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2009 October: Simple Ideas

2009 October: Simple Ideas

Stay Sharp Keeping knives sharp and handling/storing them properly are the best methods to reduce the potential for cuts in the kitchen. Providing employees with mesh or Kevlar cutting gloves is another good idea. Hare are some other tips: ? Purchase non-slip pads that are designed to be placed underneath cutting boards. This helps preventMore »

2009 July: Necessary Evil

2009 July: Necessary Evil

When Bill Poss, owner of Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center, opened a bill recently, he was surprised to see the credit card processing fees were hundreds of dollars more than he had expected. “Usally it’s three percent. It was 3.79 percent. That’s $500 or $600 more in fees,” says Poss whose restaurant is located inMore »

2009 August: Expo News

2009 August: Expo News

The one thing that really separates International Pizza Expo® from all of the other general foodservice shows is that our tradeshow floor and seminar program are totally devoted to the pizza industry. In fact, there’s not another food show, let alone another so-called pizza show, where you’ll find three full days of pizza-specific seminars, demonstrations,More »

2009 July: Pizza on the Go

2009 July: Pizza on the Go

When Dallas-based Pizza Patron opened its newest location in San Antonio in October 2008, the chain called it its quick service pizza concept, or QSP. The restaurant has a drive-thru window and an outdoor menu board. Customers order by speaking into a microphone, then drive a few more feet to a window to pick upMore »

2009 August: Five Questions

2009 August: Five Questions

John Williams owns Rock Creek Pizza Company in Sandy, Utah. He is one of 10 pizzeria owners who will be taking part in an expanded “Beer & Bull in Print” question-and-answer session we’ll be publishing in our September 2009 issue. 09.09.09 is coming — here’s a small sample of what the “Beer & Bull inMore »

2009 July: Sandwiches Now!

2009 July: Sandwiches Now!

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was a piece of work himself, but the sandwich was born when he came up with the idea of putting meat between two slices of bread so he could continue to play cards without interruption or without getting the cards greasy from eating meat with his hands. Great story.More »

2009 August: Marketing Matters

2009 August: Marketing Matters

My premise this month is simple. If you’re stuck in a dead-end cycle of paying for mass-marketing with credit cards, running continual discounts to keep your head above water and don’t have a clue as to how to mobilize your own customer base to spend money … stop it. There is a door to freedom.More »

2009 August: Pizza Bianco

2009 August: Pizza Bianco

White pizza is often defined by what it lacks rather than what it offers. White pizza is devoid of tomato sauce, but not flavor. By omitting the bold, acidic base that most pizzas build on, the toppings take center stage with nuance, subtlety and complexity. In Rome, the pizza bianca exemplifies Italy’s simple, exquisite cuisineMore »

2009 August: A Pizza My Mind

2009 August: A Pizza My Mind

Independent operators get a failing grade on a huge issue: They do not have readable financial statements. For the moment, I won’t even consider the problem of getting information too late to be of any real help. Some operators just rely on their accountants to work up the figures and accept what they are given.More »