The Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge is on and pizza shops from all over the Mum City are ready to rumble.
“Because of the overwhelming success of last year’s event, most of the spots available for pizzerias are already taken, but there are a couple left,” said Rotarian Jackie Majerus-Collins, an organizer of the April 10 afternoon event at the Giamatti Little League center, according to a Rotary press release.
Public participation is crucial, as those who attend will be asked to weigh in on meaty questions that will select the best crust, sauce and toppings. Each person who attends gets to sample pizza from many different shops and then casts a ballot, voting for the best in a slew of categories.
“It is fun for the whole family,” said Bristol Rotary Club President Jim Albert, adding that many Rotarians brought family members to help at last year’s event, according to the press release.
The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Pizza tasting is $5 per person or $10 per family, with drinks sold separately. In addition to the pizza tasting, the club is holding raffles to add to the scholarship fund.
“If it weren’t for the generosity of the Giamatti Little League and the pizza shop owners, the Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge wouldn’t be possible,” said Majerus-Collins in the press release.
Last year, about 400 people attended the Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge. The club raised $2,000 for a college scholarship for a student in the InterAct Club at Bristol Central High School. The Bristol Rotary sponsors the service-oriented InterAct Club. This year, the club hopes to top that amount.
“The InterAct students are very excited to volunteer at the pizza challenge again this year,” said Kelly Monahan-Dinoia, a BCHS teacher who is an advisor of the InterAct Club, reported the press release. “They had so much fun at last year’s challenge that I have dozens of students clamoring to volunteer this year. Additionally, they are very grateful for scholarship opportunities offered by their parent club.”
Winning pizzerias will be recognized in the media, get award certificates and valuable bragging rights.
In addition to offering tastes of the best pizzas in town, the club will be raffling off prizes donated by local restaurants, museums, ESPN and other supportive individuals and businesses.
Restaurants can register for the few remaining slots by phone at 860-655-8188, by email at RotaryJackie@gmail.com or inquire via the Bristol Rotary Club’s Facebook page.