About a year ago, in a kitchen not too far away, a local pizza parlor reigned victorious when it came down to an epic battle of toppings, tenacity and taste buds.
The event was called “Pie Wars: The Clash of the Slices,” and the title of the best pizza in town went to Scratch Brick Oven, which will be back Sunday to defend its title against nine other pizza parlors during “Pie Wars: The Rise of the Dough.”
Like all sequels, this year’s competition is expected to be bigger, better and, well, tastier.
“We’ve learned a lot since last year’s event and we’re better prepared for what’s going to happen,” said Samara Litvack, communication director for Young Professionals Tri-Cities, the group responsible for the event.
Attendees will judge anonymous samples of pizza from Bellacino’s, Fun Expedition, Gino’s, Knight’s, Main Street Pizza, One 12 Downtown, Papa John’s, Pizza Inn, Fox’s Pizza Den and Scratch Brick Oven in three scheduled rounds — one topping, up to three toppings and chef’s choice.
Organizers are hoping the differences in judging and an increase in competitors will bring in more people to the event.
All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of the 1st Judicial District.
“We’re really excited to be working with them. It’s for a really good cause,” Litvack said. “When we formed our organization, we wanted to work with children, so anytime we could give back to the community, we wanted it to be where children are involved.”
Last year, the event raised a little more than $11,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County.
Litvack said she hopes the charity event will be even more successful this year.
“We’re looking forward to it and we’re hoping we can be able to give a sizable donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center,” she said.
Tickets to the event will give people a vote in each round, a beer tasting by Yuengling, a wine tasting and a chance to win door prizes donated by local businesses.
“Pie Wars” will also feature music by DJ CosMoore and The Jones Boys Band. Little City Roller Girls announcer Big Daddy Voodoo, the Roller Girls and members of the local women’s rugby team will also be at the event.
“We think we have created an event that is unique and there’s nothing like around in the area, so I think that’s why people get so excited about it. That’s why we had such a good turnout last year,” Litvack said.
“Pie Wars” will be held from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. at The Charles in downtown Johnson City. Pizza samples will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years old or older. To purchase a ticket, visit www.piewars.eventbrite.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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