Deals Fast Food

Blaze Offers Free Pizza Party To Welcome Lebron James To Los Angeles

If you’ve ever eaten at Blaze Pizza in Los Angeles, you’ve supported Lebron James before he even signed as a Laker.

That’s because Lebron is an investor for the fastest growing restaurant chain in history, so it’s only natural that Blaze throw a Los Angeles pizza party in his honor.

On Tuesday, July 10, Blaze Pizza will be offering a free pizza at 50 participating stores throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Laker fans can party together and celebrate the fact that Lebron James will try to bring the franchise prosperity over the next four seasons.

Laker fans have had mixed feelings about James’s arrival in Los Angeles, but free pizza might help smooth things over for even the biggest Lebron hater.

Even if it doesn’t help win people over, how can you resist free pizza? Go get some, even if you hate Lebron James.

Who: Blaze Pizza
What: One free build-your-own pizza
When: Tuesday, July 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Participating Blaze Pizza locations in Los Angeles and Orange County
Why: Because Lebron James craves your love

Deals Fast Food

We All Get Free Taco Bell Because Lebron Choked At Home

Lebron keeps taking L’s against the Warriors this year, but at least one of those losses has led to free tacos for everyone in the U.S.

Taco Bell held a promotion for the NBA Finals called, “Steal a game, steal a taco.” In essence, one of the two teams had to win a game away from home in order to “steal a game.”

With Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors going into Cleveland and putting a beating on the Cavaliers in game 3 of the NBA Finals, we all get a free Doritos Locos Taco on June 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, local time.

Whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, you can be grateful for free tacos.

It’s only one taco per person, while supplies last, but we’ll be one taco richer than we were yesterday.

Thank you for not being able to protect your home floor, Lebron. Even when you lose, this taco blessing makes you the real MVP.



Who: Taco Bell

What: Free Doritos Locos Taco

When: Wednesday, June 13

Where: Participating Taco Bell Locations

Why: Because the Warriors went to Cleveland and almost made Lebron cry.

Celebrity Grub Culture

Kevin Durant Invests In Pieology, Battles Lebron For Pizza Supremacy

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The rivalry between Kevin Durant and Lebron James is moving from the basketball court to the pizza industry, as Durant just invested in Pieology, the popular build-your-own pizza chain.

According to ESPN, Durant will not only have a stake in Pieology, but will actually be a franchise owner, as well. Apparently Durant was really impressed with how quickly the pizza was made, and he was sold on the Pieology quality.

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Fellow NBA superstar Lebron James has found amazing success with his investment in Blaze Pizza, another build-your-own-pizza restaurant. In fact, Blaze Pizza was actually the fastest growing restaurant chain in U.S. history. Probably not all because of Lebron, but Blaze’s CEO did publicly credit Lebron for part of their success, saying he’s been a huge help with brand awareness.

Although Durant’s social media presence isn’t as vast as Lebron’s, Pieology believes that he brings huge value to the brand, saying, “We recognize what KD can bring to us as a partner… especially with his social following.”

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We may or may not see him in Pieology advertising, as he isn’t necessarily signing on to be a spokesperson, but it probably wouldn’t hurt as we’ve seen Lebron “work” a shift during his Blaze partnership, and use his celebrity status to help the brand.

While Durant said his partnership with Pieology had nothing to do with Lebron, you have to think he wants to do better than his rival.

Fast Food Restaurants

Blaze Pizza Hosts “Noncon4mist Day” Pizza Party on National Taco Day

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As you may already know, today is National Taco Day. Amazing nationwide deals have been popping up so that customers can join the festivities and celebrate accordingly.

Blaze Pizza is now elbowing their way into that celebration by hosting a pop-up pizza party of their own called “Noncon4mist Day.” The LeBron James-backed pizza company is attempting to celebrate anyone who blazes new trails by offering any Signature or Build Your Own Pizza for $4 after 4 p.m. on October 4th. Guests will also receive a $4 coupon to redeem on their next visit, which is redeemable through their Blaze Pizza mobile app.

Although it’s worth questioning why Blaze Pizza won’t just stay loyal to one holiday like National Pizza Day, a deal’s a deal.

Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

America’s Favorite Fast Food Brands Reimagined As NBA Greats

For sports fanatics, a lifetime can be spent debating the greatest athletes in history. Due to the world’s increasing obsession with food over the last few years, eaters have come to think of their favorite restaurants in a competitive sense, too.

With so much competition in the fast food industry especially, brands are competing on every level in an attempt to gain supremacy.

If fast food chains were NBA legends, which brands would make the starting lineup?

Based on a list of 27 major fast food chains in the United States and the greatest NBA players of all time, FOODBEAST Managing Editor Reach, Co-founder Elie, and I discussed our ideal fast food starting lineups during The Katchup Podcast.

Without looking at sales figures, or locations, here’s who made our squad.

Taco Bell — Steph Curry, Point Guard

Steph Curry Facebook/@VegasDining (Instagram)

Steph Curry recently became the NBA’s highest paid player ever after signing a $201 million contract. He is considered one of the league’s most talented shooters with the ability to score anywhere on the court. Some may even say he’s the greatest shooter of all time.

Like Curry, Taco Bell isn’t afraid to shoot. And as of late, The Bell has been doing a lot of shooting from long range — and scoring. Having developed cantinas and full-service weddings in Las Vegas, Taco Bell innovation has extended far beyond food.

Still, with current releases like the Naked Chicken Chips and the Naked Chicken Chalupa, it shows Taco Bell isn’t afraid to stand by items that don’t necessarily fit under the traditional Taco Bell umbrella.

Additionally, in 2016, after lowering sodium levels across the menu, it was reported that Taco Bell had become one of America’s healthiest fast food chains. In terms of, “fast food goals,” Taco Bell is leading the way.

Notable accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 2x Regular Season MVP


McDonald’s — Michael Jordan, Shooting Guard


Like it or not, the fast food industry wouldn’t be what it is today without McDonald’s. The same could be said about the game of basketball and Michael Jordan — who many consider to be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Let’s face it, considering its long standing reputation, the iconic golden arches logo and a 62-year history of serving billions of people around the globe, McDonald’s has to be THE role model for all fast food past and present.

Michael Jordan is the McDonald’s of basketball, the player that perfected a style so original, some of the greatest players — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant — have molded their games after him, from the way they wear their uniforms to how they play the game.

Additionally, like McDonald’s golden arches, the Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo, is a simple, yet highly recognizable logo around the world that has served billions of sneaker and fashion fanatics. McDonald’s may even be taking a page out of the Jumpman book now that it’s started bottling its Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken MacPoulet sauces.

Although some may say that the pinnacle of McDonald’s (and Jordan’s) hype has already run its course, both brands are still highly relevant, and have single-handedly become global models for success — characteristics that will probably not fade anytime soon.

Notable accolades: 6x NBA Champion, 5x Regular Season MVP, 6x NBA Finals MVP


Shake Shack — LeBron James, Small Forward

LeBron James Facebook/@ShakeShack (Instagram)

Both versatile favorites, Shake Shack and LeBron James have plenty of similarities. James made his NBA debut in 2003, while Shake Shack was founded in 2004.

Shake Shack’s early hype made it comparable to In-N-Out, as the hype surrounding LBJ made him comparable to Kobe.

Despite a 3-5 record in the NBA Finals, there’s no arguing that LeBron is the best small forward to ever play the game, and his career is far from over. In terms of fast food, Shake Shack is still the new kid on the block, with plenty of time to prove its dominance. In fact, it’s only been on the West Coast for a year — and is already becoming a California favorite.

Touching back on the aspect of versatility, Shake Shack is more than just cheeseburgers and fries — as James is much more than just a small forward. Specializing in hot dogs, chicken, desserts — even serving alcohol — Shake Shake can do it all.

As for LBJ, his high basketball IQ enables him to play any position on the floor, while still maintaining his role as a leader and one of the game’s most influential players.

Ultimately, it makes sense that Shake Shack is the most versatile player in the fast food game.

Notable accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x Regular Season MVP


Chick-Fil-A — Tim Duncan, Power Forward


Despite serving fantastic fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A is a bit boring, yet it is known for being fundamentally sound. The same can be said for long time San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan.

Known as “The Big Fundamental,” Tim Duncan was one of the most conservative players on and off the court. Duncan was never in headlines with bad publicity, or spoke out of line when it came to interviews — but perhaps could have done more to improve his brand as a player.

Chick-Fil-A finds itself in the same quandary. Operating under a very conservative business model, if Chick-Fil-A functioned on the 7-day week, perhaps it could shed that conservative reputation and stand out in the crowd a bit more.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 2x Regular Season MVP


Starbucks Coffee — Shaquille O’Neal, Center

Shaquille O’ Neal Facebook/@Phambot

If there is one fast food brand that dominates the competition, it’s Starbucks. No matter where you are, there’s a Starbucks location nearby.

The “Starbucks” name alone has become synonymous with coffee around the world — and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

If there’s one NBA player known for dominating the competition — it’s Shaquille O’Neal. Also known as The Big Aristotle, Shaq Diesel, and The Big Shaqtus, the 7′ 1″ center had enough nicknames for every drink on the Starbuck’s menu.

Shaq was known for his big, bold, in-your-face personality, along with his tendency to change teams — like Starbuck’s locations, Shaq played everywhere.

Notable accolades: 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 12x All-Star,  1x Regular Season MVP




In-N-Out — Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard (6th man)


In-N-Out has built a gold-plated legacy for itself on the West Coast. Still, regardless of where you live, there are people on the East or West Coast who consider In-N-Out to be the greatest fast food cheeseburger of all time.

Kobe could be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Thanks to his undying loyalty to the West Coast, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons wearing Los Angeles Laker purple and gold, and never took his career anywhere else.  Another reason the Kobe/In-N-Out analogy works is that In-N-Out has addressed it’s West Coast bias, and will never set up shop on the East Coast, in order to have flawless quality control.

Thank you In-N-Out and Kobe for the California love.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x Regular Season MVP



Chipotle — Kevin Durant, Small Forward


When Chipotle first hit the market, everyone was excited to try this seemingly healthy and convenient form of Americanized Mexican food. However, Chipotle quickly became the enemy after their noro-virus outbreak, which it may never recover from.

Kevin Durant became the bad guy once he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder, choosing the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, causing folks to turn on him in similar fashion to how consumers turned on Chipotle.


Subway —  Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Subway was the poster child of healthy eating. However, as the businesses aged, its reputation became tarnished with bad publicity.

Subway’s decline started when news that their bread contained a chemical that was found in yoga mats. Things only got worse for the sandwich giant when its long time spokesperson, Jared Fogle, was convicted of sexually assaulting minors.  

Subway might never be the same.

Jason Kidd was one of the greatest point guards of all time, whose reputation was later tarnished with allegations of spousal abuse. A few years ago, Kidd was fined for purposely spilling ice on the floor, during a game no less, in an attempt to gain extra time. 


Sonic — Dennis Rodman, Power Forward

Dennis Rodman Facebook/@sonicdriveinoftonganoxie

Both Sonic and Dennis Rodman operate on a different level. 

Known as, “The Worm,” Rodman’s on-court antics were some of the most vibrant in the game. Usually found sporting multi-colored hair, painted fingernails, piercings, and tattoos, all of which helped the rebound king stand out in every way. Rodman’s fiery personality was encapsulated in his aggressive and freakish talent as a basketball player.

Considering Sonic’s “Drive-In” concept, a robust variety of different multi-colored slushes and its vast array of hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken, Sonic can easily be considered the Rodman of the fast food industry — never afraid to do things differently.

It’s also no secret Rodman was the life of the party, The Los Angeles Times reported the Huntington Beach Police Department visited Rodman’s Beach house 80 times in the summer of 2004.



Domino’s Pizza — Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Point Guard

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Probably the best passer the game of basketball has ever seen, Magic Johnson perfected the “no-look” pass along with other one-of-a-kind methods of delivering the ball to his teammates, and is considered to be one of the greatest Lakers to ever sport the purple and gold.

It may not seem obvious, but considering the digital reach of Domino’s Pizza, it also might have perfected the art of dazzling and creative delivery, too. Over the past few years, Domino’s has digitalized their delivery methods, and provided customers with an ease of access to their favorite slice of pie, simply by sending an emoji.

Another game-changing innovation from Domino’s is the Pizza Tracker application. The Pizza Tracker is a platform that allows patrons to watch their order come to life, even allows customers choose a kitchen theme and name their own digital chef. Lately, it seems like Domino’s is a tech company, that just happens to make pizzas.

By increasing it’s digital platform to more than 50 percent of its business, Domino’s uprooted Pizza Hut as America’s favorite pizza company. Until Pizza Hut learns to play with the big boys, it’s stuck in the D-League.

Who do you think should make the squad?

Celebrity Grub Fast Food News

Lebron Helps Blaze Pizza Become Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain In U.S. History

The combination of Lebron James’s influence, and the idea of almost instant brick-fire pies has led Blaze Pizza to officially become the fastest-growing restaurant chain in U.S. history.

With humble beginnings in Southern California, the chain started out with two stores in Irvine and Pasadena. Now, with its July 11 grand opening in Mentor, Ohio, the chain has opened 200 locations in just four years, according to Forbes.

With modest sales of $6 million in 2013, Blaze has jumped up all the way to $185 million  in 2016. Their goal this year is to reach $285 million, and $1.1 billion by the end of 2022.

Lebron James has been riding with them since the beginning, becoming an investor, endorser, and even working a shift at the pizza place.

With over 31 million Instagram followers, 37 million Twitter followers, and 23 million Facebook followers, anytime James posts about the pizza place, there are a massive amount of eyes on it.  Blaze’s CEO Jim Mizes even gave James some credit, saying that he holds a lot of weight as far as brand awareness.

With the current boom of build-your-own pizza places, from PizzaRev to Pieology, Blaze seems to be leading the pack, with a superstar celebrity backing them.

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Lebron Blew It, Now We All Get Free Taco Bell

Whether you love or hate Lebron James, at least be thankful that he is the reason we all get free tacos.

Taco Bell ran a “Steal a game, steal a taco” promo for the 2017 NBA Finals, where they’d offer everyone in the U.S. a free Doritos Locos Taco if one of the home teams lost.

Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost last night’s home game to the Golden State Warriors, so that means on June 13, you can walk up to the cashier at your local Taco Bell between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and walk out with a free taco, while supplies last.

If you’re lucky enough to have several Taco Bells within a 10 mile radius, just roll up to every one of them, get your taco, and eat like a king on that fat Tuesday.

Thanks for the free tacos, ‘Bron.

Who: Taco Bell
What: One Free Doritos Locos Taco
When: Tuesday, June 13, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time
Where: All participating Taco Bells across the country
Why: Because Lebron’s trash and got punked by Kevin Durant at home


LeBron James Apologizes to Neighbors with $2000 Worth of Cupcakes


Good guy LeBron James dropped nearly $2000 on tasty cupcakes and sent them as an apology to his neighbors for the recent media circus surrounding his announcement to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The boxes of chocolate and cherry cola cupcakes were accompanied by a chic note (hat tip to his publicist), snapped by redditor scrabblydab, thanking his neighbors for being understanding:

“Dear Friend, We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you. Our family wants to give you something that is very meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes.”

The sweet snacks hail from Baker Boulevard Decadent Cupcakes, with half of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation. Shoot, we’re liking this guy more and more every day.