September 15, 2016

San Diego’s First Gourmet Pizza Fest Will Raise Funds for Mesa College

By Lauren J. Mapp

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San Diego Gourmet Pizza Fest – a new festival for foodies and beer lovers alike – will debut this weekend in NTC Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza at 11 a.m.


Featuring gourmet pizza from around San Diego, attendees will be able to try and judge the offerings in order to choose a “People’s Choice Best Pizza” popular vote winner. An expert panel of judges will also choose a winner in the category of “Best Gourmet Pizza in San Diego.” Beer tastings from local breweries are also included in the cost of admission.


This fundraiser will benefit the San Diego Mesa Foundation, an organization that helps to support the student body through various scholarships, food cards, emergency assistance and purchasing equipment for the campus.


The Mesa Foundation’s mini-grants program – grants of up to $1,000 for faculty and staff at Mesa to be used for special projects or equipment – benefits the students both in the classroom and out.


“The program brings exceptional, innovative opportunities to Mesa students,” said President Dr. Pamela Luster of Mesa College. “Through mini-grants, faculty are able to try different activities (CSI, Research Institute, High School Day, Marine Biology Ocean Research Trips), purchase equipment and take students on important field trips that impact their educational experience on campus.”


The restaurants that are participating in the festival include Red Oven, URBN, Oggi’s, Solare Ristorante Italiano Bar Lounge, Blendtastic, Mamma Mia, Sunny’s Pizza, Isola Pizza Bar, Napoleone Pizza House, Pizza e Birra, Badass Pizza & Brew, Mr. Moto Pizza House and Paradise Pizza of Carlsbad.


Breweries offering samples of local drafts include Mike Hess Brewing, Garage Brewing Co., 32 North Brewing Co., Helix Brewing Co., Oggi’s, Mission Brewery, Legacy Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing, Legacy Brewing Co., Acoustic Ales and PRP Wine International.


To purchase tickets, visit


When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016   Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Where: NTC Liberty Station      Ingram Plaza      2640 Historic Decatur Rd      San Diego, CA 92106   Cost: $35, per ticket    Note: Ticket holders must be 21 years old or over to attend

Tags: Fundraiser, Gourmet Pizza Fest, Mesa Foundation