LIVINGSTON, NJ - With an endless number of ways to top a pizza, Heritage students have been discovering everything from classic cheese to flaxseed, salsa and tortilla chips make for unique, and delicious, recipes. Students have been working on creating original pizza recipes as part of Enriched Family and Consumer Science, while at the same time creating ad campaigns in their Enriched Business class to market their pies with pizzazz.
The partnership between teachers Lucille Barresi and Lynn Schwartz has led to the Heritage Pizza Challenge, culminating with the crowning of the best pizza in middle school.
On Tuesday, April 21, with the field narrowed from 10 to the top four pizzas, according to a school representative, “pizza-loving judges were brought to class to award the winning pie.”
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The final four came down to:
Midnite Pizza created by 6 Cheese Inc., featuring a cream-based topping the color of the moon and packed with flaxseeds and roasted chicken breast for nutritional value. Slogan: “Rough night? Take a bite of Midnite!”
Pizza De Nacho by Pizza Plus, a Mexican fusion of an Italian classic, with beans and cheese, salsa and tortilla chips. Slogan: “Our pizza plus your appetizer = paradise.”
Nacho Average Pizza by Pizza Planet. Say it slowly to get their pun -- not your average pizza will leave your taste buds dancing with joy, dripping in cheese, with whole wheat dough, lime juice, and avocado. Slogan: “You wanna pizza this?”
Super Bowl Pizza by Ciao Pizza, with all the fixings for a halftime party, buffalo wings, stuffed mozzarella crust, blue cheese and celery. Slogan: “Will make your mouth water for more.”
The teams presented their pizzas and marketing plans to a panel of judges that included Jim O’Neill, the interim Superintendent of Schools; Monica Cohen, Business Supervisor; and Registered Dietitian Christine Patorniti and Chef Joseph Zezza—both of ShopRite of Livingston.
“You haven’t truly lived until you try it,” Pizza De Nacho advertised.
Taste mattered, but judges also took into account how the pie was marketed, the slogans, jingles like, “Hold on to your sombrero judges,” and nutritional value in picking the winner for this year’s pizza prize.
“It was a tough call,” said O’Neill, who, with just seconds left in class, announced the Super Bowl Pizza as the winner—the team celebrating with high-fives among team members Michael DeAngelus, MJ DePaola, Raymond Larsen, Mickey No, Magnolia Wang and Brittany Sun.
Not only did the students tackle the pizza challenge in style, but for winning, their Super Bowl Pizza will be featured in the Village Food Garden in ShopRite Livingston, during Youth Appreciation Week as well as the Heritage cafeteria.
Click HERE to see an LPS slideshow from the event.