Friday, July 9, 2010

How It All Started- Pizza Night at Take the Cake

About this time last year, we hijacked Take the Cake's kitchen on Thursday nights to put on a little shindig called Pizza Night. Yes, we know it's a very original name, thank ya very much! It was $10 for all you can eat pizza, appetizers, and if you were lucky dessert (Thanks to Sierra of Fork Heart Knife! Check her and Leah out at 1437 Main Street!) What started out as a way for us to avoid cooking in our small kitchens at home quickly turned into something much more. As the popularity grew, we started to realize a couple of things.

First, people love pizza. Specifically, people love snacking on pizza while socializing in a laid back environment. Take the Cake's space lent itself to this concept perfectly. You could sit at the bar or a communal table with friends and munch on whatever caught your eye. As the seats started to fill up and it became standing room only, we realized we were on to something.

Second, we really enjoyed sharing our passion for fresh, homemade food with old and new friends, family, and complete strangers. The open kitchen at Take the Cake allowed us to socialize and work at the same time. This created a connection between us and our patrons that proved enjoyable for both parties. It made the dining experience much more personal for the patron, and it allowed us to get immediate feedback on what their tastes were.

The first Pizza Night had about 50 people show up, and the last one drew a crowd of over 150 people! Check out the time lapse video below of one of the last Pizza Nights, courtesy of our friend Matt Joy.

While we are no longer hosting Pizza Nights at Take the Cake, we are forever indebted to Doug and Melissa at Take the Cake for graciously allowing us to use their kitchen. Thank you both so much for the opportunity to get the pizza dough ball rolling! 

We are currently working on our own space to continue what we started. More details to come later! 

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