Monday, June 9, 2014

Pizza fans tickle their taste buds at the fourth annual Pizza Challenge - By Michelle Libby

From breakfast pizzas to a mac and cheese and chili pizza, from cheese to hamburger with French fried onions and barbeque sauce, this year’s pizza challenge competitors held nothing back in the creativity department. 

The 4th Annual Pizza Challenge took place Thursday, May 29 in the old Fashion Bug location. The event, sponsored by The Sebago Lake Rotary Club, was well attended with hundreds of people stopping by to sample the various pizzas and vote for their favorite. Small pizza shops and national chains put their pizzas to the test, a taste test, where the public was the judge. 

DJ Brian Zutter set the mood with fun music to eat by. There was also a silent auction and a bake sale for dessert after the pizza. 

The fundraiser made approximately $4,000 to support the charities that the Rotary club supports.
The overall winner voted on by the public was The Crazy Stallion Pizza Pie Factory (The Umbrella Factory) from Naples. 
Secret judges circulated the room taking notes and judging in four categories. The winner for best crust was Maine Street Grill (for all of their crusts). The best veggie pizza was given to Portland Pie Company for their Bradbury Mountain Pizza. Best meat pizza was awarded to Corsetti’s for their cheese steak pizza. The most creative pizza was Crazy Stallion Pizza Pie Factory (The Umbrella Factory) for its General Tso’s and Cookout pizzas. The General Tso’s is orange chicken, white sauce, broccoli and sesame seeds. The Cookout features any one of the burger pizzas with a hotdog stuffed crust.
No one went away hungry and if they did, there’s always next year. 

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