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Luke Siedow

Luke Siedow
Sales Manager, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust

Recent Posts

5 Insider Tips for Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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You may have created the most amazing pizza toppings combination — one that rivals your Sicilian grandmother’s recipe — but without a perfect crust, it will fall flat. The crust is the foundation of your pizza and it’s important to get just the right flavor and texture to complement whatever combination of toppings you desire. 

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5 Questions Curious Pizzeria Operators Ask

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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It’s been said that there are no dumb questions, only dumb mistakes… which usually result from not asking questions! We love getting inquiries from pizzeria owners and operators who want to perfect their craft or simply discover a timesaving hack.

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How to Upscale Your Take ‘n Bake Pizza Offerings

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 9:12:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties

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People love pizza! On average, Americans gobble up 23 pounds per person per year, and the pizza industry proves it with multi-year sustained growth—most recently reported as 2.35% in 2016.

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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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Pizza 101: Troubleshooting Common Crust Issues [VIDEO]

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

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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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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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Pizza 101: When to Consider Using a Dough Ball or Pre-made Crust [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2016 9:09:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties, Video

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In our latest video, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust weighs in on the pros and cons of making your own dough, and how to recognize when it may be time to transition to using dough balls and pre-made crusts.

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Best Crust Types for a Wood-Fired Oven

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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The appeal of a wood-fired oven is unmistakable. Its high baking temperatures, wood fuel, and fast baking times test the finesse of skilled chefs, and the gourmet pies produced are well worth the typically upscale prices. Plus, the substantial size and rustic brick or clay construction of a wood-fired oven adds to the customer experience and makes a not-so-subtle statement about the quality they can expect more so than other oven types.

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Pizza Shop Seasonal Menu Ideas: Go Global with Ethnic Cuisine

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2016 9:10:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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Ethnic fusion, known to foodies more simply as “fusion cuisine,” is currently a hot trend in the culinary world, but the concept is hardly new. As long as people have crossed borders and blended cultures, foods from different locales and flavor profiles have been combined out of necessity and curiosity.

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Pizza 101: Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2016 9:19:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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Having your dough proofed properly is key to making a delicious pizza. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to show you how to take a dough ball from frozen to a fabulous crust.

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