Stone Hearth Pizza Goes to Town with Local Events

Community Agenda Includes Wine Tastings, Fundraisers, Forums, Classes and Even a Game of Hoops

(Belmont, Mass…January 29, 2007) Known for supporting the region’s farmers and producers, Stone Hearth Pizza Co., with locations in Belmont and Sudbury, Mass., also regularly shows generous support for its local communities. Since its debut in August 2005, Stone Hearth Pizza has offered a 20%-off local merchant discount, donated to high school programs and supported town development efforts. Now, the team at the upscale eatery shares its fun and munificent nature through several educational events, charity benefits and student programs.

First up is a fundraiser for Wayland residents Tom and daughter Cori Antonellis as they prepare for their second AIDS Walk Africa, where they will trek through Tanzania on a six-day journey to raise money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. From 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, Stone Hearth Pizza in Sudbury will contribute to the Antonellis’ goal of raising $30,000 by donating 50% of its revenue. Stone Hearth Pizza urges its fans to dine in its Sudbury location during that time to help “Team Antonellis” reach this important goal.

“I am inspired by Tom and the way he is bringing his experience into area elementary school classrooms to help educate the younger generation about AIDS in Africa,” says Christopher Robbins, co-founder, Stone Hearth Pizza Co. “We are committed to making a positive impact on the towns where we do business. To achieve this community collaboration, we are always looking for interesting ways like this to give back.”

Sudbury native Paula Wright and her fellow members of Divas Uncorked will share their new Chardonnay with diners when they lead a tasting at Stone Hearth Pizza’s Sudbury location on Wednesday, March 14. From 6:00-8:00 p.m., the vivacious female wine-lovers will break down the intimidating image of the wine world and explore how the quality ingredients of Stone
Hearth’s pizzas perfectly complement wine. They’ll also give guests a taste of their upcoming annual conference, “Wine, Women and…Grape Expectations,” to be held March 23-24 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Stone Hearth Pizza will feature Divas Uncorked Chardonnay on its menu for the month of March. Tickets for this event will be available at www.DivasUncorked.com as of February 2.

While Stone Hearth Pizza’s wine program attracts an adult crowd, the company extends its reach to students when chef and general manager Michael Ehlenfeldt leads an interactive cooking class at the Dover-Sherborn Cooking Studio on Wednesday, March 7, teaching aspiring chefs to hand stretch dough and dress pizzas in the classic Neapolitan style. From there, Ehlenfeldt’s schedule takes him to Belmont High School on Friday, March 9, where he will discuss his life as a restaurant chef and manager with students interested in the hospitality business.

Stone Hearth Pizza shows off its athletic side when Robbins joins the Needham Boosters and the New England Patriots in a basketball game to support Needham High School athletics on Tuesday, May 1. By tip off time, Stone Hearth Pizza’s new Needham location will be open for business to feed hungry fans.

About Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
Stone Hearth Pizza Co. debuted in August 2005 in Belmont, Mass., when longtime friends Christopher Robbins and Jonathan Schwarz leveraged a combined 30 years of entrepreneurial experience to open an upscale neighborhood dining spot based on their shared core values: friendship, good food and family. The company’s commitment to sourcing sustainable, organic and, whenever possible, local ingredients ensures a superior product, supports family farming, protects natural resources and strengthens local economies. Chef and general manager Michael Ehlenfeldt’s menu offers both classic and unexpected varieties of Neapolitan-style, oven-fired pizzas, as well as a regional beer and wine list. A second location in Sudbury, Mass., opened in May 2006, and plans for more locations are in the works. Visit www.StoneHearthPizza.com to find out more.