5 Weeks: Operator-Presented Seminars and Demonstrations

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Appearances by 29 pizzeria owners and managers. Knowledge-sharing by some of the best in the industry in their areas of expertise. Operators speaking on a variety of topics in seminars and on panels, as well as giving cooking demonstrations. Plus, All-Operator Thursday peer-to-peer presentations in the seminar rooms.

6 Weeks: World Pizza Games

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Competitions mounted and winners named in six events: freestyle acrobatics, master’s division freestyle acrobatics, largest dough stretch, fastest dough, fastest box-folding and pizza triathlon. Finals of acrobatic dough-spinning contests held at 30th Birthday Bash. Other events in WPG Contest Area. Records will be broken. Crowds will applaud.

9 Weeks: Making Pizzas With Tony Gemignani

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Two-day hands-on workshop with 11-time World Pizza Champion and founder of the International School of Pizza. Day 1 Tues., March 25: dough and starters; Day 2, Wed., March 26: making authentic Neapolitan, New York and Sicilian pizza styles. Tony G also will appear in Monday, March 24, Pizzeria Concept Showcase with a presentation on theMore »

14 Weeks: New Menu Ideas

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Select among 14 cooking, baking and food-pairing demonstrations. Presenters on the Demonstration Stage include master pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani and his protégé Laura Meyer, Food Network personality Donatella Arpaia and Cooking Channel hosts Sal Basile and Francis Garcia, craft brew expert Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and Boston pizzaiolo Doug Ferriman, chefs Jeff Freehof andMore »

15 Weeks: School of Pizzeria Management

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Eight advance-track workshops on Sunday and Monday March 23-24, before the Exhibit Hall opens on Tuesday. Three-hour sessions designed to go in depth on topics including food-cost management, essential business skills, hiring and training, staff management, opening new pizzerias, operations manuals, financing and sales-building. Taught by experienced pizzeria owner-operators and restaurant-industry pros. Diplomas for successfulMore »