November 1, 2017 |

Road to Pizza Expo: Keynotes

By Bruce Allar

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, co-owners of Denver-based Pizzeria LocaleFrasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO


Keynote 1

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.


Keynote 2

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Ann Kim, owner and executive chef of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni in Minneapolis

Ann Kim

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 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.

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