Archives for January 26, 2014

PizzaRev Asks, “What’s Your New Year’s Pizzares-olution?” PizzaRev Introduces its January “Pizza of the Month” THE PIZZARES-OLUTION The Pizza that Works with your Workout Plan!

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PizzaRev, the nation’s hottest fast-casual pizza concept, has brought back its deliciously lower-calorie “PizzaRes-olution” pizza by popular demand! “January is the perfect month to showcase the healthier options that our PizzaRev guests have when they Craft Their Own custom ‘PizzaRes-olution’ pizza,” said Irv Zuckerman Co-CEO of PizzaRev. “The idea is to keep the calories down by choosing fresh & flavorful options as you build your pizza, options like our homemade thin & crispy dough, our organic red sauce, our reduced-fat buffalo-milk mozzarella, and your favorites from our long list of fresh veggie toppings.” The PizzaRes-olution can be crafted for under 650 calories when guests select the above options for the fully customizable made-to-order pizza. Partner & COO Nicholas Eckerman further explained, “Our guests tend to live an active lifestyle and pizza hasn’t always been associated with healthfulness. We think we can help to change that perception by showcasing how our pizza can fit with healthier lifestyle choices.”

Starting with PizzaRev’s original homemade dough, guests are empowered to “Craft Your Own,” customizing a personal-sized 11” pizza by choosing favorites from a tempting menu of flavorful sauces, delicious cheeses, and over 30+ fresh toppings, all on display and assembled before your eyes in any combination for under 8 bucks. “Your idea of the perfect pizza is unique to you, so we let our guests choose whatever they’d like to add to their pizzas for one affordable price,” said Eckerman. Once crafted, your pizza is placed in PizzaRev’s state of the art open-flame stone-hearth oven, where temperatures can exceed 900 degrees, and is served piping hot in under 3 minutes. With an emphasis on quality and fast & friendly customer service, PizzaRev has earned a reputation for serving better pizza from flour to fire!

My family had the opportunity to check out PizzaRev this past week and we were all very impressed! First of all, my New Year resolution is to eat healthier and exercise more so I was very excited to go and try a healthier pizza. My husband and son love pizza so they were quite thrilled to check it out too. We went to the El Segundo location and we all crafted our own pizzas! I loved all the choices of veggies and that you could have olive oil as a sauce choice! I’m really not big on Pizza but I absolutely loved this pizza!

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 Of course, my husband loves pepperoni pizza and my son loves cheese! We give PizzaRev a thumbs up for great pizza and wonderful customer service! By the time we were sitting down and eating, there was a line to the door so it was obvious that many other people love the pizza too! It really is a great experience!

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My husband finished his pizza and said it’s one of the best pizzas he ever had! Now, that really says something! Pizza is one of his all-time favorite foods! PizzaRev is a great place to eat with the family! The El Segundo PizzaRev is located at  460 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite C, El Segundo, CA 90245. Check out the website for all locations!

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Self Disclosure: Press info and top photo provided by PizzaRev. My family had the opportunity to eat free to facilitate this review but any opinions expressed are completely truthful and my own. 

PizzaRev Announces Addition Of Four Franchisee Groups Franchise Expansion Will Add New Locations in San Diego County, Orange County, Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota & South Dakota

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PizzaRev, a leader in the fast-casual build-your-own pizza space, today announced signed agreements with four franchisee groups covering territory in five states. “These four exceptional franchise groups, along with our partner and first franchisee Buffalo Wild Wings, will each add tremendously to the PizzaRev story,” stated PizzaRev Co-CEO Rodney Eckerman. The deals will bring new units to San Diego County, Orange County, Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Away We Dough, LLC

Away We Dough, LLC is part of William Tell, Inc. based in Salt Lake City, UT. Jeff Meyer and John Prince own and operate 18 Applebee’s and eight Famous Dave’s in Utah and Washington. The Restaurant Finance Monitor placed William Tell, Inc. at 151st of the Top 200 franchisees in the U.S. based on annual revenue. Away We Dough, LLC will be developing three PizzaRev restaurants in Utah.

Crafty Pizza, Inc.

 

Founded by Arnold Lieberman and David Lieberman, Design Development Group is best known for its work in the hospitality industry, responsible for numerous award winning hotels, restaurant and night club projects throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their client list includes Hard Rock Café, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill, Walt Disney Company, Mimi’s Café, and Flemings Prime Steakhouse. Jason Lieberman is an attorney and a real estate broker at Law Office of Lieberman and Ross and at Coldwell Banker. Crafty Pizza, Inc. will be developing 12 PizzaRev restaurants in Orange County. “We believe PizzaRev is the natural sustainable progression of the very large pizza segment of the restaurant industry. The attention to the quality of the ingredients, the standards of the design and culture in the restaurants and the unparalleled support from the franchisor brings PizzaRev to the top of the class in this segment. We are extremely excited about our opportunity in the development of PizzaRev units in Orange County California and are aggressively pursuing locations.”

TNT Pizza, Inc.

 

Todd Porter owns and operates nine Applebee’s, two Chevys and three Johnny Carino’s in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Todd has been active in the Applebee’s organization where he sits on the Franchise Advisory Board and has been very involved in his community of Sioux Falls. TNT Pizza, Inc. will be developing three PizzaRev restaurants in Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND and Lincoln, Nebraska.

RFP Group, Inc.

Four brothers from New Jersey that grew up a few blocks from the original Jersey Mike’s are PizzaRev franchisees in North San Diego County. They currently own and operate three Jersey Mike’s in North San Diego County and will be developing five PizzaRev restaurants. “We’re very fortunate be part of the PizzaRev team. They are head and shoulders above the rest in the exciting new trend in fast-casual pizza and we look forward to growing the brand in San Diego … best product, best presentation and best partners.”

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About PizzaRev

 

PizzaRev is a Los Angeles-based fast casual Pizza chain that has re-invented the way America eats its favorite food by presenting a truly interactive dining experience where customers craft their own pizzas choosing from a wide variety of high-quality ingredients, in any amount, for one price. PizzaRev fires its pizzas in a stone-hearth oven which produces a delicious, crispy Roman-style thin pizza in just 3 minutes.

PizzaRev was founded in 2012 by longtime entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, who bring Fortune 500 executive operating experience along with their Management team of highly experienced and long-tenured restaurant operators. PizzaRev announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings earlier in 2013, and Buffalo Wild Wings will open the first PizzaRev franchise location in early 2014. For a list of all PizzaRev locations visit www.pizzarev.com/locations.

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“WADJDA” – A Treasure of a Film About Girls and Women in Saudi Arabia KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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WADJDA, the first film shot in Saudi Arabia tells the story of an enterprising Saudi girl who signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. This is a unique film that offers insight into another culture and understanding of the oppression of women that live there. “It’s mind-blowing to me that a movie about the oppression of women was made in the exact environment it depicts,” comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Cassandra H.  See her full review below.

 

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Reviewed by Cassandra Hsiao

Video review available here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxfJDVVTTFA

 

A poignantly triumphant movie, the storyline of “WADJDA” is just as phenomenal as the story of how the film came to be. In short, “WADJDA” represents quite a number of firsts. It’s the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinema is prohibited. Writer and director Haifaa Al Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. It is also the first submission from Saudi Arabia for the Foreign Language Category for the 2014 Academy Awards.

 

Set in a country known for its repression of women, the movie follows our title character—a 10-year-old spirited girl—in her journey to buy a new bicycle so she can race her best friend, neighbor and crush Abdullah. Even though Wadjda’s mother warns her to stay away from both bikes and boys because of their culture’s strict customs, Wadjda is determined to buy her bike with her own hard-earned money, no matter what the consequences. This, in turn, leads to joining a Koran competition at school. If she wins, she will have more than enough to buy a bike and therefore beat the boy next door.

 

Subtly, the film explores the repercussions from this society in which girls should only be seen, not heard and, in public, only their eyes should be seen, with the rest of their faces covered by black veils. Wadjda tests boundaries in her search for freedom of expression. Although she discovers the contradictions in her world, she’s determined to challenge women’s traditional roles. The movie covers major topics such as polygamy and child-brides, as well as smaller oppressions such as the restriction of driving and rules of women in the presence of men.

 

It’s mind-blowing to me that a movie about the oppression of women was made in the exact environment it depicts. On DVD, the making-of featurette explores in-depth the struggles and challenges that faced director Haifaa Al Mansour. The line, “respectable girls go inside,” is said to Wadjda in the film, and Mansour confronted the same problems. She had to direct her cast out-of-sight using a walkie-talkie to communicate with her cast and a monitor to watch the filming. She could not be seen working with men and often, when religious officials would come to inspect the bustle, production would be halted and moved to another location. It took close to five years to make the movie, but the effort is worth it.

 

First timer Waad Mohammed is perfect as the fun-loving rebel Wadjda. This film is rated PG and I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. The pace may be slow for kids under ten. This is truly a landmark film that the world needs to watch. I give it five out of five stars. Perhaps the most uplifting message is that although the plot is fiction, the remarkable story behind the movie is not, and that shows that revolution is possible. This film played in theaters last year and will be released on February 11 on DVD/Blu-ray.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions