Keynotes for the 34th annual International Pizza Expo are poised to enlighten and entertain you with stories about pizza and Italian restaurant successes in Boulder, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Tuesday, March 20 | 8:30 a.m.
Their first joint venture, Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colo., brought fine-dining fame to business partners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. They met at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Northern California, where Stuckey worked the front of the house while advancing his wine knowledge on the way to a master sommelier diploma and Mackinnon-Patterson added to the chef training he’d received previously at a top French culinary school and in classic French restaurants. Frasca’s Italian concept took Boulder by storm when it opened in 2003.
In 2011, the duo opened Pizzeria Locale as a full-service restaurant in Boulder. Steve Ells of Chipotle Mexican Grill was one of their customers at both locations. The three became friends and decided to work together restructuring Pizzeria Locale as one of the earliest fast-casual concepts in the industry. Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson continue to operate both Frasca and Pizzeria Locale, which currently has locations in Denver, Kansas City and Cincinnati.
Wednesday, March 21 | 8:30 a.m.
Ann Kim is the owner and executive chef of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni, all in Minneapolis. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate’s development to time spent helping her mother and grandmother make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her college years at Columbia University in New York City ignited her passion for pizza and laid the foundation for her dream of building a restaurant business in Minneapolis, and her years as a freelance actress fostered her value of creativity.
She opened her first location, Pizzeria Lola, in 2010. Its artisan, wood-fired pizzas have been lauded both locally and nationally. In 2014, it was named the Independent Pizzeria of the Year by Pizza Today. Kim’s second restaurant, Hello Pizza, is East Coast inspired and frequently tops “Best of” lists. Young Joni, which opened in late 2016, features an eclectic menu spotlighting wood-fired items and has been named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine and Eater.com. Kim recently received her first James Beard Award semi-finalist nomination in “Best Chef Midwest” category and won “Best New Chef: North” at the Tastys Awards.
April 18, 2018 | Pizza Headlines
Create buzz with creative challenges This Sunday, John’s Incredible Pizza Company will host a pizza eating competition. While that event alone is nothing new, the California-based buffet and game company took it to a new level: the even is sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body that, according to its Web site, oversees… Read More ›
April 17, 2018 | Pizza Headlines
Q&A with Jeff Bach on the creative pizza menu at Ian’s Jeff Bach is the Mad Scientist of Pizza Toppings at Ian’s Pizza. No, really. That is his title at the Wisconsin-based pizza company with six locations in Madison and Milwaukee, Denver and Seattle. Ian’s is known for its constant rotation of unique and… Read More ›
April 11, 2018 | Pizza Headlines
Brothers Nick & Jared Wayne own A Tavola (a Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria with two locations) and sister concept Taglio (a Roman-style pizzeria) in Cincinnati, along with a gelato shop (La Grassa). A Tavola was featured in the April issue of Pizza Today. Here they sit down with Editor-in-Chief Jeremy White to further discuss their business. Jeremy: So… Read More ›