The YYC Pizza week event was 10 days of cheesy goodness, running from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 throughout Calgary.
Fifty local restaurants participated in the community fundraiser and put their best slice forward to compete in one of four categories: thin crust, thick crust, gluten-free, and unique.
After 10 days of pizza binging, $3 from each pizza bought was split 50/50 and donated to the two local charities in Calgary, Meals on Wheels and 100 Men.
Amber Romaniuk, a holistic nutritionist and expert on healthy eating, was an organizer for the YYC pizza event. She has been part of the event since it started three years ago.
She explained how she is an advocate for “healthy toppings” through corporate workshops, media appearances, restaurant reviews, and her own “Amber Approved” digital magazine and cookbook.
She is committed to changing the way people eat, and promoting healthy lifestyles that support energy, mood balance and personal happiness.
Her new signature, “21-day Healthy Eating” Challenge, is being offered to corporations as a way to encourage teamwork and improved energy and performance in the workplace.
Romaniuk hosted a YYC gluten-free pizza run on Sept. 28.
This is the third annual “Amber-approved” pizza crawl. For $25, a customer received two pieces of pizza per restaurant, and many other fun surprises.
Romanuik said each pizza for the YYC pizza crawl cost $25 for a medium or large, and the public was able to vote in each category for their favourite. Voting took place between Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.
Erin Stainton, who was trying out the tandoori chicken pizza at The Garage sports bar and grill in Eau Claire Market, thinks the tandoori chicken pizza isn’t too spicy or overpowering compared to most pizzas filled with seasoning.
She said the crust has a nice crispness but is not thick for a pizza that’s advertised as such.
“I still like the pizzas at Famoso better,” said Stainton.
The crust was too thin for its category but had a nice crunch to it. The pizza is different from pizzas you would get at Papa Johns or Pizza 73.
Kathryn Nydam, waitress at The Garage sports bar and grill, said this pizza would not be on the menu after the event so people were smart to try it out while they could.