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5 Common Questions About Working With a Food Distributor

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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As someone who’s spent many years running my own pizzerias, I know that managing inventory can be a make or break situation for restaurants and commercial kitchens. Aside from paying employees, inventory can be one of your largest expenses. Avoiding problems such as spoilage, lack of cooler or storage space, running out of product and a host of other issues can quickly turn a profitable balance sheet upside-down.

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Tips for Selecting the Right Food Distributor

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2017 9:23:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Have you ever ordered at a restaurant only to be repeatedly told that the menu options you selected weren’t available? Chances are, that was the last time you visited that dining establishment.

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Focus on Pizzeria Operations: Top Tips for Front of House

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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When your pizzeria is operating smoothly, the synergy between the back of the house and the front of the house translates to happy staff, satisfied patrons and more sales. Encourage efficiency and consistency with these best practices for the front of the house (and check out out back-of-house tips here):

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Focus on Pizzeria Operations: Top Tips for Back of House

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations

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Your food may be your focus, but the success of your pizzeria is largely dependent on attention to detail. Efficiency and consistency in the back of house translates to the front, and vice versa, but not every owner or operator knows which best practices to implement to make it happen.

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Best Pizza Crust Types for Schools and Dining Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the past, the mention of a school cafeteria conjured up visions of lunch ladies dishing out chewy, limp, and lukewarm rectangles of pizza-like rations. The impression it left on the minds of an entire generation is legendary, so much so that there are entire Facebook groups are dedicated to school lunch pizza.

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Flavorful Forecasting: The NRA’s Top Menu Trends for 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the gatekeeper for food trends, and their just-released What’s Hot 2017 Culinary Forecast reveals the up-and-comers for the new year.

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Pizza 101: Troubleshooting Common Crust Issues [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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Perfect pies are possible! Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks you through ways to avoid common pizza crust issues.

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The Impact of FSMA on Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tackling a number of initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that holds food retailers, manufacturers/suppliers and distributors accountable for food quality and keeping the public safe from the effects of contaminated food outbreaks.

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2017 Trends Forecast for Pizzerias and Other Restaurants

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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Out with the old, in with the new! 2017 is shaping up to be a year of continued evolution for the restaurant industry, which will naturally shape pizzeria trends in terms of tastes, experience and operations.

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Pizza Shop Seasonal Menu Ideas: Winter Chill Chasers

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2016 9:17:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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With about 15% of Americans citing pizza as their favorite comfort food, pies are a year-round go-to item, but offering the typical pie combinations isn’t necessarily enough to keep your patrons satisfied — and coming back. 

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