Save the Date!

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Colder temps and shorter days are creeping in.  Sure, there are a couple of heat waves here and there, but there’s no doubt fall and winter are upon us.  Soon, wedding season, graduation, the laziest first days of summer will be a distant memory…or a distant promise in the future.  Make sure you’re ready to take full advantage of Spring and Summer 2013 with your own Pizza Tonight On-Site event.

We’ve already got plenty of graduation parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings on the calendar for 2013 – Now is the time to save the date for your special event!

We offer full-service catering for groups between 35 and 150 people.  It’s a unique, intimate experience.  Guests love seeing the wood-fired oven and watching their pizzas being made and fired to order.  And with our appetizer and dessert selections, as well as our inside track with the best beverage folks in the city, Pizza Tonight On-Site provides a total package that really delivers.

If you’re looking for something a little sooner, these cool days are wonderful for backyard gatherings with friends.  Enjoy the crisp, Fall weather while it’s here.

photo, Tim Vidra

We also offer a bundled DIY Pizza Party – Take advantage of special discounts when you preorder a Party Pack with dough, sauce, cheese, and extras to make your own Pizza Party any time.  It’s perfect for sleepovers, birthday parties, and family get togethers.

Email info@pizzatonight.com, or call (804) 658-4968 to start planning your own pizza party now!


 

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Carytown Farmers Market

carytown farmers market

photo A Girl Named Leney

We’ve got great news – Starting this Sunday, Pizza Tonight will be participating in the Carytown Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 10-2! We will be offering our full retail line – Fresh Neopolitan Dough, Gluten-Free Dough, Marinara and White Sauce, Meatballs, and House-made Mozzarella. Plus this will be the only place where you can get bundled Pizza Packets (3 for $25.) But don’t come looking for pizzas – this will be a day off for the oven!

Have you been to the Carytown Farmer’s Market yet? This has been its very first month of business, and each Sunday has been better than the last. We knew as soon as we visited the producer-only market that we wanted to be a part of it, and this week, market coordinator (and 13-year police force veteran) Patrick Warner let us know that there’s room for us to join!

We’ll be in good company, joining the likes of Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge, Norwood Cottage Bakery, Night Sky Farms, and a handful of quality farmers and artisans, nestled snugly in the parking lot of Carytown Cleaners.

We’ll be sampling mozzarella and enjoying the newly gorgeous weather this Sunday from 10-2 – Hope to see you there!

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Get your Pizza Packets here!

pizza tonight at the south of the james

Pizza Tonight at SOTJ (photo from rvanews.com)

Our second farmer’s market season is well underway, and we’re enjoying being back at the South of the James! In an effort to help us stream-line our pizza production, we decided not to carry our retail line at the market. Overall, lines are shorter and people seem to be happy with the change.

However, there are some diehard pizza people who were less than pleased with our new arrangement, and in an effort to make everyone happy, we’ve come up with the following:

Preorders!

Here’s how it works:
Send us your preorder via email by 2:00 Friday, and we will email you back to confirm. You can prepay with a credit card over the phone (or drop off cash or check if you’re near our kitchen,) or wait to pay when you pick up the goods at the market. Easy Breezy.

Available for Preorder:
Fresh Dough
Pizza Packets (Classic Red, Creamy White, or Sausage Craft Della Nonna)
Housemade Mozzarella
Gluten-Free Dough
Marinara or White Sauce

Preorders receive a 10% discount off our regular retail prices! Plus, market preorders will be your exclusive source for the 3 for $25 Bundled Pizza Packets (regularly $10/each.)

Fresh Pizza Tonight Goodness + Saving Money = Happy Customers

Also, this weekend at the market, we’ll have a few coupons available for first-time Relayfoods.com customers. You can find our entire line of products on Relay 7 days a week – They’ll even bring it right to your door. The coupons are for 40% off your first 3 orders and will definitely go fast!

If you forget to preorder, don’t fret: We always have plenty of fresh dough for sale, and you can find the rest of our line at Ellwood Thompson’s and Farm to Family.

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Market Season!

We’ve been waiting so patiently since December, and it’s finally paid off – Market season is here!  We’re thrilled to be participating at the South of the James and William Byrd Community House farmer’s markets for our second year.

This year, we’re going to do things a bit differently, so here’s what you need to know:

Tuesdays, 3:30-7:  William Byrd Community House Market, Oregon Hill.

We’ll be there with the freshest of the fresh doughs, sauces, meatballs, and mozzarella.  We think it’s a great place to walk around and get inspired by all the vendors for dinner ideas:  Maybe a pizza with Haashrooms or some fresh Victory Farms veggies.  (No oven at the Byrd market.)

Tuesdays & Fridays, 6-9pm:  GrowRVA’s Food Cart Food Court, VA Historical Society.

This will be the place to bring a blanket and the kids and enjoy Richmond’s best mobile food businesses.  We’ll have a rotating menu of classics and new favorites, plus this will be the exclusive location to try our wood-fired desserts, like Drunken Bananas and more!

Saturdays, 8-12:  South of the James Market, Forest Hill Park.

We’ll have breakfast pizzas, classics, and fun specials.  Plus, we will be selling fresh dough.  Note, we will be selling dough ONLY!  Last year, we offered our entire line at the SOTJ, but this year, in order to concentrate on bringing you the best wood-fired pizzas quickly and efficiently, we will only be selling pizzas, drinks, and raw dough.  So, get your Pizza Packets, meatballs, and mozzarella at the Byrd Market, or at Ellwood Thompsons, Farm to Family, or Relayfoods.com.

Pizza Menu

When in doubt, check the calendar.  It’s got all the deets on our engagements and availability.

See you all at the market!

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Pizza Tonight on Kickstarter

Last summer when our friend and coworker Kevin mentioned a little website called Kickstarter.com, we were quite intrigued.  He described a site on which businesses and individuals could seek funding for an idea or project from donors both locally and from across the vast world of the internet.

Project creators set their own parameters and decide their own rewards for backers.  Rewards can range from shout-outs to screen prints to, in our case, entire catered events – whatever the project creator deems worthy of a certain level of ‘investment.’

Red Pizza Kit

A very brisk first year of business kept us from spending too much more time on developing our own kickstarter campaign.  We sat back and watched as the site grew in popularity, picking up national media coverage along the way.

Last week, we finally launched our own project on Kickstarter, which you can see HERE. Backer rewards range from oven-fired pizzas, to pizza packets, to a lovely Pizza Tonight t-shirt. Our biggest pledge reward is a catered event with our mobile oven!

We have been absolutely blown away by the display of support from people locally and across the country. It is very inspiring to see so many people who ‘get it.’

Not everybody gets the kickstarter bug, however. We’ve definitely been approached by a few people who feel like kickstarter is just a way of circumventing traditional lending options like banks or other microlendors.

To them, I would say, IT IS! It’s a way for businesses to take back the funding and allow people to determine the worth of a project, not faceless banks and corporations. Instead of paying back The Man, we get to pay back The People, and that’s always a good thing.

We’ve already learned so much from one week of kickstarting – mostly about the generosity of people who believe in a good idea, and we’re thrilled to see how it develops from here!

 

 

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Pizza-Making 101

Ellie Basch representing WCR

 

This past Sunday we teamed up with the Richmond chapter of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs to host Pizza-Making 101, one part instructional class, two parts pizza party.

The group of 11 ladies and 1 gentleman was very knowledgeable already and took to our instruction like true professionals.

Victoria gave a demo on how to make dough, covering all the essentials from what type of flour to use to how long to let the dough proof, and when she was done, all dozen students grabbed dough balls and got to it.

Localicious

We prepared a lovely spread of local ingredients, including Sausage Craft, Olli Salumeria, and even some vibrant, yummy local eggs.

We’ve already had a number of people express interest in taking the class, so we’ve put another Pizza-Making 101 on the books:

Pizza-Making 101
Thursday, Februrary 23
6:00-8:00 pm
$40

We’ll be keeping an intimate, hands-on atmosphere by limiting class size to 12, so grab some friends and sign up while there’s still time!

Email info@pizzatonight.com to register!

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Renegades

When you own a small business, especially a food business, you have to be a bit of a renegade. You have to be able to defy convention, think on your feet, and make things happen despite the odds.

We like to think of ourselves as renegades, bringing delicious pizza to unexpected places, thumbing our noses at convention with our roving wood-fired oven. We represent the opposite of big faceless pizza chains by relying on local products and community support.

That’s why this Tuesday, January 24, we’ll be slinging pizzas at the William Byrd House Renegade Market!

We’re going to keep it simple and delicious. The menu will consist of The Margherita, The Fig & Pig, and our White with (local Dave and Dee’s) Mushrooms.

The forecast for tomorrow’s market is 60 and sunny, so it’s a great time to grab a couple of pizzas for dinner and a pizza kit for later! We’ll have the whole line with us tomorrow – Fresh Mozzarella, Meatballs, Pizza Kits, and Gluten-Free Dough.

We need the support of all our fellow renegades to make it through our slow season, so come on out and show us some love!

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Art, Shopping, and Pizza!

This week you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat Pizza Tonight while shopping for local, handmade goods.

As usual, this Wednesday, you can find us at the indoor St. Stephen’s Market. If you’ve never been to the indoor version of St. Stephen’s popular farmer’s market, this is a great week to visit. We’ll be offering doughs and sauces as well as meatballs, mozzarella, and our crispy breadsticks, aka Pizza Bones.

The market runs from 4-7pm, and we’ll be happy to set aside any orders for a speedy post-work pick up! Just email info@pizzatonight.com with your order!

On Thursday December 1, one of Richmond’s most beloved art events will be taking place: Art 180′s 8th annual Art Karma, a silent auction benefiting Art 180′s self-expression-promoting after school programs. The event offers tons of fun in the form of tarot reading, WRIR dj-ing, and local food feasting, including Pizza Tonight‘s classic beef-and-pork meatballs, of which there will be plenty for everyone….especially if you get there early! And we’re happy to announce that resident Fire-Man, Joe Deroche, will be donating one of his pieces to the auction. Joe’s amazing art features multimedia arial views in stunning detail. He and other local artists, such as Matt Lively, will be represented in Art 180′s art auction – Don’t miss it!

Multimedia arial views from Joe Deroche

Friday brings us to another First Friday Market. This month’s market happens to coincide with Grand Illumination, so there will be plenty of fun and festivity to be had while you’re enjoying your Pizza Tonight, Grayhaven Wine, and all the other fabulous vendors that will be there!

If you can’t make it to this month’s first Friday, that’s ok, there will be more (though not in January.) But this Saturday is the LAST South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park!! Did you enjoy the market this Summer? – All the fantastic farmers and artisans that came out week after week to provide Richmond with local handmade items?

Well, this Saturday, show your support by showing up and spending at the market! A word to the wise – now that the days are shorter, the morning hours are very lightly attended at the market. That means you can get in (with a great parking spot,) do your shopping, and get home in time for breakfast!

And, of course, the BAM (our Bacon, Apple, and Maple pizza) is a perfect sweet-meets-savory breakfast option, so get it while you still can!

We round out the weekend with a very unique event, perfect for your local Christmas shopping needs – Artva’s Independent Art and Craft Show!

Two local artists have come together to put on an art show at The Banquet Place, and you’re invited: http://www.facebook.com/events/147098718723930/

We’ll be there with the oven, selling pizzas all afternoon, so come get some shopping and lunch done in one fell swoop! WRIR is a sponsor, so there’ll be great music, people, art, and food for all to enjoy.

‘Tis the season!

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It’s meatball season.

The holidays mean something different to everyone, but what they mean to Pizza Tonight is simple: meatballs.

Many of you are getting ready to welcome friends and family into your homes or to start the marathon of social and work holiday parties that befalls the next couple of months. Either way, you’ll want to have something delicious to share. Why not something that’s locally sourced and lovingly made from high quality ingredients, something that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare?

We’ve partnered with the sausage kings of Richmond, Sausage Craft, to bring you our own meatballs, in a pre-made mix! All you do is form the mix into the size you want (we recommend a 1-2 Tablespoon meatball) and fry over medium-high heat for about 5-10 minutes (depending on size, of course.)

You can dress them up with whatever sauce you like – Pizza Tonight’s own marinara or your personal favorite recipe. And they’re great the next day, should there be any leftovers, say, as a sub with some provolone, marinara, and peppers.

We’ll have meatballs to sample and purchase at tomorrow’s Renegade Market at the William Byrd Community House, the indoor market at St. Stephen’s, as well as Saturday’s South of the James market in Forest Hill. And starting soon, you’ll be able to purchase them from the convenience of your living room via Relay Foods, where you can already purchase our kits, doughs, and sauces.

And while you’re thinking of others, you should know that we’ve created 3 “Bundles of Joy” to make shopping for your favorite gourmand quite pleasant indeed.

Bundle of Joy, no. 1:

One of each Pizza Tonight Pizza Kit – Marinara, White Sauce, and Sausage in a reusable Pizza Tonight shopping bag for $30 (gluten-free available for $40!)

Bundle of Joy, no. 2:

It’s a pizza party in a bag! Four artisan Neopolitan doughs, Marinara Sauce, White Sauce, Magic Sprinkles and Sausage Craft’s Della Nonna sausage, plus a Pizza Peel, Apron, and Laminated Recipe Cards and Party Ideas all in a reusable Pizza Tonight grocery bag for $50

Bundle of Joy, no. 3:

We’ve put together our best antipasti recipes for you to enjoy and recreate. This Bundle of Joy comes with Pizza Tonight meatball mix. Also included are Pepperonata – a bright dish of stewed red, yellow, and orange bell peppers with garlic and red wine vinegar; Red Onion Confit – an eat-with-a-spoon-worthy antipasti with red onions caramelized and deglazed with balsamic vinegar; and Pizza Bones – crunchy breadsticks made with our Pizza Dough, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. Comes with laminated recipes and a Pizza Tonight bag for $40.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page – We’ll let you know how you can preorder bundles to pick up at the St. Stephen’s or South of the James Farmer’s Market or from our kitchen in the Fan!

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Three Chances

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I really want to enjoy local pizza and beer in delicious tandem, but I just can’t find the time,” this is the weekend for you!

We’re going to be at three events this weekend plus our normal set-up at the South of the James Farmer’s Market.

Let’s take a closer look at these events so you can select the right one (or three) for you!

Are you a localvore with a heart of gold? If so, this Tricycle Gardens fundraising event is perfect for you. Give back to a non-profit that has done wonders for Richmond this Friday evening in Church Hill. Pay it forward; eat some pizza. You win.

Or maybe you like to know your beer from the ground up? If so, come on back to Church Hill Saturday afternoon to get to know the men and the process behind Ardent Craft Ales.  We’re pretty close with these fellas and can vouch for their awesomeness.  This is a great way to kick off your Richmond Beer Weekend if you haven’t already (not judging, just saying.)  Immediately following the Ardent demo, you can stick around the Roosevelt for the Terrapin Tap Takeover.  Win WIN.

Friday and Saturday already TOTALLY BOOKED?  Well, there’s one more chance to party like a rock star:

The flier might be small, but this event is going to be HUGE. Saturday afternoon at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, Taste the Local is hosting the perfect cap to Richmond Beer Week, featuring 8 local breweries, fire pits, and live music. And not just any live music – The Big Payback, a ten piece tribute to James Brown that is positively packed with some of Richmond’s best musicians. win, Win, WIN.

We hope to see you some time this weekend, and if you drink too much delicious local beer, know that there will be delicious local pizza right there waiting to soak it up…

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