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Devouring Dockside Delights - Inaugural pizza-eating contest at Matanzas Upper Deck Saturday

September 25, 2014
Melissa Schneider - Editor (mschneider@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

By MELISSA SCHNEIDER

mschneider@breezenewspapers.com

What says "casual island living" more than a hot, fresh slice of Chef Dave's savory Dockside pizza? Have you ever wondered how many slices you can eat in a short period of time, just from it being so dang tasty? Or have you actually done that before? Well, if you haven't yet, now you can and make it official! The inaugural Dave's Dockside Pizza Eating Contest will grace the deck of Matanzas' newest trellis area of the establishment Saturday, Sept. 27, with mouths to the plates at 3 p.m.

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"We have a cap-off of 20 entrants that can participate, and so far we have eight registered for the contest," said Glen Petrarca, general manager of the establishment. "We're hosting this contest to have fun. This is second year in a row that we've been awarded Best Pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The staff and I were talking a week after the hot-dog-eating contest about doing something similar, and, of course, pizza just came natural."

Dave's Dockside Pizza isn't just a pie that's been pre-constructed and waiting for someone to order it. It's a recipe that's been perfected over years and years of meticulous work and effort, custom-created to every order.

"Our Chef Dave Chetwin has mastered the craft, using our own from-scratch homemade dough, homemade sauce, fresh toppings and we only use a brick oven," Glen said. "The story behind Dockside Pizza is Dave brought it into Matanzas when the Dockside closed. The Upper Deck opened shortly after and the tradition has continued ever since."

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For those planning to engorge in Chef Dave's masterful creations Saturday, look forward to enjoying the traditional 14-inch cheese pie divided into eight slices.

"Whoever eats the most slices in the allotted time will be declared the winner," Glen said. "We will be prepared that afternoon with 50 pizzas ready to be eaten during the contest."

All those who are intrigued by the spectacle but wish to only admire from afar, Glenn encourages all to come out and enjoy the event from Matanzas' most recent addition to the establishment, the Upper Deck trellis.

"It's a great new area that we designed for special events," he said. "And our first annual pizza-eating contest is perfect for it. We'll have a nice big area for views to watch and cheer them on."

For those looking to participate, the cost to enter is $25, which automatically gets you a Petey's Upper Deck Flex Fit hat and of course as much pizza as you can eat in 15 minutes.

The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant, as well as a free night stay at the Matanzas Inn. The contest will kick off at 3 p.m., Saturday, but entrants must be signed up and ready to go by 2:45. Sign up either at Matanzas any time prior to the event (remember, there are only 20 spots open, and eight have been claimed), or go online to Matanzas.com to register be sure to fill out the entire registration and waiver forms. All applications/waivers are due by Friday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m.

While at the establishment that day, hang back and enjoy happy hour until 7 p.m., featuring discount domestic bottles, well drinks and house wines, and while you're letting all of that pizza settle, take in the dynamite sounds of Mary Winner, performing on the Upper Deck from 6 to 10 p.m.

For the full list of rules and regs, official entry form, contest waiver and more, visit Matanzas.com or call 239-463-3838.

 
 

 

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