Pizza is kind of a big deal, especially in Detroit. As the well-known apparel brand for all-things Michigan and Detroit, The Great Lakes State (TGLS) is ecstatic to announce a partnership with the first annual Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 12 - 4pm. Through this collaborative event, TGLS has the distinct privilege of designing and manufacturing the official event t-shirts and will be on hand selling swag and conspicuously consuming pizza during this culinary event.

Thanks to outspoken community leader Jason Hall, Scott Rutterbush of Dine, Drink, Detroit and Andrus McDonald of the Annex Group, the Pizza Throwdown will feed thousands of pizza lovers will sample slices from some of Rock City’s most esteemed pizza masters.  For a little bit of dough ($15), guests can sample up to five slices with additional slices for purchase by the respective vendors. DJ Tom T will be spinning for the enthusiastic crowd and favorite local beers will be flowing liberally. At the expense of sounding cheesy, this pizza-centric event brings together connoisseurs from all over the region to share saucy stories and culinary adventures with pie and Detroit pride at the very heart. With variations on this culinary theme served and shared across the globe, pizza is said to inspire creativity, community, conversation and exotic new flavors as a result.

“This is such an incredible event, we’re really pleased to be involved. We’re excited to further grow our relationships with community members and event organizers like Jason,” explains Paul Marcial, co-founder of TGLS. “He’s [Jason] an important person in the community, and he’s attracting a lot of positive attention for the region, bringing the community together through thoughtful, innovative, and fun events like this. And let’s be honest, the best local pizza and hand-picked regional beers are always crowd pleasers!”

Better known around Detroit for his ambitious Pizza365 2017 project and, more recently, his FoodTruck365 2018, Jason Hall (@jason_sr_hall) is making his way thru the food scene in and around Detroit’s Metro Area to the delight of the public and the media. He is also one of the co-founders of Slow Roll Detroit, a grass roots bicycle movement that averages upwards of 6000 riders each week, providing a unique perspective of the city with organized bike events for riders of all ages and skill levels to experience Detroit on two wheels.

“We get to merge our favorite things in the first-ever Throwdown: our love for Detroit, designing cool shirts, and copious amounts of great pizza,” says Steven Mansour, co-founder of TGLS. “Long after all the pizza has been consumed, all that will be left are the year’s memories and our shirts,” quips Mansour. “It is our sincere hope that this is the first of many [Pizza] Throwdowns to come, and we look forward to being part of them!”

Come by on Sunday, February 11 for a slice (or five) and be sure to check out the branded “Throwdown” apparel and other swag, available at the event or for pre-order on the website, The Great Lakes State.