August 29, 2018 |

Expo Spotlight: Don’t miss the lineup of business-boosting, intensive workshops

By Bill Oakley

Pizza and Pasta Northeast — October 3-4, 2018

Developed specifically for owners and operators of pizzerias and Italian restaurants, there’s something for everyone at the upcoming Pizza & Pasta Northeast tradeshow. For two jam-packed days, you’ll have access to nearly 350 booths of products and services as well as free top-shelf demonstrations, seminars and special events.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or just thinking about opening your first unit, Pizza & Pasta Northeast is a must-attend event! It’s your one-stop shop for everything you need to run a successful and profitable restaurant.

You’ll be able to see, touch, taste and explore thousands of products, as well as negotiate great deals right on the show floor. Better yet, get the most out of your show experience by signing up for one of our fee-based workshops created for operators who are looking to take their operations to the next level. Attendance is limited.


Know to Grow: The Nuts & Bolts of Opening New Stores

Doug Ferriman
Crazy Dough’s Pizza

In this workshop, Crazy Dough’s Founder Doug Ferriman will walk you through the trials and tribulations that come with opening a new location. From what can — and will — go wrong, to what you should expect from vendors, partners, contractors and the city — Ferriman will talk shop and provide insights that you’ll want to hear before you make the leap to store No. 2.


Design Your Menu for Maximum Profit

You may have an idea of the toppings you want to offer or the entrees you want to serve, but do you know how to plan a menu in a way that maximizes your profit potential? That’s the scope of this workshop, where consultant and former pizzeria owner Michael Shepherd will provide tips for making sure your menu is a top financial performer. Shepherd is a four-time World Pizza Champion and president of the pizza resource Web site


Offering Multiple Pizza Styles

Tony Gemignani
World-champion Pizzaiolo and Pizza Restaurateur

Sure, you could develop one dough recipe and offer only one style of pizza. But how adventurous is that? In this workshop, pizza master Tony Gemignani will help attendees navigate the ins and outs of offering multiple pizza styles to their customers. He’ll go over what you need, what you don’t and how to make a seamless transition without a hitch.


Aligning with Investors

If you’re looking to grow your business but need access to capital, you may be thinking of shopping your growth concept to potential investors. Doug Ferriman has been there, done that, and will share the pros and cons of his experiences as well as provide guidance on how to go about finding and partnering with the right investors to help grow your brand.


How to Make 20-Percent Profit

Michael Shepherd, president,

One of the most popular workshops in Pizza Expo history is a can’t-miss event at Pizza & Pasta Northeast 2018. Here, industry consultant and former pizzeria owner Michael Shepherd will detail the steps he took to ensure his stores generated him a handsome 20-percent profit. It can be attained, and he’ll tell you how he did it!

Remember, when deciding on which tradeshow to attend, general foodservice shows are precisely that. Even if they claim to have an Italian pavilion and a few pizza and pasta exhibitors. To succeed in today’s fiercely competitive restaurant marketplace you need access to all the latest strategies and product innovations. Pizza & Pasta Northeast is your one-stop solution.

For more information or to register please visit our Web site at or call (800) 489-8324.

Best regards,

Bill Oakley

Show Director

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