Earlier this season, Milwaukee-based Palermo’s Pizza welcomed the entire Bucks team to its Menomonee Valley headquarters to participate in a create-your-own-pizza contest and to get a behind-the-scenes lesson on food marketing, branding and product development.
Palermo's, of course, is a Bucks corporate partner and Palermo’s owner Giacomo Fallucca is a minority share owner of the team.
The team was divided into four groups. Each team had to concept, collaborate and create their own pizzas. The winning team would get its creation featured at an upcoming home game. That game is tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 29 against the Miami Heat.
Here's how it went down. Palermo’s owner Giacomo Fallucca, Bucks president Peter Feigin and general manager John Hammond served as the judges. The teams created, pitched and provided samples for the judges. See a summary here:
The winning recipe was the "Milwaukee Muddpie," a pizza featuring chicken, pepperoni, bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch, jalapenos and banana peppers. It was created by Greg Monroe, Jerryd Bayless, Chris Copeland, Johnny O’Bryant and Rashad Vaughn.
Slices of this winning recipe will be available inside the Palermo’s Courtside Club during Friday’s Bucks game.
"As a huge fan of the competition on the court, I was thrilled to support some friendly competition off the court at the Palermo Villa," said Giacomo Fallucca, CEO of Palermo Villa, Inc. "The opportunity to share our brand with our partners and see the same love for pizza-making firsthand from our young Bucks was an extraordinary experience for myself and all of our staff. The enthusiasm that the team brought to the test kitchen is a testament to why we continue to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks year after year."
On Friday night, you also can get a ticket, pizza (not the muddpie slice, though) and soda for only $16.50. Click here for details.
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