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My East Bay Yelp Elite crew held their first virtual event: a pizza making demo with Homage, another gem in Martinez, California (remember States, too?!).

The day before the event we picked up pizza kits in person in the restaurant with option to either go inside the restaurant or have your pizza walked to your car. I wanted to go inside so I could see the restaurant and take photos, duh (#yelpelitestatus). It’s airy and bright in the restaurant, there’s a small pantry/market shelf, and it smelled so good inside. Mmm, I couldn’t wait for our pizza demo!

We chose the pepperoni pizza kit. It came with enough ingredients for four personal pies. The dough and sauce are made in house with their sourdough starter and San Marzano tomatoes, respectively. The pepperoni is sourced from a local Richmond meat spot. The kit even comes with chocolate chip cookie dough! Also, we all got some new Yelp goodies: a tote, mug, and ahh, coveted hand sanitizer.

On event night, owners Rachel and Erik hosted from their home kitchen and demoed how to use the kits both in a regular oven and a pizza oven. (Add get a pizza oven to your backyard dreams list. It cooks pizza so fast!) They also shared the Homage origin story, answered all of our pizza making questions, and shared lots of pizza making secrets/tips to get us pumped to create our own pies. Here we go!

Photos by Hubby: Flour the dough and stretch it out. Add sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Place in the oven at the highest temperature (this is when I learned our oven goes to 500F!) for 10-15 minutes.

I totes skipped a step and didn’t stretch my dough enough so I baked pizza mountains – they got so fluffy/airy. Still tasted good! Simple ingredients and bold flavors all the way, and the smell was fantastic.

This was seriously so fun and so easy to do. Homage has other pizza kits, too, plus roasted veggie kits and ready-made meals. And if you’re lucky (live within a 20-mile radius of their restaurant), they also deliver.

Thank you to Yelp East Bay and Homage for hosting this fun, at-home event! It was so nice to see everyone on the Zoom chat, but I hope we’ll get to reunite in person soon!

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