Mellow Mushroom opened it’s first Blowing Rock location on Sunset Drive in 2001. They moved into the building formerly occupied by the Bob Timberlake store in June last year.
Chase Luddeke grew up in the pizza business. He said he was pressed into service washing dishes as early as twelve years old. He became manager of the Blowing Rock store on Sunset at the age of 20. Now 30, you could tell his love of the business by his enthusiasm in telling their story in building the Boone and Blowing Rock locations and the story of Mellow Mushroom, surpassing 200 locations this past year.
Chase said the Boone location was the first outside of Georgia and that in the mid to late 90’s they would deliver dough in garbage bags by van all the way from Atlanta. He said it’s much more sophisticated now and that Mellow Mushroom is very quality conscious.
Mellow Mushroom in Boone and Blowing Rock employs over 130 people (mostly App State students).
And many thanks to Chase and Mellow Mushroom. Chase will provide pizzas for 45 people (18 of them exchange students and the rest chaperones and volunteers) this Friday night as part of our annual exchange student ski weekend.
Billy Chick passed around a coconut palm basket from his home state of Hawaii to collect funds for Blowing Rock Cares to sponsor his Polar Plunge. Billy said he has collected $327 dollars so far. He said he started getting pretty nervous about the plunge when he arrived for Monday’s meeting and saw the sheet of ice on Chetola Lake!
Although not a part of Winterfest, our club is preparing to host 18 Rotary Exchange students from around the world for it’s annual ski weekend. Organized by Mike Kebelbeck, the students arrive Friday night for a pizza dinner at Rumple Church (thanks to the generosity of Chase Luddeke at Mellow Mushroom). They will hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain with free lift tickets on Saturday. Chick-Fil-A is donating lunch. The high school kids will warm up with a barbecue dinner from Woodland’s at the Clabough’s house Saturday night and head out Sunday morning.
Club members volunteering their time and homes are John Calvin, Jim Clabough, Terese Oliver, Vernon Dunn, Alice Salthouse, John Marshall. Thanks guys!