After seeing the success of Piece Pizza’s December effort — when the Wicker Park restaurant gave away 100 pies to restaurant staff going through monetary struggles throughout the pandemic, co-owner Rick Nielsen wished to do extra. Nielsen, the well-known rock guitarist from Low cost Trick, started recruiting his buddies within the trade. The primary one to heed the decision: Sammy Hagar, the vocalist who fronted Van Halen within the ‘90s. Hagar additionally based the Cabo Wabo tequila model, and has since teamed up with Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dive’s Man Fieri on a new agave project.
From Thursday, January 14 by means of the tip of the month, Hagar and Nielsen have teamed as much as promote a particular pizza known as the “Traditional Rockin’ Purple 5150.” $5 from every pizza offered will go to the Chicago Unbiased Venue League. CIVL has helped live performance halls like Subterranean, Thalia Hall, Hideout Inn, and Metro Chicago, survive throughout a pandemic which has cancelled reside music within the metropolis, and in different sane elements of the nation. The group represents extra then 40 Chicago venues.
“Rick noticed what we did for trade staff and requested: can we do that for reside venues?” says Piece co-owner Invoice Jacobs, predicting the concept can be a giant hit.
Music venues house owners — and their bartenders and different workers — acquired excellent news when the federal authorities authorized the Save Our Stages Act in December. That can carry $15 billion in aid, however extra must be accomplished to make sure venues are round as soon as it’s protected sufficient to assemble for giant gatherings.
Jacobs desires to make this a collection, with a brand new collaboration each month in the identical vein as Piece’s work with Pilot Light. That’s when Piece options pizzas created by Chicago cooks (Stephanie Izard; Girl & the Goat, Paul Kahan; Publican, and Jason Hammel; Lula Cafe have participated) to profit the charity that advocates for higher meals training for younger kids. Jacobs was tight lipped, however he says he’s bought some huge names within the works.
Nielsen and Hagar’s pizza is a pink pie with additional sausage, sauteed mushrooms, and onions caramelized in dry-hopped bigger known as Brew Steadiness made on premises. The collaboration prices $27. Order on Piece’s website by means of January 31.