Blaze Pizza Opens at Central/Camelback & Does RED Campaign by Lynette Carrington Blaze Pizza Opens at Central/Camelback, Announces Support of Bono’s RED Campaign Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, which has locations in North Phoenix, Central Phoenix, Avondale, Tempe and Tucson, today announced it has teamed up with (RED) during the month of June to support the fight against AIDS. As part of the month-long EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign, the company will rebrand its popular Red Vine pizza as the ‘(RED) Vine’ in each of the company’s nearly 200 restaurants throughout the country. Blaze will donate $1 each time a guest enjoys a signature (RED) Vine pizza and cold drink, contributing up to $50,000 to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will generously match Blaze’s donation, meaning that the total funds raised could provide $100,000 and 300,000 days of life-saving HIV/AIDS medication. The participating restaurants are located at: Central: 5120 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 North Phoenix: 950 E. Bell Road Ste.190 Phoenix, AZ 85022 Tempe: 105 W. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 Avondale: 10155 W. McDowell Road #103 Avondale, AZ 85392 Tucson: 5615 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711“We’re proud to partner with (RED), standing alongside the Gates Foundation and so many legendary and influential brands as we work together to support this critical fight,” said Jim Mizes, CEO & President of Blaze Pizza. “It’s a perfect alignment, both in terms of the name of our (RED) Vine pizza, and in a larger sense, how we strive to ‘change the game’ when it comes to making an impact.”Every June, (RED) teams up with the culinary world for EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES. The campaign, led by Chef Mario Batali, began in 2014 and has enlisted leading (RED) chef ambassadors, restaurants and culinary brands to create food and social experiences that raise money and awareness to fight AIDS.“We believe that each of us can benefit from making smarter decisions about what’s in our food, how we treat each other and how we protect this wonderful planet we all share,” said Executive Chef Bradford Kent. “At Blaze, we’re committed to doing our part, and are proud to align ourselves with a partner like (RED), who clearly shares our philosophy of creating positive change.”The Scottsdale.com Blaze Pizza ExperienceThe Blaze Pizza concept is a modern one, encompassing artisanal pizzas (either signature, or build your own), freshly made salads, a wicked blood orange lemonade and even s’mores pies made with McVitie’s cookies, marshmallow and chocolate. We were excited to learn from Executive Chef Bradford Kent (aka “The Pizza Whisperer”) that all ingredients at Blaze Pizza are carefully selected. Also there are zero added nitrates in any of the food, making it that much healthier. What is fun about Blaze pizzas is that they only take 180 seconds to cook, and we got a kick out of watching the super efficient staff baking up pizza after pizza in the open flame oven. The pizza crust is something extra special at Blaze, too. It is made with just a small amount of olive oil, an oil custom-created by Chef Kent to make his pizza dough exactly as he wants it. The thin crust dough requires a 24-hour fermentation time to specially create the light-as-air crisp crust. The difference is incredible and we were impressed with the fresh taste and the high quality of the ingredients.The first pizza we ordered was the Hawaiian, a pizza standard by which we judge most pizza places. This version had crumbled Applewood bacon, pineapple and pepperoni. We loved watching how efficient the staff was in baking the pizza in 180 seconds. It’s incredible how quickly they can move pizzas through the open flame oven. While we were waiting for our pizza to bake, we also ordered a s’mores pie and had the crew fire that up in the oven as well. The Hawaiian pizza was sheer perfection. It had a generous amount of toppings, was evenly baked and provided a satisfying meal with a crunch. Best of all? Most of the pizzas at Blaze Pizza are in the $8 range. Incredible! Whatever your favorite pizza, Blaze Pizza can create it. Gluten-free pizza and vegan options are a snap here, too. The s’mores pie was the perfect size to share between two people, and there are also brownies and cookies available, any of which are tastier when fired up in the oven! We also enjoyed a build-it-yourself pizza with olives, bell peppers, mozzarella, onion and arugula, finished off with a pesto drizzle. This was an outstanding pizza, packed with fresh ingredients and not leaving us feeling weighed down. In short, this is pizza you can feel good about eating!If you are craving even more greens, Try a Blaze Pizza salad. Choose a side salad, or make it an entrée size to feed a few people, you’ll be impressed. Also, sauces and dressings are those of Blaze Pizza and you’ll want to try them all!Whether you opt for a soda fountain soda or the blood orange lemonade or tea, you’ll find just the right thing. Draft beer and wine are also available. This location of Blaze Pizza is located at 5120 N. Central Ave. Phoenix. Visit http://www.blazepizza.com/locations/phoenix for more information, or call (602) 603-2478. About Blaze Pizza The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes, thoughtful interior design, and a service culture that celebrates individuality. Now ranked as the leading fast-casual pizza chain in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 196 restaurants in 32 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video.ABOUT (RED)® (RED) was founded in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, GAP, MCM, Salesforce, SAP, Starbucks, Telcel. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Alessi, ALEX AND ANI, Andaz, Fatboy USA, Fully, Girl Skateboards, Le Creuset, Mophie, S’well and Vespa. To date, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 90 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.