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February 18, 2010
December 8, 2009
CLINK proudly produced the Home Slice Carnival for the 2nd straight year . . . and we got this great article in the Michael Barnes' Out and About Column in the Statesman! Check it out!
December 2, 2009
October 17, 2009
AND MUSIC PLAYS ON….
Katya and Eric are a comedic tag team. We were in stitches the entire planning process. Katya and Eric shared a passion for and love of chocolate (the color and the treat!) and hence our wedding theme!
The shades and hues of chocolate inspired the décor, flowers and apparel. Down to the groom wearing chocolate colored Converse and a matching suit. The beautiful sunset ceremony, which took place in the ampitheatre was simply beautiful as the wedding party processed in to an acoustic guitar version of “Pride” by U2 and the bride processed in to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. The custom made bamboo chuppah was beautifully adorned with flowers and a family prayer shawl made in Israel.
Can we talk about their love of music, cultures and family? Katya and Eric had mariachis playing during their pre-ceremony cocktail hour to set the tone for the rest of the event. The tables were dressed with beautiful ikebana inspired floral décor – which included unique shapes, dimension and colors completely reflective of the couples love for the asian floral design technique. Guests were welcomed with an individual flower at each place setting. The couple had a tremendous live band entertaining their guests throughout the night –the HORAH was over the top and AWESOME but get this – they also had a second latin music band to play an authentic salsa and meringue set. The dance floor was packed all night long.
To top off the evening – Katya and Eric exited out of the beautiful villa led by a the horn section of the band – playing a jazzy, new Orleans style march to an antique “latte” colored convertible 69’ Camaro….which jammed on the way out to their favorite tune – WOW, what a night!
Photography courtesy of David Sixt
November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 8, 2009
Mosaic at Mueller
Austin got to experience it's first ever Shop787- the ultimate holiday shopping experience! Shop787 is another original idea brought to us by the creative team over at Launch787. More than 50 local boutiques, designers, and local artists were present to help start the holiday shopping experience off right! As is the case with most Launch787 gigs, this event was not held at a “standard” venue. Launch787 always like to “keep it weird” a
nd mix it up! Shop787 took place at the new Mosaic at Mueller development (if you haven't been there, you should check it out!). Although the rain decided to make an appearance at the event, shoppers were still determined to come out and support local businesses, and find some fantastic holiday treasures.
But wait! What is shopping without amazing food and beverage?! Some of the top
food vendors provided amazing treats and eats and don’t forget the free open bar provided by Tito’s Vodka and Sweat Leaf Tea along with Anheuser Busch beer tastings! A portion of the proceeds from Shop787 went to the Dell Children's hospital, and we collected
more than 250 books for the kiddos! A great day for everyone involved!
Quirky Competitions, Games and Entertainment are Part of This South Congress Tradition Benefitting Austin Pets Alive!
AUSTIN, Texas – November 24, 2009 – To celebrate its fourth anniversary and give back to the community that has made Home Slice Pizza one of Austin’s favorite eateries, the restaurant is holding its 4th Annual Home Slice Carnival-O-Pizza on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 12 to 7p.m. All proceeds from the carnival will directly benefit Austin Pets Alive! (APA!).
The idea for the carnival came from a desire to recreate the best parts of Coney Island, the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy and co-owner Jen Strickland’s childhood memories of block carnivals in support of different charities.
“When I was a kid in the 70s it was popular to host a carnival in your yard for charity,” said Strickland. “My grandparents owned a drive-in so they would let us fire up an old popcorn machine they had in their garage to help make it more authentic. We decided to try to replicate that vibe.”
Held in the Home Slice Pizza backyard at 1415 South Congress Avenue, the carnival promises fun for all ages with games, carnival-style booths, raffles, live music, Photo Booth, beer (lots!), pizza (obviously) and these not-to-be-taken-lightly contests:
Extreme Pizza Eating Contest
Open to anyone ready to stuff themselves triumphant, contestants in the EXTREME pizza eating contest will be judged by how much pizza they can eat in 30 minutes.
Pizza Tossing Contest
In true New York pizzeria style, the pizza tossing contest will showcase the best tossing talent and artistry from pizzerias in Austin and beyond. We’re excited to welcome Scott Weiner from New York City Pizza Tours as our celebrity judge!
Pizza Box Folding Contest
Not an expert pizza tosser but think you’re good with your hands? Enter the pizza box folding contest and prove your agility to a crowd of onlookers.
Hands on an Eggplant Sub
Test your mental and physical stamina; the person who keeps their hand on an eggplant sub the longest receives free Home Slice pizza for a year. This popular contest once went on for 27 hours and then ended in a tie that had to be broken by a game of Home Slice trivia. Another pair of competitors met over the sub and ended up getting married; the proposal included “Will You Marry Me” in pepperoni on a Home Slice pizza. Check out last year’s winner, Seth, who has documented his year of free pizza through his blog.
Carnival goers can have their chance to win prizes including a cruiser from Bicycle Sports Shop, a two-night stay at the Hotel San Jose and additional prizes from Castle Hill Fitness, Whole Earth Provisions and other friendly businesses around town. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Austin Pets Alive!
Music and entertainment happening throughout the day includes the Austin Break Dancers, a troupe of talented New York-style break dancers; Little Stolen Moments, a unique Austin dance troupe; Big Don, a hip-hop artist known for his original kid-inspired raps; and DJ Ariel, part of the rap duo The Reflex. Jerm Pollet, part of The Sinus Show at Alamo Drafthouse, will keep you updated of the day’s events as the Carnival’s emcee.
Home Slice is thrilled to announce that Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is the beneficiary of the proceeds from this year’s carnival. APA! strives to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in Austin. APA! holds adoption events at locations throughout the city, including across the street from Home Slice on South Congress. APA! volunteers will man the carnival booths and dogs available for adoption will be at the carnival. For more information, visit http://www.austinpetsalive.org/.
To sign up for the contests or learn more about the Carnival-O-Pizza, stop by for a slice at Home Slice Pizza or check the web site at www.homeslicepizza.com.
About Home Slice Pizza:
Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza – by the pie or slice – to nice people like you. Home Slice offers their homemade, hand-tossed, bona fide pies for either dine in or carry out.
Home Slice Pizza won best pizza in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll and has been featured in local and national press including Texas Monthly, Delta Sky Magazine and Every Day with Rachael Ray. Home Slice is also featured in the indie guides Eat Shop Austin and CRAVE Austin.
The eatery is undergoing an expansion and is moving the prep kitchen, takeout operation and slice window to the next door building and calling it simply, More Home Slice. Expected to open the first week in January 2010, the expansion will add three times the oven space, allowing for more take out orders and a shorter wait for dining in.
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November 13, 2009
The rain never let up, but it was all smiles for Julie and Charlie! Though the ceremony was moved inside, it was sheer romance with candlelight and the soft sounds of rain on the roof. Julie was breathtaking as she made her way down the aisle holding a hand-tied bouquet of green cymbidium orchids, magenta dahlias, lavender, green fuji mums and purple carnations. Guests made their way upstairs to a room full of purples and blues, custom linens (made by Julie’s mom!), and centerpieces with floating purple carnations and green fuji mums. Fresh jalapeno bites and lime cilantro shrimp were passed as guests dined on herbed beef, cornbread stuffed chicken, smokey cheesy macaroni, and sauteed green beans. The show stopper was the groom’s cake- a replica of Astros field with a Nascar track- two of Charlie’s favorite things! My favorite moments was watching Julie and Charlie holding hands during the ceremony, the look on Charlie’s face when he first saw his groom’s cake (which was a surprise from Julie!), the custom runners and patchwork overlay made by Julie’s mom, the heartfelt toasts, and the look in Julie’s eye during their first dance. The exit was CRAZY with silver streamer bombs, entrapping the bride and groom in a tangled web of fun!!! Julie and Charlie- it was such fun working with you and I can’t WAIT to hear all about your honeymoon in Hawaii! Aloha!
The rain never let up, but it was all smiles for Julie and Charlie! Though the ceremony was moved inside, it was sheer romance with candlelight and the soft sounds of rain on the roof. Julie was breathtaking as she made her way down the aisle holding a hand-tied bouquet of green cymbidium orchids, magenta dahlias, lavender, green fuji mums and purple carnations.
Guests made their way upstairs to a room full of purples and blues, custom linens (made by Julie’s mom!), and centerpieces with floating purple carnations and green fuji mums. Fresh jalapeno bites and lime cilantro shrimp were passed as guests dined on herbed beef, cornbread stuffed chicken, smokey cheesy macaroni, and sauteed green beans.
The show stopper was the groom’s cake- a replica of Astros field with a Nascar track- two of Charlie’s favorite things!
My favorite moments was watching Julie and Charlie holding hands during the ceremony, the look on Charlie’s face when he first saw his groom’s cake (which was a surprise from Julie!), the custom runners and patchwork overlay made by Julie’s mom, the heartfelt toasts, and the look in Julie’s eye during their first dance.
The exit was CRAZY with silver streamer bombs, entrapping the bride and groom in a tangled web of fun!!!
Julie and Charlie- it was such fun working with you and I can’t WAIT to hear all about your honeymoon in Hawaii! Aloha!
Photos courtesy of Andy Peterson of Studio 563
Under normal circumstances, a Frisbee might not seem like a great idea for a table centerpiece. But this was no ordinary Frisbee! This Frisbee was customized with those magic words: Will you marry me? (Is this guy a keeper or what?!) It took Amber about 20 minutes of tossing that special Frisbee to notice the message that changed her life. The guests absolutely loved their sneak peak into Justin’s unique marriage proposal. This was just one example of how truly unique and personal this wedding was.
Amber’s vintage dress set the tone for a modern Great Gatsby inspired fête. Bridesmaids and groomsmen had alternating monochromatic boutonnières and bouquets comprised of green spider mums, fuchsia mokara orchids, and eggplant carnations. The groom’s boutonnière was wrapped with the friendship bracelet Amber made for him years ago when they first started dating – adorable!
The oversized program was matted and set in a gorgeous antique frame . . . not only an eco-friendly solution, but a gorgeous and unique focal point leading into the ceremony The teal and citron color scheme transformed Laguna Gloria into a modern dream. The teal satin linens on the cocktail tables were "banded" with citron satin sashes to enhance the look. The mix of centerpieces included candlescapes that were anchored with teal sea glass and illuminated the night as well as unique and textural floral arrangements.
Guests dined on great Austin comfort foods including mini corn dogs, pulled pork tacos, fried pickles and gourmet mac and cheese. The dessert and cigar bar was a work of art! On the dessert bar were bite-sized mini cupcakes in three flavors and fruit tarts displayed on varying tiers of cake stands. In the middle on an antique glass stand was the mini wedding cake decorated with sugar daisies (the groom’s favorite flower) and topped with a mini air stream trailer! Guests danced the night away off to the fabulous live band and the photo booth with unqiue props was the talk of the night!
Thank you – Amber and Justin – for letting us be a part of this unique and unforgettable evening!
Photos courtesy of Eclectic Images