Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 Winners!

The Asheville Pizza Showdown was a huge success. Lots of great pizzerias from the community came out to support Manna Food Bank. Breweries like Craggie Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Dry County Brewing, and Highland Brewing donated the beer to sponsor the event.

The race was close, but here are the Top 3 Pizza Showdown Winners for each category:

Cheese Pizza

1st Place – Pomodoros Cafe – with locations in East and South Asheville

2nd Place – Frank’s Roman Pizza – with locations in East Asheville and Enka

3rd Place – Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies – located in East Asheville

Specialty Pizza

1st Place – Favilla’s New York Style Pizza – located in West Asheville

2nd Place – Strada Italiano – located in Downtown Asheville

3rd Place – The Pizza Shop – located in Spruce Pine NC

People’s Choice Pizza

1st Place – Rollin’ Stone Pizza Company – located in Black Mountain NC

2nd Place – Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies – located in East Asheville

3rd Place – Vinnie’s Italian – located in North Asheville

Special thanks to Tribe Management for organizing the event, and to OX + CO for all of the graphic design work. We would also like to thank Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria for the tents!

Thank you to our sponsors on the graphic below:

Meet the Asheville Pizza Showdown Pizzerias

The Asheville Pizza Showdown is featuring some great pizzerias from the Western North Carolina area. There are plenty of Pizza places in the AVL area. Some did not make the first draft and some could not stand up to the fierce competition; but here are the 8 that made it:

1. Strada Italiano – this was our 1st place winner of the Cheese Pizza category in 2010. They are coming back this year to hold up their title.

2. Frank’s Roman Pizza – this was our 1st place winner of the 5 Topping Pizza category in 2010. Barry says they are ready and coming to win again.

3. Vinnie’s Italian – this was our 1st place winner of the People’s Choice Pizza category in 2010. They are coming back to keep their title.

4. Pomodoros Cafe – this year they are coming back with a great pizza to showoff and down!

5. Favilla’s Pizza – new entry from West Asheville, lots of fans and getting ready to battle it out for a win.

6. Woody’s Pizza – new AVL entry from East Asheville and ready to showdown! White pizza champs battle in the cheese and 5 topping categories.

7. Rollin Stone Pizza Company – new WNC entry into the Asheville Pizza Showdown from Black Mountain NC!

8. The Pizza Shop – new WNC entry from Spruce Pine NC! Also featuring their beer from Dry County Brewing.

All of these places are already winners to us and many. These are the cream of the pizza crop. Maybe they are not to you, yet. But go and check them out, and you will surely have a new fave on your must eat list. All of these great pizzerias are coming out to support Manna Foodbank and the local community they are a part of every day.

See the Breweries Sponsoring the Asheville Pizza Showdown

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And Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Breweries of the Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012

The Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 also has a lot of Beer Brewing! These great breweries in the Asheville & WNC area have sponsored this event with local brews that are sure to please!

First we have Pisgah Brewing Company out of Black Mountain North Carolina. The are a certified organic brewery and have a great beer selection.

Next we have Craggie Brewing Company in downtown Asheville. This is the place to be on a downtown AVL brewery tour.

We also have Highland Brewing from East Asheville, our “oldest” area brewery, which will have their beer on tap.

And a special guest brewery called Dry County Brewing Company from Spruce Pine will be on site with their specialty brew that is their secret friendly weapon from what we hear.

You can say that the Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 is going to be a mini beer fest of sorts, so if you are in town, come get down with us!!

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Meet the Judges – Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012


The date is set! August 12, 2012 is the Asheville Pizza Showdown. Meet the Judges we have so far, that will be on site at the Garage At Biltmore:

1. Pam Lewis – Director of Entrepreneurship, Asheville Buncombe Economic Development Coalition

2. Tony Kiss – Entertainment Editor & Beer Guy at the Asheville Citizen Times

3. Bob Perlstein – Partner & National Marketing Director at You Get We Give

4. Del Holston – Online Relations Manager at Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

5. Terry Bellamy – Mayor of the City of Asheville

6. Ashley Hayes – Local Fashion & Foodie Celebrity

7. Sonia Hendrix – Fashion Publicist, Project Leader & Event Coordinator

8. Timmy Smith – Local Urban & Event Promotions

9. Adam Reinke – Project Engineer, Local Homebrewer, Asheville Beermaster

10. Rob Smith – Online Sales Manager at Anderson Nissan, President of Robaj Designs

11. Megan Schiering – WLOS, Sinclair Broadcast Group

12. Leah McGrath – Dietitian at Ingles Markets

13. Elspeth Brown – Local Chef & Foodie, Owner of Maggie B’s Wine

14. Daniel Allen – King of North Asheville, Founder of Mexican Tuesday

15. Agnes Cheek – Co-Founder/President at News Talk 50

16. Athena Collins – Local Pizza Lover, Event Planner, Health & Wellness

17. Betsy Allgood – Marketer, Traveler and Foodie.

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