Pizza Wars benefits homeless students in Niles

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District 219 Education Foundation is pitting pizzas to the test in Pizza Wars 6 to benefit homeless students. (WLS)

Over 50 students in the Niles Township High School District 219 area are homeless. To help them, and many others in need, the District 219 Education Foundation is pitting pizzas to the test in Pizza Wars 6. The food-focused event will take place on Wed., Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Niles North High School main gym.

More than 1,000 people attended the 5th annual Pizza Wars in 2015 and sampled pizza from ten of the township's pizzerias, all while raising over $17,500 for the foundation.

This year, Pizza Wars 6 hopes to break the $20,000 mark. This year's contenders include: Bar Louie, Father & Son Italian Kitchen, Gulliver's, Jet's Pizza, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, OrganicLife, Riggio's, Village Inn Pizzeria, and Wa-Pa-Getti's, plus Costco and Nothing Bundt Cakes will provide water and dessert. The 2015 Pizza War winner was Father & Son Italian Kitchen.

The owner of Father & Son Italian Kitchen, Abbott Smith, and the director of District 219 Education Foundation, Alyse Burman, visited the ABC7 studios to show-off their pizza recipes and preview the upcoming Pizza Wars 6.

WEB LINKS
http://www.219foundation.org/
http://www.fatherandson.com/

Event: Pizza Wars 6
Date: Wed., Jan. 20
Hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address: Niles North High School, Main Gym, 9800 Lawler Ave. in Skokie
Admission/ Ticket Prices: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Deadline to register: Wed., Jan. 20
More information: http://www.219foundation.org/

RECIPES:

Chicken, Mushroom & Fresh Basil Pizza

Ingredients:
Aglio E Olio Sauce: (makes 1 quart)
2 cups Butter
2 cups Olive Oil
10 Tablespoons fresh chopped Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Paprika

Preparation:
1. Quiclky sautee garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil
2. Put in large mixing bowl and add all ingredients
3. Mix thoroughly with electric hand mixer for 3 minutes only

Chicken, Mushroom & fresh Basil

Ingredients:
1 Pizza Crust
Aglio E Olio Sauce
3 oz. Chicken Breast
3.5 oz. Sliced Mushrooms
3 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
Fresh Basil

Preparation:
1. Brush Aglio E Olio sauce over pizza crust
2. Spread Chicken Breast evenly over crust
3. Spread sliced mushrooms evenly over crust
4. Spread Mozzarella Cheese evenly over crust
5. Bake pizza at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted
6. Cut, sprinkle with fresh Basil, Enjoy!

Aglio E Olio Sauce: (makes 1 quart)

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
20 oz. Olive Oil
30 fresh cloves Garlic
1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoon Paprika

Preparation:
1. Quickly saute garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil
2. Put in large mixing bowl and add all ingredients
3. Mix thoroughly with electric hand mixer for 3 minutes only

Related Topics:
foodpizzafundraiserrecipecommunityeducationhomelesscharityNilesSkokie
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