The Largest Pizza Show in the World!
by Vegas Food Nerd
On March 19-21, the pizza world will descend on our fair city. For 29 years, this iconic convention has come to town to help others in the Pizzeria business find their best slice of the pie. The 2013 International Pizza Expo promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be 6,900 owners and operators attending the event, and 90 education sessions for existing joints and aspiring new pizza owners.
Starting on the 18th (a new addition to the convention) they are going to begin the festivities with a day of education to all pizza makers that are new to the business and give them the extra push they need to truly understand the process of making the dough (get it, dough?) and to hopefully give them what they need to truly succeed.
Tuesday, March 19, begins with Chef Irvine’s keynote address—open to all attendees—titled “Pizzeria Possible—What I’ve Learned About Restaurant Makeovers That Could Improve Your Business.” The popular television personality has seen his share of struggling restaurants as the star of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible”, and he’ll draw from past episodes to present lessons on renovations that really work—in the kitchen, in the front of the house, and in the minds of diners.
For the 2013 show, they bring back the four divisions of the International Pizza Challenge that produced such a rousing competition at the last Expo: Traditional, Non-Traditional, American-Pan, and Italian-Style. Entries will be taken by fax or phone. (See the International Pizza Challenge tab on the left side of the PizzaExpo.com pages.)
As an attendee, you can observe the preparation and judging of these entries, and you can taste the pies themselves, to form your own opinions. Winners in each division move on to the Pizza Maker of the Year finals on Thursday, March 21.
The World Pizza Games will be jazzed up this year with the addition of a new “Triathlon” category. Competitors will vie for the best combined time for three events: box-folding, dough-tossing for a 16-inch screen, and dough-tossing for a 24-inch screen. Other Pizza Games events will include fastest box-folding, fastest dough, and the ever-popular freestyle acrobatics. The acrobatics championships will be held at the entertaining World Pizza Games Finals & Rockin’ Party on Wednesday evening.
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