For as long as I can remember, Friday night meant pizza night. It started when I was young, and the tradition continues today with my own family.

Even through the pandemic, family pizza night is a favourite and we look forward to it every week. Throw in a movie and it’s a perfect end to a hectic week.

Sometimes we order in, but we also cook from frozen on occasion or make our own. When we come home from work or school at the end of the week, we are often tired and hungry. If you aren’t too tired to cook, making homemade individual pizzas are a great activity to do with the kids and a great tradition to pass on. Everyone gets to personalize their pizza with their favourite toppings and I know this can be a healthier alternative to frozen or take out because determine what toppings are offered.

Cochrane’s local businesses make all of these options even easier!

If you want to make your own, Mezzo Caffe in Fireside, Community Flatbread Co., and Cuore Di Mamma are offering take and make pizza kits with dough, sauce and even fresh toppings like basil, pineapple and many delicious meat options.

Donair On The Run and the Lucky Penny Pizza Company have unique take-and-bake options.

If you opt for delivery or pick up, Boston Pizza, Canadian Pizza Unlimited, Domino’s Pizza, Ducks on the Roof, Little Caesars, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Red Swan Pizza and The Boot are all open for delivery and many are also offering great specials.

Panago Pizza is not only offering delivery and curbside pickup, but for children celebrating birthdays during this social-distancing time, they are also delivering free pizza! Children aged 4-13 with May birthdays can receive a small pizza as a gift from the Cochrane Panago location (call for details).

If you are in the position to support local, many of our businesses are getting creative, offering online orders, delivery and takeout, and finding other innovative methods to continue offering their goods and services safely.

Whatever meal times look like right now, the key is to take care of your physical and mental health. Try to eat healthy, enjoy time with your family and build lasting memories and traditions that will be cherished.

Do you have a family meal tradition?

Pizza fixings from Cuore Di Mamma.
The homemade creation!
Donair pizza picked up curbside from Donair on the Run.