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    4 Recipes That Showcase The Versatility of Authentic Wood Fired Crusts

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 12, 2018 9:43:44 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes, Crust Varieties

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    From bonafide foodies to the grab-and-go diner, people are clamoring for authentic food, and Alive & Kickin’ has the ideal solution for venues ranging from stadiums, c-stores and movie theaters to any non-traditional foodservice location in-between.

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    Wood Fired Pizza: A Customer Favorite and Ideal Fit For Any Venue

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 9:24:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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    Upscale ingredients and food are appealing to customers. In fact, recent Technomic data points in that direction, reporting that 37% of diners actively seek out venues that offer premium choices — and are willing to pay more for the experience.

    Wood fired pizza fits squarely into this customer preference, but doesn’t cashing in on the trend mean having an operation outfitted with a wood fired oven? Is every stadium, movie theater, c-store, deli, and other non-traditional foodservice location without a wood fired oven simply out of luck?

    No and no. Here’s why.

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    5 Common Types of Restaurant Customer Complaints

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2018 11:50:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Customer Service

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    Despite your best efforts, there’s no way to please everyone — and that leads to the occasional customer complaint. Instead of running yourself ragged trying to be all things to all people, accept the fact that you will receive negative feedback from time to time and take comfort in knowing you are not alone. 

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    How to Stop Miscalculating Dough Costs and Increase Your Pizza Operation’s Profitability

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 9:25:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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    Crunching the numbers around ingredients, yield, waste and labor may help you dial into the cost of making each dough ball in-house — and per-pie profitability — but with all of the other responsibilities of running a busy pizza operation, who has time for that?

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    Ready To Wrap Up Higher Holiday Profits With Seasonal Catering?

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2018 9:24:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Customer Service, General Operations, Restaurant Marketing

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    Office parties. House parties. Family get-togethers. Holiday gatherings are tailor-made for the convenience and crowd-pleasing deliciousness of pizza.

    Seasonal catering is a great way to get your pizza in the hands of party-goers, and a prime opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition. However, adding a catering service — even a temporary one — requires careful planning and thinking beyond the menu to be executed well.

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    3 Recipes Sure to Satisfy Customers’ Autumnal Appetites

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2018 9:23:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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    Heading into November, your customers’ autumnal appetites have kicked into high gear. They want the traditional tastes of the season served in new and interesting ways.

    It’s a perfect opportunity to add a limited time “Fall Feast” to your menu that features three courses of favorite harvest time flavors bundled into one delicious meal. These recipes and products from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust couldn’t make it any easier to delight customers and rake in profits.

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    20 Standard Operating Procedures Every Pizzeria Needs

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2018 9:41:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations, Customer Service

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    Your customers want fresh, flavorful pizza every time they purchase from your restaurant or shop. However, consistently meeting those expectations across multiple locations and training various staff members can be anything but simple.

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    Creating a Custom Crust is Beneficial for Your Operation (and Easier Than You Think!)

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2018 9:48:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts

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    Flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, and oil. The ingredients list of traditional pizza dough is mainstream, maybe even a little boring. Yet, customers almost universally agree that the crust is the most important part of any pizza.  Imagine their surprise and delight if you introduced a custom crust that ramps up the entire pizza experience with flavors inspired by the hottest food trends or seasonal influences

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    Making a Detroit-Style Pizza With Dough Balls [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2018 9:36:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes, Video

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    As robust and original as the city of its origin, Detroit-style pizza is a top trend for 2018.

    Baked in a well-oiled pan, the chewy, medium-well-done crust boasts a nearly fried texture on the bottom and edges, and the signature reverse order of toppings-cheese-sauce will surely make your customers flip!

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    Creating the Ultimate Quesadilla Pizza Using Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes, Video

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    Take your pizza menu from siesta to fiesta with a “pizzadilla”! What’s a pizzadilla? Only the easiest ultimate quesadilla pizza you’ll ever make using Alive & Kickin’ Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts.

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