South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (June, 2012) – With a huge pair of scissors in hand, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Claire Fortier’s ribbon cutting officially kicked off the grand opening of Base Camp Pizza Co. on Thursday, June 14. Base Camp Pizza Co. joins its successful counterparts: the popular Rubicon Pizza Co. in the Village at Northstar and the original Fireside Pizza Co. in the Village at Squaw Valley. At the grand opening event, members of the South Lake Tahoe community were invited to experience the quality pizza and service that their North Shore neighbors have come to love.
Partners Ray Villaman, Ted Kennedy and Marc Vacarro have built their restaurants’ reputations not only by serving quality food, but also by giving back to the communities they do business in. Located in the Heavenly Village, Base Camp Pizza Co. will bring more than 30 job opportunities to the South Lake Tahoe area as well as a proven commitment to community service. With a continued tradition of partnering with worthy non-profits these restaurants know how to combine casual gourmet with community commitment for a feel-good experience. In the past ten years the staff of Fireside Pizza Co. and Rubicon Pizza Co. have contributed over $150,000 in food donations and raised over $22,000 for local non-profits such as Tahoe Safe Alliance, Adventure Risk Challenge and the Truckee Family Resource Center.
Base Camp Pizza Co. offers diners flavorful, innovative entrees such as green apple and gorgonzola pizza, smoked Gouda mac ‘n cheese and Thai red curry pizza. Executive Chef Marc Vacarro combines the best ingredients and an adventurous culinary spirit to give this restaurant a flavor all its own. Attendees of the grand opening event paired Base Camp’s hand-crafted pizzas with mouth-watering libations, such as the shaken Rosemary vodka lemonade which is served in their signature mason jars. Attendees agreed that this new family-style dining hotspot will be the ideal place to land for nourishment after a hard day on the slopes, on the trail or in the office. The restaurant’s atmosphere is understated yet comfortable with large, upholstered booth seating that makes you want to slide in and hunker down for a satisfying meal. Festive red camping lanterns leave the restaurant glowing with Tahoe charm. A large outside deck and a full patio bar will be added for an enjoyable al fresco dining experience with the Heavenly Resort serving as a picturesque backdrop.
At the grand opening of Base Camp Pizza Co. it was clear that the invited members of the South Lake Tahoe community were impressed with the caliber of cuisine, service and ambiance that Base Camp Pizza Co. will add to Lake Tahoe Boulevard. “ We are proud to call South Lake Tahoe our new home and would like to thank our landlord, Trans Sierra and Gary Castille, for inviting and supporting our move to the Village, and our local building contractor, Michael Rohrer Construction, for the amazing final product” said Ray Villaman. Partners Ted Kennedy, Ray Villaman and Marc Vacarro invite the entire South Lake Tahoe community to visit Base Camp Pizza Co. and experience their recipe for success: delicious food served in an inviting atmosphere by local employees, all while giving back to the community