Today would have been Tyrone Fabroa’s 37th birthday. To mark the occasion, his brother Kevin Sayson and sister Abby Manibusan reached out to Seattle Children’s Hospital for their help in organizing an event to raise awareness for drowning prevention and water safety. Kevin was delighted to hear that Children’s Hospital would help. The event was held today at the Marina Pavilion Park in Kirkland. After a few words of welcome from Kevin, Elizabeth “Tizzy” Bennett from Children’s Hospital and Deputy James Knauss from the King Country Sherriff’s Office each spoke briefly about the need for water safety education and the importance of wearing a life jacket. Deputy Knauss likened life jackets to bike helmets. “It wasn’t really cool to wear a bike helmet a few years ago” said Deputy Knauss, “but now you see them all the time. I’d like to see that happen with life jackets.” Two of Tyrone’s friends, Daniel Paet and Burt Javier, lightened things up a bit with an acoustic performance.
Many of Tyrone’s coworkers from Pagliacci were in attendance, and Kevin said he was amazed at the support that he has received from the Pagliacci family.
KING 5 and KCPQ 13 were there, and KING 5’s Meg Coyle will broadcast a report about the event on their 5 pm newscast.
A table full of life jackets for kids were collected, and $180 was collected to help fund efforts to raise water safety awareness. Thanks to everyone who came out!
A year ago we were devastated by the loss of Tyrone Fabroa, the General Manager of our Broadway Pizzeria. His tragic paddleboard accident on Lake Washington sent a wave of grief throughout Pagliacci. Tyrone’s 10-year legacy with us touched all of our managers, many of our crew and many more of our customers. Tyrone’s ready smile and infectious laugh brightened the day of everyone that he met and he was a joy to work with. He was always up for anything, especially if good-natured mischief was involved. He was an outstanding member of the Pagliacci team and we will always miss him terribly.
In honor of his memory, his family has partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital to hold an event on Monday, August 6th (Tyrone’s birthday), to raise water safety awareness and help prevent drowning accidents. The event will include a life jacket drive (kids sizes only please) and will run from 1pm to 6pm at the Marina Pavilion Park in Kirkland. All are welcome to attend the event.
During their heyday in the late 1950’s and early 60’s, there were about 4000 drive- ins in the United States. Rising land prices and the economic challenges presented by running a seasonal theater reduced that number to a mere 300 drive-ins in operation today and there is only one left near Seattle.
While drive-ins have been disappearing, outdoor movies are on the rise. There are a few organizations running outdoor movie series around the area this summer. Marymoor and Magnuson Parks both have series that charge a $5 admission fee and Fremont has its own “Almost Free” $5 outdoor cinema as well. Of course, it being Fremont, the audience participation is a show in itself!
We are proud to be sponsoring two series this summer, the West Seattle Outdoor Movies and the Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park in Bellevue. Both are free, feature pre-show activities and the proceeds from the sales of concessions and raffle tickets go to charities and non-profits.
There’s no need to stuff your friends into the trunk of your car to sneak them in or worry about whether or not the radio is actually going to pick up the sound from the movie. Bring the family, a blanket and maybe a sweater for after the sun goes down and have a great time!
On the 4th of July we hold it to be self evident that people don’t eat pizza. So we give our staff and our pizza ovens the day off in order to picnic, play and eat lots (and LOTS) of tasty grillables at our annual employee picnic. Chicken, burgers, brats, hot dogs, veggie burgers, sausages…just about anything except pizza! After people had a chance to eat and let things settle, we held our annual Pizzalympics.
Our pizzathletes train rigorously year round following a grueling schedule of tossing pizza dough, folding boxes while blindfolded, and strategizing about how they can score a ringer for the ultimate event at the Pizzalympics, that supreme arbiter of store superiority, the event which the winning store lords over everyone else until the next picnic…The Tug of War.
This year’s parade of pizza prowess was no different. Queen Anne’s Mark Bell became a blur of hands as he took the prize for fastest box folding. Hugo Uitzel-Tun from Bridle Trails, who placed second in our 2012 March Madness Cook competition, easily took the prize for fastest toss. Queen Anne’s ribbon count increased to two when Warren Murphy showed that size does indeed matter as he threw out a massive dough for the biggest dough contest. Not all of the challenges were individual events, however. The punishing test of wits, reflexes and true grit known as the Pizzalympics Relay Race takes a toll every year. Teams work to fold boxes while blindfolded, toss out a dough with 2 people (each using one hand) and deliver it to the finish line after spinning around a baseball bat 10 times. University Pizzeria prevailed. Then one event remained. Would the Queen Anne Pizzeria be a three-ribbon winner? The crowd held its breath as they struggled to find glory. In the end, Kenmore Delivery Kitchen pulled their way to victory. Congratulations to the winners. You can bet that the competition will be just as fierce next year!
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Ahhh…summer. The kids are on vacation and the outdoor festival season kicks into high gear to take advantage of the sunny weather and long days. We’ve pulled the mobile ovens out of winter storage. After hours of timed drills and practice, our crack mobile events team now has the opening and closing routine down. We’ve got a full schedule of events around the area where we plan to show off our mobile ovens and have a lot of fun. Where will we see you?
June 16 & 17 – Fremont Fair
July 6-8 – Seattle International Beerfest
July 13-15 – West Seattle Summer Fest
July 20-22 – Capitol Hill Block Party
July 27-29 – BAM Artsfair
August 10-12 – Taste of Edmonds
We’ve started serving slices at our Kenmore Delivery Kitchen!
Now you can have something different from the regular old baloney sandwich or leftovers everyday of the week.
Starting, well, NOW, you can come in any time after 11 am and get a hot, fresh slice of pizza and/or one of our great salads. We’ll be offering our Original Cheese and Double Pepperoni everyday, along with one of our tasty Combos and delicious Primos. Got a favorite? Ted, Jackie, Arvid or any of the crew would love to hear what you would like to see on the slice line. Of course, if you would like to pick up pizzas for lunch at the office, or have some delivered from our daytime catering service, give us a call! Or just order one to eat there for lunch, you can do that now!
Hope to see you soon!
This past Saturday we held the finals for our annual March Madness contest at the Bridle Trails Delivery Kitchen. It was a battle between some experienced tossers – the least tenured competitor has been with Pagliacci for over 2 years. The Final Four were all competing for pride, cash, and dinner for their entire store (and, no, it’s not pizza).
Quinn Ressler from Crossroads, Hugo Uitzil-Tun from Juanita, Marlene Tun-Gil from Bellevue Square, and Jon Obrycki from 85th were this year’s finalists. All have participated in March Madness before but were first-time finalists. Prior to competition Bridle’s lobby began to fill up with spectators ready to cheer and jeer. Juanita was the best represented out of the stores but Crossroads had the edge on props.
All of the competitors tossed out very fast pizzas – the fastest was 31 seconds and the “slowest” was 38 seconds. That means each of these crewmembers can turn a dough ball into a large cheese pizza in just over half-a-minute!
We tallied all the seconds and graded all of the pizzas. We know our customers have high standards so we grade hard. We look at size, even cuts, color of bake – top and bottom, spread of sauce and cheese, crust appearance, and a handful of other criteria.
Quinn had the fastest pizza, but once they were all out of the oven it looked like a race between Hugo and his aunt Marlene. In the end, Marlene proved that Pagliacci and family seniority counted for something. She earns the title of Best Cook in Pagliacci 2012 and gets to defend her crown next year.
Thanks to all the stores for coming out and congrats to Jon, Quinn, Hugo, and especially Marlene for busting it out and proving to be the best of the best!
We’re bringing funny back to the Broadway Pizzeria with The People’s Republic of Komedy. That’s right kids, come experience the resurrection of Comedy Night on Thursday March 29th from 8-10pm at our Broadway Pizzeria. Thrill to the comedic stylings of Kevin Hyder! Roar with laughter at Tristan Devin, Travis Watt, John Theroux and Carl Westgren! Marvel at the rest of the performers who have not been announced yet! Or, just come on in for an earlier Happy Hour and Seattle’s best pizza! We’ll see you there, and wear your happy pants! And be sure to mark your calendars, Comedy Night will take place the last Thursday of the month!
Currently hanging at the Broadway Pizzeria, Mika Loudon’s photos reflect her view that art can be spontaneous and can be everywhere. She uses pictures taken with her iPhone and mounts them on wooden blocks, which she then covers in resin. She likes the relative permanence of the wood and the resin, as they allow her to do something more lasting with the photos on her phone, rather then just having them sit on her camera.
Stop by for a slice and check out Mika’s art at Broadway before the end of the month. You can also see more of Mika’s work on her Flickr stream.