LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Damm Fine Pizza, owner of 20 Blaze Pizza locations in Central California, will donate 20 percent of all sales on September 4, to the Red Cross California Fire Relief Fund. Customers can support the effort by dining at any of the locations listed below from 2-8 p.m. on that date.

Simply stop by a Blaze Pizza in these cities to participate: Tracy, Monterey, Tulare, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Salinas, San Luis Obispo, Visalia, Lodi, Clovis, Stockton, Santa Maria, Paso Robles, Los Banos, Lancaster, Santa Cruz, or Lompoc.

“We’re proud to do a small part to support those who have been affected by this year’s wildfire season,” said Mitch Wolf, Blaze Pizza franchisee. “Many of our customers and their families have been directly impacted by these tragic fires. So many have lost so much, and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money to help support their recovery. The Red Cross has been extremely supportive of this fundraising effort and has been on the vanguard of fire relief in California.”

Since 2012, Blaze Pizza has been serving artisanal pies that are both fast and affordable. Each restaurant features an interactive open kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s generously sized personal signature pizzas or create your own, all for around $8.

Every pizza features our made-from-scratch dough crafted in house daily, all-natural meats and vegetables, and is finished in an open flame oven which cooks pizzas in three minutes flat. For guests with special dietary needs, Blaze offers gluten-free dough, vegan cheese, animal rennet free dairy, and tree-nut free pesto. Each of these elements have assisted the brand with becoming the fastest growing restaurant in history. Fundraising for community organizations is a key part of each Blaze Pizza’s local involvement.

About Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint”, serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. With fans lining up each day for their custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, house made lemonades and s’more pies, the innovative fast-casual concept has quickly become one of the hottest restaurant chains in the country. Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, “clean” ingredients – all for about $8. The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Restaurants make fresh dough from scratch using a proprietary recipe developed by Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

Recently named the #1 “Brand of the Year” in the Fast Casual Top 100, Blaze Pizza has built momentum and developed a cult-like following as it expands across the country. The concept is backed by private equity firm Brentwood Associates and founding investors that include LeBron James, Maria Shriver, movie producer John Davis and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video.

Media Contact:Alyson StumpfAccount Executive McDougal Marketing, Inc. alyson@pmmarcom.com 559-440-9973

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