Twin Cities radio host is offering curbside Heggies Pizza on Thanksgiving

No charge, you just need to make a donation to Second Harvest Heartland.
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With COVID-19 set to scupper the Thanksgiving plans for many Minnesotans, a Twin Cities radio host is offering a very Minnesota alternative: Heggies Pizza.

What started out as a joke response to a tweet by the Star Tribune's food critic Rick Nelson has snowballed into an increasingly large responsibility for Dana Wessel, the former co-host of The Morning Show with Ben and Dana at Go 96.3.

"The Wessel Nintendo Bar is also offering curbside Heggies takeout pizzas," he tweeted, in response to Nelson's list of Twin Cities restaurants offering takeout Thanksgiving dinners.

This was swiftly followed by another tweet: "I said this as a joke but I should actually do it. My family isn't getting together for Thanksgiving this year. I should just cook Heggies for people."

Ben and Dana

Dana Wessel (right) now hosts a podcast with his former Go co-host Ben Holsen.

After a quick shoutout to his followers, it appears that there are plenty of people interested in picking up some cooked, curbside Heggies Pizza on Thanksgiving.

He's now dubbing it "Heggsgiving," and will cook the frozen pizzas for pickup outside his apartment in south Minneapolis in exchange for a donation to hunger relief organization Second Harvest Heartland.

As of Thursday morning, Wessel told BMTN he has "a dozen or so confirmed orders," with more than a dozen others have said they won't take a pizza, but will donate to Second Harvest Heartland.

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"My family decided we aren't getting together because of COVID so I was picturing Thanksgiving just sitting around and thought I might as well do something cool for people," Wessel said. "Make the day a bit brighter for others. Plus, I know that hunger is going to be an even bigger issue than ever this winter so I wanted to help out the folks at Second Harvest."

Help has arrived in the form of former Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins, who has supplied him with more pizza ovens so he can fire more out on Thanksgiving.

Wessel will be limiting the toppings to Heggies double cheese, sausage, or pepperoni pies, adding: "The pizza will be cut into squares. A Heggies Pizza cut into triangles is a crime against humanity in which should be a life sentence in prison."

Interested in ordering? Check out the details on Wessel's blog – Wesselmania – with orders submitted to including name, type of pizza, and desired pickup time (between 2-6 p.m. on Thanksgiving).

Meanwhile, Wessel and his former Morning Show co-host Ben Holsen have launched their own podcast, which you can find here.

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