On Friday, February 17th, our Evanston pizzeria helped kick off the 2017 Polar Plunge season with the SUPER Plunge at Clark Street Beach.
The event was the first of 22 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges that benefit Special Olympics Illinois. These events make up the largest fundraising vehicle for the Special Olympics of Illinois, and proceeds benefit athletes all over the state.
The nearly 60 SUPER Plungers began jumping into Lake Michigan at 2pm, and they did it again every hour until 1pm on Saturday, February 18th. That’s 24 times for those of you counting at home!
In between jumps, the SUPER Plungers warmed up with slices of our deep dish pizza. If there’s any consolation for jumping into Lake Michigan in the middle of February…it’s Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza!
On Saturday, February 11th, our River North pizzeria was a food sponsor for the Juvenile Protective Association’s fourth annual “All in for Kids” Casino Night.
This is our second year in a row sponsoring this event for the JPA, an organization that gives at-risk children and families access to services that can help.
The Casino Night was held at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, and attendees of the sold out black tie event enjoyed fancy fare from restaurants all over Chicago, in addition to our famous deep dish pizza.
Our carryout location in Flossmoor participated in Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Sweetheart Dance at the Sports Complex in Homewood on Friday February 10th.
The event’s purpose was to recognize the important relationship between a young lady and an influential male figure in her life. Guests enjoyed root beer floats, a photo booth, dancing, a decades themed costume contest, and of course … deep dish pizza!
Still being a new restaurant in the area since opening in October 2016, our team strives to and has done a great job thus far in immersing itself in the community.
For the past two years, Lou Malnati’s Highland Park took home the trophy for best pizza; however, this year there was a decision to mix it up a little bit. Instead, the D113 committee opted to focus on celebrating the event itself by recognizing all of the contributors who assist in funding new education programs and other innovative educational opportunities for the District 113 Education Foundation.
It was a tremendous night of coming together, eating pizza and desserts, and listening to music supplied by Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School Jazz Bands.
On Thursday, January 19th, our Lincolnwood and Wilmette pizzerias teamed up to defend last year’s title for the last, and final, Pizza Wars 7 hosted by Niles North High School. At the event, we fed hundreds of hungry participants our famous deep dish pizza, and walked away champions for the second year in a row!
Proceeds from Pizza Wars 7 benefit the District 219 Education Foundation, which strives to provide financial aid for educational resources outside the scope of the regular district budget, like instruments and a cappella trips, for students and their families who have school related costs they are unable to fund themselves.
On Tuesday, January 17th, our carryout location in Cary sponsored the Crystal Lake & Cary Grove Multi-Chamber Mixer at the Sage YMCA for a second year in a row.
Our Cary location opened in November 2015, so as a still relatively new restaurant in the community, we were happy to mix it up with fellow Cary businesses!
At the event, we served up slices of our famous deep dish pizza, and entertainment was provided by barbershop chorus, Fox Valley Men of Harmony. The guys loved our pizza so much, they sang a special song, just for us!