Riot Fest 2016 Chicago and Denver Lineups: Achievement Unlocked

Nearly a week after announcing the reunion of the original Misfits lineup, Riot Fest has released the first wave of their Denver (Sept. 4th-6th) and Chicago (Sept. 16-18th) Rodeo/Carnivals.

Chicago

Riot Fest 2016

3-Day GA and VIP Tickets for Riot Fest and Carnival at Douglas Park are available here. 

 

Denver

Riot Fest Denver

3-Day GA and VIP Tickets for Riot Fest and Rodeo at the National Western Complex here.

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Piffcast: The Eighth One – Pizza, TV and Stuff

This week we took the show outside, and I don’t think we’re coming back in…

TJ and I played a little catchup regarding the Old Style Pizza Summit, The Walking Dead finale and then some. We also talked about the things that make us feel older, some exciting plans for the show, and TV recommendations that can carry you to the new season of Game of Thrones. Somehow The O.C. and One Tree Hill came up too, you’ll have to listen to find out why. 

We’re also in the hunt for a show grill master, so if you know anybody or want to hang…?

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The Inaugural Old Style Chicago Pizza Summit Recap: We Partied Hard

Sunday evening, Old Style hosted Chicago’s first ever Pizza Summit. It’s amazing that a town with so much pride in their favorite food had yet to organize such an event, but we’re so glad someone did.

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The summit was held at the Chop Shop & 1st Ward in Wicker Park and broken into 2 different sessions, 2-5 PM & 6-9. Hungry and eager to get inside was line down North Ave of likeminded, pizza loving individuals. They were lucky to get in on a Pizza Party that sold out in 3 minutes thanks to the efforts Old Style and Do312. The patient crowd was greeted at the door by a man who definitely looked to be in charge, named T.J., and the awesome Chop Shop staff.

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Partiers were led toward their destiny for the evening, which would have been appropriate to the sounds of Willy Wonka singing “Pure Imagination“.

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Once checked in, you were handed 5 tickets that gave you plenty of Old Style to wash down the feast that was about to ensue…and a pretty cool personal pizza slice plate.

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Then it began. Around the room, like a wagon circle of deliciousness, were the fine folks from…

 Home Run Inn

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And yes, we have a secret #HomeRunInnHandshake that only the cool kids know.

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Taco in a Bag

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They brought the super innovative “Pizza in a Bag” with them.

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Flo & Santos

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With a polish sausage pizza that is to die for.

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Gino’s East

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If you go anytime soon, try the veggie pizza with mashed potatoes in it. Trust me.

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Santullo’s 

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They kept it simple, and simple was perfect.

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Lou Malnati’s

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The famous family recipe, that we all recall made Jon Stewart chill for a minute.

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Dimo’s

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I tried Mac & Cheese pizza for the first time, and it made me into a believer.

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Pie-Eyed Pizzeria

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In case you can’t read that description, it says BBQ pizza with five-spiced braised pork belly and Wisconsin cheese curds. Yeah.

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Connie’s Pizza

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I greatly appreciated these cool people for letting me reminisce about growing up on Connie’s going to ballgames in Chicago. I imagine many of you can relate…

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Boiler Room

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You may recall that Boiler Room ranked #1 on my Pizza Challenge list a year ago…

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The guys from Boiler Room actually served as the opener for the evening’s keynote speaker, flipping dough way more impressively than i ever could…

Immediately after that last dough throw into the crowd, the Alan Parson’s Project (better known locally as the Chicago Bulls intro music) was cranked to the max in the room!

Yes, capping off the week where he formed the PARTY Party for this year’s election season, Andrew W.K. spoke to pizza loving, party-till-you-puke crowd about what it means to live positively and the kind of joy pizza brings to people everywhere. To sum it up as eloquently as possible, IT WAS COOL AS HELL…I’d rank it ahead of Rocky’s speech after defeating Ivan Drago.

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To perfectly wrap up his State of the Pizza Union address, Andrew W.K. led supporters in chant worthy for such an event.

 

He then met with fans and pizza-lovers alike. Even Snapchat Face-Swapped with my partner in crime for the night, Kristin.

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Whose hair looks better? Serious question.

The fun didn’t stop there. Upstairs, the U.S. Pizza Museum debuted its epic collection.

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The museum will be at The Chop Shop on April 4th for you to check out, and then you’ll have to find out where they POP UP NEXT by following their Facebook Page. They had some really cool swag that’s very much worth snagging for yourself or that special pizza fan you know and love.

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Also upstairs was a sweet little getaway section where bartender extraordinaire Kristen mixed us some Old Fashions to go perfectly with our Old Styles. Serving as a connector between the bar and the rest of the summit was an awesome rooftop patio that was made better by great weather.

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Providing excellent tunes, sound and projector GIFs on the wall all evening were the tandem of Kristin and Eric.

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Overall, it was a really fun time filled with super nice people, pizza and partying. Looking forward to the next one already. Well done, Old Style Chicago.

Here are some more scenes from the 2016 Pizza Summit.

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The Piffcast – Ep. 3 – Andrew W.K. & The Chicago Pizza Summit

The King of Partying, Andrew W.K., joined The Piffcast to discuss the Old Style Chicago Pizza Summit (taking place April 3rd at The Chop Shop in Wicker Park) where he’ll be a keynote speaker. The event sold out in 3 minutes after tickets went on sale, but we have some important info that you’ll definitely be interested in.

If you wish to jump ahead, the interview starts at the 15:15 mark.

Along with epic PARTY insight and advice, Andrew also contributed to our new Piffcast Book Club Reading List. Listen to how you can participate and win some pizza too.

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The Piffcast: The Second One – Second is the Best

 

This week, FanDuel sportswriter Jessica Kleinschmidt joins us to talk about the NFL offseason and where the best places would be for big free agents to land…from a Fantasy perspective. We also preview the upcoming MLB season a little bit as well, because pitchers and catchers are reporting! (Jump ahead to the 11:55 mark to here Jessica right away)

Then People Magazine TV editor and writer Aaron Couch jumps on to discuss Better Call Saul and the “Better Talk Saul” podcast he hosts. We also get into The People vs. OJ Simpson and the effect Deadpool’s success will have on Marvel and DC films going forward. (52:20 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

All that, plus some catching up, an epic Chicago Pizza Party and ANOTHER delicious social media contest. Don’t miss out!

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The Best Pizza Party Ever Is Coming To Chicago

As you already know, we’re strong advocates for great pizza here.

Apparently so are Old Style, Do312 and Andrew W.K, as they will be hosting Chicago’s FIRST EVER Pizza Summit at The Chop Shop & 1st Ward in Wicker Park on April 3rd.

The event will feature 12 of Chicago’s best pizza places and chefs, serving slices and pizza inspired cuisine, and a keynote speech by A.W.K. himself. Saying the dude “loves partying and pizza” is an understatement.

Tickets for the pizza summit go on sale February 19th at 10 PM on the Empty Bottle website and TicketWeb, with two different sessions at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM CDT. The sessions are open to the general public and tickets are $35 a piece, covering all-you-can-eat food and 5 Old Style beer tickets over 3 HOURS.

My only question is…

Who’s coming with me?! Let me know on Facebook or Twitter