Pop-Up Pizza

“It seems like Jesse Houston won’t be satisfied until he’s put his spin on every cuisine in town. In addition to running the popular downtown eatery Parlor Market as its Chef de Cuisine, Houston regularly surprises local foodies with one-night-only pop-up restaurant events,” according to the Jackson Free Press.

“The latest iteration is PM Pizza, a collaboration with pizza joint Sal & Mookie’s Aug. 20. “I would always bug Jeff (Good) and Dan (Blumenthal, owner and executive chef) about letting me come hang out for a night and make pizzas somewhere, just for fun,” Houston says. “So one day I went to Sal & Mookie’s and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was like, ‘You’ve got to let me come make pizzas.’ At first … I wasn’t really thinking it was going to be a big deal. But then they were like, ‘Well, why don’t we turn it into PM Pizza?'”

“It was really Jesse’s brainchild,” Blumenthal says. “I knew that if he was really ever going to get serious about doing the pop-up idea with pizzas, he wasn’t going to be able to do it at his restaurant—he didn’t have the room. So he basically said, ‘Why don’t we do PM Pizza and do it at your place. … I’m not selfish, I just want to have fun. We can do it, and you can take all the proceeds.’ So I thought, ‘Wow, this could be interesting.’ I’ve been to probably two of their PM events, and they are very successful—crazy, but successful.”