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Jeremy White, Commentary — A Customer Service Failure

September 24, 2013

Jeremy White, Commentary — A Customer Service Failure

We sat there… and sat there… and sat there…. My oldest son had just finished up playing a doubleheader in baseball. It was one of the hottest days of the year. In fact, he had to be removed from the game due to heat exhaustion. Needless to say, when we arrived at the pizza restaurant… Read More

2013 May: Respecting The Craft

April 26, 2013

Respecting the Craft: Food competitions

Q: Why compete in food competitions at International Pizza Expo or anywhere else? A: As an owner everything is done to my specifications and wants. It is rare that I am tested and that I am out of my element. There really isn’t anyone to tell me that I am wrong or that my recipe… Read More

2013 May: Man On The Street

April 26, 2013

Man On The Street: NY slice / artisan pizza battle

The streets of New York are in the midst of an epic battle. In one corner, the classic slice weighs in with its thin-yet-yielding crust topped with tomato sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese. In the opposite corner waits a smaller, more delicate pizza baked in a showpiece oven and topped with hand-crushed tomatoes under… Read More

Photo by Josh Keown

March 28, 2013

Ask Big Dave: Employee morale

Q: I have a large group meet here on Thursdays, and they spend a lot of money. My staff gets bummed when they come because it’s frantic for a few hours. What gives? A: One of my customer service counter people turned to the kitchen and announced that four carloads and a tour bus just… Read More

2009 September: This Too Shall Pass

March 12, 2013

2009 September: This Too Shall Pass

I have been asked to summarize many of my beliefs and words of wisdom as if this were my last shot to speak to you. I have had the great honor to intercommunicate with our wondrous industry for the past 15 years. It has been quite a ride, and I would not have traded it… Read More

2009 August: Ask Chef Jeff

March 11, 2013

Ask Chef Jeff

Q: With so many new restaurants opening around me and the economy being what it is, I’m getting scared watching sales drop. What can I do to keep my name out there without going broke? A: It’s time to turn your advertising inside out! Here’s what I want you to try: take a month or… Read More

2013 February: Man On The Street

January 31, 2013

Man On The Street: Pizzeria closed by health department

My heart sank as I reached the front door, only to realize that the worst was true. The usual line was nonexistent; the lights inside were dim and the front gates were down. My only clue was a small yellow notice on the front door. Apparently the New York City Department of Health and Human… Read More