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2009 August: Eating & Education

2009 August: Eating & Education

The clock has yet to strike 9:30 a.m., but Shawn Crowley and a handful of staff members fill the kitchen of Hickory Tree Pizza in Chatham, New Jersey. The group has been hard at work for nearly an hour, making pizzas that local school children will soon gobble up. During the school year, the frenziedMore »

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: 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 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 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: Simple Ideas

2009 August: Simple Ideas

Nut-Free Pesto Worried about potential allergic reactions? Want a nut-free pesto? Start with coarsely ground cheese as opposed to finely ground cheese to help better approximate the texture of a traditional pesto. Next, add fennel or finely diced carrots, zucchini or celery. This will provide a different flavor, one that will distinguish your pesto fromMore »

2009 July: Bake It

2009 July: Bake It

“Whose bread I eat, his song I sing,” goes a German proverb. Any pizza operator who provides fresh bread knows the truth of that statement, as bread-loving customers often are willing to pay extra for this treat. Baking fresh bread on the premises offers several advantages, says Martin Flores, owner of five Chicago’s Pizza andMore »

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 »