There are times, because of my blogging presence, that I get invited to attend ribbon cuttings, grand openings, fashion shows and other media geared events. That’s what I do. I am an outspoken person, and companies like to invite outspoken people to try their products. . especially if they know that we’ll love it.
So, as I was getting ready to head out the door to the ribbon cutting event, I started to feel the butterflies in my stomach come to life. There’s the catch 22. You see, I adore going to all of these events, but at the same time they utterly terrify me. As I stood in front of my closet door, doing my best to pick out something nice to wear, I found that I needed to keep psyching myself up. From time to time I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirrored side of my closet door and mentally say to myself “You just have to get in the door and then you’ll be fine.”. After all, deep down I knew that I would do what I always do at these events and that is make new friends, talk to much and go home glad that I went and feeling foolish for showing any sign of doubt in the first place. It’s just the getting there part that I have trouble with. So I took a deep breath, put on my striped sweater and my black boots and gave myself one last look in the mirror. “You can do this” I stammered.
As I drove along, on my way to the event, I kept giving myself a way out. I told myself that if I got to the event and didn’t feel comfortable that I could leave. That is always my motto. So all I needed to do was chill out and I could make up my mind when I got there. As I pulled into the outdoor mall location where the new Buddy’s pizza is scheduled to open (today!) and gazed out my car window at the freshly painted building, I noticed that all of the neon lights in the sign were shining bright, the windows sparkled and a pretty red bow was set up just outside of the grand silver rimmed doors. This place definitely looked nice, I thought to myself, I think I’ll go in for just a few minutes. After all, my curiosity was getting the best of me and I really did want to see what the inside looked like too.
Upon walking up to the big beaming red front doors I was greeted by one of the PR reps. I looked at her, shoved my fears deep down inside (like I’ve been trained to do) and with an outreached hand said “Hi, I’m Mary. I’m here for the ribbon cutting event.”. “Mary, who?” she returned in a pleasant but curious tone. My uneasiness was starting to work it’s way up again. “Um, Mary” I said, “from the blog Raising Dick and Jane”. “Ah yes, Mary.” she said. I started to smile. Whew, I WAS on the list, I thought to myself, for some reason I always think that they might have forgotten to add me. “Come on inside” she said, “I’ll show you around before we get started”.
As we walked inside the brand new radiant building, my eyes were immediately drawn upwards. The ceilings were high and breezy. The layout of the room was open and welcoming and the decor was amazing! It definitely had that retro styling that I adore. As we walked from section to section the young lady who met me at the door pointed out all of the different styles that made this restaurant unique. All I could notice, however, was the Detroit signs, the bright retro colors and smell of baking pizza. Mmm.. I said, that smells amazing!
After a short ribbon cutting we were welcomed to stay for a reception and taste what Buddy’s pizza is all about. In all honesty, I’ve been to a Buddy’s pizza before so I KNEW how amazingly good it was and because of past experiences I wanted to stay and eat! I looked at the menu. Tonight I wanted to try something daring and new, after all. . I was feeling pretty triumphant by this time for conquering my fears and going to this event in the first place. So when the super sweet waitress came over to take my order, I asked for the “Lake Ontario” pizza. This pizza was made up of a motor city cheese blend, fresh cilantro, Canadian bacon, grilled pineapple and Buddy’s BBQ sauce. <—take that fear!!!
Within a short time my pipping hot pizza was brought to the table. The cheese was overflowing from the unapologetic square pizza set in front of me and the smell emitted from the perfectly crisp pie was heavenly. Now THIS was a pizza!
As I sat leaned back in my chair from eating more than my share of heavenly pizza the waitress came over and said those words. . . you know the ones. . . “Save any room for dessert?”. I sat up in my chair, took and deep breath and muttered, “sure”. <—-with a smile, of course.
That night, at the ribbon cutting, there were only two desserts to choose from and I am glad that there were. After all of the decision making over which gourmet pizza to choose from (because they have so many amazing choices), any more difficult choices would have been just too much. From the two choices given, I decided to go with the cream puff topped in locally made Sanders hot fudge. That is one really great thing about Buddy’s pizza, they like to use local ingredients when they can. After all, Buddy’s was started locally out of Detroit.
What is Buddy’s Pizza All About?
Buddy’s pizza is know for their Detroit Style, square shaped, deep dish pizza. Over the years, as Buddy’s has grown in size and popularity, they have been able to make a special name for themselves and I can see why. They’ve been named as one of the best pizza’s in Michigan by the Pure Michigan campaign, Food & Wine named Buddy’s one of the best pizza places in the U.S. and the Food Network named them as one of the top 5 pizza places in the nation! And here I was, eating famous pizza and dessert as a guest of the restaurant! How did I get here?!?
Being able to share in the success and growth of local businesses is one of the reasons I do what I do. I love being able to spread the word about places worth spreading. I love to be able to meet new people, try new things and push myself into uncomfortable situations. After all, nobody ever said doing what you love is easy, but I am sure that everyone can agree that it is definitely worth it.
Be sure to go and support the grand opening of Buddy’s pizza in Novi, Michigan TODAY! And because Buddy’s is a company that cares about community and giving back they have offered to give away $2 from every pizza sold at their Novi location on October 23rd to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The doors open at 3 pm. Don’t be square. . . unless your a Buddy’s famous pizza. 🙂