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.

Make sure to get your tickets!!! See the PayPal button on this Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 blog post.

Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 coming August 12th


Asheville, NC  – Back by popular demand, the Asheville Pizza Showdown, which is the evolution of Asheville Pizza Wars is happening on Sunday August 12, 2012 at the Garage at Biltmore in the Asheville Biltmore Village area, to have a great foodie and brew time, and to raise funds for the Manna Food Bank.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and include All You Can Eat Pizza, All You Can Drink Beer Samples, and Entertainment from several great local bands.

The Asheville Pizza Showdown is the first of many food and beverage based competitions and events planned from now through the end of 2013. For those of you who love Great Pizza, a Mini Beer Fest, Friends, Music and Fun, this will be a memorable time for All! This event was sold out in 2010 will lines running down the street. This year we have expanded and will be providing additional parking and more local Asheville Breweries.

Local Celebrity Judges including Pam Lewis, Tony Kiss, and a couple of surprise judges will select the Winners. A “People’s Choice” award will also be up for grabs. All participating pizza restaurants will receive a reward for being a part of this great time and benefit.

First Place Winners Fiore’s (now Strada Italiano) and Frank Roman’s Pizza will also be on the scene in an attempt to retain their winning title from 2010.

What: Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012
When: Sunday August 12, 2012, 4pm – 10pm
Where: Garage at Biltmore – 101 Fairview Rd, Asheville NC 28803 (Biltmore Village)
Who: Open to the Community – all ages welcome
Cost: $30 per person. All Inclusive!

Advance tickets purchase will be available online through several outlets. There will also be ticket sales at the door.

Children up to 12 years old (with a paying adult) get in free with one of the following items brought and donated to Manna Food Bank: Cereal/Granola Bars, Fruit/Applesauce Cups, Jello/Pudding Cups, Crackers (Graham, Animal, etc), Dried Fruit Pouches, Individual Serving Cereal Boxes/Bowls, Single-Serve Packs (Cracker Sandwiches, Graham/Animal Crackers, etc)

Teens & Young Adults 13 – 20 years old are $15 a piece at the door.

You can purchase tickets here and they will be waiting for you at Will Call:

Get in touch with Jan Rogers at for more information about tickets, events or sponsorships.

You can also RSVP to the Asheville Pizza Showdown on Facebook.

Also hear the podcast intro by SoConvo:

Woody’s Pizza and Hoagies in Asheville NC

Asheville has so many great places to eat. I consider Woody’s one of them. When I go out to eat, I try a variety of places in the area. Sometimes I feel like splurging where price is not a concern; and other times I am on a tight budget and need a meal that fills my appetite and does not empty my wallet. It all started one day when I saw a tweet from @itswendylou talking about the great food they had there. So I had to go and try it!

Woody’s Pizza and Hoagies is 5 minutes East of Downtown Asheville. If you know where Applebee’s is on Tunnel Rd, they are right behind them in the old Pizza Hut. This is not a “fine dining” spot, but more like a place that has great food, people and prices. On the last few occasions I was there, I have seen even teenagers going on a date to this place. When 2 of you could walk out satisfied for about $15, this is very good!

I love many of the items on their menu. The White Pizza is to die for!!! I want one now just thinking about it. I also order the Cheese Steak Sub/Hoagie/Hero about every other time as well. And a GIANT delicious sandwich is delivered to my table. YUM! I usually eat half and take the other half home for a midnight snack. Lol, last week I actually gave the other half to a dude asking for food on the side of the road. I know I made his day! Talking about delivery… they also deliver to your home, hotel and location in the area including Downtown Asheville; which is very convenient. Call 828-255-8310. They have a few beers on tap and always have a special running.

Stop by and try them out. I am pretty sure you will be back. I have many times. You can also follow @WoodysHoagies on Twitter. Thank you Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies!