburban New Jersey hometown sponsored
little league teams.
Decades after retiring from the
Mets, I find myself working with
dozens of pizzerias in New York City
and connecting with hundreds more
through the greater pizza industry.
I can see that community involvement isn't isolated to my native New
Jersey suburb; it's implicit within the
industry. Unfortunately, most pizzerias
don't have the time to create a unique

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Want to get involved with
Slice Out Hunger? Check it out.
www.sliceouthunger.org
@sliceouthunger
(twitter, instagram)
facebook.com/sliceout (facebook)
sliceouthunger@gmail.com
community plan. That's why I've joined
forces with some of the biggest names
in pizza to create a simple system for
community involvement that's available
to all pizzerias without touching the
bottom line.
Slice Out Hunger is a nonprofit
organization aimed at supporting local
hunger relief organizations through
the American pizza community. We
launched the concept with an annual
pizza party in NYC that has raised
over $160,000 since 2009 by selling
slices from great pizzerias for just $1
each. Over 1,000 people show up every
year and the line stretches around the
block. Media love covering the event,
which happens every October in celebration of National Pizza Month. But
an event like this won't work everywhere in America.
This spring, we're running our first
nationwide program called Slice Out

Special. Participating pizzerias will
offer a specialty pizza of their choosing, called the Slice Out Special (SOS),
for the month of May. For every SOS
pizza sold, you pledge $1 to Slice Out
Hunger, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (all donations are tax deductible).
We've partnered with Share Our
Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign
as the beneficiary for this year's SOS
program. They'll help route the funds
we raise to organizations in your
neighborhood that need it most.
As an added incentive, the top three
fundraising pizzerias will receive prize
packages from major ingredient suppliers. We have flour, whole-peeled plum
tomatoes, premium mozzarella cheese
and credits on custom or stock boxes
lined up to award to the top performers!
By joining forces for a single
nationwide program, our impact as an
industry will be intensely magnified.
Want to participate? Just e-mail us
at sliceouthunger@gmail.com or visit
www.SliceOutHunger.org. Let's work
together to raise a lot of dough! ■
SCOTT WIENER is the founder of Scott's
Pizza Tours in New York City and
SliceOutHunger.org.


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Pizza Today - April 2017

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Pizza Today - April 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
On Tap
Destinations
Knead to Know
Most Annoying Server Habits
Handling Gratuity
Trenton Tomato Pie
Rotini
Adding Pasta to Your Menu
Negotiating a Commercial Lease
Pizza Today on the Road: So Delicious
Pizza Today on the Road: On Point
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Contents
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Interact
Pizza Today - April 2017 - 15
Pizza Today - April 2017 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Respecting the Craft
Pizza Today - April 2017 - 21
Pizza Today - April 2017 - On Tap
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Destinations
Pizza Today - April 2017 - 25
Pizza Today - April 2017 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - 29
Pizza Today - April 2017 - Most Annoying Server Habits
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - 32
Pizza Today - April 2017 - 33
Pizza Today - April 2017 - Handling Gratuity
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - 37
Pizza Today - April 2017 - Trenton Tomato Pie
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Rotini
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Adding Pasta to Your Menu
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Negotiating a Commercial Lease
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: So Delicious
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: On Point
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Product Showcase
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - Pizza Today Yellow Pages
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Pizza Today - April 2017 - The Marketplace
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