November 30, 2009

Home Slice Pizza Celebrates its Fourth Birthday with the CARNIVAL-O-PIZZA

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

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

The 4th Annual Home Slice Carnival-O-Pizza is sponsored in part by the Austinist, Marquee Event Group, Real Ale Brewing and

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.


Cile Montgomery or Jordan Jeffus

Giant Media

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