By now you've surely heard that the folks at Cane Rosso love to invite celebrity chefs and other local food personalities to sit in as guest pizzaiolos. The story was almost getting stale before Alice Laussade got in on the action. This Monday night she'll be joining the ranks of Jack Perkins, Brian Luscher, Jeffrey Hobbs and others, bringing her very own "meat fight" pizza to her fans in Deep Ellum.
I wanted to ask her a few questions before she singed her eyebrows off while peering into Jay Jerrier's red-hot pizza oven
So what's with you slinging pies at the dog red? The Mr. Jay Jerrier invited me and said that proceeds would benefit charity, so I said yes. I'm very excited about the opportunity he's giving me to put Snickers in his pizza oven. (No, that's not a euphemism.)
Are you even qualified to make pizza? I heard Jack Perkins made pizzas over there once, so yeah. I mean, if they let him put tots on a pizza and who knows what else, they can't be worried about what I'm going to do. Also, I waited tables at Bennigan's and Johnny Carino's, which is basically just like staging at The French Laundry. I'm more than qualified.
Do you have any special skills? I'm a black belt boob puncher.
Can you throw pepperoni like ninja stars? I'm more of a pepperoni frisbee golfer.
What about string-cheese nunchucks? I don't think Jay Jerrier allows string cheese at Cane Rosso. He's got a similar policy about Ranch dressing, I hear.
Will your pizza be vegetarian friendly? The special pizza I'll be making for Cane Rosso is the Meat Fight pizza: smoked pork on one half, Italian beef on the other half, cambozola cheese all over. The pizza will be open to friendship with vegetarians, but I'm thinking the vegetarians might be more into the calzone we're offering.
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We plan to stuff dessert calzones with Halloween candy (Snickers, 100 Grand, Crunch bars, etc.), then top that with Nutella, then watch people shove those Trick-or-Treat Calzones in their faces.
On a scale of one to 10, how tempted will you be to pinch Dino's ass while you're playing around with flour? I'm thinking that wouldn't be sanitary. Plus, Jerrier's already explained to me that he's got dibs on Dino butt grabs.
Jay's? Scott, let's talk about your butt focus in this interview. I know you've been checking Jay out. Why don't you just give the guy your number already?
Anything else you want to tell potential pizza eaters? Thanks to Cane Rosso's generosity, a portion of proceeds from the specialty pizzas go to the National MS Society. I'll be wearing my Meat Fight shirt. If you wear yours, I'll give you a free high five.