2017: The Year in Giving Back

Since we opened our first slice shop on Congress Street in Portland back in 2009, giving back has been integral to what we do. From day one, we have committed ourselves to bettering the communities in which we do business, and this commitment continues to grow each year.

10414491_806020339409898_4134071848483003687_nIt is not lost on us that without having been embraced and supported by our communities over the past eight years, we would not have been able to make community outreach an integral part of our company culture.

Our weekly fundraiser series now runs in 10 locations in two states. In addition to fundraisers, we also provide in-kind donations to many deserving charities and community organizations throughout the year.

OTTO has been fortunate enough to have donated to over 350 organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, and beyond in 2017. We are extremely grateful to be in a position to do so. As we close the year, we are thankful for the many outstanding organizations that worked tirelessly to better our communities in so many ways.

We’d like to acknowledge some of the organizations that we have had the pleasure of working with in some capacity in 2017. The following is a partial list of these organizations.

Thank you for all you do!

317 Main Community Music Center
4-School Rebuild
Acorn Productions

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Arnold Air Society

Affinity
Almost Home Rescue
American Cancer Society
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Red Cross
Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation
Appalachian Tails
Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball
Arlington Hockey & Figure Skating
Arnold Air Society
Art Resource Collaborative For Kids
Association of Black Harvard Women
Autism Speaks of Greater Boston
Bike & Build
Bikes Not Bombs
Bonny Eagle Robotics Team
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston Collegiate Charter School
Boston Hassle

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Association of Black Harvard Women

Boston Workmen’s Circle
Boys and Girls Club
Breakthrough Greater Boston
Breakwater School
Brookline Arts Center
Brookline Education Foundation
Brookline High School
Brookline Open Studios
Brookline Recreation
BU Alternative Spring Breaks
BU Chinese Student Association
BU Entrepreneurship Club
BU Global Human Rights Brigade
BU Global Public Health Brigades
BU Global Water Brigades
BU Hong Kong Student Association

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Cambridge Women’s Center

BU Partners In Health Engage
BU School of Law Public Interest Project
BU Student Volunteers for Special Needs
BU Synchronized Skating
BU Women’s Club Basketball
BU Women’s Rugby
BUILD Entrepreneur Games
Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation
Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation
Cambridge Women’s Center
Camp Kesem
Camp Sunshine
Cancer Community Center
Cape Elizabeth High School Cross Country
Cape Elizabeth High School Mock Trial
Cape Elizabeth High School Robotics Team

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
Casco Bay Japan Exchange Program
Charles River Conservancy
Cheverus High School Model UN Club
Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Nursery School
Chits & Bits
City Year
Climate Change Action Brookline
Clinton Path Preschool
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus
Corner Co-op Nursery
Cradles to Crayons
Cumberland Community Nursery School
Cystic Fibrosis Foudation
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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Fiddlehead Center for the Arts

Deering High School Chinese Club
Deering High School Human Rights Club
Dempsey Center
Devotion School
Doctors for Global Health
Dora Small Elementary School
DREAM
Enroot
Fiddlehead Center for the Arts Scarborough

GirlScouts

Girl Scouts of Maine

Freeport Running Boosters
Fresh Air Fund of Southern Maine
Friends of Feral Felines
Friends of Lynnfield Library
Friends of Newbury Town Library
Friends of the Baldwin School
Friends of the Eastern Promenade
Girl Scouts of Maine
Girls on the Run
Gray-New Gloucester Boys Lacrosse Boosters
Great Oak Elementary
Greely Middle School Animal Awareness Club
Hale Outdoor Learning
Hall Elementary School
Hardy Elementary School
HART Adoption Center

GMS Animal Awareness

Greely Middle School Animal Awareness Club

Harvard College Rural Health Association
Hemophilia Alliance of Maine
Her Campus
Hopeful Journeys
John Winthrop School
Jumpstart for Young Children
Lawrence School
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Levey Day School
LiDER
Limitless Child International
Lincoln Extended Day
Lincoln Middle School
LiNK
Longfellow Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Lucky Pup Rescue
Lynnfield High School
Maine Access Immigrant Network
Maine Acoustic Festival
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Books For Maine Kids
Maine Cancer Foundation
Maine Children’s Cancer Program
Maine Forest Playgroup
Maine Friends of Animals
Maine Girls Academy
Maine Inside Out
Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance
Maine Roller Derby
Maine Startup & Create
Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition
Maine Youth Rock Orchestra
March of Dimes
Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation
Maternal Health Alliance of Maine
McCourt Foundation
Merrimack Valley Skating Club
Miles for Miracles
Milestone Foundation
Mindbridge
MIT Women’s Volleyball Club
Multicultural Music Festival
Muscular Dystrophy Association
My Breast Cancer Support
My Place Teen Center
Mystic River Watershed Association
New England Biolabs Foundation
New England Children’s Center
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival
Newburyport Education Foundation
Newburyport High School
Newburyport Youth Services
Next Step Fund
North Andover Athletic Association
North Shore Civic Ballet
Ocean Avenue Elementary
Old Dogs New Digs
Opportunity Knocks
Parties of Hope
Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Portland Chamber Music Festival
Portland Conservatory of Music
Portland High School Africa Schoolhouse Club
Portland High School Girls Volleyball
Portland Little League
Portland Odyssey of the Mind Team
Portland Press Herald Toy Fund
Portland Stage
Portland Symphony Orchestra
Pride Portland
Project HEAL Boston
Rainbow Tribe
Reiche Elementary School
Relay For Life
RESPOND
Rippleffect

SafePassage

Safe Passage

Run 4 All Women
Safe Passage
Sail Maine
Saltonstall School
Save the Children
Scarborough Dance Center
School the World
Sexual Assault Response Services
Silent Sidekicks
Skillin Elementary School
Soccer Without Borders
South Portland American Little League
South Portland High School Lacrosse
South Portland High School Robotics Team
South Portland High School Track & Field Team
South Portland Historical Society
South Portland Land Trust
SPACE Gallery

SpecialOlympics

Special Olympics Maine

Special Olympics Maine
Strong Women Strong Girls
Teens To Trails
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
The Borgen Project
The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness
The Family Restored
The Instrument Exchange
The KISMET Foundation
The Summit Project
Theater in the Open
Thompson School
Timmy Global Health
Trek Across Maine
Tri For a Cure
Twilight 5K
United Way of Greater Portland
USM Athletic Training Student Association
Village Nursery School
We Belize Education Alliance

YFO

Youth & Family Outreach

WEEI Radio
WEEMA International
Westbrook High School FootballWGBH Educational Foundation
Wild Seed Project
Women’s Lung Cancer Program
WordCamp
Wounded Heroes Program of MaineYamouth Soccer Boosters
Yarmouth Community Garden
Yarmouth Educational Foundation
Yarmouth Historical Society
Yarmouth Hockey Boosters
Yarmouth Rowing Club
Young Ambassadors for Opportunity
Youth Advocacy Foundation
Youth and Family Outreach
Youth Lead The Change
Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Conference

OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ Contest, Stage 2: Meet the Judges

At 9am on Monday, December 18th, the voting phase of the Draw Outside of the Box contest will come to a close.  On that day, the 30 entries with the most ‘Likes’ in our Facebook ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ album will move on to phase two, in which a panel of esteemed creative professionals (and one former winner!) will review each finalist’s entry and choose the three best designs.

Our panel of judges certainly have their work cut out for them.  Their task will be to single out the very best pizza box design of the 30 finalists — entries which have been competing for public votes (‘Likes’) since the contest began.  This winning design will then be prepared for printing, will go to press, and will become the face of OTTO’s pizza boxes throughout 12 locations (plus delivery and catering services) in MA and ME.  The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, a $100 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education and a $250 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card.  First through third place will also win pizza and OTTO swag.

It’s a tough job, but we believe our panel is up for the task. (We’d like to mention that these fine and talented folks have volunteered their services for this very special occasion.)

Ladies and gentlemen, our 2017 ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ panel of judges:

Scott Nash
Scott_Nash2As a founding partner of BIG BLUE DOT, Corey McPherson Nash and NASHBOX, Scott Nash has developed an expertise in the branding and creative development of products and programming for the entertainment, consumer product and publishing worlds. In addition to designing identities for Nickelodeon, PBS, ABC, Comedy Central, FX, YTV, Scott’s design clients include American Girl, Disney, Harvard University, Mattel, Milton Bradley, NFPA, The Boston Pops and From the Top.

Scott’s work as a designer and illustrator has been recognized by leading trade organizations and publications such as The Academy for The Arts and Sciences (EMMY award), PROMAX, Broadcast Designers Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society of Illustrators and HOW, Communications Arts, Print and Publishers Weekly Magazines.

He has lectured widely and taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, The Art Institute of Boston. Currently, he teaches at Maine College of Art, where he helped establish the illustration department.

Scott has illustrated over forty children’s books, including Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp! and The Bugliest Bug, Betsy, Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy, Red Hoodie, the series Snow Day! Beach Day! Rainy Day! and Camping Day! as well as the Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown.

Scott is also a writer, and is the author/illustrator of TUFF FLUFF, The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain and The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay The Pirate.

Martin Sorger
hs_bwMartin is a designer and creative strategist with over 25 years of experience. He has successfully launched, branded, and rebranded companies and products as both the client and a creative consultant. He has held the lead creative position at the film production company Walden Media, ThingWorld, a developer of multimedia technologies, and Gaming VC, an online gaming operator in Europe. Over the years, Martin has worked with entertainment, sports, technology, and consumer brands including OTTO, Harvard Medical School, Roche Bros., Reebok, Disney, Finagle a Bagel, HP, MIT, NEC, NFL, WWE, and BCBS.

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Deborah Kovacs
Deborah Kovacs is Senior Vice President at Walden Media, a studio that produces films based on great children’s books, most recently WONDER. On behalf of Walden Media, she is responsible for Walden Pond Press, a middle-grade imprint published in partnership with HarperCollins.

James Spindler
5080-James_5X7BW-150x150James Spindler is a prolific creative director specializing in experiential, interactive and retail design projects with some of the world’s most innovative brands and cultural organizations. James’s projects include the critically acclaimed

Gagosian for iPad, a quarterly art application that provides unprecedented access to the global network of Gagosian fine artists and galleries, the Grammy® Award nominated Sting 25 music and tablet app project and collaboration with Maya Lin on ‘What Is Missing?,’ a permanent installation at the California Academy of Arts and Sciences. James and his team also developed the identity and interactive films for Mission Juno to Jupiter which received NASA’s Group Achievement Award.

James’s work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, British Design and Art Direction, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the New York Art Director’s Club, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Clios and the Grammy Awards among others.

James attended Pratt Institute’s Master’s Communication Design program and has been a featured guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts/New York, Parsons: The New School for Design, VCU Brandcenter and the AIGA/NY. He has also had the privilege of speaking at Nicholas Negroponte’s TTi Vanguard Conference, Design as Strategy.

He is a member of the Curator’s Circle at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design and serves on the International Committee of the Russel Wright Design Center in New York.

Clif Stoltze
clifAs founder and creative director of Boston-based Stoltze Design Group, Clif has nurtured a highly collaborative environment that emphasizes a process based on research, sound strategy
and thorough exploration. This inclusive approach yields compelling communications that effectively articulate and reinforce the message or product.

His agency has been honored by AIGA, the Type Directors Club, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Graphis, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Clif has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art and frequently lectures at schools and design organizations around the country. He has served as AIGA Boston vice president and was honored as the recipient of their 2005 Fellow Award. Reflecting his love of music and album art, Clif’s book 1000 Music Graphics was published by Rockport in May of 2008 and he is also curator of POSTGIG, a traveling exhibit of contemporary music posters.

Ella Trout
image1As an eight grader, Ella Trout was the winner of OTTO’s very first ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest in 2013. Now seventeen, Ella has been taking college classes in addition to her high school courses, is painting “all the time” (she had a solo art opening last June), and has put her design skills to work by starting up her own clothing business, Yellowjacket.

Thanks to all of our judges! Best of luck to all our contestants!

Buy an OTTO Gift Card & Give One To Yourself…For Free!

The holidays are here – and along with them, holiday shopping! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for that pizza lover in your life, then we’ve got you covered with our Buy One Get One gift card offer!

Our gift cards are perfect for stocking stuffers or to treat friends or family to a night out at their favorite OTTO. Not to mention, this is the kind of gift that also gives you free pizza in return.

With every $25 spent on an OTTO gift card, you will receive a $5 gift card free! Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 gift card free! (And so on…)

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Maybe you want to give the free cards to some special elves in your life, or maybe you want to store them away for winter noshing — it’s up to you!

Make sure to stop by your nearest OTTO, as this BOGO offer is available in-store only. We hope to see you soon!

Happy shopping!

Maine Mall OTTO: Your holiday refueling station

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Tucked away in the office park located just a stone’s throw from The Maine Mall, OTTO’s spacious John Roberts Road location serves as a much-needed respite from the holiday shopping grind.

(While you’re in the shopping spirit, however, you may want to take advantage of our Buy One Get One Gift Card promotion!)

Along with dedicated parking, high ceilings, picnic tables, and an indoor bocce court, shoppers can enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, signature salads, and a full array of Maine Root sodas, local craft beer on tap, and wine. (We’re currently serving Autohelm, our collaboration with Rising Tide Brewing Company!)

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Whether hitting The Maine Mall, Home Depot, or Clark’s Pond Cinemagic, shoppers have found OTTO to be a welcome addition to Mallside dining options.

In addition to dine-in, The Maine Mall OTTO also offers take-out, catering, and delivery throughout South Portland and parts of Scarborough, Westbrook, and Gorham.

Hours:
Sunday–Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 10pm

Come on by, put down your bags, and let us serve you.

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Autohelm: OTTO and Rising Tide’s collaboration brew is back for a limited time!

We are pleased to announce the return of Autohelm, a deliciously hoppy amber ale brewed by Rising Tide Brewing Company in collaboration with OTTO.

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Diners at OTTO restaurants in Maine and Massachusetts will be able to pair their pie with this delightful winter brew, which made its debut last year.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO, as well as at the Rising Tide tasting room.

The beer is already available in Maine locations, with the Massachusetts launch party happening on Thursday, November 16 from 6-9pm, featuring OTTO’s Detroit-Style Pizza!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to try Autohelm, you should get a piece of the action before it’s all gone.

The brew has racked up a 3.75 rating on social beer discovery service Untappd, and a 3.95 on Beer Advocate, eliciting some of the following responses:

“Delicious!”
“Phenomenal!”
“Super solid!”
“Very solid hoppy amber. Piney hops with a strong malt backbone!”
“Pairs amazingly with pizza!”
“A sweet, hoppy Amber.”
“Very smooth. Almost creamy. Nice rich malts with hop balance.”
“Oh so good.”
“Great hoppy awesome. Full body with a little sweet.”
“Fan-freakin-tastic! Well done. Hoppy , refreshing, in a season of big heavy beers this was a refreshing change.”
“Wow that is delicious!”

Thirsty yet?

Come on down, grab a few pies, and a few glasses of Autohelm — and be sure to let us know what you think.

Calling All Kids! Design our New Pizza Box and You Could Win $1000 in Art Supplies for Your School and a Pizza Party!

We are super excited to launch our second ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest, in which students in grades K-8 can win the opportunity to have their design grace the cover of thousands of OTTO pizza boxes throughout New England — and win their school $1000 towards art education in the process!

There are loads of prizes, and thirty finalists will have their work presented to a distinguished panel of design experts, including Scott Nash of ‘Flat Stanley‘ fame.

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The top three will take home the following:

FIRST PLACE

  • Design printed on thousands of pizza boxes and distributed to all OTTO locations throughout New England
  • Pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school
  • $100 OTTO gift card
  • $100 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card
  • OTTO t-shirt & hat
  • The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education and a $250 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card!

SECOND PLACE

  • Pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school
  • $50 OTTO gift card
  • OTTO t-shirt & hat

THIRD PLACE

  • Pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school
  • $25 OTTO gift card
  • OTTO t-shirt & hat

ACS_LOGO_PNGWe are also grateful for the support of Artist & Craftsman Supply for their donation of gift cards to both the winner and the winner’s school. They are also generously offering a 20% discount on all art supplies purchased for the contest! You can click here to find out which A&C store is closest to you.

The contest is open to all students in New England.

It’s pretty simple:

1. Draw a design on a 16×16 square surface that includes the words ‘OTTO’ and ‘Portland, Maine’ (see rules for color requirements)
2. Take a clear digital picture of the design.
3. Email it to OTTO at contactus@ottoportland.com!

We are currently accepting entries, and will continue to accept them through Dec. 18 at 9am. However, the sooner your design is entered, the more time it has to collect ‘votes’ on Facebook!

For full overview and rules, click here.

Good luck!

OTTO and Maine Root: A match made in heaven

What is it that makes Maine so special? Many point to its natural beauty, or the pioneering spirit of its people. Maine is a place where people work hard, fueled by a fierce independence and perseverance.

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It’s a place where two guys frustrated by the uninspired state of pizza decided to put mashed potato on theirs in a tiny slice shop in 2009.  It’s a place where another guy got tired of serving too many bad root beers in his restaurant, and set out to make his own. It’s a place where small ideas and a dogged pursuit of excellence have changed the way people think about food.

We’re proud to announce that OTTO is now serving Maine Root’s certified Fair Trade organically-sweetened sodas in every location in Maine and Massachusetts.

Try a Ginger Brew paired with our Pulled Pork & Mango, a Blueberry Soda with our Butternut Squash, Cranberry & Ricotta, or Mexicane Cola with our Chicken, Caramelized Pears & Fontina.

So many flavors to pair with so many flavors!

It’s a match made in Maine.