Pair of Caliente Pizza pies voted best in world

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Pair of Caliente Pizza pies voted best in world

Caliente Pizza chef Von Hansen wins ‘best non-traditional’ pie; general manager Oz Turcan runner-up for ‘best traditional’ at International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, March 22, 2018: Caliente Pizza and Draft House, with four Pittsburgh area locations at 4624 Liberty Ave in Bloomfield, and 4706 William Flynn Hwy in Allison Park, 329 Castle Shannon Blvd in Mount Lebanon, and 225 Commercial Ave. in Aspinwall, had two of its chefs win top honors at the 2018 International Pizza Expo.

Chef Eric Von Hansen’s pizza “Wagyu Beef Truffle Fromage” won first place in the Best Non-Traditional division. His fine-dining inspired pie featured black truffles, roasted shallots, fingerling potato hash, white cheddar, a simple syrup made with bing cherries marinated in vanilla beans and bourbon, and $88 per pound brown Wagyu beef. Von Hansen previously won first place in the Pan division at the 2016 expo with “Quack Attack,” but finished in second last year in the Non-Traditional.

“I wanted a little redemption,” Von Hansen said. “Deep down inside I knew I could win it. That hunger just grew and I wanted to prove it to myself that I could do it.”

There are no limitations on ingredients in the Non Traditional division. He said his inspiration for the pie stemmed from his experiences working in fine dining. Those higher-end dishes, he said, exemplified everything you could want in a food dish and he tried to bring that same style, presentation and flavor to life with a pizza.

Von Hansen was proud of his pizza but more excited by the recognition it brought to Pittsburgh, a city unfortunately an afterthought when lists of great pizza towns are compiled.

“People should take notice of what Pittsburgh is doing,” he said. “[The city] doesn’t really get a lot of respect when it comes to making pizza. You hear New York, New Jersey, Chicago but Pittsburgh doesn’t fall on the spectrum for pizza. So when I go up there I’m representing the city not just myself.”

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Caliente Pizza and Draft House owner Nick Bogacz agrees. He and his wife recently opened their fourth store in Aspinwall, and says the honors are proof that locally sourced ingredients and daily made-from- scratch dough put them on the map.

“I am so proud of our team for winning a world championship three years in a row,” Bogacz said. His chef Matt Hickey bested 30 international competitors to claim the World Pizza Games Gold Medal for “largest dough stretch” in 2017. “It feels great bringing it back to the City of Champions.”

The competition side of the International Pizza Expo, now in its 33rd year, is the largest pizza-making competition in the U.S. and includes bake-offs before judges in five divisions. The winners of each division qualify for Pizza Maker of the Year, essentially the “best in show” award. The five divisions include Traditional, Non-Traditional, Pan, Pizza Napoletana and Gluten-Free. Pizza taste is judged on crust, toppings, overall taste, and creativity; Presentation is marked by bake and visual appearance.

Also representing Caliente was general manager Oz Turcan who placed second among 65 competitors in the Traditional division. Originally from Turkey, “Ozzie” baked a pizza as homage to his country and featured ricotta cheese made from a 76 year-old Turkish family recipe.

“It was a great experience for me,” Turcan said. “It was very tough competition and felt great to finish so high.”

Finishing strong for Caliente was chef Nick Fink who finished fourth in the Pan Division; Hickey finished in the top 10 for longest dough stretch.

About Caliente

Caliente Pizza and Draft House is Pittsburgh’s premier spot for award winning pizza and wings. Caliente is proud to support the craft beer revolution in Pittsburgh and features local and hard to find beer from around the world. Caliente prides itself on using fresh and locally sourced ingredients “Fresh From Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.” Caliente’s pizza dough and sauce is prepared daily from scratch. All meats and vegetables are hand-sliced. More information about Caliente Pizza and Draft House can be found by visiting PizzaDraftHouse.com.

About the 2018 International Pizza Expo

The expo started in 1985 and has grown to welcome more than 7,400 attendees representing nearly 520 companies from around the world. Features business-to-business trade show that puts buyers who are owners and managers of independent and chain pizza restaurants in touch with manufacturers and service providers to the industry. Annual competitions at Pizza Expo include: International Pizza Challenge (bake-offs before judges in five divisions, with Pizza Maker of the Year finals); World Pizza Games (skills competition in five divisions).

Approximately 90 keynote addresses, seminars, panel discussions and pizzeria menu demonstrations take place during the event. More information: PizzaExpo.com. ###

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Welcome to March

Welcome to March! This is always an exciting month in the ‘Burgh as it typically brings us a sneak preview of the good weather to come. Then, the ugly stuff comes back and makes us wonder whether all that global warming talk is fully legit.

But let’s take the good with the bad. As we enter the home stretch with Spring serving as the finish line, we are bringing some big things your way throughout the entire month of March.

First off, have you signed up for the Caliente VIP list? It’s what all the cool kids are doing and it gives you an opportunity to get a special gift along with connection to special offers, events, and more. Click here to sign up!

Now, a couple questions that we need you to answer very seriously:

  • Are you a March Madness bracket expert?
  • Would you like FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR?!

If you answered yes to either of these questions, March is going to be a great month for you! Submit your NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket picks at any of our four Caliente locations in Bloomfield, Mt. Lebanon, Hampton Township, or Aspinwall and the winning bracketeer will win FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR! PLUS, as an added bonus, the HOTTEST bracket at each location will win a Yuengling Outdoor Fire Pit.

 

For the past two years, our crew has participated and won multiple awards at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, including Best Pan Pizza in the World in 2016 thanks to the delicious Quack Attack created by our Executive Pizza Chef Eric Von Hansen. We are happy to report we’ll be returning to the Expo March 18th thru 23rd and our crew is bringing an extra suitcase to haul all the hardware they plan to win back to Pittsburgh! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and stay up to date on what unfolds as we add to our title of Pizza of Champions.

As always, we’ve got events lined up at all four locations to kick your weekends off in style throughout March. In addition, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style with day-long celebrations AND a special breakfast at our Mount Lebanon location.

Here’s this month’s full lineup:

Bloomfield

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
First Friday Firkin featuring Helltown Brewing – First Friday Firkins returns! Stop in and enjoy a special tapping from the Helltown crew.

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 11:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Bloomfield and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Hampton Township

Friday, March 2nd starting at 6:00pm
Stone Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from Stone Brewing and receive a pint glass to take home!

Friday, March 9th starting at 6:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 6:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 11:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 6:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Hampton Township and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 6:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
First Friday Firkin featuring East End Brewing – First Friday Firkins returns! Stop in and enjoy a special tapping from the East End crew.

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 7:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and All-Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we kick things off with breakfast, then bring you specials throughout the day.
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Bloomfield and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Aspinwall

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from Stone Brewing and receive a pint glass to take home!

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 8:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Hampton Township and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.
Jason M. Cercone

Caliente Brand to Aspinwall and Fox Chapel Communities

It’s been a wild ride over the past couple of months, but it’s all been worth it. We are happy to report our 4th location in Aspinwall is officially up and running! We couldn’t have done it without you. Your support and loyalty to Caliente has allowed us to bring our award-winning pizza and stellar tap lineup to four exceptional corners of Pittsburgh. We are truly excited to bring the Caliente brand to the Aspinwall and Fox Chapel communities and share our love of great food, great beer, and great times with everyone.

Now that our 4th spot is officially open, the question looms: Where do we open #5? Stay tuned…

As is our M.O., we are kicking things off in Aspinwall this month with a special craft beer tapping. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Sly Fox to bring the first of their new Lemonade Wheat offering to Pittsburgh. Our Aspinwall store is getting the only barrel of this beer in the city until May and we are tapping it on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00pm for your enjoyment. Representatives from Sly Fox will be in the house as well with swag and giveaways. Join us and be the first in town to taste this beauty.

We’ve also partnered up with three other great breweries to bring you some Friday night fun throughout the month. Kick off your weekends in style by enjoying a smattering of options from New Belgium, Founders, and our Brewery of the Month: Evil Twin!

Here’s this month’s event schedule:

Friday, February 9th at all four Caliente locations – A Night with New Belgium Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

Friday, February 16th at all four Caliente locations – A Night with Founders Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

Thursday, February 22nd – Sly Fox Lemonade Wheat Tapping
7:00pm start time in Aspinwall

Friday, February 23rd at all four Caliente locations – A Night with Evil Twin Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

We look forward to your visit!

Holiday mode at Caliente Pizza & Draft House

It’s December and we’ve switched into full holiday mode here at Caliente Pizza & Draft House! All three of our locations in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Hampton Township will be bringing you a month’s worth of events that not only showcase our joy for the season, but bring you an opportunity to grab some swag, meet a pretty big beer personality, and, as always, wrap your hands around some of the best beers available.

As the final month of 2017 winds down and we get ready to wipe the slate clean, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for visiting Caliente throughout the year. We strive to deliver the best pizza, best beer, and best experience to you 365 days a year and without you, following through on that mission wouldn’t be worth it. We look forward to seeing you more in 2018 and sharing some incredible pies and adult beverages with you.

But before we get to 2018, let’s have some fun in December! Here’s what we have on tap at all three locations this month:

Bloomfield

Monday, December 4th | 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Happy Hour Meet and Greet with Heavy Seas Owner & Founder Hugh Sisson – Come chat with Hugh and discover his takes on the craft beer industry while enjoying our awesome Happy Hour featuring 1/2 price craft drafts and $5 personal pan pizzas with one topping!

Friday, December 8th | 7:00pm
Founders Brewing $5 22oz Drafts – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with $5 22oz. drafts of some of your Founders favorites throughout the evening.

Saturday, December 9th | Special Tapping Time of 11:00am 
Founders CBS Tapping – We mentioned the world-famous CBS release a second ago. Now, it’s time for you to get your lips on some! On Saturday morning at 11:00am, join us as we redefine ‘breakfast of champions’ and tap our keg of CBS. If you’ve ever attended one of our Founders KBS tappings, you know this is going to be one memorable party and, without question, the beer won’t last long. Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup.

Friday, December 15th | 7:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 7:00pm
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb Tapping – By now, the Christmas spirit bug has to have bit you in some way, shape, or form. But, if you need a little boost, how about checking us out right before Santa makes his appearance for a tapping of Prairie Christmas Bomb! It’s an American Double Imperial Stout with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. All the makings of a great holiday wrapped up in one big 13% offering.

Friday, December 29th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cascade Brewing Sour Hours – Get your sour on with Cascade Brewing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. In those two little hours, we will have several sour selections from Cascade flowing for your enjoyment. Don’t let the cold weather make you sour…let the beers do it!

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Hampton Township

Friday, December 8th | 6:00pm
Founders Brewing $5 22oz Drafts – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with $5 22oz. drafts of some of your Founders favorites throughout the evening.

Friday, December 15th | 6:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Happy Holidays Happy Hour Featuring FREE SWAG for Everyone – It’s the Happy Hour that keeps on giving the whoooole year! With 1/2 price drafts and $5 personal one-topping pizzas, we like to believe our Happy Hour is pretty bangin’. But tonight, we’re upping the ante and hooking you up with some free swag from 4:30 to 6:30pm!

Friday, December 29th | 6:00pm
Local Brewery Night featuring Draai Laag Brewing – If local beer is your flavor of choice, come check out what Millvale’s Draai Laag Brewing has in store for you. These guys have carved out an incredible niche for themselves, arguably bringing some of the best sour and wild ales Pittsburgh has seen to the area. We’ve been proud to partner with them to collaborate on The Plague in the past and will have a smattering of their beers on tap for you to experience tonight.

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, December 8th | 7:00pm
Founders Brewing Flight Night – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with a wide selection of Founders available in flights throughout the evening.

Friday, December 15th | 7:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Happy Holidays Happy Hour Featuring FREE SWAG for Everyone – It’s the Happy Hour that keeps on giving the whoooole year! With 1/2 price drafts and $5 personal one-topping pizzas, we like to believe our Happy Hour is pretty bangin’. But tonight, we’re upping the ante and hooking you up with some free swag from 4:30 to 6:30pm!

Friday, December 29th | 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Bottle Pour Night – We’ve always had a special place in our hearts for Stone Brewing and tonight, we are bringing you something special. We were able to secure some bottles direct from their Berlin brewery and will be cracking those babies and more open for your enjoyment!

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Respectfully,

Jason M. Cercone
Founder/Operator | Marketing & Media Specialist
Breaking Brews Marketing & Media 

Great events each Friday of the month

November is always a crazy month with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the inevitable start of the holiday rush just around the corner. To help you get ready for the whirlwind of activity about to be upon us, we’ve lined up some great events each Friday of the month at all three of our locations in Bloomfield, Hampton Township, and Mount Lebanon. And, as an added bonus, our Black Friday Beer Extravaganza at our Bloomfield location will feature one of the most insane tap lineups we’ve ever had.

If you’ve had a beer with us at any point before, you know that’s saying A LOT.

Here’s what we’ve lined up for the month of November:

Bloomfield

Friday, November 3rd starting at 7:00pm
Evil Twin Draft Night – We’ll be tapping several offerings from Evil Twin Brewing, featuring I Think, Therefore I Am IPA & If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA – two hop-forward beers you don’t see tapped too often anywhere in Pittsburgh.

Friday, November 10th starting at 7:00pm
Deschutes Draft Night – We are putting our friends at Deschutes center stage tonight and will be tapping three special beers for your enjoyment: Black Butte Stout 28th AND 29th Anniversary Stout and Chasin’ Freshies!

Friday, November 17th starting at 7:00pm
Boulevard Draft Night – It’s a smattering of delicious beers from Boulevard Brewing with Boulevard/Firestone Walker Collab #6 and Boulevard Jamband hitting the taps.

Friday, November 24th starting at 8:00am
Black Friday Draft Extravaganza – Forget that shopping nonsense. Get to Bloomfield early and get ready for a full day of beer excellence as we pull out all the stops and deliver an absolutely crazy lineup of good beers. Plus, get your hands on the 2017 BCBS release. Take a look at what’s lined up for the day:

PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be open from 5:00pm to close on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th.

Hampton Township

Friday, November 3rd starting at 6:00pm
Evil Twin Draft Night – Evil Twin is taking the stage at all three of our locations tonight! Featured beers in Hampton Township include Even More Jesus Imperial Stout and If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA.

Friday, November 10th starting at 6:00pm
AleSmith Brewing Draft Night – We love AleSmith and we know you do, too. Come share your love of all things AleSmith as we tap a series of delicious beers from the California brewery this evening.

Friday, November 17th starting at 6:00pm
Local Cider Night – If you haven’t indulged on the incredible ciders we have available in Pittsburgh, you’re truly missing out. Tonight, we are going to feature some great local offerings including some classics from our friends at Arsenal Cider. We’ll be doing the same at our Mount Lebanon location as well.

Friday, November 24th starting at 6:00pm
Black Friday Christmas Beer Tapping – ‘Tis the season for Christmas beers! Come deck the halls after your shopping concludes as we put a strong lineup of Christmas favorites on tap to get the season kicked off in style.

NOTE: We’ll be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, November 3rd starting at 7:00pm
Evil Twin Night – We complete the hat trick of Evil Twin props with another lineup of their beers on tap in Mount Lebanon, including the Evil Twin/Westbrook collaboration Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break and If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA.

Friday, November 10th starting at 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Draft Night – We love our Stone beers at Caliente and do our best to feature some of the very best their brewery releases. Tonight, get your lips on some of those offerings as we feature several Stone beers on draft for your enjoyment.

Friday, November 17th starting at 7:00pm 
Local Cider Night – If you haven’t indulged on the incredible ciders we have available in Pittsburgh, you’re truly missing out. Tonight, we are going to feature some great local offerings including some classics from our friends at Arsenal Cider. We’ll be doing the same at our Hampton location as well.

Friday, November 24th starting at 6:00pm
Black Friday Christmas Beer Tapping – ‘Tis the season for Christmas beers! Come deck the halls after your shopping concludes as we put a strong lineup of Christmas favorites on tap to get the season kicked off in style.

NOTE: We’ll be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th.

by Jason M. Cercone 

Founder | Libations Marketing Specialist
Breaking Brews Marketing Company