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Blaze Pizza to donate April 11 proceeds to Foodlink

Blaze Pizza to donate April 11 proceeds to Foodlink

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza opened on Jefferson Road in March..
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza opened on Jefferson Road in March.

A newly opened Henrietta pizzeria will donate all of its grand opening event proceeds to a local charity.

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a fast-casual restaurant that serves custom artisan pizza, will host Donation Day next Wednesday. The April 11 event will allow patrons to pay whatever they want for their meal and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Foodlink Inc., the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley food bank and regional hub.

“Blaze Pizza is so excited to welcome the public to our restaurant to support Foodlink. Foodlink is a fantastic organization that distributed 17.4 million pounds of food in 2017, and we’re proud to help them continue that great work,” said Chad Tooley, Blaze Pizza’s Henrietta general manager, in a statement. “This Donation Day will give our new neighbors in Henrietta the opportunity to experience our delicious menu while giving back to a good cause.”

Blaze Pizza was founded in Irvine, Calif., in 2012 by Elise and Rick Wetzel. The pizza chain operates more than 265 restaurants in 40 states, Canada and Kuwait.

Each restaurant features an interactive, open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own for about $8. The thin-crust pizzas are cooked in an open-flame oven in 180 seconds. The pizzeria offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese for those with special diets.

“At Blaze, we’re all about creating an engaging dining experience where guests can enjoy artisanal pizza that’s both fast and affordable,” said Jim Mizes, Blaze Pizza president and CEO.

Foodlink runs more than 30 unique food-related programs aimed at ending hunger, improving nutrition, empowering individuals with food literacy and strengthening the regional food system. The 500-member organization distributes food and resources to area soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, group homes, senior centers, day cares, after-school programs and other nonprofit organizations.

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