California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.

The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.



Wedge Salad

California Pizza Kitchen The Wedge Salad
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Bleu Cheese Dressing
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 cup diced roma tomato
1/4 cup chopped hard cooked egg
1/4 cup cooked, diced applewood smoked bacon, drained

Use an electric mixer to combine all ingredients for the dressing until smooth. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Rinse and drain head of iceberg lettuce. Slice head of lettuce into quarters. Place lettuce quarters on serving plates. Add approximately 1/4 cup of bleu cheese dressing over each lettuce wedge. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon bacon, followed by 1 tablespoon chopped hard cooked egg and finally top with 1/4 cup diced tomatoes.

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