Will you be joining us this year at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas? From March 31st to April 2nd, thousands of pizza restaurant operators will be descending on Las Vegas for seminars, workshops, networking events, and of course the Pizza Expo trade show. We’ve outlined a few ways for you to ensure you’re getting everything you can out of the event:
Attend the keynotes
Each year, Pizza Expo invites fascinating people in the industry to present keynotes on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This year, Anthony Falco will start off the day on Tuesday for us. The famed pizza czar works around the world as a consultant to pizzerias and restaurants, helping them create the perfect pizza for their concept.
Wednesday morning will be kicked off by a presentation by Ken Forkish. Forkish is the author of Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza and The Element of Pizza. He also won the 2012 James Beard Award. Forkish owns three restaurants in Portland, Oregon: Trifecta Tavern & Bakery, Checkerboard Pizza, and Ken's Artisan.
To hear about last year's keynotes, read Pizza Expo Recap: What did you miss?
Compete in one of the five divisions of the International Challenge: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Pizza Napoletana, Roman, Best of the Best, or Pizza Maker of the Year. Or, test your skills in dough stretching, acrobatics, and box folding in the World Pizza Games. Winners of each of these competitions receive cash prizes and bragging rights. We talked about how competitions can help your restaurant’s public relations strategy in Grabbing the Media’s Attention: How to get press coverage for your pizzeria.
Sign up for seminars and workshops
Get information you can use to build your business at the seminars, workshops, and demo presentations. Industry professionals will walk attendees through a variety of courses about running a restaurant, pizza making, and marketing. This year, seminars are being offered by Mike Bausch, Anthony Scott, Nick Bogacz, and others.
Get to know fellow pizzeria owners
What business issues are you are struggling with? With so many pizzaiolos concentrated in one place, there is bound to be someone who has experienced the same problem, and worked out a solution. Take advantage of the many networking opportunities at this show!
Catch up with your vendors
Spend some time on the show floor catching up with your technology and food vendors. Before the show, put together a list of questions for any of your vendors and take the time to ask them. Find out what’s new and innovative that your business can take advantage of.
Need some extra training? Don’t be afraid to ask! Every year SpeedLine brings members of our support team just for this reason.
Posted on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 @ 07:02 AM.
Updated on March 27, 2020 @ 8:50 PM PST.
Posted by Elizabeth Kelly
As the Marketing Specialist for SpeedLine Solutions Inc., Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for On Point: The Restaurant Technology Blog. Have an idea for an article? Send her a message!| Author's website