Monroe Economic Development Coordinator Teri Rotella has identified 16 businesses in town that make pizza and invited all to compete in a contest as part of a charity event benefiting Project Warmth, the town's home heating and energy assistance program. So far, six places have signed on.
Rotella said Adriana's, , , , and will enter their cheese pies into the contest, to be held at Chalk Hill School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 31.
"They have to prove they've got the best pizza, but they're also supporting a good cause," Rotella said.
Project Warmth is run by Monroe's Social Services Department, assisting families down on their luck. Demand exceeded its funding during last year's harsh winter.
Those attending the contest may vote in several categories such as best crust and best tasting cheese. The winner of Best Pizza overall will have a trophy to display in its restaurant for the entire year, with a chance to defend its crown next year.
There is still time for Monroe's other pizza-making businesses to put their cheese pizzas to the test, according to Rotella.
Members of the public may purchase as many ballots as they want. Bins will also be available for non-perishable food donations to the Monroe Food Pantry.
Rotella stressed that this event is meant to be all in good fun, with raising funds for Project Warmth being the primary goal.