Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza and Chase’s Calendar of Events Declare May 13 National Pizza Party Day

EVERETT, WA (MAY 2007) – Pizza and parties go hand in hand. Whether marking birthday milestones, celebrating a sporting team or academic occasion, or simply to enjoy the company of friends, pizza is a top choice to bring people together for any occasion. It is because of Americans love for pizza that rapidly growing pizza franchise, Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza nominated May 18, 2007 as National Pizza Party Day through Chase’s Calendar of Events, the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events and worldwide holidays. Now, recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events as the only franchise offering a “National Pizza Party Day”, Garlic Jim’s is celebrating!

Garlic Jim’s will host a drawing at www.pizzaweek.com for customers from EVERY store to sign up on-line to win a pizza party for a nominated school and classroom, to be delivered on May 18 (pending teacher approval, once chosen). Visitors to www.pizzaweek.com will view a complete listing of Garlic Jim’s locations and choose the location nearest to them. Then they’ll submit a participating school and particular classroom to which they’d like the pizza party to be awarded. Winners will be chosen at random and once awarded the party, teachers will be notified to ensure approval. Customers can begin entering on May 7 and the contest will close May 14, with winners being notified that day. One party per trade area will be awarded!

“We’re honored to have been chosen by Chase’s Calendar of Events as the pizza franchise to celebrate ‘National Pizza Party Day’ in 2007 and beyond,” says Dwayne Northrop, president and CEO, Garlic Jim’s.  “2007 is our kick-off year and as we grow, so will the occasion. We hope to celebrate for an entire week in 2008 with large scale contests, specials and surprises!”

Commencing yearly on the third Friday of May, this day marks the end of many sport seasons and the school year, and signifies the beginning days of summer.  As the school year winds down, students and parents should celebrate with pizza parties! Pizza is the perfect alternative during National Pizza Party Day and all yearlong!

ABOUT GARLIC JIMS

Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is proud to be the first pizza franchise to focus on quick delivery pizza made fresh with gourmet toppings. Garlic Jim’s in-store system and team member training allows them to make pizza in 25 minutes or less “from order to out the door,” thus pioneering the concept “Gourmet, Right Away.”

At Garlic Jim’s the term ‘gourmet’ signifies more than just the finished pizza – it refers to the finest ingredients: fresh packed sauces, fresh 100% whole-milk mozzarella and fresh dough made daily, where the customer can certainly taste the difference. Garlic Jim’s offers customers two crust choices; hand-thrown thick crust, made with parmesan cheese and buttermilk, or garlic thin; four cheese options: 100% whole-milk mozzarella, cheddar, feta and parmesan; seven sauces: classic red, garlic basil, basil pesto, zesty chipotle pesto, creamy ranch, smoky sweet BBQ or fresh basil and olive oil, and a variety of meats, vegetables and gourmet toppings such as roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, corn salsa and sun-dried tomatoes.

With gourmet pizzas such as Nutty Chipotle™, zesty chipotle pesto topped with spicy sausage, pepperoni, red onions, tomatoes and cashews, Jim’s Gourmet Garlic™, basil pesto sauce, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese, and Chicken Bacon Ranch, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions and creamy ranch sauce, Garlic Jim’s is putting a new spin on pizza.  “We’ve gone out of our way to source the best ingredients available to create our specialty pizzas and as a result we also have the best tasting pepperoni pizza you will ever find,” says Northrop.

Garlic Jim’s has grown from two open stores in 2004 to 36 open stores and 93 franchises sold in 2006.  In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim’s has stores under development in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. With projections of doubling in size in 2007, Garlic Jim’s is sure to become the fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise in the country. For more information on Garlic Jim’s pizza and franchising, visit their website at www.garlicjims.com, or call 866-918-jims (5467). It is because of Americans love for pizza that rapidly growing pizza franchise, Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza nominated May 18, 2007 as National Pizza Party Day through Chase’s Calendar of Events, the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events and worldwide holidays. Now, recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events as the only franchise offering a “National Pizza Party Day”, Garlic Jim’s is celebrating!