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“No Kid Hungry”: Mellow Mushroom Helps Fight Child Hunger


Every September for the past three years, Mellow Mushrooms across the US have participated in “No Kid Hungry” a movement in order to stop child hunger in America. This year marks the 4th consecutive year they have participated in “No Kid Hungry” alongside many other restaurants as well.

Mellow Mushroom was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, GA with its focus on it’s art filled, family friendly environment alongside it’s freshly made stone baked pizzas. This Mellow Mushroom, located on the corner of Colonial and Alafaya has been frequented often by myself, from high school when I was just trying to find a cool spot to hang out to my undergraduate years when I found myself in need of food to cure the hangover brought on to myself the night prior.

Mellow is one of my go-to pizza establishments near campus, with it’s unique pizza recipes, various draft selections, and daily specials – who wouldn’t want to go?

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip

We started first with an appetizer. We asked our very sociable waitress what she would recommend, and she immediately pointed towards the Spinach Artichoke Dip which was a favorite of hers. The dish includes freshly sauteed spinach blended with artichokes, mozzarella, parmesan Cheese, topped with shaved Parmesan and served with baked garlic toast. She also added that it would go great with the tomatoes on top as well, which she was in fact right. The dish was very rich and creamy, and each bite wanted you to come back for seconds, this was one of those items where you couldn’t just have one bite.

Gourmet White and the Magical Mystery Tour
Gourmet White and the Magical Mystery Tour

We then ordered our pizzas. While we munched on our appetizers, our waitress informed us that you could indeed select two different bases now with pizzas, that being said we decided to choose two different pizzas for the name of science (I mean Tasty Chomps).

Our first selection was the Gourmet White, with its olive oil and garlic base topped with sun-dried tomatoes, provolone, mozzarella, feta, roma tomatoes and onions. The Gourmet White was delicious – from outward appearance this was your typical pizza, but one could easily notice how much the fresh ingredients impacts the meal as well as the level of craftsmanship shown by Mellow Mushroom.

The various blends of cheese and tomatoes complimented each other well in perfect unison and each delectable bite called for you to bite into it once more.

The other pizza we had was the Magical Mystery Tour, a pesto based pizza with button and portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach, feta and jalapenos. At first glance this pizza looked intimidatingly spicy with its jalapenos which were graciously peppered on top.

However at first bite this was not so, the peppers gave the dish some kick but not too unmanageable by those with an intolerance to spicy dishes. The variety of mushrooms and cheeses came together to give us a very delicious pizza in which every bite ushered forth different notes, starting with the kick of peppers, to the balancing of the mushrooms, and the calming of the creamy cheese.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Octoberfest

But back to the philanthropy! When you visit a Mellow Mushroom location, share your moment with the hashtag #mellowcupcake or #nokidhungry, mellow mushroom will donate $3 to the cause. On top of that when you donate $10 you get a free small pizza and $25 or more gets you that as well as a free T-shirt! Last year 8,661 participating restaurants raised $8.9 million for the cause, this year Mellow Mushroom wants to raise $150,000 this month for No Kid Hungry.





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