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Set Your Venue Apart with Authentic Wood Fired Pizza Crusts

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 9:16:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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About 350 slices of pizza are sold every second in the United States. That kind of demand generates a lot of business, especially for venues that offer on-trend pizza that customers seek out. There’s always a place for tried-and-true pizza crust favorites like deep dish and thin crust, but ignoring the sustained popularity of elevated offerings like wood fired pizza could mean a less than robust bottom line.

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Authentic Wood Fired Crusts: New Options for C-Stores, Delis and More [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2018 9:10:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Video

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Fire and food. The combination arguably goes back thousands of years, but the recent spike in the popularity of wood fired pizza has made everything old new again. Customer demand for an authentic wood fired pizza experience has presented a challenge for entertainment venues, c-stores and delis since they generally lack a key piece of equipment: a wood fired oven.

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Anything But Pizza: Alternate Uses for Dough Balls [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2018 9:08:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations, Menus & Recipes, Video

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Dough balls are a go-to for delicious pizza crusts, but these innovative pre-made products are so much more! Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust helps you rethink how to incorporate dough balls into your menu offerings with these fun, fast non-traditional uses.

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From Frozen to Perfectly Proofed: The Dough Ball Life Cycle [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 9:13:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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Using pre-made dough balls is a valuable best practice for keeping your kitchen running efficiently and profitably. In this hands-on demonstration, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks you through the life cycle of a pre-made dough ball and provides tips for taking it from frozen to perfectly proofed.

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5 Changes Pizzerias Must Make to Remain Efficient and Profitable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Your pizzeria may be operating without any glitches, but does that mean it’s running efficiently? In light of the growing challenges operators are facing — labor shortages, higher costs, lower margins and stiffer competition — it may be an ideal time to assess what’s working and what isn’t, and make some changes to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction. Start with these five steps:

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6 Ways Restaurant Operators Use Technology to Solve Labor Challenges

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2018 9:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Although the current national unemployment rate of about 4% suggests otherwise, foodservice professionals continue to struggle with finding and retaining workers in an industry with an annual employee turnover rate averaging 73%.

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Innovative Food Delivery Trends in 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2018 9:23:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service

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In 1889, when a famed Naples pizza chef trundled three different pizzas — fully cooked and piping hot — to the doorstep of the hungry and demanding  King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy, little did he know that he started a trend that's alive and well hundreds of years later.

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Recipes to Ring in the Holidays (and Ring Up Sales)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 9:49:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes, Restaurant Marketing

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'Tis the season for celebrating, and your pizzeria faces some stiff competition for the holiday dining dollar. However, with a bit of ingenuity and a touch of recipe magic, you could wrap up your “fare” share of holiday sales.

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6 Best Practices for Optimizing Pizzeria Kitchen Flow and Performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations

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For any pizzeria, the back of the house drives food quality, service times and customer satisfaction. Given the impact on these key business areas, how well or how poorly your kitchen operations are organized and run often influences the bottom line.

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Dough Ball Versatility: Pizza Three Ways [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Many people understand the advantages of using frozen dough balls, but did you know just how many styles of pizza you can make from them? In the past, we’ve shown you how to use dough balls for styles like hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas. This time, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust shows off just how easy it is to tackle signature pizza styles of Take ‘n’ Bake, Detroit-style and Chicago-style deep dish pizzas — all using pre-made dough balls.

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