Conversation with Jeff Smokevitch, Brown Dog Pizza, Blue Pan Pizza

Jeff Smokevitch

Jeff Smokevitch Brown Dog Pizza – Telluride, Colorado Blue Pan Pizza – Denver, Colorado World Pizza Champion Jeff Smokevitch opened Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride with Dan Lynch in 2001. Last year, he expanded his concept of multiple pizza styles to Denver with the opening of Blue Pan Pizza with co-owner Giles Flanagin. “Smoke” speaksMore »

Conversation with Ed Simmons, Dough Artisan Pizzeria

Ed Simmons, Chef/Owner, Dough Artisan Pizzeria, Caldwell, New Jersey

Dough Artisan Pizzeria Caldwell, New Jersey Since opening Dough Artisan Pizzeria in 2013, Chef/owner Ed Simmons has made sure the artisan culture pervades his business. He cultivates a seasonal menu with hand-crafted pizzas, small plates, main dishes, and salads.   Ed discusses artisan pizza The concept for Dough is an American wood-fired pizzeria, utilizing locallyMore »

Respecting the Craft: Staffing and Retention

Tony Gemignani
World-champion Pizzaiolo and Pizzeria Owner

Talent pool suffers in a strong economy   As a follow up to last month, let’s examine other reasons for high turnover: • Higher housing and rising inflation. The fluctuation and increase in rent in big cities where the housing market has skyrocketed hasn’t helped employees at all. In fact, more potential employees have movedMore »